Apple WWDC 2022 Highlights—OS updates, new hardware, M2 chip, and more
We’ll be covering all of the Apple WWDC 2022 highlights which revealed updates to Apple’s numerous proprietary operating systems along with the debut of the new Apple M2 chipset. The tech giant’s worldwide developer conference surely had some important announcements.
Most likely one of the biggest Apple WWDC 2022 highlights included the announcement of iOS16, the Apple iPhone’s operating system. It now features a customizable home screen with built-in support for widgets, a Home app redesign, and an update to unsend and edit iMessages. iOS 16 now provides all iPhone users with the Fitness app, previously exclusive to Apple Watch owners. The first beta for iOS 16 will begin in July and is expected to launch later this year.
With features similar to iOS 16, iPadOS 16 includes enhanced collaboration capabilities as well as a Stage Manager mode that provides desktop-like functionality and support for external monitors. With the new Freeform app, a whiteboard can be shared with anyone you’d like. Every iPad Pro, iPad Air 3 and higher, the iPad mini 5 and higher, and the iPad 5 and higher, will be compatible with iPadOS 16. Public beta starts in July.
macOS 13 Ventura
Also included in the Apple WWDC 2022 highlights was the macOS 13 Ventura, which contains a redesigned System Preferences and a Stage Manager tool that lets the user organize programs into groups on the left side of the desktop with drag and drop enhancements. Only Macs from 2017 and later will receive macOS 13. Public beta is also scheduled for July.
Adding sleep monitoring and fitness modifications, watchOS 9 now has more peace of mind and quality of life features. Custom watch faces include a lunar calendar and an Astronomy map that contains a new star map and current cloud data. Advanced metrics have been added that offer improved data for sleep and heartbeat tracking. The Workout app also got an update that contains improved metrics to track performance.
Designed specifically for the Macbook, the Apple M2 chipset was announced and topped off the Apple WWDC 2022 highlights as it provides an 8-core SoC (system-on-chip) with four performance cores and four efficiency cores. The M2 uses second-generation 5-nanometer technology and improves on the M1 chipset’s industry-leading performance per watt with an 18% faster CPU. Also featured is the 10-core GPU and a 40% faster Neural Engine delivering 50% more memory bandwidth when compared to the M1 chip.
“M2 starts the second generation of M-series chips and goes beyond the remarkable features of M1,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies, Johny Srouji. “With our relentless focus on power-efficient performance, M2 delivers a faster CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine. And along with higher memory bandwidth and new capabilities like ProRes acceleration, M2 continues the tremendous pace of innovation in Apple silicon for the Mac.”
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