Apple will next week be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference where we will see the latest operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV – but what can we expect to see?
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2022 will kick off at 3am June 7 (AEST) and will include a virtual keynote outlining the software updates and possible hardware announcements.
On the software side we’re expecting iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16.
But WWDC is also where we see some hardware announcements and there has been no shortage of rumours for everything from a new Mac Pro, an M2 MacBook Air and the much-speculated AR/VR headset.
With iOS 16, there will be changes to the interface and status bar to accommodate the rumoured iPhone 14 Pro which will have a hole punch for the cameras instead of a notch.
An always-on display for the lock screen will reportedly be a feature so users can see and interact with notifications and see the time while the iPhone is locked.
This could include a new lock-screen wallpaper that is able display information.
The Messages app is also set for an overhaul according to reports with more social-network-like capabilities.
In iPadOS 16, the biggest expectation is the improvement in multi-tasking and running multiple windows at the same time.
The biggest change expected for tvOS 16 for Apple TV is a smart home dashboard to control HomeKit products in a whole new way.
The watchOS 9 update is said to include a new power-saving mode to extend the battery life even further as well as new health and ECG improvements.
A new-look MacBook Air powered by Apple’s latest M2 silicon might also make its first appearance at WWDC 2022.
And, like the M1 iMac 24-inch, it may be offered in a range of colours.
But industry pundits say the launch of such a product could be delayed because of the ongoing supply chain issues.
An updated version of the Mac Pro could also see the light of day at WWDC 2022 with the more power M2 chips onboard.
A possible addition to the hardware list could be the long-rumoured AR/VR headset which would offer both augmented reality and virtual reality and a dedicated App Store.
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