macOS Big Sur, no iOS name change, zero new hardware and other last-minute WWDC rumors

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WWDC 2020 iOS 14 won’t be called iPhone OS and the new macOS will be called “Big Sur,” according to Apple tipster L0vetodream.

In a series of tweets early Monday, the Apple leaker shared a number of “predictions” that may spill details of the virtual-only Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Apple will Monday.

For starters, L0vetodream backs up a report from Jon Prosser that Apple will show off no new hardware during the event. Previously, we expected a redesigned iMac, AirTags, possible a new HomePod and more. However, it now seems like new gear may be unlikely to appear at the software-focused event.

But some of the other last-minute WWDC rumors don’t prove quite so disappointing. L0vetodream suggests that the new version of tvOS will feature better HomeKit integration and monitoring. This would make it more of a smart home hub than previous iterations.

As far as macOS goes, L0vetodream predicts it will be called Big Sur, after a rugged stretch of California coastline between Carmel and San Simeon. Such a title would follow in Apple’s recent tradition of naming macOS updates after notable California landmarks. The Twitter leaker promises a “huge” update to the macOS Safari, along with a redesigned user interface.

Meanwhile, watchOS will add sleep monitoring and a reminder to wash your hands regularly — with the latter being a particularly handy feature in the age of coronavirus.

Changes coming to iPadOS, too

L0vetodream didn’t forget about iPadOS, either. The next version of iPadOS will feature enhanced handwriting input and include a redesigned Sidecar feature for using the iPad as a second display, according to the leaker. Finally, L0vetodream says iOS 14 will keep its name, offer a redesigned Home screen, widgets, app alignment changes, “something like mini applications,” and no full screen on incoming phone calls.

How much of this will come true? We’ll have to wait and see. L0vetodream mentions that this is all “just a dream,” but the leaker used similar wording when reporting previous rumors. Fortunately, unlike a lot of Apple rumors, we don’t have long to wait. Monday’s WWDC 2020 keynote will kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Check out our post on how to watch it here.