WWDC 2022: The Most Important Announcements From apple’s Developer Keynote | Tech Reviews
New MacBook Air with M2, iOS 16, WatchOS 9, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura and more – Apple brought a lot to WWDC 2022.
If you missed yesterday’s Apple developer conference, you can find a compact summary of all the important details here.
iOS 16 with Customizable lock screen, Updated notifications and More
Apple announced iOS 16 at WWDC 2022. The update completely overhauls the lock screen. Custom backgrounds are possible. You can also customize the font and color of the time and date in the future.
Also new are widgets for the weather, your activity rings, calendar entries and more on the lock screen. On top of that, the focus function will be further expanded. So it will be possible to mute certain contacts in messages etc. if they are not approved for the respective focus group.
iOS 16 also brings Live Activity to the lock screen. This allows you to pin specific tiles and notifications to the lock screen, such as for live sporting events.
With iOS 16 you also get the option to edit your messages (SMS) – including the option to delete them. Also new is the option to mark messages as “unread” so that you can find them later more quickly.
Apple will also help people in abusive relationships with iOS 16. A new feature will allow showing and managing access to accounts. This is how victims of abuse can regain some control in their lives by withdrawing their partner’s access to accounts.
Apple CarPlay will also get a major update. This should make deeper integration possible. It is said to go as far as replacing your car’s instrument cluster with one made by Apple. The display of speed, navigation and the current fuel or charge level of your battery would then be presented in Apple’s design.
For US customers, there is also a new option for “Buy now, pay later” in Apple Pay. In future, users will be able to choose repayments in installments directly in the app.
watchOS 9 Comes with New Health Features
Apple is constantly expanding its health functions. With watchOS 9 there are new tracking functions. Corresponding running statistics, a medication reminder and atrial fibrillation tracking were shown at WWDC 2022.
In addition, there will be four new watch faces for the Apple Watch. Apple has already confirmed that the Apple Watch Series 3 will not get an update to watchOS 9. This suggests that the five-year-old smartwatch with the very old design is finally being retired and the Apple Watch SE is officially the entry-level model in the Apple Watch series.
Incidentally, a former Apple Watch feature will soon make it to the iPhone – the fitness app. So if you want to close your exercise and fitness rings in the future, you no longer need an Apple Watch.
Apple is redesigning the Home app
Apple also used WWDC to promote the HomeKit smart home system. In addition, Apple once again reinforced its commitment to the universal Standard Matter .
In addition, the home app is being fundamentally revised, which should make it easier to organize and manage the various small smart home helpers.
Apple Silicon M2 SoC and new MacBook Air
After months of hearing rumors about the next generation of Apple Silicon, the time had finally come for WWDC 2022. The performance increase of the M2 SoC is said to be 18% compared to the M1.
Apple also had a suitable piece of hardware ready for this – a new MacBook Air. This should correspond more to its name and be lighter and thinner. At 1.13 cm, it is certainly a good height. With a weight of 1.25 kg, however, things look different. There are now very good notebooks in the Windows world that dance Limbo with the 1kg mark.
The larger 13.6″ display of the MacBook Air, on the other hand, has taken a slice from the new 14″ MacBook Pro – it has a notch. There is a 1080p webcam in it. There are also 500 nits of display brightness and four speakers directly under the display. The battery life should still be 18 hours of video playback. It is loaded via MagSafe.
There will be three charger options for the new MacBook Air. A regular 35W USB-C, 2x 35W USB-C or 67W USB-C power adapter for fast charging up to 50% in 30 minutes. In terms of color you can choose between silver, space grey, starlight and midnight. In terms of price, you have to reckon with at least €1,500 for the M2, 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM. A maximum of 2 TB SSD and 24 GB RAM are possible. The most expensive configuration of the new MacBook Air is €3,000.
By the way, the M1 version of the MacBook Air in the old design will remain with us. It still officially starts at €1,200 RRP. Both the M1 and M2 versions of the MacBook Air are completely passively cooled and do not have a fan.
13″ MacBook Pro also gets the M2 chip, But keeps the Touch bar
In addition to the MacBook Air, Apple has also announced the MacBook Pro with an M2 chip. It is still and the old (sexy) design of the MacBook.
The starting price for the 13″ MacBook Pro with M2 SoC is €1,599. With a 2 TB SSD and 24 GB of RAM, the price is €2,980, which is even €20 less than the new M2 MacBook Air.
macOS 13 Ventura with Stage Manager, Passkey and the iPhone as a Webcam
The Stage Manager should finally bring more overview to the macOS interface. To do this, macOS automatically positions currently unused windows on the left side of the screen, while the main window is placed prominently in the middle. Windows can be grouped to make better use of several open Safari windows with different tab groups, for example.
macOS 13 Ventura also adds support for Apple Passkey in Safari. This new feature basically replaces the password, allowing you to log into different websites using just your iPhone or Mac. Username and password are then handled completely by the passkey and you only have to verify yourself via Face ID or Touch ID.
The last major feature in macOS Ventura concerns the webcam. Instead of relying on your MacBook’s webcam, you can now attach your iPhone to the Mac with a clamp and use its camera.
The clamps are of course sold separately. Apple is working with Belkin on solutions that will undoubtedly have the typical Belkin Apple price. Third-party providers are likely to follow very quickly.
iPadOS gets an External Desktop and Finally a Weather App
Apple continues to try to make the iPad more than a tablet. But iPadOS gets several new features. In the future, you’ll be able to collaborate on projects in Office apps like Pages. On top of that comes a new whiteboard tool called Freeform.
The Stage Manager feature from macOS is also coming to iPadOS and is intended to improve multi-tasking by also allowing windows to be adjusted on the iPad and bringing more structure to the apps used. Also, iPadOS finally gets a native weather app. Not a word about a calculator though. Both apps are notoriously absent from Apple’s tablets.
Perhaps the most interesting feature in iPadOS 16, however, is an external desktop. So far, the iPad has simply mirrored the content on external monitors. That’s pretty questionable with a 4.3:3 display on the iPad and a 16:9 monitor, and becomes downright useless with a 21:9 monitor. I am very curious to see how well this feature works in practice. My Dell UltraSharp U3421WE is already waiting.
That’s it for the WWDC 2022 announcements. Which new software feature do you like the most or are you just interested in the new MacBook Air? Let us know in the comments and do check out our in-depth tech reviews of various gadgets.