Apple’s WWDC22 Keynote took place Monday, as the company announced various updates for apps and products. The first thing discussed was the long awaited IOS 16, which includes personalized changes to the lock screen, as well as the Messages, Maps, Wallet, Home, Health, Fitness and Mail apps. Among the most highly requested updates, features like unsending and editing text messages after they’ve been sent, scheduling emails, follow ups and rich links have been added to the Messages and Mail apps.
The update brings a new Focus app that allows you to choose the apps and people you receive notifications from, as well as filter out distractions. SharePlay is now available to use via the Messages app, and friends can now share Safari tabs and sign into accounts more safely with the new Passkeys feature using touch ID. IOS 16 will include features like Carplay for models of vehicles being released in late 2023, family sharing with photos, and new privacy and security updates.
WatchOS 9 will include four new watch faces, new Siri and banner notifications, and updates to the Health and Fitness apps.
MacBook Air & Pro
Apple announced a new successor to its M1 chip, the M2, which will power the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The new MacBook models are faster, contain more memory bandwidth and longer battery life, and are made from 100% recycled earth elements.
Ventura, the new MacOS operating system includes a new Stage Manager app that allows you to stay organized by sliding other apps to the side when you choose to focus on a single app, and allows you to switch which app is on the stage with a simple click. Ventura also includes updates to the Spotlight app, Gaming app updates and Facetime continuity via a handoff feature allowing you to switch Facetime to whichever device they are closest to, as well as use your iPhone camera as a webcam. This feature brings all of the iPhone filters and features to your webcam.
The new iPadOS now includes more Weather app details and a new Collaborations feature that works a bit like Google docs and allows you to share documents. iPadOS Collaborations also works alongside Facetime, so you can chat with friends while all viewing a document together. Similar to the Collaborations feature, FreeForm allows you to share a blank canvas for brainstorming with friends or business partners. The new updates also include updates to the Gaming app, and supports Stage Manager, Passkeys, Tab Sharing and Family Sharing. Stage Manager for iPadOS, enables users to drag and drop across their Mac and iPad.
For more details, the Apple Keynote is available to stream on the Apple website.