Apple will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California next month. The annual event is a chance for the company to give developers a sneak peek at upcoming operating system updates and (sometimes) hardware.
Apple typically kickstarts the week-long conference with an all-singing, all-dancing keynote where it presents a number of the key consumer-facing changes coming to the next iteration of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. That means we'll get a glimpse of iOS 13, macOS 10.15, tvOS 13 and watchOS 6.
However, those who own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 5S or iPhone SE shouldn't get too excited about what they see on-stage during the event, since Apple is widely-rumoured to drop support for these ageing handsets with the next software update.
It's not really that much of a surprise to see the iPhone 5S left behind – it will be six years old by the time iOS 13 rolls-out worldwide in September 2019. However, iOS 12 was supported by exactly the same devices as iOS 11. Not only that, Apple designed the operating system upgrade to speed-up older hardware.
As such, it's a shame to see more recent hardware, like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, being dropped from future software update plans before the reaching the same 6-year lifespan enjoyed by the iPhone 5S. According to ZDnet, the full list of iPhone models that will not support iOS is as follows...
If the report is accurate, Apple will have removed all devices with a four-inch display – potentially paving the way for design tweaks and features that take advantage of a larger display. With a shake-up of the homescreen purportedly planned for the upcoming version of iOS, the choice to only support 4.7-inch displays and higher could pave the way for some interesting new user interface elements.
Unfortunately, it's not just iPhone getting the boot, with older iPad models seemingly being shown the door, too. More specifically, the iPad Mini 2 and original iPad Air – not the reboot of the same name launched earlier this year.
Aside from the redesigned homescreen on iPhone and iPad, iOS 13 is also rumoured to bring a system-wide Dark Mode, which inverts the ubiquitous white backgrounds found across the user interface to black – saving precious battery life on iPhone models fitted with OLED displays, like the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
CarPlay is also tipped to get a visual overhaul, as well as the multi-tasking interface. A revamped Find My iPhone app that merges the existing Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps, as well as updates to Reminders and Mail apps are also expected.
Apple is promoting WWDC 2019 with the tagline: “Write code. Blow minds". The conference runs between June 3 - 7, 2019. As always, T3 will have all of the latest news from San Jose as soon as it breaks, so stay tuned.
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