This is the WWDC Keynote time! Each year, Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developers Conference with several hours of consecutive announcements, usually covering things from iOS to watchOS and – sometimes! – new equipment.
Didn’t have time to tune in? We’ll get it! We have collected all the most important news in an easy-to-view digest.
- lock screen is under major renovation. This will allow more customization as well as widget support, including widgets for third party apps. Notifications will now “roll down” from the bottom of the screen, and the Live Activity API will allow developers to update notifications in real time (for example, sports tracking). Read more about the new lock screen here>>
- You can edit or “unsubmit” recent messages in iMessage – or mark the thread as unread.
- shareplay (which allows you, for example, to watch streaming video in sync with a friend) will now work in iMessage, not just Facetime.
- Living text will be able to translate and replace the text found in the photo, making it easier for you to read something like a menu in a language you don’t know. You can read more about it here >>
- Apple is moving to a “buy now, pay later” approach; Apple Pay later allows you to split your Apple Pay purchase into four zero-interest payments; Apple says this will work wherever Apple Pay works.
- Apple big card overhaul this year will appear in several new cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Sydney, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It also becomes a lot improved route support with multiple stops.
- Apple News will now let you follow news specifically about your favorite sports/teams.
- If you use Family Sharing to limit the amount of time your kids spend on the iPad screen, those kids will now be able to request more time via iMessage.
- Now you can have shared library with your family; When you take a photo, you can choose whether the photo is placed in the public library or only in your personal library.
- Apple says it’s rethought home application “from scratch.” All your various devices in different rooms are brought to one screen, including side scrolling of all your HomeKit-enabled cameras.
- carplay is also undergoing a massive overhaul – Apple basically aims to take over your car’s entire instrument cluster. It will support things like speed readings, fuel gauges, AC control, etc.; what works where, of course, will depend on what the automaker allows. Apple says expect more news here “at the end of next year.”
- Shareplay will now have deeper support for games, making it easier for you to start matches/battles directly with your friends.
- iPadOS is getting a new desktop-style windowing feature called “Scene Manager” that allows multiple windowed/overlapping apps to run on the screen at the same time. Read more about iPadOS 16 here>>
- Four new watch faces: Astronomy, Lunar, Game Time and The Met
- New “banner” notifications will keep you informed without always taking up the whole screen
- Apple Watch will be able to track multiple new performance indicatorsincluding vertical oscillation (“how much you move up and down” while running), stride length, and ground contact time.
- Fitness app will now be available even to those who don’t have an Apple Watch, so anyone can close those rings.
- Sleep tracking will use the heart rate monitor and accelerometer to determine how much time you spent in four different sleep stages (awake/REM/core/deep) trying to catch a few Zzz.
- Apple Watch will be able to track your “atrial fibrillation history” to help doctors monitor heart arrhythmia and determine if treatment is helping.
Apple shook up the industry with the introduction of its unique M1 chipset, which combined incredible performance with incredible power efficiency – it’s amazingly fast, but somehow your laptop battery will still last all day.
Now it’s back with the aptly named M2. Apple claims that the M2 processor is 18% faster than the M1 and the GPU is 35% faster.
New MacBook Air and Pro! They ditch the Air’s signature cheese wedge shape, opting for a more standard flat design, albeit only 11.3mm thick.
With more video calls than ever, Apple took the time to call out the MacBook Air’s built-in camera, promising twice the resolution (1080p) and vastly improved low-light performance.
He received a 13.6-inch Retina LCD display, TouchID built into the keyboard, and MagSafe support. Apple says it will offer a slim charger with two USB-C ports, and the new MacBook Air will support fast charging, allowing the battery to charge up to 50% in thirty minutes of charging. From $1,199, “next month” delivery. Read more about the new MacBook Air M2 here>>
Not to be left out, the MacBook Pro is also getting M2 processing, and Apple is promising up to a 40% CPU boost over the MacBook Pro M1. The Pro will start at $1,299 and will also go on sale “next month.” Learn more about the new MacBook Pro M2 here >>
The next major release of macOS will be called “macOS Ventura”. Here’s what Apple has highlighted for Ventura:
- “Producer” the above also applies to macOS as a way to focus on one or two apps at a time. You can “group” running applications together; clicking on a group will collapse other apps while the selected group will fit front and center.
- Searchlight gets something like an overhaul; it will be able to display rich results in a new scrolling view and allow you to do things like quickly preview a found file without actually opening it.
- Mail The app gets support for undo sending, scheduled sending, and timed reminders. Mail search gets smarter by automatically correcting typos and knowing how to search for synonyms. Learn more about the new Mail app here>>
- Safari will now be able to use “access keys” instead of passwords, a system created together with Google and Microsoft that allows you to sign in to websites and applications using biometric data (such as fingerprint sensors or face recognition) without any text passwords.
- Apple Game Development API Metal learning some new tricks, including scaling and loading resources faster
- Continuity Chamber: Your iPhone’s camera is almost certainly much better than the one built into your laptop, which is why Apple will let you use your iPhone’s camera for video calls on macOS. Mounting an iPhone on a laptop looks a bit silly, but the impact on quality is probably worth it for important calls. There’s also a wild “table view” feature that uses the iPhone’s wide-angle lens combined with some clever image manipulation to capture what you’re doing on your desk in a simulated top view. Read more here >>
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