WWDC 2022: Last-minute rumors about MacBook Air, iPadOS 16, and more

WWDC 2022: Last-minute rumors about MacBook Air, iPadOS 16, and more
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WWDC 2022 officially kicks off Monday with Apple’s keynote at 10:00 a.m. PT. During this keynote, Apple will officially unveil updates including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS 13. including the possibility of a new MacBook Air, significant updates to the multitasking features of iPadOS 16, and more.

See you below as we round up some of the late-breaking rumors of what’s happening at WWDC 2022…

WWDC 2022 Details

As a quick refresher, WWDC is a week-long event that includes Apple’s keynote, State of the Union with more technical details, Apple Design Awards, and hundreds of dev sessions. , laboratories, individual meetings and Suite.

  • WWDC Keynote Speech: June 6, 10 a.m. PDT
  • State of the Union Platforms: June 6, 2 p.m. PDT
  • Apple Design Award: June 6, 5 p.m. PDT

This year, WWDC 2022 also includes a small in-person component in addition to online options. A small group of developers and press were invited to Apple Park for the keynote as well as associated labs, interviews, and more. We’ll, of course, have full coverage of everything happening throughout the week right here on 9to5Mac.

AR/VR headset not provided

While announcing or teasing Apple’s AR/VR headset once seemed like a guarantee for WWDC 2022, that no longer appears to be the case. Due to ongoing development issues, supply chain issues, and tricky integration between hardware and software, Apple’s headphones are now set to debut in 2023.

Bloomberg reported in January that the Apple headset encountered several development issues, including overheating issues. Apple also reportedly struggled with good integration between hardware and software, as well as issues with camera hardware.

Last month, information corroborated many of these details and added additional context. According to this report, Jony Ive’s Decision that the Apple headset should be a completely standalone device turned out to be a problem.

Apple’s early plans were for the first version of the headset to work with a base station, allowing the headset itself to be smaller and rely on that base station for things like performance and battery. . Jony Ive, however, didn’t think such a product would be a compelling option for consumers.

This move by Ive reportedly led to a host of development issues, including those flagged by Bloomberg. The team working on Apple Headset struggled to balance “”battery life and performance while minimizing the heat generated so people don’t burn themselves wearing the device”.

With all that said, it’s clear that Apple isn’t quite ready to announce its AR/VR headset at WWDC this year. While it’s possible we’ll get some sort of teaser, the most likely scenario is that no type of Apple headset is announced or released through 2023.

MacBook Air possible, but not as colorful as rumored

In terms of new material at WWDC, the rumors are a bit mixed. The most likely candidate, however, appears to be a new MacBook Air. Are designed MacBook Air has been rumored for nearly a year, but Apple has been struggling with ongoing supply chain issues across the board.

Rumors indicate that the new MacBook Air will feature a new flat-edged design that takes inspiration from the 24-inch iMac. While earlier reports suggested the new MacBook Air would come in similar, if not identical, colors to the iMac, that may not be the case.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman took to Twitter Friday night to share some late-breaking info on this MacBook Air. According to Gurman, reports of the MacBook Air coming in “multiple colors” are “probably exaggerated”.

According to Gurman, we should expect the new MacBook Air coming in the same colors as the current model. This would include space gray, silver, and gold. Gurman notes that the gold will be “more champagne” than the current color. Gurman also says the new MacBook Air might come in a blue color similar to the 24-inch iMac.

As for the release date, Gurman says the new MacBook Air “was slated to launch at WWDC.” The only thing that would prevent that would be if supply chain issues in China “created such a supply and release gap that it wouldn’t make sense to announce it on Monday.”

iPadOS 16 Multitasking Upgrades

Finally, a Bloomberg report this week reported that iPadOS 16 is set to be one of the biggest announcements at WWDC on Monday. According to the report, iPadOS will bring a “redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easier to see which apps are open and to switch between tasks.”

The update will also bring new ways to resize app windows as well as “new ways to manage multiple apps at once.” Apple’s goal is to turn iPadOS into a “laptop experience” in terms of multitasking and windowing support.

Exactly what this means remains to be seen, but there does indeed appear to be mounting proofs that this could be the year that Apple finally brings a major overhaul to iPadOS multitasking.

More soon

WWDC 2022 kicks off on Monday, and chances are we’ll see more last-minute leaks about what’s coming for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, new hardware, and more.

What are you most looking forward to seeing at WWDC 2022 this year? Let us know in the comments!

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