Apple WWDC 2022: What to expect

Apple WWDC 2022: What to expect

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is approaching – kicking off June 6 (Mon) and running until June 10th. In-person attendance will be limited, and most participants will experience the event online. What is Apple hiding?

This event is all about software and developers. What the average user should be looking forward to are the new versions of Apple’s various operating systems that power phones, tablets, watches, computers, media players, and possibly other devices.

iOS 16

The new version of iOS will lay the groundwork for the new iPhones coming in September, which are rumored to have Always On Display functionality. The main challenge with this is keeping power usage low and Apple has always been very good at this. Will iPhone 13 and above get AoD? Unlikely, because most of the energy savings come from hardware and not software.

One change related to the monitor to watch is an API that allows finer control of how the status bar is displayed. A more dynamic system could signal a departure from other designs.



It is said that Apple is planning to break the notch

So, what can existing users expect? Well, Bloomberg analyst Mark Gorman reports that Apple will renew the notification system. In addition, system health tracking features will be improved, but the details are out of reach.

Gurman also anticipates that Apple’s first-party apps will get an overhaul with iOS 16. Messages in particular will reportedly get “social networking-like functionality” focused on voice messages. The Health app is expected to gain medication management features and improvements to sleep tracking and women’s health.

The lock screen is set to receive new functionality as well – “wallpapers with widget-like capabilities”. iOS already has widgets on the Home screen and Today view, lock screen modules may behave differently.

Apple WWDC 2022: What to expect

Apple is also working on an overhaul of the multitasking interface, but the changes will be more extensive on its tablets.

iPadOS 16

The release of the new operating system is said to be aimed at bringing iPads closer to laptops. Analysts expect changes to the multitasking interface to include free-form, resizable windows in addition to the existing split screen system. Even the app switcher will be touched.

watchOS 9

It is said that the new software will introduce a new power-saving mode. It won’t be as limited as Power Reserve mode because it will let you use some apps and features while still extending battery life. How long? We’ll find out on Monday.

The user interface may also be reworked and there will be new health features. Rumors have it that the new version will gain atrial fibrillation detection as well as new exercise types and metrics.

macOS 13 and new Macs

macOS 13, which may also be called “Mammoth,” may see an overhaul of first-party apps, similar to their iOS counterparts.

Apple WWDC 2022: What to expect

And while WWDC is mostly a software event, some leakers are suggesting that Apple could unveil its first M2 Macs. The company is allegedly going to launch with the new MacBook Air, the new Mac mini is also out of the question.

tvOS 16

There may be improvements to the smart home controls, but Apple has kept any changes a secret.

AR / VR

Full disclosure of Apple’s rumored VR headset is highly unlikely, but the company could bring its work on virtual and augmented reality, which it’s been done behind the curtains so far. A key component of this will be the software that will power the future headphones, dubbed rOS.

Apple WWDC 2022: What to expect

Services

Apple Pay “Buy Now, Pay Later” rumors have been circulating since at least last year. This will allow users to purchase an item and pay it in installments. The service is described as having two options – four interest-free payments every two weeks and monthly payments with interest. We haven’t heard much about it lately, so Apple may have given up on the idea.

2022-06-05 18:07:01

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