Apple WWDC 2022 Keynote: iOS 16, the new MacBook Air and watchOS 9 among many highlights!

June 8, 2022

13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip

Apple at the WWDC keynote also introduced another M2-based machine – a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro, with no major design changes beyond the processor refresh.

Said to be 20 percent faster than the MacBook Air with the M1 chip, the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip is priced starting at $1,199.

Key highlights include two Thunderbolt ports, up to 18 hours of battery life, a fast charging adapter, new beamforming mics, Dolby Atmos speakers, a 1080p webcam and high-impedance headphone jacks, and 4 colour options – Midnight, Silver, Space Grey, and Starlight. It is priced starting at $1,199

iOS 16

The lock screen is getting an overhaul. It’ll allow for more customization, plus support for widgets — including widgets for third-party apps. Notifications will now “roll in” from the bottom of the screen, while a “Live Activities” API will let developers update notifications in real time (think sports score tracking.)  Live Text will be able to translate and replace text it detects in a photo, allowing you to more easily read through something like a menu in a language you don’t know.

Apple is getting into buy now, pay later; Apple Pay Later will let you split an Apple Pay purchase over four payments with zero interest; Apple says it’ll work anywhere Apple Pay works.

Apple’s big Maps overhaul is coming to a bunch of new places this year, including “France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Belgium, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands. It’s also getting improved multistop route support. Apple News will now let you follow news specifically focused on your favorite sports/teams. If you use Family Sharing to limit your kids’ iPad screen time, said kids will now be able to request more time via iMessage.

macOS 13

macOS 13 has been unveiled at the WWDC keynote – and it’s called Ventura. macOS Ventura features new multitasking tools, such as Stage Manager, which lets you group windows and switch quickly between apps. Safari and Spotlight also gained new features, with Shared Tab Groups and FIDO Alliance-supported Passkeys for the browser, and richer results and quick actions for the search interface.

iPadOS 16

There’s a huge focus on focus on multitasking (with Stage Manager coming from macOS) as well as on collaboration.

The latter includes the ability to quickly share and collaborate on documents and other content via apps such as Messages and Free Form (a new app coming later this year). Also new is the Weather app, the ability to change file extensions and virtual memory swapping.

watchOS 9

This was interesting, with several changes to the Apple Watch ecosystem. New features include new complications, watch faces, notifications, and the ability to pin apps. The Workout app is also getting new features with the release, including new running metrics and heart rate zones. The company has also updated the Fitness app for iOS, bringing new health and activity tracking features to iPhone users without an Apple Watch. Another watchOS 9 health update unveiled by Apple are brand new sleep tracking features in the Sleep app, allowing users to track their Core, Deep, and REM sleeps stages. The atrial fibrillation detection feature will also receive an upgrade, with the ability to track how long the state lasts, and its weekly frequency. Separately, Apple revealed users will also be able to keep a track of their prescription medications, with notifications to take them on time, alerts for possible drug interactions, and the ability to scan prescription labels for details.

Dictation gets even better

Apple says that dictation is used over 18 billion times each month. The new dictation features will also make it easier to switch back and forth between typing and dictation, making the switch between voice and touch a bit more seamless.

Continuity Camera

You’ll soon no longer have to rely on your Mac’s webcam. Apple announced that macOS gives you the ability to use your iPhone as a webcam by attaching it using a specialized clip coming later this year. They even announced an accessory with Belkin.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.