Apple’s WWDC 2022 keynote set for June 6: What to expect

Apple's WWDC 2022 keynote set for June 6: What to expect
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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, better known as WWDC, will take place on June 6 with a keynote scheduled for 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. The event is aimed at developers, but the rest of the world will be tuning in as Apple unveils the latest on iOS, macOS and iPadOS and potentially launches new hardware.

As it has for the past few years, Apple will host WWDC as an online virtual event, free for all developers to stream from June 6 through June 10 from the comfort of their homes. The keynote – the focal point for Apple fans – will be streamed online for everyone to watch, and this year a few lucky developers will be in attendance. With the big day approachinglet’s look at everything Apple is expected to announce at its upcoming WWDC event.

How to watch the WWDC 2022 keynote

First, a date and time for your calendars. Apple’s keynote will take place on June 6 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. It will probably air on Apple website and the official Apple YouTube Channel. you can keep Apple event page bookmarked, as it is usually updated with additional information and a link to add the event to your calendars.

What to expect at WWDC 2022

If there’s one thing we know for sure, is that Apple will unveil updates to iOS 16. The company will introduce new Health app features and the first updates to iPhone notifications, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Don’t expect a complete UI overhaul.

Gurman says “there should be major changes across the system” and “new ways of interacting” with iOS. He also said there would be updates to Apple apps, though none were specifically mentioned. Other leakers claim iOS will add a crash detection system and a larger widget interface. For iPad owners, iPadOS is said to be getting more multitasking features and could even gain a “pro” mode.

Other event highlights will likely include watchOS 9, macOS 13, and tvOS 16—updates to the operating systems powering the Apple Watch, Macs, and Apple TV, respectively. While changes coming to macOS 13 remain a mystery, watchOS could lay the foundations for an upcoming body temperature tracking feature.

There are also rumblings of Apple revealing rOS, or RealityOS, the software that will underpin Apple’s upcoming virtual and augmented reality efforts. Apple will need to get its AR/VR platform into the hands of developers long before the hardware arrives, so apps wait in the wings once the first headsets hit the market. Could WWDC 2022 be the time we see Apple make its foray into this emerging space? Perhaps. Even if it’s not, we should hear references to a mixed reality headset in iOS 16.

Even more exciting is the new hardware that could debut at WWDC. If we get new products, they will probably belong to the Mac family. While no new hardware was announced at the last two events, WWDC 2020 did let us know of Apple’s intentions to switch from Intel to its own M1 processors. Before that, Apple announced the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, and in 2017 it revealed the iMac Pro, alongside iMac, MacBook, and MacBook Pro updates.

There’s a chance, quite a sizable one, that WWDC 2022 will be a software-only event. If we do get any new hardware, it will likely come in the form of a new MacBook Air or a base MacBook Pro 13. We’re also planning (at some point this year) an updated iMac and a Mac mini running on an M2 chip. Those who skipped the Studio Display to save for an even more expensive monitor may be lucky enough to spend big on the supposed refresh of the Pro Display XDR with 7K resolution.

Apple has done a good job of keeping things under wraps in the lead-up to WWDC, which makes this event interesting. You never know, there could always be an unexpected “one more thing”.

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