What to expect from WWDC 2022: The new Apple MacBook Air, AR headset, and more

What to expect from WWDC 2022: The new Apple MacBook Air, AR headset, and more

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is just around the corner, and as in years past, there are many rumors swirling around the event.

We know with almost certainty that we’ll be taking a look at the tech giant’s new operating systems, including iOS 16 / iPadOS 16, but sometimes devices also appear at Apple events.

Rumors about WWDC 2022 are ubiquitous, with some pointing to the unveiling of a new MacBook Air while others suggesting Apple will finally be teasing the long-awaited Mixed Reality headset.

Let’s get into it and break down what we might see at WWDC 2022:

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AR / VR Headset

The main question around WWDC this year is whether Apple will finally unveil the much-anticipated virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR) headset. A recent report, provided by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, notes that we won’t be getting a look at the headset during the WWDC keynote, but like so many rumors/reports, this may be inaccurate.

There is a possibility that Apple will use WWDC to entice developers interested in creating applications for its headphone operating system (OS), rumored to be called “a virtual reality.” This wouldn’t be entirely out of the ordinary for the tech giant as it revealed the original HomePod at WWDC in 2017 several months before its US launch (and a year before it was launched in Canada).

Apple’s AR/VR headset is rumored to feature dual 4K displays and several 3D sensors and is priced in the $3,000 (~$3,736) range. Some rumors also suggest that the headset is powered by the tech giant’s M1 chip.

MacBook Air and M2 chip

While we likely won’t see an Apple VR/AR headset at WWDC 2022, there’s a strong possibility that the tech giant will finally show off its M2-powered MacBook Air.

The new MacBook Air is rumored to feature a major redesign that includes several new colors (hopefully borrowed from the colorful M1 iMac). The laptop will likely have a thinner but more squared design in line with the MacBook Pro, along with the return of the SD card slot.

On the M2 side, Apple’s next-generation chip will be based on a 5nm chip with an eight-core CPU, similar to the M1, but with a noticeable bump in clock speed. It is also said that the GPU will jump to a 9 or 10 core variant. Despite being more powerful than the original M1 chip, the M1 Pro, Max and Ultra will still outpace the M2, according to reports.

MacBook Pro / HomePod / Mac Pro

Despite what some of the rumors might indicate, we likely won’t see a new MacBook Pro at WWDC, but there are rumors that Apple may show off a new HomePod with camera and the M1 Ultra-powered Mac Pro.

What we will see for sure

iOS 16 / iPadOS 16

Not much is known about iOS 16 / iPadOS 16, but it is almost certain that it will be shown at WWDC 2022. However, there are reports that indicate a renewed notification system and software functionality that will enable the iPhone 14 Pro to deliver on-screen refreshes up to 1 Hz.

Another report courtesy of Mark Gorman who is often trusted at Bloomberg It also indicates that new features may appear in Apple’s Messages/Health apps and that all Apple apps will get a visual update of some sort.

watchOS 9

Similar to Apple’s other operating system updates, it’s not clear what new feature will make its way to watchOS 9. We’ll likely see new watch faces and revamped old ones that fit the more spacious Apple Watch Series 7 display.

macOS 13

Rumor has it that macOS 13 is called “Mammoth Lakes” (via 9to5Mac), but beyond that, not much is known about the desktop OS update. As Apple has moved nearly the entire Mac line over the M1 architecture, we’ll likely see the tech giant release more chip-exclusive features.

tvOS 16

Apple’s set-top box operating system rarely gets much attention at WWDC, but some rumors suggest the tech giant is launching some kind of HomeKit-focused feature for the Apple TV that makes it a better hub for the smart home.

The event will take place on April 6th at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PT.

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2022-06-02 19:16:00

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