The time has come! Right now, developers are gathering at Apple's annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), waiting for their chance to get the inside scoop on the 2016 product lineup.
Although the majority of the WWDC will cover specs and details that appeal only to developers who read code as if it's another language, we expect some big announcements that will get consumers excited too. Here are some of the juiciest rumors we've heard so far.
iOS 10: It's believed that a new iOS is in the works, and may be included on the new iPhone 7, which is expected to be released this fall.
Many of the upgrades for this new operating system are centered around Siri. One change, for example, is that the new iOS will allow Siri to complete tasks in other apps, such as send a message via WhatsApp.
More options for Apple Pay: Person-to-person transactions could be a new feature we'll see in the next version of Apple Pay. The mobile payment service has been catching on with consumers and major retail stores, but more options may soon be available. Splitting the check at lunch? If these rumors are true, you'll now be able to send funds directly to your friends, family members, or other individuals where a private transaction is involved.
Apple Music gets a makeover: As one of Apple's newest platforms, Apple Music is already believed to be up for a complete redesign. The music streaming app works well, but changes are expected to enhance features that will set it apart from other competitors. These changes are likely to include larger, crisper artwork display for albums, as well as additional 3-D touch shortcuts. Other changes are expected to improve the "For You" feature, which makes recommendations of songs.
MacOS: Changes are also expected to be made for the Mac OS X. The biggest change here is that Siri is expected to make an appearance on upcoming Macs, which has never been included in the past. Connectivity between other Apple devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches is also expected to improve through the new OS, which is currently being called MacOS among developers.
Siri comes to your desktop: Apple users have come to love Siri on their mobile devices. The personal assistant is always there when you need her to help find directions, or a good place to eat, or even to call first responders in an emergency. (Click here to see how Siri saved one child's life.) Currently, Siri is not included as a feature of Macs or Macbook laptops, but it's believed Apple will announce its plans to change that.
Siri comes home: One of the biggest rumors is that a home version of Siri is in the works, similar to Amazon Echo. There has been speculation over whether or not Apple was working on such a product, but now it is seeming more likely. When we can expect this new home version of Siri to hit the market is still unclear. However, it could include features like facial recognition, and the ability to sync to other smart devices to create a smart home.
Take selfies with the Apple Watch: Since it was first unveiled back in 2014, the Apple Watch has been just that - a watch. But now, if the rumors are true, the Apple Watch could be the new device you use to take all of your selfies.