What to expect on WWDC 2022: iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and possibly new Macs

What to expect on WWDC 2022: iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and possibly new Macs

Apple’s 33rd annual Worldwide Developers Conference starts on Monday, June 6 at 10:00. Like the 2020 and 2021 events, it will be held digitally only, so it’s free for all developers worldwide.

The Keynote event will give us our first look at new operating system updates, including iOS 16iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9, plus rumors suggest that we may see some new hardware. Everything we have heard about this year’s event is described below.

iOS 16

Most rumors about “iOS 16” have been vague, so we know a little about updating the operating system at the moment. In previous years, new versions of iOS have been leaked early and have given us insight into the feature set that is coming, but it did not happen this year.

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Like I said, we have heard some rumors about what to expect, with much of the information gleaned from Bloombergs Mark Gurmanwhich has reliable sources with information about Apple’s plans.

New features are rumored

  • Refurbished lock screen with wallpapers that have “widget-like features.”
  • There will be “significant” improvements to messages, even if we do not know specific details.
  • Messages app with “social network-like functionality” with special focus on audio messages.
  • Health app with extended sleep tracking function and medication management. Apple is working on a tool that allows users to scan their pill bottles in the app, plus new features for women’s health are expected.
  • New Apple apps are in the works, without more specific information.
  • Apple is also working on “new ways of system interaction”, but it is not clear what that means.
  • New training types for Fitness +.
  • Apple Music classic app with interface based on Primephonic, an app that Apple acquired in 2021.

Possible features based on rumors about iPhone 14

  • Always on display for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max (not coming until September).
  • Probably renewed status bar interface for 14iPhone 14 Pro‌ and Pro Max to accommodate hole punch and pill designs that are expected to replace the notch on these devices.
  • The iPhone 14 models are expected to have a car accident detection feature, which would call the emergency services automatically when a collision is detected. This would require new ‌iOS 16‌ functionality.
  • Apple can also add a satellite-based emergency feature to the iPhone 14‌ models, which would be supported in ‌iOS 16‌. This feature would allow iPhones to send text messages in emergencies when there is no mobile coverage and report major emergencies when coverage is not available.
  • ‌IOS 16‌ may include support for buy now, pay later feature for Apple Pay which Apple is developing.
  • In the same way, it can introduce support for hardware subscription software which allows customers to pay a monthly fee for one iPhone, iPador Mac.

For more on what we expect in ‌iOS 16‌, we has a dedicated iOS 16 summary.

iPadOS 16

iPadOS 16 will get many of the new features introduced in ‌iOS 16‌, but Apple is also working on additional features that are ‌iPad‌ specific.

With iPadOS 16, Apple aims to make ‌iPad‌ behaves more like a laptop than a smartphone, and the new ‌iPad‌ software will be one of the biggest updates announced at WWDC.

The update will include a redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easier to switch between tasks and see which apps are open, plus it allows users to resize windows. Apple also plans to implement new ways for users to manage multiple apps simultaneously, in what sounds like a much more Mac-like multitasking experience.

macOS 13

We do not know much about the feature set that comes with ‌macOS 13‌, as there have been few leaks. It is rumored that it has a revised system settings interface that will make it more in line with the Settings app on iPhone and iPad, with the update to include individual settings organized by app.

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Apple is also expected to update some of the standard apps, so we can see improvements in messaging, email, Safari and more. Messaging in particular is rumored to have few social network-like features with enhancements to audio messaging. It’s a ‌iOS 16‌ reputation, but Messages usually have functional parity between platforms.

When it comes to naming, ‌macOS 13‌ can be macOS Mammoth, based on Apple’s trademark applications. Apple registered trademarks as early as 2013 for many landmarks in California and Mammoth is the one that has been kept active the longest, although its status is unknown at this time and Apple has previously chosen some names that were never on that list, so the naming is not certain.

watchOS 9

watchOS 9 will have some updates that affect the daily operation and navigation of the wrist-worn device.

  • Updated energy saving mode that makes it possible to use apps and functions while reducing battery usage.
  • Extended function for detecting atrial fibrillation with extra “burden”, aka how often a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation during a period of time.
  • Improved health and activity tracking.
  • More types of training.
  • Additional measurement values ​​for running training.
  • Update for existing dials.

tvOS 16

tvOS does not often get as many new features as other operating system updates, and we do not know much about tvOS 16, but it is rumored that it includes new smart home connections. Maybe you can do more with your smart home products through Apple TV after the launch of the update.

Hardware options

Recent WWDC events have focused solely on software and have not included hardware announcements, so it’s not yet clear if we’ll see any hardware unveiled at this year’s event. If we do, the units below are the most likely candidates.

Macbook Air

If Apple plans to introduce new Macs at the event, Macbook Air is the device we will probably seeaccording to Bloombergis Mark Gurman. Apple is reportedly “aiming” to introduce the “MacBook Air” at the event, but covid-related supply chain issues in China could prevent Apple from doing so.

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The next generation ‌MacBook Air‌ is expected to have a total design overhaul with a MacBook Pro-like shape that removes the tapered body. It will be thinner and lighter, and it is expected to come in several colors, similar to it iMac. ‌MacBook Air‌ is expected to have narrow off-white frames and a matching off-white keyboard, and it can be about 13.6 inches in size.

AcMacBook Air‌ will probably be equipped with a next generation M2 chip, which is expected to have the same number of computer cores as M1 (eight), but it will include speed improvements that make it marginally faster. It is also rumored to have improved graphics with nine out of 10 GPU cores, up from seven or right in the current ‌M1‌ ‌MacBook Air‌.

The ‌M2‌ chip will be the first upgrade to the M1 series chips that Apple has used so far in Apple’s silicon devices. Although many rumors have suggested that the acMacBook Air‌ will have a ‌M2‌ chip, Apple analysts Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple could focus on redesign rather than new chip technology.

He has said that the next generation manufacturing processes for TSMC N3 and N4P will do that not be ready for mass production until 2023, so Apple will only be able to introduce an iterative update that is expected to use the same N5P chip used for the A15 and ‌M1‌.

More about the next generation ‌MacBook Air‌ may be can be found in our MacBook Air Guide for 2022.

Mac Pro

Back in 2019, the redesigned modular Mac Pro was shown at WWDC before the launch at the end of 2019, and there is a possibility that we can see a similar unveiling this year.


Apple’s Chief Technology Officer John Ternus was confirmed at the spring event that an Apple silicon version of the ‌Mac Pro‌ is underway, and it is expected to arrive sometime in 2022.

Apple might be able to give us a small preview of the ‌Mac Pro‌ ahead of a launch later this year.

Rumor has it that the acMac Pro‌ will have a chip that is even more powerful than M1 Ultra used in Mac Studio. It is expected to have up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores, which would make it twice as powerful as the ‌M1 Ultra‌.

Apple could introduce a ‌M1 Ultra‌ successor which is in fact two ‌M1 Ultra‌ chips interconnected, since the M1 Ultra itself is essentially two connected M1 Max French fries. If so, the upcoming ‌Mac Pro‌ chip will be four times as powerful as the ‌M1 Max‌.

AR / VR headset?

There were rumors last year that Apple’s long-rumored AR / VR headset could see an introduction at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference, but it looks like that will not happen.

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BloombergMark Gurmans and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have said that the headset is simply not ready to be introduced at this point, because Apple still has tricks to solve. Kuo believes that Apple will launch the headset in 2023, and Gurman has said that Apple has no plans for a “full announcement” of the headset at WWDC.

That said, a brand for “realityOS”, the headset operating system, was recently discoveredand it has a foreign filing date that is June 8, 2022. It is a legal requirement, and it appears that the date is not related to WWDC and is a coincidence.

MacRumor coverage

Apple plans to livestream WWDC keynote on its website, the Apple TV app and YouTube, but for those who can not watch, we will cover the event on MacRumors.com and via MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

We will also have an in-depth coverage of all Apple announcements for the rest of the week and beyond as we test the new software.

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