Apple’s 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday revealed the latest versions of the company’s own mobile and desktop operating systems, in kickoff of its annual week-long virtual high-tech show targeting developers and the Apple consumer experience .
The event showcased Apple’s major software updates to iOS 16, as well as updates to iPadOS, macOS for the company’s computers, and watchOS 9 for the Apple Watch.
Presentations highlighted the new MacBook Air with a 13.6-inch screen and Liquid Retina Display, as well as a new 13-inch MacBook Pro – both with enhancements powered by the new M2 Apple silicon chip.
This year’s conference was Apple’s first major opportunity to introduce some of its new product lines based on its processor designs.
Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed during his opening remarks that these platforms and the products they run provide amazing experiences for users and provide developers with incredible opportunities to create, build and develop apps that will change the world. to use their superpowers to cooperate. ,
“WWDC is designed to give this community what they need to do their best work. We love to support our developers beyond WWDC with extensive world-class support,” Cook said during the virtual keynote. said during
One particularly impressive announcement revealed the ability to use an iPhone as a webcam. A clip-on attachment will let users secure an iPhone to the top of a computer screen and there will be instant integration for FaceTime and other videoconferencing apps via the Continuity camera features.
Continuity Camera uses an iPhone as a webcam on a Mac for videoconferencing. (image credit: Apple)
Developing developer community
Cook summarized Apple’s efforts to grow the developer community. This support for developers extends to several important initiatives.
One is the recently opened Developer Center across from Apple Park where developers can connect with Apple engineers and reach their global community. Another fall came with Apple’s first online tech talk for developers to learn more about new technologies and connect directly with Apple engineers in live sessions and one-on-one office hours.
“We are also committed to developing the next generation of developers, including through our efforts to reach underrepresented communities,” Cook said.
Apple’s Entrepreneur Camps include female, black and Latin founders and provide advice, inspiration and insight from Apple to developers from underrepresented communities.
The company started developer academies to teach students the fundamentals of code and other essential skills to find and create jobs in the app economy. These 17 coding centers are located around the world.
For example, last October Apple launched a racial equality and justice initiative in Detroit. In Saudi Arabia, Apple launched its first ever developer academy for women in February.
“We are pleased to say that we have expanded our developer community to over 34 million Apple developers,” Cook said. “Today we are going to advance our platform more than ever before for our developers and our users.”
macOS Extended Access
macOS Ventura, the latest version of the desktop operating system, takes the Mac experience to a whole new level with many integrated innovative features.
Stage Manager gives Mac users a new way to stay focused on the primary task while seamlessly switching between apps and windows.
Continuity Camera uses the iPhone as a webcam on the Mac to do things that weren’t possible before. Handoff comes to FaceTime, allowing users to initiate an iPhone or iPad call and pass it on to their Macs fluidly.
Mail and Messages gets new features that enhance the performance of apps. The Safari browser transitions into a passwordless future with Passkey.
“MacOS Ventura includes powerful features and new innovations that help make the Mac experience even better. New tools like Stage Manager make focusing on tasks and moving between apps and Windows easier and faster than ever before , and the Continuity Camera brings new videoconferencing features to any Mac, including Desk View, Studio Lite and more,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.
New features in Messages, cutting-edge search technology in Mail, and an updated design for Spotlight give Ventura a lot to offer and enrich the many ways customers use their Macs, he said.
Integrating Apps and Windows
The Apple software initiative brings new ways of working across apps and opens windows with Stage Manager, Continuity Camera features, and shared Safari browser tabs.
Stage Manager automatically organizes open apps and windows so users can see everything at a glance. The current window is displayed prominently in the center. Other open windows appear on the left and are easily switchable between tasks.
New features like Stage Manager in macOS Ventura help users stay focused. (image credit: Apple)
Users can group windows together while working on specific tasks or projects that require separate apps. Stage Manager works in conjunction with other macOS windowing tools—including Mission Control and Space—and users can now easily access their desktop with a single click.
The Shared tab group enables friends, family, and coworkers to share their favorite sites in Safari. They can see what other tabs are watching live. Users can also create a list of bookmarks on the shared start page, and even start Message conversations or FaceTime calls from Safari.
Many more sharing features
Messages on Mac can now edit or undo a recently sent message, mark a message as unread, or even recover accidentally deleted messages. New collaboration features make working with others faster and easier. For example, a user sharing a share sheet or file via Messages with drag and drop can choose to share a copy or collaborate.
If the user selects Collaboration, everyone on the message thread is automatically added. Edits for the shared document appear at the top of the thread. Users can also join SharePlay sessions from their Macs from within Messages so they can chat and participate in synchronized experiences.
Don’t count the pictures out of the picture. The new features provide a more consistent experience across Apple devices. Users can now find images in their photo library, across the system, and on the web. They can also search their photos by location, people, scenes or objects, and Live Text lets them search by text inside images.
iCloud Shared Photo Library users can now create and share a separate photo library among up to six family members. They can choose to share all of their current photos from their personal libraries, or share based on a start date or the people in the photos.
To be more productive, users can now take actions from Spotlight, such as starting a timer, creating a new document, or running a shortcut. In addition, Spotlight now includes rich results for actors, movies, actors and TV shows, as well as businesses and sports.
Apple introduced a completely redesigned MacBook Air and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, both powered by the new M2 chip that pushes the M1’s performance and capabilities even further.
The slim design of the MacBook Air packs a large 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, four-speaker sound system, up to 18 hours of battery life, and MagSafe charging.
The new MacBook Air features MagSafe for dedicated charging when users are plugged in. (image credit: Apple)
It is now available in four finishes – Silver, Space Grey, Midnight and Starlight. The M2 also comes with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which offers better performance, up to 24GB of integrated memory, ProRes acceleration, and up to 20 hours of battery life.
“Only with Apple Silicon can you create such a thin and light notebook with a fanless design and this combination of performance and capabilities,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
“The M2 debuts the second generation of Apple’s M-series chips and extends the features of the M1. With power efficiency, unified memory architecture, and custom technology, this new chip is compatible with Apple’s most popular Mac notebooks, the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Air. The 13-inch brings even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro,” he said.
Apple’s new MacBook Air features MagSafe charging, which keeps two Thunderbolt ports available for connecting a variety of accessories. (image credit: Apple)
The new MacBook Air features a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, which has been angled up and around the camera to make room for the menu bar. The result is a larger display with thinner borders, offering more screen real estate.
At 500 nits brightness, it’s 25 percent brighter than previous models. In addition, the new display now supports a billion colors for more vibrant photos and movie watching.
The new MacBook Air and the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro join the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro and M1 Max to round out Apple’s laptop lineup.
The M2 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro supports up to 24 GB of faster integrated memory and 100 Gb/s memory bandwidth for more efficient multitasking. (image credit: Apple)
Both new laptops will be available next month. Prices start at $1,199 for the MacBook Air and $1,299 for the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple also previewed watchOS 9, which brings new features and enhanced experiences to the wearable operating system. The Apple Watch will now have more watch faces to choose from with more complex complications that offer more detail and opportunities for personalization.
watchOS 9 brings new experiences and features, app updates, and creative ways to customize the Apple Watch. (image credit: Apple)
For example, the updated Workout app, advanced metrics, visualizations and training experiences inspired by high-performing athletes help users take their workouts to the next level.
watchOS 9 brings sleep stages to the Sleep app, and a new FDA-cleared AFib History feature provides deeper insight into a user’s condition. The new Medicines app makes it easy for users to manage, understand and track medicines easily and carefully.
This fall, watchOS 9 takes the Apple Watch experience to the next level with scientifically validated insights into fitness, sleep and heart health, said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, while allowing users to build their own Apple Watch. more creative ways to do it.” Officer.