This week, Apple held a packed WWDC keynote where they announced iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, the next generation Apple silicon with M2, a new redesigned MacBook Air and a renewed 13-inch MacBook Pro.
As is typical with all Apple events, there were rumors and leaks about what Apple would announce. While many of the rumors and reports ceased to be true, a few turned out to be incorrect. Below we have collected which rumors and reports nailed and which unfortunately did not.
Error: Colorful MacBook Air with white frames
In May 2021, Apple junkie Jon Prosser split renderings showing a MacBook Air with white frames, a white keyboard and a range of bright, vibrant colors. These renderings also depicted a USB-C port on one side, which turned out not to be the case.
The new MacBook Air has a MagSafe 3 connector and two USB-C ports on the left side, with a headphone jack on the right. The new MacBook Air has a notch like the MacBook Pro but has black frames and a black keyboard.
Unlike the rumors, which were dismissed by Bloombergs Mark Gurman before Monday’s keynote, the new MacBook Air only comes in four muted colors. The new MacBook has the M2 chip and starts at $ 1199 with pre-orders next month.
Right: 13-inch MacBook Pro without new design
The same leak that exactly claimed that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros would have a notch as well carefully provided information on the revamped 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The source said that the renewed low-end Macbook Pro would have the same design as previous models, with the only change being the M2 Apple’s silicone chip. However, the source claimed that the laptop would be launched in March.
Error: Improved low power mode for watchOS 9
Bloombergs Mark Gurman reported that watchOS 9 would include an enhanced version of Low power mode that allows users to use the watch with reduced battery life.
Apple Watch currently has a Power Reserve mode that limits Apple Watch functionality to just showing the time. At least in the first watchOS 9 beta, a low-power mode reported by Gurman does not exist. Apple may add the feature to watchOS 9 later this fall, but exclusively for the upcoming Apple Watch Series 8.
Right: iOS 16 Lock Screen Changes, Apple Pay Later and more
Bloombergs Mark Gurman correctly reported that Apple would plan big changes for the iOS lock screen, let users add widgets, change fonts and color, and create new dynamic wallpapers.
Bloomberg also correctly reported on Apple Pay Later and its development last year, which will be launched this fall.
Right: macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 changes
Although macOS “Ventura” was not on our list of possible options for macOS 13, there were several rumors that turned out to be correct about Apple’s upcoming macOS release.
Bloombergs Mark Gurman reported that System Preferences, now renamed System Preferences, would get a redesign that is more in line with iOS. Gurman also reported that storage system apps like Mail, Notes, Reminders, Safari and Messages would get updates.
Perhaps the most accurate rumor before WWDC was Bloomberg reports on Apple’s plan to renew multitasking on the iPad and make it more Mac-like. With the M1 iPad Air and M1 iPad Pro, Apple has introduced Stage Manager, which allows multiple apps to be opened simultaneously in windows.
Error: Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR 2 Preview
It does not stem from any credible sources, it circulated initial speculation and talk online that Apple would announce its Apple silicon Mac Pro and an accompanying update of the Pro Display XDR at this year’s WWDC.
Apple previewed the current Intel-based Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at WWDC 2019, which reinforced the belief that a recurrence could happen this year. That did not happen, as Apple instead announced the next generation “M2” Apple silicon chip and a new MacBook Air and low-cost MacBook Pro.
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