Apple’s WWDC’s opening keynote is now over. However, the conference is set to continue till June 10. Apple announced some pretty exiting products and software updates. If you happen to be an Apple or want a recap of everything Apple announced, here’s the breakdown.
1) Apple iPadOS 16
Apple’s upcoming iPad update, iPadOS 16, combines some of the best features from iOS 16 and the upcoming macOS update. With impressive upgrades to mail, weather, and productivity tools. If productivity is what you’re looking for, there’s never been a better time to become an iPad user.
One of my best announcement is the new collaboration feature. This feature allows you to collaborate within Pages, Messages, and Notes. Apple also gave us a sneak peek of a new app called Freeform, which is a live collaboration board perfect for brainstorming sessions.
2) Apple IOS 16
Apple showcased IOS 16, which is getting a couple of changes and tweaks. Some changes include, being able to customize your lock screen, the ability to lift objects from images, improved dictation and being able to interact with Live Text within a video.
With IOS 16, you’ll also be able to add new customization options to your notifications and even edit or unsend iMessages. Other features include Live Activities, iCloud Shared Photo Library, Next-Gen CarPlay, a Redesigned Home App.
3) Apple WatchOS 9
If you’re an Apple watch user, Apple has you got covered too. Apple announced a couple of features with the upcoming WatchOS 9. The new update comes with a couple of new watch faces such as, religious calendars, lunar cycle and a couple of new animated backgrounds.
You’ll also get a couple of new health tracking features such as, atrial fibrillation notifications and improved workout metrics. You also get the medication app which works alongside the iPhone Health App to help you manage your medications, vitamins, and supplements.
4) Apple macOS Ventura
Apple also announced it’s latest macOS called Ventura. One of the biggest highlights is the introduction of Stage Manger. Stage Manger helps you focus on your main app while keeping other apps you’re using in a new sidebar. This is quite helpful as you can transition between tasks seamlessly.
Some long awaited changes are also coming to Mail such as being able to unsend and schedule emails.
5) The M2 Apple Silicon Chip
This one of the biggest highlights from WWDC22. The M2 processor is Apple’s next-gen silicon processor with a 5 nanometer design. The M2 improves on Apple’s M1 chip by increasing performance while reducing the power consumption.
More GPU cores have been added, increasing the performance by 25% while drawing half as much power as the previous GPU. The M2 chip can handle a maximum of 24GB of unified memory.
6) The M2 MacBook Air
Since it’s inception, this years MacBook Air design changes are the biggest. The MacBook Air now looks like a thinner MacBook Pro. It features a screen that is 25% brighter when compared to it’s previous predecessor. Apple also improved the webcam to a new 1080p camera with twice the resolution.
Under the hood, the MacBook Air is running the new M2 Apple Silicon chip. This will be one very interesting device, especially the base model that will go for $1,199. This is a $300 price increase from the previous model but this year you get the base model with an 8 core GPU instead of the 7 core GPU.
7) The M2 MacBook Pro
Apple also made a few changes to its 13-inch MacBook Pro line to run on the new M2 Apple silicon chip. This is the much critiqued Touch Bar MacBook, and the only real update it’s getting now is a new processor. Still, it’s better than nothing.
When Should You Expect To Get the New Apple Updates and Products?
If you happen to have a supported device, you should be able to install the updates from September. Apple has to conduct beta testing first, you can take part in the beta testing if you want to. The new M2 MacBook Air will be available on July.