This year, Apple Inc. is giving attendees of WWDC 2017 black Levi’s jackets with the WWDC logo embroidered on them, ceramic pins with various logos like the vintage multi-color Apple logo, the logo for their programming language Swift and others. They’re also giving out pins with flags based on the developer’s nationality, as well as a dev kit for Apple TV.
Badge has a chip inside, Levi’s jacket, custom country flag for each attendee and pins! pic.twitter.com/CfeXtu3Bpd
— Patrick @ WWDC (@BalestraPatrick) 4 June 2017
What we’re really looking forward to is the latest operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 11. There should be a feature-rich unveiling at the keynote, and then some deep-dive sessions for iOS and other initiatives. We’re assuming that Apple TV is going to get more than its fair share of the limelight during WWDC 2017, considering the gifts that devs are getting.
One of the biggest reveals will be the Siri speaker that’s expected to show its face at the event. Apple getting into the smart speaker segment is a big deal, for various reasons that we’ve outlined in earlier articles. See linked content below:
Of course, the highlight of WWDC 2017 will naturally be the first showcasing of the new flagship iPhone for 2017, as well as two other models that are expected to follow-through on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with a “tock” upgrade or “S” upgrade.
We’re hoping to hear more on Apple Pay as well. The company has been pushing hard over the past year, expanding Apple Pay support for several more countries. Hopefully, they’re going to give us more information on that.
Siri should also get some spotlight time during the event, and we can’t wait to see what new capabilities Apple has been busy giving her. At the very least, we should see some action around SiriKit, which allows devs to integrate Siri capability into their own apps. If the Siri speaker unveiling does happen, that’s a given.
With just a few hours to go before WWDC kicks off, we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground. Stay tuned.