WWDC 2022 Summary: iOS 16 and everything else Apple announced yesterday

WWDC 2022 Summary: iOS 16 and everything else Apple announced yesterday

This story is part of WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and around Apple’s annual developer conference.

What happens

Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, is where the company showcases the next versions of its operating systems and sometimes remarkable new hardware to run them on.

Why it matters

Knowing what’s coming for Apple’s popular product lines is important when deciding whether to buy now or wait for the next model.

As usual, Apple’s WWDC 2022 was packed with something for everyone, from the latest version of Apple’s flagship iPhone operating system, iOS 16and its latest chip, M2: anto the latest hardware that puts everything in (or on) your hands – in this case Macbook Air and MacBook Pro 13. New high-profile features include Security checkwhich aims to help people at risk of domestic violence.

Do you want a detailed piece by piece? Check out ours archived live blog. Read on for the highlights and links to all our stories.

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The latest version of the iPhone’s operating system focuses on customization. It includes an updated lock screen with selectable fonts and colors, Apple Watch-style widgets, and rotating photos. Notifications will also roll in from the bottom of the screen to prevent them from obscuring your photo, and live activities such as music playback can be extended to fill the lock screen.

Messages allow you to edit, undo broadcasts, and mark messages as unread. SharePlay is enhanced for easier sharing within FaceTime and Messages. Dictation is mixed with text and touch on the go so you can use any type of input at any time. Similarly, Live Text (Apple’s response to Google Lens) expands to video, allowing you to pause on any frame and interact or take text from the video.

Apple says it will be able to extract images from a background and automatically paste them into apps as messages.

Changes to Wallet include more wireless key partners, such as car makers, push-to-pay on iPhone for contactless payments and Apple Pay Later, which splits the cost of a four-payment purchase.

You will also see cycling, looking around at high resolution images and extended details for landmarks and especially detailed coverage for specific cities. It will also show transit card balances.

Apple News gets expanded sports coverage in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. TV Plus gets Family Sharing for up to five members, with parental control for apps, movies, books and music. Photos also enhance sharing – new shared libraries via iCloud let you collaborate – and offer rules and automatic sharing based on proximity.

On the privacy front, iOS 16 introduces a new feature called Safety Check, which can help you quickly revoke access for someone threatening you, sign out of iCloud on all devices, and limit notifications to a single device in hand.

CarPlay has been redesigned to combine car and iPhone screens, including powering your entire instrument cluster.

The fitness app comes to the iPhone from Watch as well.

If you use Apple Spatial Audio, you will be able to use the depth camera to customize it.

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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13

For the first time in ages, Apple has redesigned the Air, with the M2 chip in mind. It’s still an unibody in aluminum, but now it’s evenly thin at 11 mm and weighs 2.7 pounds. Plus new colors! MagSafe returns, leaves your two Thunderbolt ports available, and it retains an audio jack. It finally gets an upgrade to a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, with 500 nits maximum brightness and P3 range. A 1080p webcam makes it on par with its siblings, along with a four-speaker system (with support for spatial sound) and an array of three microphones.

Thanks to the improved graphics processor in the M2 and focus on performance per watt, Apple says that Air delivers the same battery life and better performance. It finally supports fast charging, and the new adapter has a second USB-C port.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro also gets the M2 chip, with better performance thanks to an active cooling system. However, it has not been redone.

The MacBook Air starts at $ 1,199 (£ 1,249, AU $ 1,899). The MacBook Pro starts at $ 1,299 (£ 1,349, AUD $ 1,999). They both start delivering next month, and both offer $ 100 off students and teachers.

Apple also retains the M1 MacBook Air, offering a computer under $ 1,000 ($ 999, £ 999, AU $ 1,499), again with a $ 100 training discount.

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Window management with grouping is improved in Stage Manager, which also includes drag-and-drop multitasking. Better Spotlight search includes sports and web image search, full-window search results, and more detailed music and movie information. (In iOS, Spotlight moves to the home screen.)

Search Mail adds instant suggestions and synonyms, even on mobile. Of course, it gets the same updates as iOS for messaging. Safari’s shared tabs allow you to send your latest shopping choices to friends and family. Goodbye passwords and hello Keywords – Touch ID and Face ID come to Safari to log in to websites. Also on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, of course.

Improvements to its Metal graphics API include MetalFX upscaling for faster game rendering and added API for faster loading of game assets. Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky are ported to Mac for the first time; Resident Evil Village will arrive later this year.

Handoff comes to FaceTime so you can jump from device to device, and Continuity Camera finally lets you use your iPhone camera as your webcam. It will support a split view for straight ahead and desktop views.

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New dials are on the way, including more different calendars, the ability to attach apps to the top of the dock, new banner notifications and support for podcasts for children with parental controls.

To train, WatchOS 9 becomes much more detailed about your running measurements – for example, you track how you move up or down to track your shape. A new multisport workout can switch between swimming, cycling and running for appropriate training and tracking data.

Sleep Stages uses the accelerometer and heart rate sensor to track and time your sleep states. Watch will be able to detect atrial fibrillation once it receives permission from the Food and Drug Administration. Tracking medications in the Health app gets a little more detailed and lets you schedule reminders, so it sounds like a typical medication app with all the features.

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The iPad gets the same updates as iOS 16 and a new Weather app. Collaboration in operating systems allows shared document editing and tabbed groups, bootable from FaceTime, with update notifications via messaging.

We also got a sneak peek at the Freeform app, a virtual shared whiteboard with drawing tools for group meetings, coming later this year. It supports embedding of documents, videos and images and will be included with all platforms.

Just like Ventura, iPadOS gets the new Metal API update for games, plus it downloads in the background. Game Center is adding Activity Rivers, and SharePlay (coming later this year, as well as iOS and iPadOS) will allow group play.

There are a bunch of adjustments to the interface and features to give iPadOS more desktop-like power. It also adds reference color (Reference Mode) for consistent color matching between devices (personally yay!).

On M1-based iPads, you will be able to increase the pixel density of the screen to fit more on the screen and use virtual memory. And iPadOS, just like Ventura, gets Stage Manager, for a much better experience of changing data with multiple windows. When you connect to an external monitor, it takes better advantage of the other monitor via Stage Manager and makes it a little more seamless to use touch and Apple Pencil with a Mac.

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