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 the latest version of Apple’s flagship iPhone operating system, iOS 16 and its latest chip, the M2, to the latest hardware that puts it all in (or turns on) your hands – in this 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 selectable fonts and colors, Apple Watch-style widgets, and rotating photos. 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, undo, and mark messages as unread. SharePlay is enhanced 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 response to Google Lens) extends to video, allowing you to pause on any frame and work with or grab the text from the video.
Apple says it will be able to cleverly extract background images and automatically insert them into applications such as News.
The changes in Wallet include more wireless key partners, such as car manufacturers, touch payment on the iPhone for contactless payments, and the Apple Pay Later, which divides the purchase cost between four payments.
You’ll also see biking, high-resolution Look Around images, and expanded landmark details and especially detailed coverage for specific cities. It also displays the balances on the transit card.
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 reworked Air and thinks of 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. Finally, it gets an upgrade to a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display 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.
With an improved GPU in the M2 and a focus on power per watt, Apple says the Air provides 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.
MacBook Air starts at $ 1,199 (GBP 1,249, AU $ 1,899). MacBook Pro starts at $ 1,299 (£ 1,349, $ 1,999). Both will begin shipping next month and both are offering a $ 100 discount for students and educators.
Apple also keeps the M1 MacBook Air and offers a computer under $ 1,000 ($ 999, $ 999, $ 1,499), again with a $ 100 discount on education.
Grouping windows have been improved in Stage Manager, which also includes drag-and-drop multitasking. Better Spotlight Search includes sports and web image searches, full-window search results, and more detailed information about music and movies. (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 shared card groups mean you can send your latest shopping tips to friends and family. 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. Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky are ported to Mac for the first time; Resident Evil Village will be released 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 dials are on the way, including more diverse calendars, pin apps at the top of the dock, new banner announcements and podcast support for children with parental controls.
As you exercise, WatchOS 9 gets much more detailed information about your running metrics – for example, it tracks you move up or down so you can track your form. The new multi-sport exercise can switch between swimming, cycling and running to obtain appropriate training and tracking data.
Sleep Stages uses an accelerometer and heart rate sensor to monitor and time your sleep state. Watch will be able to track the history of atrial fibrillation once they receive permission from the Food and Drug Administration. Tracking medications in the Health app is a little more detailed and allows you to schedule reminders, so it sounds like a typical full-featured medication 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 could also take a look at Freeform, a virtual shared whiteboard with drawing tools for group meetings that will be available later this year. It supports embedding documents, videos and images and will be part of all platforms.
Like Ventura, iPadOS gets a new Metal API update for gaming and also gets background downloads. Game Center adds Activity rivers and SharePlay (coming later this year, as well as for iOS and iPadOS) will allow group play.
There are a lot of interface enhancements and features that give the iPadOS 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 the iPadOS, like Ventura, gets Stage Manager for much better task switching in multiple windows. 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.