Apple Sends Out Press Invites for WWDC Keynote on June 5

Apple today sent press invites to a variety of news and media sites for its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, confirming plans to hold a keynote event on June 5 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Apple traditionally holds a keynote event on the first day of the Worldwide Developers Conference, where new software is introduced. We expect to see new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS at the conference, and there’s a chance we could also see new hardware like updated iMacs and Apple’s rumored Siri speaker.



As was announced in February, the Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 5 to June 9 in San Jose, California, a departure from past events that have long been held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center.

Tickets, which were priced at $1,599, were distributed by random selection at the end of March, and free tickets provided to scholarship winners were also handed out in April.

Apple expects to host about 5,000 developers, with hundreds of Apple engineers available to answer questions and host app development sessions. Developers who cannot attend will be able to watch the sessions through the WWDC 2017 website, and the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

For the June 5 keynote event, MacRumors will provide a live blog both here on MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account, along with detailed coverage of everything Apple announces during the week.

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Many Apple Stores Set to Receive Overnight Makeover on May 16

MacRumors has learned that Apple is planning to quickly refurbish several of its retail stores after closing time on May 16, with the overnight transformations to be completed by the time each store reopens on May 17.



Many older and smaller Apple Stores that have yet to be fully renovated with the company’s next-generation retail design will receive new fixtures that mirror the updated look and feel as much as possible, according to a source. It’s unclear how many stores will be involved, but we’ve learned it’s a worldwide effort.

Apple plans to replace its existing accessory shelves in each store with what it calls the Avenue, as pictured above, a person familiar with the matter said. Apple will also be adding more “feature bays” to each store for displaying products and accessories, and new stools for the Genius Bar and other seating areas.

Here’s how Apple described the Avenue when it opened its flagship Union Square store in San Francisco last year:

“The Avenue,” inspired by the window displays along a boulevard that dynamically change with the season. Avenue walls are interactive themed “windows” where Apple’s products and services come to life, from music, to creativity, apps, photography and more. New “Creative Pros,” Apple experts in creative arts, offer advice and expertise at each of the displays. Customers will also find “Only at Apple” products on the Avenue, a curated collection of third-party accessories.

Apple will significantly reduce the number of accessories it keeps on display on the sales floor, but it will still have ample stock in the back of the store, the person said. A customer interested in purchasing an accessory that isn’t readily shelved can simply ask an employee, who will grab it from the back.

Apple has over 35 next-generation retail stores around the world, including locations in Brussels, Dubai, London, Mexico City, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and elsewhere. It has also fully updated and expanded many existing stores with the new look, but those larger renovations usually take several months.

Apple has 460 other retail stores, however, and this quick facelift will bring many of them closer in line with the newer aesthetics.

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Apple’s Plans for Upcoming Siri Speaker Remain Unclear in Regard to Display

With Amazon having launched the Echo Show, a new Alexa-enabled smart speaker that comes equipped with a 7-inch screen, Bloomberg has shared a little tidbit on Apple’s own speaker plans, making it clear that there’s still no concrete information on whether Apple’s speaker will include a display.

In a piece outlining Amazon’s new speaker, Bloomberg references a comment made recently by Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, where he said that a voice assistant in a device without a screen doesn’t “suit many situations.”

While marketing chief Phil Schiller recently talked up the benefits of having a screen on a voice-activated device, it’s not clear whether the Apple version will in fact have one.

Rumors of Apple’s work on some kind of in-home Siri-based smart speaker to compete with the Amazon Echo first surfaced in early 2016, but while the speaker is said to be close to launching, details remain scant.

The new Amazon Echo Show


We’ve heard it will feature Siri integration and focus heavily on sound quality, with “excellent acoustics performance” and some form of Beats technology. Design details shared in late April said it would feature a Mac Pro-style concave top with built-in controls and a “fat” body with speaker mesh covering the majority of the device, but no display was mentioned.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said the speaker has a 50 percent chance of debuting at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference coming in June, and as Bloomberg first mentioned in September (and reiterates again today) the speaker is currently being tested within the homes of Apple employees, so it may not be long before we have more concrete details about the device.

Based on today’s Bloomberg report, Apple’s speaker will have one benefit over the Amazon Echo and Google Home – native Apple Music integration. Amazon devices chief Dave Limp told Bloomberg that while Amazon would “love to have Apple” the company is “not super big” on allowing Apple Music integration.

For more details on Apple’s upcoming Siri speaker, make sure to check out our dedicated roundup, which aggregates all of the information we’ve heard about the device so far. More information about Amazon’s Echo Show can be found in our launch article.

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Apple Maps Transit Directions Now Available in Singapore

As Apple prepares to open its first retail store in Singapore, the company has also expanded Apple Maps feature availability in the city-state, enabling transit directions.

Transit information may still be in the process of rolling out to all customers, but according to the iOS section of Apple’s Singaporean website, and a feature availability list, transit directions are live in Singapore.



Apple Maps now allows users to get directions for the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system that spans across most of Singapore using the “Transport” tab within the app. Each MRT line is color-coded for simple navigation.

Along with transit directions, Apple Maps in Singapore is also gaining points of interest, a feature designed to highlight notable buildings, parks, and other landmarks.

Transit directions have been available since iOS 9 launched in 2015, and while availability was limited at launch, Apple has been slowly expanding transit information to various countries around the world.

More than 10 countries now have access to transit directions, and the feature has also expanded to many locations in the United States. A full list of where Transit directions are available can be found on Apple’s website.

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How-To: alter the macOS Dock autohide animation for a more responsive experience [Video]

Full screen apps on macOS are great, because they automatically hide the dock and menu bar, providing users with maximum screen real estate for work. Yet, some apps, like those in Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite, have yet to adopt proper full screen behavior in macOS.

When using apps that don’t allow proper full screen usage, hiding the Dock is a viable option for gaining additional screen real estate. Unfortunately, the Dock’s autohide feature comes bundled with an animation that results in a perceivable delay.

The animation is minimal and probably won’t bother most people, but I find it annoying. For this reason I use a simple terminal command to alter the autohide delay for the Dock. It’s one of the first things that I do on a new macOS installation. more…