What you need to know about Apple's upcoming announcements on Monday may already be in your pocket.
During Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC as it's known, the company is expected to announce a multitude of software upgrades for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, in addition to, potentially, a new Mac Pro computer and fresh TV features.
Apple is reportedly planning to add small 'widget' apps to iPhones in the new software, according to reports from Bloomberg and others.
Additionally, Apple is expected to add improvements to multitasking and running apps side by side, particularly on the iPad. CNET reviewer Scott Stein, who has criticized Apple's tablet for its lack of PC-like features, will welcome those changes.
According to Stein, the iPad Pro is powered by the same M1 chip as Apple's MacBook laptops. The iPad could be an amazing device if Apple updates its iPadOS to add new features, such as multitasking and monitor support, more Pro apps, and even some Mac compatibility mode using the M1 chip that it now shares with all those new Macs.
Apple may show off some hardware at this year's WWDC, but the event will mainly focus on the company's future plans. Apple will be able to tease new features that it will include in its devices during this event.
It has previously used WWDC to announce new designs for its iPhone software, new coding languages for its devices, and new initiatives like switching to homemade chips to power its Mac computers.
Over the past couple of years, Apple has expanded its subscription offerings as well. Apple TV Plus for movies and TV shows costs $5 per month, Apple Arcade for gaming costs $5 per month, and Apple Fitness Plus costs $10 per month.
The 825 million accounts with paid subscriptions on Apple's platform at the end of March indicate that people have responded well to them. This represents an increase of 17% over the previous year.
According to Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies, the pandemic has shown us how much we rely on this stuff.
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