Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) just announced the dates and location of its annual worldwide developer conference (WWDC), which could be when the company announces its much-anticipated new flagship device.
In an announcement on its developers’ site, Apple posted the following:
Technology alone is not enough. Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer we bring together thousands of brilliant minds representing many diverse perspectives, passions, and talents to help us change the world.
In a bit of a change from recent events, this year’s WWDC will be held in San Jose rather than San Francisco. That’s likely because San Jose is significantly closer to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.
Along with the usual software and developer tool announcements, Apple fans and investors will no doubt watch the event closely to see if it also includes a new hardware announcement. Specifically, they’ll be eager to see if the iPhone 8 makes an appearance.
The iPhone 8 is arguably the company’s most anticipated new piece of hardware since the original iPhone was unveiled 10 years ago. In that time span, the device that redefined a product category has gone through several iterations.
But its recent updates have been far from revolutionary. The form factor of the iPhone 7 is nearly identical to the iPhone 6. This time around, analysts are betting on a much more significant upgrade, with a flexible display, edge-to-edge screen, and an augmented reality component potentially in the works.
And now we know that we just might get a glimpse of that upgrade in less than four months.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was trading at $135.11 per share on Thursday morning, down $0.4 (-0.30%). Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 16.66%, versus a 4.86% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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