Apple WWDC 2022 Everything Announced: All the Big Apple Software Updates
It’s Summertime for developers, which means it’s time for developer conferences. Google just held its I/O developer conference a few weeks ago and today Apple is holding WWDC 2022 short for Worldwide Developers Conference. The big development show including new developments for all of Apple operating systems including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16. What’s more, Apple announced a new M2 processor coming to Apple hardware soon.
Apple WWDC 2022 Keynote
Apple is making some big changes to the lockscreen with iOS 16, completely reimagining the way it looks and works. Users will be able to add widgets at long last for things like weather. Additionally, you’ll be able to customize the font and color of elements on the screen. Apple is also adding a gallery of wallpapers for users to pick through and customize too.
Notifications also won’t cover up your lockscreen anymore, instead, they’ll roll up from the bottom and you can choose to just hide them as well. Live activities, like your workout tracking or listening to music, also appear at the bottom of your lockscreen.
Previous versions of iOS added Focus modes to help tap down notifications and now it’s introducing Focus Filters to extend to apps. Basically, you can engage Focus Filters to filter out unwanted content from Messages, Calendar, Mail, and other apps. This is especially useful if you’re trying to focus on work and then you can have Safari filter out all non-work-related tabs.
Messages is also getting three big updates. The first one is the ability to edit any sent messages, useful for correcting typos, and you can unsend a message as well. Next you can mark threads as unread.
iOS 16 is also adding SharePlay apps to FaceTime and Messages. What’s more, dictation is getting a serious upgrade to allow you to seamlessly switch between typing and voice dictation, which also picks up on emoji detection from your voice too now.
Apple is also pushing more AR features into iOS 16. With Live Text you can select text from your images and get quick actions like copying it or contextual actions like translations and currency conversions. You can also use the iPhone’s AR abilities to pull a subject in an image away from the background and paste it anywhere like a sticker.
You’ll be able to add your state ID to your Apple Wallet with iOS 16. What’s more Wallet will be able to authenticate your identity to apps that need it, such as Uber Eats checking if you’re old enough to buy alcohol. Additionally, Apple Pay will soon support payment installments and order tracking with shipping tracking information.
Apple Maps is adding 3D Views for Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, London, Melbourne, Montreal, New York, and more popular destinations.
If you’re into sports, you’ll be glad to hear Apple TV app will show you scores and play-by-play on the lock screen with the new Live Activities widget. There’s also a new My Sports section of Apple News that you can use to quickly see highlights and all the current standings of any teams you follow.
Apple is introducing iCloud Shared Photo Libraries that allow up to six Apple users to create a shared photo album. On top of manually uploading photos, users can set smart upload filters to send photos to the shared library right away if they’re taken from a particular location or time and other parameters.
CarPlay is getting a serious UI upgrade to integrate itself with your car’s built-in screens. No matter how your car’s built-in screen is shaped or laid out, Apple promises CarPlay will work with it. And beyond that, users will be able to customize their instrument cluster with different colors, dials, and more. According to Apple, vehicles with this new version of CarPlay will be announced late next year.
Apple kicked off updates on watchOS 9 with an extensive Workout app update for runners. The improved app adds three running form metrics to track how efficiently you run. The Apple watch uses its accelerometer and gyro to monitor your running form, stride length, and ground contact time. The watchOS Workout app is also adding a new mode for triathletes that can auto-switch between cycling, swimming, and running.
Opposite of working out, Apple has improved the Sleep app to detect REM, Core, and Deep sleep. And for those to diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, watchOS 9 can now track the amount of time your heart spends in A-fib. With this information, it can help you identify the time of day or week your A-fib is most active.
Slightly going back to the iPhone, you can use camera to scan and track your medications so you don’t run into any bad medication interactions.
Apple’s second-generation computing processor is here at long last. Of course, the new chip brings new efficiency and performance cores. The new M2 chip promises 25% more GPU performance and 18% more performance overall over the M1.
The new processor comes equipped with 4 high-performance and high-efficiency cores, and it also supports 24GB of unified LPDDR5 memory.
With a new neural engine and secure enclave, Apple promises the M2 can handle multiple streams of 8K and 4K video.
MacBook Air with M2
The new MacBook Air will be the first Mac to come running Apple’s new M2 processor and it’s sporting a fresh new look too. The new MacBook Air sports a decidedly less wedge-shaped and more squared-off design that essentially looks like a thinned-down MacBook Pro with M1 Pro.
The new MacBook Air measures 11m thin and weighs 2.7 pounds, making it one of the thinnest and lightest Macs ever. The MacBook Air also sports a larger 13.6-inch display with 500 nits of brightness and support for 1 billion colors. Of course, that new display also comes with a notch and it’s there supposedly to make room for the new 1080p camera.
The new MacBook Air also features MagSafe and a new AC adapter. With both, it can support fast charging to get to 80% in 20 minutes.
The MacBook Air will be available for a starting price of $1,199 in July.
MacBook Pro with M2
Interestingly, after Apple introduced the new and redesigned MacBook Air, it’s also keeping around the old MacBook Pro and upgrading it with the new M2 processor too.
We’re not entirely sure why Apple decided to keep around this old design since it now has a smaller screen than the MacBook Air. However, the old MacBook Pro could be a good option if you’re looking for a fan-cooled M2 chip or you’re holding onto the Touch Bar.
macOS 13 Ventura
We got our first look at macOS 13 and it’s been newly christened as Ventura. Apple is introducing a new way to keep windows automatically organized with Stage Manager. Essentially this new system puts your apps into a single-window mode that moves everything off to the left when you switch between apps.
Apple is also improving Spotlight by adding quick actions like starting a timer and giving users richer search results.
Mail is also getting a bunch of improvements including reminders, unsending email, and scheduling messages. Additionally, Apple is adding more mail search features, on top of built-in autocorrect and typo correction.
Next Safari will let you share tabs so you can discover the web with friends and family. Apple also wants to replace passwords with biometric Passkeys.
Next up, Metal 3 could be the biggest thing gamers on Macs have been looking for. Metal 3 basically upscales low-resolution frames using AI, so you can run games with fewer resources while increasing frame rate. This technology is essentially Apple’s version of Nvidia DLSS and AMD FidelityFX and if it works as well as theorized it could lead to more gaming on Apple’s computers.
To reflect this possible future, Apple brought a Resident Evil Village on stage to endorse the technology. Apple also showed a demo of No Man’s Sky running on a MacBook Pro with M1.
Lastly, Apple showed off how macOS Ventura will allow users to use an iPhone as a webcam using continuity. Finally, you can hand off FaceTime calls from an iPhone to a Mac without having to hang up and rejoin a call.
The main focus of Apple’s new iPad OS16 update was on collaboration. To this end, Apple introduced a new Freeform app that basically acts like a digital whiteboard for multiple iPad users to share their ideas through notes, images, PDFs, and Apple Pencil scribblings.
Apple is also adding more collaboration into its office apps, including Pages, so other users can make edits similar to how Google Drive works. Collaboration should also be coming to other apps including Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari.
12.9-inch iPad owners will also be able to take advantage of a new reference color mode for editing photos and video on the tablet’s Liquid Retina XDR display. And for all M1-equipped iPads, Apple is also introducing a Display zoom feature that lets users boost the pixel density of their display.
Also finally after 16 iterations of iPadOS, Apple tablets are finally getting an official weather app.
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