This story is partCNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.
What is happening
Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, is where the company showcases upcoming releases of its operating systems and sometimes notable new hardware to run them on.
why is it important
Knowing what’s coming for Apple’s popular product lines is key to deciding whether to buy now or wait for the next model.
As usual, Apple’s WWDC 2022 was packed with something for everyone, from the latest version of Apple’s flagship iPhone operating system, iOS 16, and its latest chip, the M2, to hardware. the newest that puts everything in (or on) your hands – in this case, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13. Prominent new features include Safety Check, which is intended to help those at risk of violence domestic.
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The latest version of the iPhone operating system focuses on personalization. This includes an updated lock screen with selectable fonts and colors, Apple Watch-style widgets, and rotating photos. Notifications will also appear from the bottom of the screen to prevent them from obscuring your photo, and live activities like music playback can expand to fill the lock screen.
Messages will allow editing, undoing, and marking messages as unread. SharePlay is enhanced for easier sharing in FaceTime and Messages. Dictation mixes with text and touch on the fly so you can use any type of input at any time. Likewise, Live Text (Apple’s answer to Google Lens) extends to video, allowing you to pause on any frame and interact or type text from the video.
Apple says it will be able to intelligently extract images from a background and automatically paste them into apps like Messages.
Changes to Wallet include more partners for wireless keys, such as automakers, tap-to-pay on iPhone for contactless payments, and Apple Pay Later, which spreads the cost of a purchase over four payments .
You’ll also see cycling, high-resolution Look Around images, and expanded detail for landmarks and particularly detailed coverage for specific cities. It will also show public transport card balances.
Apple News has extensive sports coverage in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. TV Plus gets Family Sharing for up to five members, with parental controls for apps, movies, books and music. Photos also improves sharing – new shared libraries via iCloud let you collaborate – and offers rules and automatic sharing based on proximity.
On the privacy front, iOS 16 introduces a new feature called Safety Check, which can help you quickly revoke access to someone threatening you, sign out of iCloud on all devices, and limit messages with a single device in hand.
CarPlay has been redesigned to unify car and iPhone screens, including powering your entire dashboard.
The Fitness app is also available on the iPhone from the watch.
If you’re using Apple’s Spatial Audio, you’ll be able to use the depth camera to customize it.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13
For the first time in ages, Apple has redesigned the Air, and it’s with the M2 chip in mind. It’s still an aluminum unibody, but now it’s uniformly thin at 11mm and weighs 2.7 pounds. Plus, new colors! MagSafe returns, leaving your two Thunderbolt ports available, and it retains an audio jack. It finally gets an upgrade to a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, with a peak brightness of 500 nits and P3 gamut. A 1080p webcam puts it on par with its siblings, along with a four-speaker system (with Spatial Audio support) and a three-mic array.
Thanks to the M2’s improved GPU and focus on performance per watt, Apple says the Air offers the same battery life and better performance. It finally supports fast charging and the new adapter has a second USB-C port.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro also gets the M2 chip, with better performance thanks to an active cooling system. It has not, however, been redesigned.
The MacBook Air starts at $1,199 (£1,249, AU$1,899). The MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 (£1,349, AU$1,999). They both start shipping next month and both offer a $100 discount for students and educators.
Apple is also sticking with the M1 MacBook Air, offering a sub-$1,000 computer ($999, £999, AU$1,499), again with a $100 education discount.
Window management with grouping improves in Stage Manager, which also includes drag-and-drop multitasking. Better Spotlight search integrates sports and web image search, full-window search results, and more detailed music and movie information. (On iOS, Spotlight switches to the home screen.)
Search in Mail adds instant suggestions and synonyms, also on mobile. It naturally receives the same updates as iOS for Messages. Safari’s shared tab groups let you send friends and family your latest shopping selections. Goodbye passwords and hello passkeys – Touch ID and Face ID are coming to Safari for logging into sites. Also on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, of course.
Improvements to its Metal graphics API include MetalFX scaling for faster game rendering and added API for faster loading of game assets. Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky are ported to Mac for the first time ; Resident Evil Village is coming later this year.
Handoff is coming to FaceTime so you can switch between devices, and Continuity Camera finally lets you use your iPhone’s camera as a webcam. It will support split view for both straight and desktop views.
New watch faces are on the way, including more diverse calendars, the ability to pin apps to the top of the dock, new banner notifications, and support for kids’ podcasts with parental controls.
For training, WatchOS 9 gets a lot more detail about your running metrics, for example, tracking how you move up or down to track your form. A new multisport workout can switch between swimming, cycling, and running to get the right training and tracking data.
Sleep Stages uses the accelerometer and heart rate sensor to track the sleep states you are in and time them. The watch will be able to track atrial fibrillation history once it receives clearance from the Food and Drug Administration. Medication tracking in the Health app gets a little more granular and lets you schedule reminders, so it feels like a typical comprehensive medication app.
The iPad gets the same updates as iOS 16 along with a new Weather app. Collaboration in the operating system allows editing of shared documents and groups of tabs, launchable from FaceTime, with update notifications via Messages.
We also got a preview of the Freeform app, a virtual shared whiteboard with drawing tools for group meetings, coming later this year. It supports embedding documents, videos, and images, and will be included with all platforms.
Like Ventura, iPadOS is getting the new Metal API update for games, along with background downloading. Game Center adds Rivers of Activity and SharePlay (coming later this year, as well as iOS and iPadOS) will enable group play.
There are a bunch of tweaks to the interface and capabilities to give iPadOS more desktop power. It also adds a reference color (reference mode) for consistent color matching across devices (yay personal!).
On M1-based iPads, you will be able to increase the pixel density of the display to fit more on the screen and use virtual memory. And iPadOS, like Ventura, gets Stage Manager, for a much better multi-window task-switching experience. When connecting to an external display, it takes better advantage of the second display via Stage Manager and makes it a little more seamless to use touch and Apple Pencil with a Mac.
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