WWDC 2022: Everything Apple announced at its annual developer conference – Android Authority | Hot Mobile Press

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Each year, Apple hosts an event focused on the developers who keep the company’s ecosystem fresh. Known as the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the event takes place in early June like clockwork. For WWDC 2022, Apple launched the event on June 6, 2022.

Although WWDC focuses primarily on developers, software, and services, Apple sometimes releases hardware at the event. This year there was a bit of everything. Check out all the important WWDC 2022 announcements here!

iOS 16

iOS 16 logo

iOS is the software that powers iPhones around the world. For iOS 16, Apple introduced a few new tricks. Remarkably, some of them are very clearly Android-inspired.

First up is the lock screen. The big focus is on personalization. You can swipe and tap to change your lock screen theme, including filters, fonts, color accents, and more. You can also add widgets. If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because Android has had this for years, despite being fragmented across different Android skins.

See also: Which iPhone is right for you?

Apple has also introduced Live Activities, giving developers a more elegant way to broadcast many notifications. Instead of receiving numerous notifications about sports results during a game, Live Activity offers developers a widget that allows developers to constantly dump this information instead of sending out dozens of notification pings. Notifications are also now better organized on the lock screen, which is another Android-inspired change.

Finally, dictation works on the device and you can switch back and forth between regular typing and voice dictation.

Updates for Apple apps

Apple Smart Home WWDC 2022

Here are a few iOS 16 app updates announced at WWDC 2022.

  • Apple’s iMessage app, popular in the US, now allows you to edit sent messages. It also supports undoing posts and marking threads as unread.
  • Apple Wallet now has Apple Pay Later, which is Apple’s riff on PayPal’s Pay In Four. You can split a fee into four installments with no fees or interest.
  • Apple Maps is rolling out in more countries and introducing some new features, such as: B. Multi-stop directions, integrations with public transit systems, and more. However, most of the “new” features are already present in Google Maps.
  • It’s now easier than ever to monitor and control your kids’ phone usage through Apple’s Family Sharing Center.
  • Apple Photos now has an iCloud Shared Photo Library system. This allows you to share a private photo library with up to five other people, who in turn can edit and upload their own photos.
  • Safety Check is a new system that allows users to quickly review and change the access they’ve granted others. For example, if you shared a password or app with someone and no longer want them to have access, you can review and make all changes from one place.
  • Apple redesigned its Home app to make it more similar to Google’s similar Home app.
  • The fitness app is now available to all iPhone users, even those who don’t have a connected Apple Watch.

CarPlay

Apple CarPlay WWDC 2022

Apple’s car-based iPhone connection tool becomes much more powerful. Apple wants CarPlay to be available on every screen in your car and to work with all of your vehicle’s systems. This would allow you, for example, to control the climate in your car from CarPlay instead of having to use the physical dials in your vehicle.

Of course, automakers need to integrate these systems into CarPlay for it to work the way Apple wants it to. Apple gives itself a lot of lead time for this, as manufacturers don’t expect to launch the next generation of CarPlay integration before the end of 2023.

If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because Google already has this up and running with Android Automotive. Cars with these features are already on the market, so Apple is a bit behind.

watchOS 9

watchOS 9 running features WWDC 2022

There are a few new watch faces in watchOS 9, including one based on the lunar cycle and Metropolitan, which looks like a classic watch face. There are also updated features like Siri’s layout and Apple’s Podcasts app.

Of course, a watchOS update wouldn’t be complete without updates to fitness and health tracking. For example, three new running metrics are tracked in watchOS 9, giving you a more comprehensive view of not only your pace and speed, but also your technique. There are also new features for triathletes, such as B. Automatic tracking when you switch from one exercise type to another.

See also: How to change your Apple Watch face

Sleep tracking also gets some new tweaks with Sleep Stages. The sleep app borrows the look and setup of Fitbit, giving you a more comprehensive view of how you’re transitioning from one type of sleep (REM, light, etc.) to another.

The Apple Watch was a pioneer in tracking atrial fibrillation (AFib). Now Apple offers AFib History to help you track and understand your AFib symptoms instead of just letting you know when it occurs. Likewise, watchOS 9 has a new Medicines section to help you keep track of your medications.

M2 chips

It may seem like Apple only released the Ultra versions of the M1 chip a few months ago (because it did). Apple isn’t one to lose steam, Apple is already rolling out M2, the true sequel to the original industry-shattering M1 chip.

Apple claims that M2 has an 18% increase in performance compared to M1. It achieves this while actually consuming less power than the M1, not to mention significantly less power than competitor x86-based chips

M2 also has a 10-core GPU, two more than M1. When you combine this with all the specs and features shown above, you have a powerhouse.

But how will you try M2? Keep it up.

MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro

Macbook Air 2022

The first Mac with M2 chip is the brand new MacBook Air. It does not contain the old wedge design but looks like a very thin MacBook Pro. In fact, it’s only 11.3mm thick and weighs just 2.7 pounds.

MagSafe is also on board, which is nice because it frees up the two Thunderbolt ports while charging. Like the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air has a controversial display notch, but the notch has a 1080p webcam.

The first Macs to feature the new M2 chip will be the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The second Mac to get the M2 chip is the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. This looks the same as the latest MacBook Pros, but shrunk to a 13-inch form factor.

Both laptops will be available sometime in July 2022. The Air will start at $1,199 while the 13-inch Pro laptop starts at $1,299.

macOS Ventura

WWDC 2022 macOS Ventura Stage Manager

Ventura’s flagship is called Stage Manager. The purpose of this system is to help you manage your open tasks and make you more efficient and productive. When enabled, Stage Manager brings the app you’re working on to the front and pushes the rest of your apps to the side. Check out how it looks in the image above.

Here are some other macOS Ventura updates released at WWDC 2022:

  • Spotlight is more powerful and even offers the ability to search for text in images. Spotlight does it like Apple’s own Google.
  • Mail has a number of new features, including advanced search and undoing.
  • Safari now has shared tabs so you can work on projects with your friends and family. It will also include Passkeys, which is Apple’s attempt to replace the text-based password.
  • FaceTime now supports Hand-Off. This allows you, for example, to start a FaceTime call on your iPhone and seamlessly switch that call to your Mac.
  • With macOS Ventura, you can use your iPhone rear camera as a webcam wirelessly.

iPad operating system 16

iPad OS 16 WWDC 2022 collaborations

iPad OS 16 gets most of the updates previously discussed for macOS Ventura and iOS 16, even including Stage Manager. Apple also made a few announcements for iPad OS 16, but they’re all coming for iOS 16 and macOS Ventura too, so they’re not really iPad-specific features.

One of those features is Collaborations, which lets you share live documents with collaborators. This is beneficial for work-in-progress documents. It will make it easier to keep track of different drafts shared in one conversation, whether it’s in iMessage or FaceTime.

Free Form is a new collaboration tool that creates a virtual whiteboard within FaceTime calls. It allows you to recreate a meeting room with a whiteboard for anyone to draw on.

Finally, iPad OS 16 gets more desktop-like features, such as B. changing file extensions and better printing support. It looks like Apple is ready to blur the line even more between what the iPad does and what a MacBook can do.


Those were Apple’s announcements for WWDC 2022! Next time we’ll see Apple launch new iPhones in the fall, so stay tuned!

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