Apple has revealed its 2018 plans for the Worldwide Developers Conference, otherwise known as WWDC18. The event will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California from June 4th to 8th. As usual, Apple is expected to show off iOS 12 along with updates to tvOS, watchOS, HomePod and macOS.
The App Store continues to dominate, with total earnings paid to developers surpassing the $70 billion mark. Apple described the numbers as "simply mind-blowing" in a statement by senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. It also means that Apple has netted roughly $30 billon from its share of App Store revenues since the store launched in 2008.
When it comes to the latest App Store statistics, a whopping four-fifths of active iOS devices are now running iOS 10. As of February 20, Apple reports 79% of active iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units compatible with the newest firmware have already installed it. This leaves 16% with iOS 9 and just 5% running earlier versions of iOS.
Big changes could be on the horizon for the Siri personal assistant. According to reports, Apple is planning to launch an SDK for Siri at WWDC next month. This would open the voice assistant to third-party developers. Apple is also said to be working on new hardware to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
The days of a Bluetooth link to iPhone may be numbered for Apple Watch. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple may be planning to include cellular connectivity in the next generation Apple Watch. The news comes hot on the heels of a major announcement from Apple, requiring all app submissions to be native apps built using the watchOS 2 SDK. The requirement takes effect on June 1, just weeks ahead of WWDC 2016.