WWDC 2022: What to expect, iOS 16, new operating systems, redesigned MacBook Air, more
WWDC 2022 should take place in a few days. On June 6, we’ll learn more about Apple’s plans for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13, and tvOS 16. Additionally, we might also see Apple unveil new hardware or tease a future product. Here’s what to expect from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
iOS 16 is coming full speed ahead
So far, rumors have it that Apple is planning to revamp the notification center and lock screen, while adding more functionality to the Focus mode announced last year.
In addition, BloombergAccording to Mark Gurman, iOS 16 may support an always-on lock screen on the long-talked-about iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max in the future. The journalist also thinks that iOS 16 will bring:
- Wallpapers with widget-like functionality
- Social network type functionality for messages
- New health features
WWDC 2022 could finally unleash the potential of the iPad with iPadOS 16
The iPadOS 16 rumors are a mix of insider information and what users have been asking for for a long time. Gurman says he expects “major changes in windowing and multitasking.”
If this turns out to be true, iPad users could finally take advantage of the beautiful hardware already available with the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air models with the M1 chip.
Much like iOS 16, iPadOS 16 is likely to feature a revamped Lock Screen and Notification Center, as well as expanded functionality in Focus Mode. Maybe a Calculator and Weather app? Who knows.
macOS 13 could be as big as Mammoth
9to5Mac has some reason to believe that Apple will introduce macOS 13 Mammoth at WWDC 2022. Not only that, but with the transition from Intel Macs to enterprise silicon now complete, there will be a ton of features exclusive to M1 Macs .
Gurman, in his last To light up newsletter, said the Mac will receive revamped apps during WWDC 2022 and a “much-needed overhaul to System Preferences to bring them more in line with Settings on iOS.”
Although the Health app isn’t coming to macOS 13 – which means another year without Apple Fitness+ on the Mac – users can expect some great features to come to this operating system.
watchOS 9: time is running out for WWDC 2022
watchOS 9 is expected to get some love from Apple during the WWDC 2022 keynote on June 6. According to previous rumors, the company will finally update older watch faces to look better on larger screens, such as those available with the Apple Watch Series 7 line.
Additionally, there will be improved Low Power Mode functionality and “significant improvements that affect day-to-day operation and navigation” of the Apple Watch. Expect new workouts, health metrics, and more.
Hope Apple doesn’t forget about tvOS 16 during WWDC 2022
Last year, Apple totally forgot about tvOS during the keynote. This time we hope tvOS 16 will have a few minutes on stage. According to Gurman, tvOS 16 will get “more smart home ties,” which is pretty much what we expect from this operating system.
Additionally, Apple could announce support for more languages on the HomePod, as it did at WWDC last year.
Apple TV and HomePod mini are the hubs of Apple users’ smart homes. So the company needs to focus on bringing even more smart home solutions to these devices.
The 2022 MacBook Air could be on the way
Along with all the operating systems being previewed, Apple might also launch the 2022 MacBook Air at WWDC 2022. According to the latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Gurman says “if there’s any hardware at WWDC, it will likely be on the Mac side.The company aimed to launch the next MacBook Air with M2 chips at the conference.
Unfortunately, BloombergThe reporter tweeted this Friday that if this Mac is announced on Monday it won’t feature multiple iMac-like colors as has been reported for over a year. According to Gurman, the new MacBook Air will come in the same three colors we already know: space gray, silver and gold – which will be a kind of “champagne” this time around.
You can read what to expect from this computer here.
Summary of RealityOS and WWDC 2022
As of now, it’s unclear whether Apple will tease the upcoming RealityOS at WWDC 2022 or not. One thing’s for sure, every other operating system will likely be hinting at a bunch of new features coming to Apple’s alleged Mixed Reality headset, which is set to be unveiled later this year.
Even if Apple isn’t introducing RealityOS, this WWDC 2022 will surely have a lot of new features coming to all Apple devices later this fall.
Are you excited for WWDC 2022? What are you most looking forward to from Apple’s unveiling? Let us know in the comments section below.
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