WWDC23 Keynote Leak: macOS 14 Skyline, Reality Pro, Mac Pro, M2 Extreme, and more!

There have been many rumors over the past few weeks and months regarding the operating systems and devices that Apple will be unveiling tonight during the WWDC23 keynote. During the last research on the topic, I came across an impressive, albeit tongue-in-cheek, leak. It is the minute-by-minute rundown of the presentation. If you don't have a problem with spoilers and you're already going to the Apple event and want to read its contents, then you will find a summary of it below. Please note that there may still be other Apple releases. The leak could be (partly) false information.

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The Apple WWDC23 keynote leak brings the most important information to the table before the event: Is the information about iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS 14 Skyline, Apple Reality Pro Headset and Mac Pro 2023 with M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme correct?
The Apple WWDC23 keynote leak brings the most important information to the table before the event: Is the information about iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS 14 Skyline, Apple Reality Pro Headset and Mac Pro 2023 with M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme correct?

WWDC23 Keynote Leak: The most important information summarized

The (allegedly) leaked script for tonight's keynote was posted three days ago by David Price at Macworld veröffentlicht. If you want to see the minute-by-minute rundown, you can click here. It is noted that the plan is not entirely genuine. But that could also be a tactic to protect the sources. In the following I summarize the most important points so that you can see at a glance what is to be presented tonight (as I said, everything without guarantee):

Joint presentation of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

  • Tim Cook opens the event, talking briefly about the exciting future heralded with the new Apple releases and the App Store. He discusses its benefits, probably to prepare for sideloading on iOS and iPadOS.
  • Craig Federighi poses iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 before. Lock screens should be individualized with more fonts and your own creations should be able to be shared with others. There should also be a horizontal view. 
  • Notifications and Siri are to be displayed on the Dynamic Island in the future.
  • Siri is now said to have been revised and come with a completely redesigned AI. Furthermore, CarPlay 2.0 should come onto the market, to be precise in September 2023.
  • iOS 17 is said to be compatible with devices from the iPhone X (2017). The iPhone 8 (also 2017) should not be among them. iPadOS 17 for iPad now uses the lock screen customizations that were only introduced for iPhone last year.

Mac and macOS 14-15 inch MacBook Air and macOS Skyline

  • The new MacBook Air with a 15,2-inch display diagonal is said to have a resolution of 2.880 x 1.800 pixels and an M2 chip. Apparently no M3 chip is presented at this presentation after all. When folded, the device is only 1,2 cm high and weighs just under 1,4 kg. The equipment starts with 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM, there is no fan, but supposedly a green case. We start at $1.599 or £1.699. 
  • Coming to macOS 14, Craig Federighi goes back to his usual naming jokes, first dropping the name "Grizzly" but then pointing out the actual name "Skyline". This is supposed to bring Wallet to the Mac. Furthermore, it should be the fastest and most efficient operating system for the Mac. There doesn't seem to be much else.

About watchOS 10: Bigger changes than iOS and macOS

  • The rumors of the last few weeks and months have already announced that the iPhone, iPad and Mac will not see any major innovations, but that the Apple Watch will experience significant innovations - that seems to be confirmed.
  • The app overview should be realized in a grid. Columns and rows in a two-dimensional design should make app selection easier: just scroll and tap. Furthermore, apps should be able to be grouped into folders, as on the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
  • As expected, widgets should also come back. They were previously called "Glances", and Macworld suspects that the new widgets could be a compromise between these and full apps. 
  • As of watchOS 10, Apple Watches should also be able to be paired with more than just one iPhone and also with the iPad and Mac. This is one of the biggest changes for the watchOS, iOS, iPadOS and macOS systems.
  • The sleep measurement is said to have been made the best in the industry. For fitness use, there should be a more precise compilation of your own workouts and routines.
  • The new watchOS 10 should be compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 and higher. The Apple Watch Series 3 was kept alive artificially for a long time, but that seems to be coming to an end.

The surprise that is no longer: Apple Reality Pro Headset

  • Can you still read the term "mixed reality headset" without thinking "Oh god, again?"?  Well, things only get worse from here as the device is finally set to be officially unveiled.
  • In addition to the well-known faces who, along with Cook and Federighi, talk about the various devices and systems, a previously unknown Apple personality comes up after an introduction by Tim Cook: Mike Rockwell. He ultimately introduces the Apple Reality Pro, which is the device's (supposed) name.
  • The possibilities for using the headset are said to cover everything: games, films, product design, next-gen social media, training, art, etc. VR gaming is to be presented by John Caramel, and VR films by Ron Waffle. 
  • The Apple Reality Pro is said to have the highest resolution in the industry, and the performance is said to be "butter-smooth". The battery life is said to be four hours, as expected from an external battery, which reduces the weight of the headset but has to be worn on the body and connected by cable.
  • The "Reality Switch" is probably the name of the selection button, which is said to be inspired by the "Digital Crown" of the Apple Watch. 3D maps of the environment for AR applications are to be created by two types of LiDAR scanners, one for short distances and one for longer distances. 
  • In the xrOS system, among other things, own versions of FaceTime, fitness, camera, calendar, maps, mail, Numbers and news running. But all other Apple apps that are pre-installed in iPadOS should also be found under xrOS.
  • The release is announced as "this autumn" and the price should be around $2.899 or £2.999.

One more thing: Mac Pro with M2 Ultra or M2 Extreme

  • Nearing the 2 hour mark of the presentation, it looks like it's over. But wait, there is a "One more thing"! Apple hasn't forgotten about pro users, even if it missed the two-year goal of migrating all Mac models from Intel to Apple silicon chips. But now the new Mac Pro is coming!
  • The new Mac Pro 2023 will come in the same cheese grater design as the 2019 model. What's more important is what's under the hood. 
  • The M2 Ultra is said to come with 24 CPU cores and 76 GPU cores. In addition, up to 192 GB of RAM should be available for these units. 
  • The M2 Extreme first seemed exciting due to rumors from Mark Gurman, then dismissed again. But now it is supposed to be used in the Mac Pro 2023, with 48 CPU cores and 152 GPU cores.
  • Macworld does not yet have details on the hard drive and maximum RAM sizes.
  • The new Mac Pro with M2 Ultra or M2 Extreme will be available this autumn and will start at $5.999 and £6.299 respectively. With the M2 Extreme and further upgrades from the basic configuration, however, one should easily be able to crack the $10.000 mark.

Let's see if the rundown has substance or if these alleged leaks are not (entirely) confirmed. We're smarter tonight.

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