It’s that time of year again as the calendar turns to June! Apple’s developer conference kicks off on Monday and we’ve seen a wave of last-minute rumors so much to expect remains a mystery.
This week saw rumors of some upcoming changes in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, while we’ve also heard details about the iPhone 14 lineup we don’t expect to see until the usual September timeframe, so read below for all the details from the week leading up to WWDC!
What to expect at WWDC 2022: iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and possibly new Macs
The wait is finally over! Apple’s annual WWDC Developer Conference kicks off Monday with Apple opening at 10 a.m. PST, and while the program is always the focus of the event, there’s definitely a chance to announce a hardware or two.
As usual, we’ve rounded up everything we can expect to see in Monday’s keynote, some of which include the late breaking news highlighted below.
according to BloombergMark Gorman, Apple aims to announce a new MacBook Air with the M2 chip at WWDC this year, but the reveal may be delayed due to the shutdown in China affecting production. On the other hand, Gurman believes that it is unlikely that a comprehensive display of the long-rumored AR/VR headset will be presented at the event.
iOS 16 lock screen improvements, redesigned Mac apps and more to be expected at WWDC
BloombergOther WWDC forecasts include “big improvements” to the iPhone lock screen on iOS 16 such as wallpapers with widget-like capabilities, along with redesigned Mac apps and more.
One of the built-in apps that will be redesigned on macOS 13 is said to be System Preferences, which is expected to receive an overhaul that will make it more similar to the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad.
Apple aims to make iPad more Mac-like with multitasking changes in iPadOS 16
Another report from Gurman before the WWDC claims that iPadOS 16 will have a redesigned multitasking interface and the ability to resize app windows on the screen.
The multitasking improvements should allow for a Mac-like experience on the iPad, something that many power users have been asking for. However, the extent of the changes is not yet clear.
Apple’s WWDC 2022 event page features animated AR trading cards
This week Apple added WWDC 2022 to its event site, and if you visit the page on your iPhone or iPad, there’s a fun booster Easter egg.
For WWDC 2022, Apple has created a stack of trading cards that you can view in augmented reality — there’s even a rare Craig Federighi card. Once placed on a deck using the AR interface, you can tap the card pack to open it up and see a set of colorful Memoji faces.
iPhone 14 Pro is rumored to feature Always On Display
It is said that iOS 16 will include support for Always On Display mode in the future on iPhones. This feature could appear exclusively on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max when they launch later this year.
Always-on display mode may cause iPhone 14 Pro models to constantly display information to look at, such as time, with the refresh rate as low as 1 Hz to preserve battery life.
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to start with an increase of 6 GB of RAM
All four iPhone 14 models launched later this year will be equipped with 6GB of RAM, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.
TrendForce also said that the iPhone 14 Pro models will be upgraded to a faster and more energy-efficient type of RAM known as LPDDR5, while the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models are expected to stick to LPDDR4X as the iPhone 13 lineup.
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