Apple WWDC 2022: what to expect

Apple WWDC 2022: what to expect

Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is here soon – it’s getting underway 6th June (Monday) and will last until the 10th. In person presence will be limited, most participants will experience the event online. What does Apple have in store for us?

This event is about software and developers. What the casual user should look forward to is the new versions of Apple’s various operating systems that power their phones, tablets, watches, computers, media players and perhaps other devices.

iOS 16

The new version of iOS will lay the foundation for the new iPhones coming in September, which it is rumored to have Always On Display functionality. The biggest challenge with this is to keep energy consumption low and Apple has always been pretty good at it. Will iPhone 13 and older get AoD? Unlikely, because most of the energy savings come from the hardware and not the software.

A screen-related change to keep an eye on is an API that allows fine-grained control over how the status bar is displayed. A more dynamic system could signal that you are moving away from the notch to other patterns.

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So what can current users expect? Well, Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman reports that Apple will innovate notification system. In addition, the system’s health tracking features will be improved, but the details are elusive.

Gurman also predicts that Apple’s first batch apps will get a review of iOS 16. In particular, messaging will reportedly have “social network-like features” focused on audio messaging. The health app is expected to have medication management features and improvements in sleep and women’s health tracking.

The lock screen is set to also get new functionality – “wallpapers that have widget-like functions”. iOS already has widgets on the home screen and in the Today view, those lock screens may behave differently.

Apple WWDC 2022: what to expect

Apple is also working on a review of the multitasking interface, but the changes will be much more extensive on its tablets.

iPadOS 16

The new OS version reportedly aims to bring iPads closer to laptops. Analysts expect changes in multitasking interface to include windows that can be changed in free format in addition to the current split-screen system. Even the app switch will change.

watchOS 9

The new software will reportedly introduce a new energy saving mode. It will not be as limited as Power Reserve mode as it still allows you to use certain apps and features while extending battery life. How long? We will find out on Monday.

The user interface can also be redesigned and there will be new health features. Rumor has it that the new version will have atrial fibrillation detection as well as new training types and measurement values.

macOS 13 and new Macs

macOS 13, perhaps also known as “Mammoth”, may see a review of first-party apps, similar to their iOS counterparts.

Apple WWDC 2022: what to expect

And while WWDC is mostly a software event, some leaks suggest that Apple could reveal the very first of M2 Mac. The company is said to start with a new MacBook Air, a new Mac mini is not excluded either.

tvOS 16

There may be improvements to the controls for smart homes, but Apple has kept all changes secret.

AR / VR

A complete revelation of Apple’s rumors VR headset is quite unlikely, but the company could introduce its work with virtual and augmented reality, which has so far been done behind the curtains. A key component in it will be the software that will power future headsets, called rOS.

Apple WWDC 2022: what to expect

Services

A “buy now, pay later” service for Apple Pay has been rumored since at least last year. This allows users to buy an item and pay for it in installments. The service was described as having two alternatives – four interest-free payments every two weeks and monthly payments with interest. However, we have not heard much about it recently, so Apple may have given up on the idea.

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