WWDC 2022 kicks off on June 6 when Apple will announce the next release of software updates for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices. At the annual Apple Developer Event, the company will announce iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and more. Apple is also rumored to be launching the new MacBook Air M2, which will succeed the MacBook Air M1 launched in 2020.
Ahead of the next Apple event, here’s everything you need to know about iOS 16, macOS 13, WWDC 2022 live stream details, and more.
WWDC 2022: Where to watch the iOS 16 launch event
Apple will host the WWDC 2022 event live from Apple Park in California. The company will hold its event virtually as well for viewers around the world. Interested viewers can watch WWDC 2022 live on Apple’s website. Alternatively, users can also watch the event on Apple’s YouTube channel or Apple TV app.
Apple will announce some of the new features of iOS 16 at WWDC 2022. According to reports, not much will change when it comes to design. Apple is reportedly making changes to the Notifications and Messages app.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new iOS 16 app will introduce new Messages features that will offer more “social media-like functionality.” Gurman also said these features will primarily revolve around audio messages.
According to Gurman, the notifications tab would also benefit from “significant improvements”. However, not much is known about the same.
On top of that, the lock screen is rumored to be getting an overhaul. Apple might introduce new wallpapers with smart widget-like features. The new feature is apparently codenamed “InfoShack” and includes several widgets in a huge block. Unlike Smart Stack, users won’t need to swipe up or down to switch between widgets. Instead, the larger block will allow you to see multiple widgets at once. The rumor mill also claims that InfoShack will include some of the Control Center options like Flashlight, Apple TV Remote, and more.
Apple might also announce new Health app features in iOS 16. The new update will introduce a new medication management tool, which will allow users to scan their pill bottles in the Health app.
iPadOS 16 will include most of the new features of iOS 16. In addition to that, the iPad software would include a new multitasking feature. Reports also suggest that iPadOS 16 will give users the ability to resize app windows, allowing them to run multiple apps simultaneously.
Not much is known about the features of macOS 13. A few reports suggest that System Preferences will be getting an overhaul, which will be more in line with the Settings interface of iPhone and iPad.
Apple is also said to have made design changes to its native apps, such as Safari, Messages, Mail, etc. Apple is rumored to be naming macOS 13 as macOS Mammoth.
watch OS 9
Although watchOS 9 is not a major update, it will certainly include new features, according to reports. Of course, there will be new watch faces. Apple is also expected to include a new Low Power Mode, which will allow users to access apps and features while consuming less power. New training modes will also be supported.
Macbook Air M2
The star product (and perhaps the only hardware product) set to launch at WWDC 2022 is the MacBook Air M2. Gurman claimed that Apple will probably launch the MacBook Air M2 during the iOS 16 event. However, the new MacBook Air M2 will not be launched in multiple color options as rumored. The laptop is also said to have a new design, similar to the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
As for specs, the Apple laptop will come with a 13-inch screen that supports 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. It should feature a Thunderbolt 3 port as well as Touch ID for easier logins and secure online payments. The new M2 chip will come with eight CPU cores and 10 GPU cores.
There’s a slim chance that Apple will tease the new Mac Pro, which is confirmed to launch sometime in 2022. However, there’s no word on an exact launch date. The new Mac Pro will ship with a more powerful version of the M1 Ultra found in 16-inch MacBook Pro models.