Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference officially ended on Friday, and it’s now clear that a few of the things we were hoping to see come out of the week-long conference haven’t materialized.
Although the opening keynote at the start of the week normally heralds all the biggest announcements, Apple has been known to slip out new products more quietly via press release, and the actual developer sessions throughout the week often reveal more details about Apple’s upcoming software releases.
This year, however, WWDC was surprisingly devoid of any hardware announcements at all. While it’s fair to say that the event is primarily about software, Apple has often used the platform to announce new products. For example, WWDC 2019 included the announcement of the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, and back in 2017 there was a staggering amount of new hardware announced, including minor updates to the iMac and MacBooks Pro, along with the debut of a powerful iMac Pro, a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the ill-fated original HomePod.
So, if you were expecting to see at least some hardware at WWDC this year, you weren’t alone. It wasn’t just about new products, though, as there were a few other software improvements that some had hoped Apple was working on that haven’t materialized yet either. Read on for 9 things that we hoped to see at WWDC that didn’t make the cut.