This story is part ofcomplete CNET news from Apple’s annual development conference.
Apple’s annual development conference, WWDC, is a place where the company demonstrates additional versions of its operating systems and occasionally remarkable new hardware on which to run them.
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Knowing what’s coming up for Apple’s popular product line is crucial when deciding whether to buy now or wait for the next model.
As usual, Apple’s WWDC 2022 was packed with something for everyone, from Apple’s flagship iPhone operating system, iOS 16 and its latest chip, the M2, to the latest hardware that puts it all in (or on) your hands – in this case, the MacBook. Air and MacBook Pro 13. New high-profile features include Safety Check, which aims to help people at risk of domestic violence.
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The latest version of the iPhone operating system focuses on customization. This includes an updated lock screen with user-selectable fonts and colors, Apple Watch-style widgets, rotating photos, and more. Notifications will also scroll from the bottom of the screen to keep your photo blank, and Live activities such as playing music may expand to fill the lock screen.
Messages allow you to edit, return sent messages, and mark them as unread. SharePlay enhances for easier sharing within FaceTime and messaging. Dictation blends with text and touch at runtime so you can use any type of input at any time. Similarly, Live Text (Apple’s answer to Google Lens) extends to video, allowing you to pause on any slide and work with or download text from the video.
Apple says it will be able to cleverly extract background images and automatically insert them into applications such as News.
Wallet changes include multiple wireless key partners such as car manufacturers, iPhone touch payments for contactless payments and Apple Pay Later, which will split the cost into four payments.
You’ll also see biking, high-resolution Look Around images, and expanded landmark details and especially detailed coverage for specific cities. Balances on transit cards as well.
Apple News receives widespread sports coverage in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. TV Plus gets Family Sharing for up to five members with parental controls for apps, movies, books and music. Photos also enhance sharing – new shared libraries via iCloud allow you to collaborate – and offer rules and automatic sharing based on proximity.
In terms of privacy, iOS 16 introduces a new feature called Safety Check, which can help you quickly revoke access for someone who threatens you, log out of iCloud on all devices, and limit messages to a single device in hand.
CarPlay has been redesigned to unify car and iPhone screens, including powering the entire device.
The Fitness app also comes to iPhone from Watch.
If you use Apple surround sound, you will be able to use a depth camera to customize.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13
For the first time in ages, Apple redesigned the Air with the M2 chip. It’s still an aluminum unibody, but is now uniformly thin at 11mm and weighs 2.7 pounds. Plus new colors! MagSafe will return and your two Thunderbolt ports will remain available and retain the audio connector. The display finally gets an upgrade to a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina with a maximum brightness of 500 nits and a P3 gamut. The 1080p webcam balances it with its siblings, along with a four-speaker system (with surround sound support) and an array of three microphones.
Improved by the GPU in M2 and the concentration on power per watt, Apple claims to provide the same battery life and better performance. Finally, it supports fast charging and the new adapter has a second USB-C port.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro also gets an M2 chip with better performance thanks to an active cooling system. However, it has not been reworked.
The MacBook Air starts at $ 1,199 ($ 1,099 for education). The MacBook Pro starts at $ 1,299 ($ 1,199 per education). Both will start shipping next month.
Apple also keeps the MacBook M1 and offers a computer under $ 1,000 ($ 999 or $ 899 for education).
Grouping windows have been improved in Stage Manager, which also includes drag-and-drop multitasking. Better Spotlight Search includes searches for sports and web images, full-window search results, and more detailed information about music, movies, and so on. (In iOS, Spotlight moves to the home screen.)
Mail Search adds instant suggestions and synonyms, even on your mobile. Naturally, it receives the same updates as iOS for News. Safari launches Shared Tab Groups, so you can send friends and family the latest shopping tips. Goodbye passwords and hello access keys – Touch ID and Face ID come to Safari to log in to the site. Of course also on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
Improvements to its Metal API include MetalFX upscaling for faster game rendering and an added API for faster game loading. Apple has announced that Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky will be ported to Mac for the first time. RE Village will arrive later this year.
Handoff comes to FaceTime, so you can jump from device to device, and Continuity Camera finally allows you to use your iPhone as a webcam. It will support split view for direct view and desktop view.
New faces are on the way, including more diverse calendars, the ability to pin apps at the top of the dock, new banner announcements, and podcast support for children with parental controls.
As you exercise, you will receive much more detailed information about your running metrics – for example, tracking how you move up or down so you can track your form. The new multi-sport exercise manages to switch between swimming, cycling and running for matching exercise and tracking data.
Sleep Stages uses an accelerometer and heart rate sensor to monitor sleep status and timing. Watches will be able to track atrial fibrillation history once they receive FDA approval. Drug tracking in the Health app becomes a little more detailed and allows you to schedule reminders, so it sounds like a typical full-featured app.
iPad receives the same updates as iOS 16 as well as the new Weather app. Operating system collaboration allows for shared editing of documents and groups of cards that can be run from FaceTime, with notification of updates via messages.
We were also able to see Freeform, which will be available later this year, a virtual shared whiteboard with drawing tools for group meetings. It supports embedding documents, videos and images and will be part of all platforms.
Like Ventura, the iPadOS for gaming receives a new Metal API update and also downloads in the background. Game Center adds Activity rivers and SharePlay (coming later this year, as well as for iOS and iPadOS) will allow group play.
There are also a lot of interface enhancements and options that give it desktop-like performance. It also adds a reference color (Reference Mode) for consistent color matching across devices (personal yay!).
On M1-based iPads, you’ll be able to increase the pixel density of the display to fit more on the screen and use virtual memory. And it gets a Stage Manager like Ventura for a much better multi-window task switching experience. When you connect to an external display, it makes better use of the second screen via Stage Manager, and using touch and Apple Pencil with a Mac is a little easier.
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