The 2022 WWDC was highly anticipated, as it was known that many new features were coming to Apple’s various systems. The company always surprises in these moments and reveals the best it has prepared for programmers.
The Cupertino giant has not left its credits in the hands of others and has completely changed the landscape again, with many important news and improvements. There was still time for a surprise that was expected later in the year. So remember what Apple presented at this year’s WWDC.
The novelties were expected in its 4 main operating systems, with different approaches and with many improvements. The truth is that everyone was entitled to special attention and this can be seen in what was presented.
iOS 16 is much more than a renewal
The system that received the most attention from Apple was iOS. This new version, iOS 16, has a lot of new features that make it almost an entirely new system. The brand has bet on much more than the detail and there are improvements in almost all its extension.
One of the biggest and most important changes comes to the lock screen. This one is more appealing and now has space to receive new widgets. These complement the presence of the watch, which now has a smaller prominence compared to the end image. These screens can be created quickly and fully customized.
Notifications have also been improved and now each app can group the ones it sends, to make it easier for the user to manage this space. There is also a new API that allows you to have notifications of sporting events and that works in real time.
With iOS 16, Apple will allow you to delete messages you didn't want to send. This app will receive the new "undo send" functionality, as well as the ability to edit messages that the user has sent and that have not yet been read.
Apple also revealed that it is updating the dictation features, which should make it easier to send messages on the go. With the updates, through dictation it will be possible to automatically add punctuation in longer messages and can even add relevant emoji characters.
Apple has also improved the Apple Pay payment service. With this novelty, Apple allows the user to divide the cost of purchases into four equal payments over six weeks, without interest and fees.
Yesterday it was also announced that the Maps app will receive several important updates. It will reach many more countries and allow users to set multiple stopping points for a route they are creating.
In iCloud, Apple will allow shared photo albums, as with Google Photos, so that users can more easily sync albums with friends and family.
iCloud parental control will bring more security to the whole family with the Family Sharing feature. One of the interesting features is the fact that children can request screen time requests via Messages and this authorization is given in real time.
iOS 16 arrives with a new Lock Screen and more interesting news
More health and sport care with watchOS 9
The second news of the day came with watchOS9. Apple started by showing the news of this system dedicated to the Apple Watch, revealing the 4 new watch faces, with new themes and with the possibility of having direct and interesting shortcuts for users.
On the other hand, and because this is a device dedicated to sports, Apple has shown the improvements made for running. This has even more information for those who practice this sport, better support for athletes and much more dedicated to this modality.
When it comes to health, Apple also has news in watchOS 9. This area has been reinforced and now monitors the medications that are being taken. The Apple Watch will be able to alert users to its intake. These will also receive alerts for dangerous mixtures that can be made with medicines.
Security continues to play an important role here and Apple now guarantees that all information is only present on the user's watch and what is transmitted will always be safeguarded and not shared with anyone.
Apple released watchOS 9, even more focused on health and sports
Apple M2: New MacBook Air and Pro with an even more powerful SoC
Apple's big news at this event was the arrival of a new SoC dedicated to portable computers. Apple's SoC M2 promises to be even more powerful and with above-average performance.
The M2 supports up to 24GB of unified memory as well as twice the memory bandwidth (1000GB/s). The M2 comes with 8 cores (4 high performance, 4 high efficiency). Apple claims that it is possible to achieve an 18% increase in multithreaded performance. The M2 offers 25% more GPU performance compared to the M1 at the same power level and 35% more at full power.
To materialize this proposal, Apple presented the new Macbook Air with a 13.6" retina display. This includes the MagSafe. It also comes with two Thunderbolt interfaces and an audio jack. The new Air has a small "notch" where a webcam is located. 1080p that Apple says has twice the resolution and twice the low-light performance of the previous camera.
Also noteworthy is the fact that it comes with Wi-Fi 6 and has an autonomy that can reach 8 pm.
Also the MacBook Pro receives this SoC and increases its performance in a very visible way. Apple gains 39% compared to the model with the previous SoC, both in image processing and in games.
Also in the field of energy, the SoC M2 manages to be more efficient, with improvements that can easily be seen at work or at leisure. Apple promises the new MacBook Pro a battery life of 20 hours.
Both models arrive in July and the MacBook Air will be priced at $1,199, which is $200 more than the previous version. The MacBook Pro will be priced at $1,299, with a discount that puts it at $1,199 in the education segment.
Apple presents the new Macbook Air with the new SoC M2
The MacBook Pro 13 will also get Apple's new SoC M2
Ventura: A new macOS dedicated to improving multitasking
As it could not be otherwise, Apple also presented a new macOS. With the name Ventura, it inaugurates a new interface, more dedicated to multitasking and the organization of the user's work, which thus manages to get even more out of this system.
The first big news is even the Stage Manager. It can quickly group all the windows of all the apps and arrange them according to their origin. In this way it is simple and fast to have access to the desktop and the user's focus.
Also Spotlight has been reinforced and now has much more. Firstly, it lets you create a lot more directly in the top bar. Here they can create tasks, access shortcuts and much more than they are used to. Of course, the search has also increased and it is easier to find more and more quickly.
In the email app, the user also receives improvements such as canceling the sending of messages and scheduling for pre-defined times. In the case of the Messages app, as in iOS, you can edit sent messages and even cancel sending them.
Safari has been improved on several levels, being now the fastest browser on the planet and the most efficient browser that can be used on Mac. Shared tabs make browsing the Internet easier and help you organize these elements with your grouping.
In the field of passwords, everything becomes more secure, with access keys. These are a new login method with end-to-end encryption that protects against fishing and information leaks.
Another point that received many improvements was the part associated with the video. In addition to the hand-off of Facetime calls, macOS Ventura brings a new presentation mode that manages to have the user and his secretary on the same plane, thus having a much larger and more dedicated area.
There's also the center-stage that accompanies the user wherever they move, as well as improvements in automatic lighting that make videos and calls much better. Everything can be done in a simple file sharing.
The first betas of macOS Ventura are now arriving, and it is expected that next month there will be a public trial version accessible to all users.
macOS Ventura: Apple's new OS focuses on taking multitasking to the max
iPadOS 16 is a step towards a new tablet from Apple
The end of the WWDC 2022 keynote was the presentation of iPadOS 16. Even though it is a system dedicated to Apple's most successful tablet, it is getting closer and closer to what we have on macOS.
For the first time, iPadOS will allow you to have overlapping windows. In addition, this new version of iPadOS bets on a set of collaborative features to make the iPad a better one. You can easily share documents, via messages, you can directly access Facetime through a document, etc.
FreeForm is coming to iPhone, iPad and Mac and is one of the new features where collaboration will work in a complete and integrated way. Also the Weather app has finally arrived for iPadOS, something expected since the launch of the first iPad.
Game Center will also receive some SharePlay functionality. For example, the user will be able to play multiplayer games while maintaining a FaceTime call.
This update also included the handy Quick Notes feature, a controversial re-design of Safari that was eventually rolled back, a new set of widgets, and many other goodies.
Developer betas are available now and the first public access betas arrive in July.
The new iPadOS 16 has arrived and brings a fabulous novelty
These were the big news from Apple for the next few months. The company will now make these new versions available to programmers and correct any problems that may arise in the meantime. In a few months they will be ready and accessible and all, with all the improvements that have come.