Apple signaled new moves into the fintech and automotive industries when it launched its annual developer conference.
The technology giant used the opening of WWDC to show previews of new software for iPad, iPhones, Macs and Apple Watch, debuted some new MacBooks and showed off the new generation of its own-designed chip, the M2.
But industry watchers also noted the company’s addition of buy-now-pay-later options in the Wallet app for US-based customers, while the next generation of its CarPlay software showed deeper integration with internal car systems than ever before, such as setting up the car radio or changing the temperature without ever leaving the CarPlay experience.
The company also debuted the latest iPhone software, iOS 16, which includes a new lock screen that allows users to customize features and view widgets. Users will also be able to keep track of live activities such as an Uber trip.
The software also has two highly requested features: the ability to edit sent iMessages and a “undo shipment” if you want to withdraw the message completely. The latter can be performed for up to 15 minutes after the message has been sent.
A new shared iCloud photo library feature will make it easier to keep track of family memories, while Apple has also introduced new features to make it easier to set up devices for children in your family group. The new software, which will be available later this year, will also include expanded Live Text – which recognizes text in images – to include videos.
However, the new software is only supported by iPhone 8 and above, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 will be released.
Apple also unveiled a redesigned MacBook Air with the company’s new M2 chip, which rejected the tapered look the device has had for several years. The new device has a screen of 13.6 inches, slightly larger than 13.3 inches on the previous version. It also includes TouchID and a 1080p webcam with enhanced low-light images
The new M2 chip will also come to the MacBook Pro, Apple confirmed.
The company also introduced the latest MacOS software, called Ventura, which includes the ability to use your iPhone as a webcam for your MacBook through a feature called Continuity Camera, including access to the device’s portrait and studio light modes. It can also use the ultra-wide camera view to enable desktop view, which shows the user’s face and a top view of his desk.
The software also takes a step towards the password-free world with passwords, unique digital keys that stay on the device and are never stored on a web server. Users will be able to use passwords to log in to certain websites and services, use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric authentication and iCloud Keychain to sync between Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV with end-to-end encryption. The plan is to expand support for websites or apps on non-Apple devices that use an iPhone.
The latest software for the Apple Watch, WatchOS 9, will include more detailed running tracking and better sleep monitoring to track the different stages of sleep during the night. It will also include atrial fibrillation tracking, which is FDA approved for users in the United States who are 22 years of age or older who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
The new version of the iPad software, iPadOS 16, focuses on making the iPad more versatile and powerful as a collaboration tool. it includes Stage Manager, which provides multiple overlapping windows and full support for external multitasking screen, while changes to Messages and the new free-form app enable easier collaboration. For example, a collaborative invitation sent via messages will see everyone in the thread automatically added to the document, spreadsheet or project.
“iPad is our most versatile device, and we’re excited to take what it can do even further with iPadOS 16,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. With Stage Manager, which takes multitasking on the iPad to a whole new level, plus new ways to share and collaborate via Messages, Safari and the new free-form app, and new professional features such as Reference Mode and Display Zoom, users can get even more done on the iPad. “
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