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Apple WWDC 2022: A summary of major announcements made at the event

Ranging from iOS 16, macOS Ventura, a redesigned MacBook Air, next-gen M2 chi and much more

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Apple WWDC 2022: A summary of major announcements made at the event

On Monday, Apple held its 33rd annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple’s announcements range from a redesigned MacBook Air with an all-new M2 processor to the introduction of macOS Ventura. Along with new hardware, Apple announced upgrades to iOS 16, WatchOS, MacOS, and iPadOS. 

Video: WWDC 2022 (via The verge)

If you missed the live broadcast and couldn’t catch up with the announcements from the event, here’s a rundown of major announcements made by Apple at WWDC 2022.

iOS 16 brings a customizable lock screen, updated notifications, and more to apple

iOS 16 has a totally revamped and configurable lock screen layout. It was one of the major announcements made by Apple at WWDC 2022.

This lets you make custom backgrounds, change the font and colour of the date and time, and add other widgets like weather, activity rings, calendar events, and more.

Notifications are also shown differently on the lock screen. They “roll in” towards the bottom of the screen rather than stacking up across the screen. There’s also a “live activities” option that displays alerts for a specific event, such as an Uber journey or a sporting event. It allows you to pin and control notifications on your lock screen, such as live sports results.

You’ll be able to add widgets and create several lock screens, which you can switch between by swiping across the screen. Different focus modes may be applied to various lock screens. Apple has also changed its wallpapers, including animated and Pride-themed alternatives.

Messages on iOS 16 will now allow you to edit and even unsend texts

You’ll be able to modify any texts you send in the Messages app with iOS 16, as well as undo any messages you accidentally sent. Apple is also giving the option to flag messages as unread so that you can discover them later.

Apple states that users will have 15 minutes to edit or unsend a message and that after a message is deleted, users will have up to 30 days to recover it.

iOS 16 will include a Pay Later feature for Apple Pay

Apple Pay Later is a new feature for Apple Pay that allows you to pay for items over time in four payments without interest. It’s Apple’s version of a buy-now, pay-later (BNPL) service, which is integrated into Apple Pay and included with iOS 16.

You’ll have the option of paying in instalments over six weeks. The first payment will be sent in advance, and the next three payments will be made every two weeks. Payments are managed through the Wallet app, and you can even pay them ahead of time if you like.

In a press release, Apple stated, “Users can apply for Apple Pay Later when checking out with Apple Pay or in Wallet. Apple Pay Later is available everywhere Apple Pay is accepted online or in-app on the MasterCard network.”

Apple revealed a new Safety Check feature for iOS 16, aimed at those in abusive relationships 

Another major announcement by Apple at WWDC 2022 was the Safety Check feature.

The new Safety Check function from Apple is aimed to help those who are in abusive relationships. It lets survivors of abuse see and control who has access to their applications, passwords, and other personal information.

The Safety Check tool also restores your application privacy permissions. Furthermore, you may restrict access to your messages by limiting iMessage and FaceTime sessions to only your device, as well as turning off location sharing. It also requests that you update your Apple ID password. Nobody else will be able to access your iCloud account or any important data you’ve kept there. You may also go through your emergency contact information with it.

Apple announced the next-gen M2 chip

The new Apple M2 processor also makes a part of the major announcements at WWDC 2022.

Apple’s new M2 processor was unveiled during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple’s transition to a more powerful M2 processor, after the previous CPUs, comes with large claims of performance gains.

When compared to the M1, Apple says the new M2 processor improves performance by 18%. Apple’s M2 uses improved speed and efficiency cores. In addition, it uses 100Gbps memory bandwidth and 24GB of unified memory, to improve performance over the M1.

Apple’s M2 also has a new secure enclave and neural engine. In addition, it has an improved media engine that can handle 8K H.264 and HEVC video. In practice, this implies that computers using M2 processors will be able to concurrently play several streams of 4K and 8K video.

Apple unveils a revamped MacBook Air featuring an M2 chip

Although Apple’s WWDC isn’t known for a flurry of hardware announcements, the keynote did feature a refreshed MacBook Air with the more powerful M2 processor. It’s 11 mm thick and 2.7 pounds in weight and is available in silver, space grey, and new “starlight” gold and “midnight” blue colours. 

It sports a bigger 13.6-inch display with a 2560x1664 resolution and thinner bezels surrounding it. According to Apple, it has a maximum brightness of 500 nits. A 1080p FaceTime HD camera, new microphones, and Dolby Atmos speakers are among the minor but significant changes.

With pricing starting at $1,199, the basic model of the new MacBook Air comprises the M2 chip, an eight-core GPU, 8GB RAM, & 256GB of storage. It will be accompanied by a 30W charger with two USB-C connections as well.

Apple’s updated 13-inch MacBook PRO is also equipped with an M2

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, like the new MacBook Air, also receives an M2 upgrade. It offers up to 24GB of RAM, 2TB of storage, and a battery life of up to 20 hours. Plus it still retains the Touch Bar. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be released next month, and preorders are already open, with prices beginning at $1,299.

WatchOS 9 adds many new health-tracking features

Apple has introduced additional running metrics, atrial fibrillation tracking, and medication reminders to its health-tracking tools. WatchOS 9 has four new watch faces in addition to all of these new capabilities.

watchOS 9’s “atrial fibrillation tracking” will let people with irregular heart rhythms track the amount of time they spend in atrial fibrillation. Users will now receive a weekly notification regarding how much time they spend on atrial fibrillation. They may also use the Health app to get a breakdown of how other factors, such as sleep and exercise, may be influencing the heart rhythm.

The iPhone Health app’s medication reminder function will remind customers to take their medications. Users may add any drugs they use to the new medications app by scanning a label on a pill container. Or just by looking through a list of medications. People may make personalised schedules for each prescription they take and receive reminders when it’s time to take one.

Apple’s Home app gets an all-new look

This week at WWDC, Apple unveiled a brand-new Home app for its HomeKit smart home platform. The new app, which has an entirely new appearance, will be released alongside iOS 16 later this year. According to Apple, the app has been rebuilt from the bottom up. This makes it more efficient and dependable, especially for houses with several gadgets.

A new Categories area for climate, lighting, speakers and TVs, water (sprinklers and faucets), and security has been added. This makes it simpler to identify, manage, and operate items.

You can now see your full house under the Home page. Here Rooms now join your Favourites on the main screen. On the main Home page, a new multi-camera view will display four security cameras, with additional accessible as you scroll sideways.

Rather than scrolling through a plethora of accessories and camera perspectives, this horizontal movement will make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Apple unveiled macOS Ventura, a new version of macOS

At its WWDC 2022, Apple unveiled a new version of macOS, securing its place as a par of the major announcements at the event. macOS Ventura introduces a new Stage Manager tool, as well as changes to Spotlight, Mail, and Safari, as well as other continuity features that bring the operating system closer to iOS.

When you enable the Stage Manager from the Control Center, it will automatically order your open windows on the left side of your screen while keeping the one you’re working in in the centre. Users may also group windows together to make it easier to open multiple at once.

Spotlight has also been updated. It can now search for images in your photo library by location, people, sceneries, objects, or text featured in the image. (via the Live Text feature)

Search in the Mail app has been improved with more detailed previews, faster suggestions, and mistake repairs.

Safari now includes a Tab Groups feature that lets you see what tabs your friends are using in real-time. It also helps collaborate on bookmark lists, and initiate discussions or calls straight from the browser.

In Safari, macOS 13 Ventura also adds support for something called Apple Passkeys. This new feature effectively eliminates the need for a password, allowing you to check in to a variety of websites just using your iPhone or Mac.

New Continuity Camera feature on macOS lets you use iPhone as a webcam for your Mac

Apple intends to allow macOS users to utilise their iPhone camera as a webcam. The new Continuity Camera functionality will be included in macOS Ventura, an upcoming update to macOS. The new feature will be made available later this year.

It also adds up as one of the major announcements at Apple WWDC 2022.

MacBook owners will be able to attach an iPhone to the top of the computers and use the camera to improve video chats in FaceTime, Microsoft Teams, and other apps.

Continuity Camera easily transforms your existing iPhone’s back camera stream into a webcam that can be utilised in macOS apps. There are lots of video settings for a range of conversations with Continuity Camera. This includes Center Stage and Portrait Mode support.

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