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There are few times every year when Apple execs get up on stage and demonstrate the new products and software the company is releasing. If we are exceptionally lucky, we might even get a first look at a new product that is in its early stages.

So, when will the next Apple event happen?

In the past the company has made big announcements at events in the spring, during its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and at an event in September. Apple has also been known to hold an event in October.

Right now the next big date in the Apple calendar is the WWDC keynote on 4 June 2018. We don't know the exact timings of the event quite yet, but we would expect it to kick off with a keynote speach at 10am PST (which is 6pm here in the UK).

In this article we will look into what we can expect to learn during Apple's WWDC keynote. We will also look at what might be coming up at the other special events on Apple's calendar for 2018, with their pre-launch speculation, mysterious invitations, warm-up music, and a bit of the old Tim Cook razzle-dazzle. We'll discuss when they might take place and what Apple might have up its sleeve for those unveilings.

Occasionally Apple will drop a product on an unsuspecting public like a thunderbolt from a clear sky. But mostly it follows a recognisable pattern. As a result the grizzled Apple pundits here at Macworld can draw on their experience covering this secretive company to give you a strong - albeit not infallible - guide to when the next Apple event will be held.

The company's yearly calendar has some regular signposts you can use to orient yourself. These are the Apple events we're expecting over the next 12 months, including the dates for WWDC in June 2018.

Apple WWDC 2018 event

WWDC stands for Worldwide Developers Conference. This is an overwhelmingly software-focused event, where Apple announces the flagship features in its annual operating system updates for the benefit of its software developer partners who will have to update their software to work with the new OS.

This year Apple will hold the event from 4-8 June at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple used this venue for the first time in 2017 - prior to the 2017 WWDC Apple had hosted the developer conferences at the Moscone Center for a number of years (2003 to 2016).

Developers can no longer register for the event because the ballot has closed, however, you can watch a live stream of the sessions during the conference week.Find out how to watch the live stream along with details of our WWDC blog here.

There are also other events happening in San Jose that week, including AltConf (the Alternative Apple Conference), details are here. AltConf is also coming to London. The free London event will also happen on 4 June at the Royal Horticultural Halls. There will be a live stream of the keynote. More information about AltConf London here.

So, what can we expect to see during the WWDC keynote?

At WWDC 2016 Apple announced macOS Sierra and iOS 10, and released beta versions of each; the final public releases wouldn't come until the autumn but this was the first chance to see what was going to be included.

At WWDC 2017 we heard about iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra, as well as updates to tvOS and watchOS. We also got our first look at the new iMac Pro which was previewed alongside the launch of new iMacs, as well as the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook.

What of WWDC 2018? As usual we expect that Apple will reveal details about the next version of macOS (more information about 2018's macOS 10.14 here) and iOS (more information about iOS 12 here) as well as tvOS, watchOS. We also expect to see the following:

MacBook Air

We are hearing that an update to the MacBook Air is in the pipeline. We've been waiting a long time for an update and it almost sounds too good to be true, but apparently, rather than discontinue the MacBook Air, it looks like Apple will launch a new 13in model with a retina display at the same price as the MacBook Air is currently!

Read more about Apple's new 13in MacBook Air.

13in MacBook

Alternatively this rumoured new 13in Mac laptop could be an update to the MacBook, which is currently 12in, but could be getting a bigger screen, and a lower price.

Read all the MacBook 2018 news here.

Mac mini

Apple claimed the Mac mini was still important to it. So could it be planning an update to the Mac that's been untouched since 2013? We hope so!

Read the latest news about Apple's Mac mini here.

iMac & MacBook Pro

We also expect that Apple will unveil updates the rest of its range of Macs. In fact, we expect that the new iMac and the MacBook Pro will get more cores. With the top of the range models sporting six, rather than four, core processors.

Read about the Macs we expect to see at WWDC here:

iMac 2018 news

MacBook Pro 2018 news

iPhone SE2

The iPhone SE is a popular iPhone, being both the smallest and the cheapest handset on offer. Rumours are pointing to a new iPhone SE 2 model launching soon, so an unveiling at WWDC is possible.

Read the latest news about the iPhone SE2 here.

HomePod mini

It's probably wishful thinking, but there are a lot of rumours flying around suggesting that Apple will launch a cheaper, smaller HomePod (maybe it will have Beats rather than Apple branding). Such a move would, presumably, help Apple gain marketshare in the smart speaker space, but it has a long way to go before it has anything like the marketshare of Amazon.

Read about the Mini HomePod here.

Mac Pro

We were pretty confident that Apple would give us a first look at the new Mac Pro that the company says it is working on during the WWDC keynote. However, the company has said that the new Mac Pro won't launch before 2019, so it may not get a mention on stage. Apple may take the opportunity to talk about its commitment to the pro market, but whether we see a machine depends on how much progress the company has made in that regard.

The current Mac Pro was unveiled with a lot of fanfare at WWDC in 2013. It's possible that Apple won't show off about the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2018 given that it ought to be a bit embarrassed about the fuss it made about the new Mac when it unveiled it at the show in 2013.

Read about the new Mac Pro and why Apple made such a big mistake with the current Mac Pro here.

New Apple display

If Apple shows off the new Mac Pro we expect it will also show off the new display that it has revealed it is working on. But, again, it may be something Apple chooses to keep under its hat until 2019.

Read all about Apple's new display here - it could offer 8K!

Apple September 2018 iPhone launch event

In September 2018 we are likely to see the launch of the next iPhone. The difficulty is predicting what Apple will call the next iPhone (or iPhones).

iPhone 9, Xi, 11, or something else...

We may see an iPhone 9 (and iPhone 9 Plus), or Apple may announcing an iPhone Xi (iPhone 11). And if the iPhone X Plus doesn't launch in the spring, we may see a Plus model launch in September.

Now may be the time it ditches the numbers and refers to the iPhone simply as iPhone and iPhone Plus.

In fact some rumours suggest that Apple will announce three new phones in 2018 - two high-end models with OLED screens, and one cheaper model with a LCD-TFT display. All three models are said to have all screen displays (although we assume the notch will remain).

Read all the news about the new iPhone for 2018 here.

iOS 12 & macOS 14

The iPhone usually shares its September event with announcements of when the latest version of iOS (in this case iOS 12) and macOS (v.10.14) will become available to the public in their final form, having been announced earlier that year at WWDC.

Apple Watch

September is also a good time for Apple Watch updates, and in September 2017 we saw the announcement of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.

Apple October 2018 event

In the past Apple has sometimes followed up its September press event with another smaller do in October. In the past it has unveiled iPads and updated Macs at that event.

The October event doesn't happen every year. Apple didn't hold an event in 2015 or 2017, for example, but on 27 October 2016 it held an event where it released the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

When is the next Apple event?

Apple's spring 2019 event

In 2018 Apple held an education-focused events on 27 March at a school in Chicago. The company made a series of announcements including a new iPad (with support for Apple Pencil), updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and Garageband. As well as talking at length about what it can do for teachers and students.

When is Apple's next event: Spring 2018

In the past Apple has made some significant announcements at spring events. In 2015 Apple held an event called 'Spring Forward' on 9 March 2015, where it announced pricing and the launch date for the original Apple Watch and unveiled the first 12in MacBook. And on 21 March 2016, at the 'Let us loop you in' event, we got the iPhone SE, the iPad Pro 9.7 and iOS 9.3.

However, spring 2017 was a bit of a disappointment for Apple followers: instead of a full-blown event the company quietly closed down its online store then sent out a press release announcing the launch of the iPad 2017 and the red iPhone 7.

As yet we have no predictions as to what Apple could launch in the spring of 2019 - although we are hearing that the long awaited video streaming service that could take on Netflix may finally launch! Read the latest news about Apple's plans for TV and Movie content here.

Source : https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/apple/when-is-next-apple-event-3658198/

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