Top stories: Here comes WWDC – iOS 17, AR/VR Headset, New Macs, and more

One of Apple’s biggest events of the year is just around the corner, as WWDC 2023 kicks off on Monday. Apple’s AR/VR headset is sure to finally come to fruition, but it looks like there will be a lot more to it than what was revealed at the event.

In addition to the standard previews of upcoming major OS and headset updates, it looks like we’ll be seeing several new Mac models. And of course, the headset will come with a brand new operating system rumored to be called “xrOS,” so read below for all the details on these stories and more!

What to expect at “one of the longest WWDC speeches ever from Apple” on Monday

Apple’s annual WWDC developer conference kicks off next week with a keynote address on Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m. PST. Among the many ways to follow the event, the video will be broadcast live on the Apple website and in the Apple TV app.

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The keynote will be “one of the longest ever offered by Apple,” according to him bloombergMark Gorman. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to what to expect including “many new Macs,” Apple’s long-popular AR/VR headset, and new software, including iOS and iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and more. tvOS 17, and xrOS for the headset.

And if you’re looking for more discussion of what to expect, Dan and Hartley go over everything in detail on this week’s episode of The MacRumors Show podcast.

The new Mac Studio will likely be introduced alongside the 15-inch MacBook Air at WWDC

In addition to the much-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air we can expect to see on Monday, Apple is also testing new Mac desktops with M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips, according to Gurman. Apple already introduced the M2 Max chip in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year, while the M2 Ultra chip has yet to be announced.

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Gurman believes these are the updated Mac Studio models with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips, and they could be announced at WWDC next week.

xrOS: What to expect from the software designed for Apple’s AR/VR headsets

Apple is expected to reveal xrOS for its rumored AR/VR headset at WWDC, and we’ve put together a guide outlining what to expect based on reported features and details.

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Users will reportedly be able to control xrOS through eye and hand movements, and we should learn more details next week. The Apple Headset is expected to be launched later this year, with an estimated price of around $3,000.

iOS 17 Beta for iPhone is coming next week with these 12 new features

The first beta of iOS 17 should be made available to members of Apple’s $99 per year developer program moments after next week’s WWDC keynote, while the public beta will likely be available in July for members of Apple’s free Beta Software program.

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We’ve compiled a list of 12 new features and changes rumored for iOS 17. The update is supposed to be widely released in September, around the time the new iPhones launch.

Apple’s “My Photo Stream” service shut down in July

In a new support document, Apple recently announced that My Photo Stream will be shutting down on July 26, 2023. Going forward, Apple is recommending that users switch to iCloud Photos.

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My Photo Stream is a legacy service that uploads photos of the last 30 days to iCloud, making them available across your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices. The service has been largely replaced by iCloud Photos.

Hands-on: What the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro will look like

Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models are still just over three months away from their launch. Before time passed, we got mockups that provide a closer look at what the devices are expected to look like based on the rumors.

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All four iPhone 15 models are expected to have a USB-C port and Dynamic Island, while the Pro models are rumored to feature a titanium frame, A17 chip, and more.

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