Apple revealed a slew of exciting news at WWDC 2022, including the highly-anticipated macOS Ventura, iOS 16, the M2 chip, a new MacBook Air, and more.
Apple WWDC 2022 announcements
If you couldn’t attend the event live, here’s a summary of Apple’s most significant news. Meanwhile, do you know Elon Musk Twitter deal might not go through?
Apple iOS 16
Apple has unveiled iOS 16, with a brand-new, user-customizable lock screen interface. This allows you to add your own pictures as wallpapers, change the date and time font and color, and include new widgets for weather forecasts, activity rings, calendar events, and more. Apple is also pushing out notifications improvements and improved Focus functionality.
Live Activities in iOS 16 enable you to pin and manage notifications on your lock screen, such as live sports scores. Apple is also introducing hideable notifications that appear at the bottom of the lock screen.
You’ll be able to edit any messages you send in the Messages app with iOS 16, as well as redo any messages you sent by mistake. The option to mark a message as read so you can find it later is also being introduced. We gathered the all-new Apple texting features for you.
Apple has added a slew of new health-tracking capabilities, including brand-new running metrics, atrial fibrillation monitoring, and medication reminders. In addition to all of these new features, watchOS 9 includes four additional watch faces.
Apple has announced the public release of iPadOS 16, which introduces a new collaboration feature that lets you collaborate with others in office applications like Pages and Freeform. Apple also revealed better multitasking capabilities, including Stage Manager, allowing you to resize and overlap windows on your iPad. The iPad is also finally getting the Weather app with iPadOS 16.
Apple Pay Later
Apple is jumping on the “buy now, pay later” trend, which allows you to make a purchase and pay it off over time in installments. With iOS 16, Pay Later will be available through Apple Pay.
Apple Home app
Apple has updated its Home app, allowing for greater efficiency as you control the devices in your smart home. The update adds new categories such as climate, lights, and security to it, as well as the ability to watch four surveillance cameras at once.
Apple M2 chip
The next generation of Apple silicon has arrived, after months of speculation. When compared to the M1, Apple claims the new M2 chip delivers an 18 percent performance boost.
Apple MacBook Air M2 chip
The new MacBook Air replaces the M1 chip with the M2. It’s less than half an inch thick and comes in four colors: silver, space grey, starlight, and midnight. It also features a larger 13.6-inch display, thinner bezel, and a tiny charger with two USB-C ports, starting at $1,199 for an M2-equipped model.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is also receiving an M2 upgrade, similar to the new MacBook Air. It has up to 24GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage, as well as a battery life of up to 20 hours. The new 13-inch Pro will be released in March and is available for preorder today, starting at $1,299.
You can anticipate an enhanced multitasking tool known as Stage Manager with the new macOS 13 Ventura. Spotlight and Apple’s Mail app also get new features.
Safari on MacOS 13 Ventura also has support for Apple Passkeys, which is a new feature that allows you to log in to websites using your iPhone or Mac instead of a password.
iPhone as a webcam
You won’t have to rely on your Mac’s camera any longer. Apple has announced that macOS will allow you to utilize your iPhone as a webcam by attaching it with a forthcoming clip this fall.
Apple Safety Check
The new Safety Check feature on iOS is intended to assist individuals in abusive relationships. It allows abuse victims to see who has access to their apps, passwords, and other information.
Apple Car Play widgets
Apple has released an important upgrade to CarPlay that allows for deeper automobile integration. It can be used instead of your car’s instrument cluster to show speed, trip information, fuel and battery levels, and more.
Apple Fitness app
Apple is making its Fitness app available to all iPhone users. It was previously only accessible to those who owned an Apple Watch.