Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is one of the most anticipated events of the year for tech enthusiasts and developers alike. The annual event showcases Apple’s latest innovations and updates for its software platforms, such as iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. It will begin on Monday US time with the usual keynote address by Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives.
The keynote begins promptly at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time. That’s 1 PM US Eastern time, 6 PM in the UK, 17 UTC, and, golly, 5 AM in New Zealand on Tuesday.
We expect the pattern of recent years to be followed and for audio description of the keynote to be available if you have Audio Description turned on in Apple’s Accessibility settings, and you watch the keynote via Apple’s website or on Apple TV.
The trouble is, the keynote runs at a fast pace, so the time an audio describer has to tell us all that is going on is strictly limited. As has become our custom, Living Blindfully is here to help.
Not only will we have our expert panel comprising Judy Dixon and Michael Feir to analyse what was announced from a blindness perspective, Heidi Taylor will be taking squillions of screen shots and giving detailed visual description of the products. That will be particularly important given what’s going to be discussed this year.
When Apple unveils a brand new product, it’s big news. It doesn’t happen often. This year, we expect to see the long-awaited mixed reality headset, even though the hubbub about this space has quietened of late. Will Apple reignite the product category, or have they left their run too late? And what, if any, benefits will there be for blind people from this device which is rumoured to cost around 3000 USD?
WatchOS is expected to receive one of its most significant updates ever as watchOS 10 is discussed.
While many Living Blindfully listeners are just wishing VoiceOver on iOS would better behave itself, iOS 17 is likely to have new features including an updated wallet app, a brand new journalling app to rival Day One, and more.
We expect to hear about updates to other Apple operating systems and even new Macs.
This is expected to be one of the most lengthy WWDC keynotes in history, because Apple has so much to reveal.
We’ll publish our informative recap for Living Blindfully Plus members as soon as its recorded, so you should expect it a couple of hours after the keynote concludes. It will then be available to the general public 72 hours later.
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