Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) lasted four days (June 6-10) and was full of news and updates on all Apple products. The developers had the opportunity to learn the latest news about Apple software and contact engineers and product designers to discover the best ways to adapt their applications to the new products of the technology giant.
Apple hosts many events throughout the year, but this event is undoubtedly the most important, giving Apple the opportunity to speak directly to the people who make software. This makes WWDC an event where everything is expected, from new software features and creation tools to new products and more.
The first day of Apple's world developer conference (Apple WWDC 2022) opened with the keynote presentation, where the American company talked about the future of iOS, showed the new MacBook Air and revealed some important changes coming to other services. Furthermore, Apple unveiled the new M2 processor that will be used in various devices.
Let’s take a look at some of the key moments.
With iOS 16, Apple is completely transforming the lock screen, both in terms of appearance and functionality. Users will be able to add widgets, such as a weather widget. Additionally, the font and color of various screen elements will be customizable. Apple is also introducing a new set of wallpapers for users to choose from and personalize.
Notifications will no longer cover the entire lock screen but will instead appear at the bottom and can be hidden. A live screen will appear at the bottom of the lock screen, so you can watch your workout or listen to music.
Earlier versions of iOS added the Focus feature to make it easier to manage alerts. The company now offers Focus Filters, which will be extended to applications. Essentially, you can enable Focus Filters to hide unwanted content from Messages, Calendar, Mail, and other applications. This feature is particularly useful if you're trying to concentrate on your work as it allows Safari to hide all tabs that aren't related to it.
Messaging apps are also getting significant updates. You can now correct typographical errors in sent messages and undo the message's sending. Additionally, you will be able to mark conversations as read or unread.
SharePlay features for FaceTime and Messaging are also included in iOS 16. In addition, phonetic transcription has been improved to allow you to switch between typing and voice dictation, which now recognizes emojis.
In iOS 16, Apple is also releasing more augmented reality features. With Live Text, you can select text from your images and perform quick actions such as copying or contextual actions such as translating and converting currencies. You can also use the iPhone's AR capabilities to remove a subject from an image's background and use it as a sticker anywhere.
Apple Wallet will now allow you to store your state identification. Additionally, Wallet can verify your identity for applications that require it, such as Uber Eats, which checks whether you are old enough to buy alcohol. As well, Apple Pay is slated to include payment-installment features and order tracking in the near future. Apple Maps adds 3D Views to several popular destinations, including New York, Las Vegas, London, and more.
With the new Live Activities widget, you can see results from your sports events right on your lock screen. Also, the new My Sports section in Apple News lets you quickly see the highlights and scores of the teams you follow.
Apple brings iCloud shared photo libraries that allow up to six Apple users to create a shared photo album. In addition to uploading photos, users can instantly set up smart upload filters to send photos to the shared library if taken from a specific location or time.
With modern cars increasingly leveraging the user's Android or iOS smartphone connection, Apple customers have long been waiting for a CarPlay update. Using the latest version, the users can pass more widgets on the screen of their car to get information in a way that works for them. Manufacturers such as Ford, Audi, Jaguar-Land Rover, Nissan and Volvo are already preparing to integrate the newest CarPlay into their vehicles.
Apple Watch was also featured during the presentation, as Apple introduced some upcoming features that come in the new operating system, watchOS 9. The new version that will be installed on the smartwatches of the American company will have more watch faces and new measurement functions for sports that will inform the user of much different information that may interest him.
Especially for markets like the US, the Apple Watch will even support reminders of the medications that users regularly take. It will also offer updates on whether there is a problem with combining some of those included in different treatments.
Apple Fitness and Home Apps
There was also an important announcement about the Fitness app. The application works with the Apple Watch, but with the new iOS 16, this condition is removed, as it will work even with just iPhone measurements. The upgraded features of iOS 16 also significantly improve Apple's Home app, where users can remotely control devices and smart device functions in their home. The user interface has become more straightforward, and a number of new device categories have been added.
M2 Processor and The Latest MacBook Air
The new M2 chip was almost certain to be announced, and Apple confirmed the rumors. The new processor promises significant performance improvements and is built with 5nm technology to utilize 20 billion transistors (25% more than the M1). Apple promises to use 18% faster data processing and 35% faster graphics processing.
The new MacBook Air, which will be released in July, will be the first product to use the new M2 chip. It has a square shape, MagSafe charging, two Thunderbolt USB 4 ports, a headphone jack, and four color options. The cheapest model starts at $1199 and has the M2, an 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Respectively, the model with M2, 10-core GPU, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage will cost $1499, while both setups support up to 24GB RAM and 2TB storage.
The new MacBook Air has a diagonal screen of 13.6 inches, supports a resolution of 2560x1664 and offers maximum brightness at 500nits. On the camera side, it has a 1080p FaceTime HD webcam, as well as new microphones and speakers that support Dolby Atmos. The base model will have a 30W charger in the package, while Apple will also offer the option to buy the corresponding model at 67W (which charges the battery to 80% in 20 minutes) at $59.
A new operating system version was introduced for macOS, and this time it is called macOS Ventura. Updates to Mail, Spotlight and Safari are included, as well as a Stage Manager tool. Among the exciting features this new operating system has to offer is the collaboration with the iPhone, which allows the user to use his mobile phone as a camera for video calls made through well-known social networking and communication applications.
The focus of Apple's new iPad OS16 update is collaboration. To that end, Apple introduced a new application called Freeform that essentially acts as a digital dashboard for many iPad users. It allows them to share their ideas through Apple Pencil notes, images, PDFs, and graphs.
Apple is also adding more collaboration to its office applications, including Pages, so that other users can make changes, as is already the case with Google Drive. Collaboration should also come in other applications, such as Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders and Safari.
Owners of the 12.9-inch iPad will also be able to take advantage of a new color reporting feature for editing photos and videos on the tablet's Liquid Retina XDR display. And for all iPads equipped with the M1, Apple also introduced a screen zoom feature that allows users to increase pixel density. Also, after several versions, an official weather app is available for Apple tablets.
Apple has introduced new devices and features for its customers. The company presented the future of iOS, showed the new MacBook Air and revealed some important changes that are coming to other services.
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