Apple has kicked off WWDC 2022 with its keynote presentation, and we saw a whole host of new devices and software announced – but the WWDC 2022 round-up frustratingly for those of us hoping to see it, nothing on Apple\’s rumored VR headset or glasses. The keynote event will give us our first look at new operating system updates, including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9, plus rumors suggest we could see some new hardware. Everything we\’ve heard about this year\’s event is outlined below.
Most of the rumors about iOS 16 have been vague, so we know little about the operating system update at this time. In years past, new versions of iOS have leaked out early and have given us insight into the feature set that\’s coming, but that didn\’t happen this year. Sadly we didn\’t get any information on the new iPhone 14 Pro range (although, that\’s to be expected). The key changes were things like Messages that could be edited or unsent, a new lock-screen that allows widgets, and more customization – it made a huge difference to the way you\’re going to use your iPhone.
We don\’t know much about the feature set coming to macOS 13, as there have been few leaks. It is rumored to feature an overhauled System Preferences interface that will bring it more in line with the Settings app on iPhone and iPad, with the update to include individual settings organized by app.
Apple is also expected to revamp some of the default apps, so we could see improvements to Messages, Mail, Safari, and more. Messages in particular are rumored to be getting social network-like functionality with enhancements to audio messages. That\’s an iOS 16 rumor, but Messages usually has feature parity across platforms.
As for naming, macOS 13 could be macOS Mammoth, based on Apple trademark filings. Apple way back in 2013 registered trademarks for many California landmarks and Mammoth is the one that\’s been kept active the longest, though its status is unknown at this time and Apple has in the past chosen some names that were never on that list, so the naming isn\’t certain.
is a pretty radical upgrade – with runners and triathletes getting the biggest changes. Heart rate zone monitoring finally comes to the Apple Watch, something we\’ve been asking for ages, and there\’s auto-transition for triathletes.
Your Watch will also get enhanced new faces, and banner notifications that won\’t take over the whole screen – along with better tracking for atrial fibrillation and medication monitoring
The WWDC 2022 round-up tvOS doesn\’t often get as many new features as other operating system updates, and we don\’t know a lot about tvOS 16, but it is rumored to include new smart home tie-ins. You may be able to do more with your smart home products through the Apple TV following the launch of the update.
The M2 chip was the big announcement at this event – if you\’re into your CPUs – promising huge power with a far lower drain on the battery. That\’s a big deal, and could really help push the aforementioned jump into gaming Apple is promising.
It\’s designed on an enhanced 5nm process, with 5 billion transistors, 100GB/s of memory bandwidth, and up to 24GB of unified memory.
Hardware Possibilities (WWDC 2022 round-up)
The past several WWDC events have focused solely on software and have not included hardware announcements, so it\’s not yet clear if we\’re going to see any hardware unveiled at this year\’s event. If we do, the below-listed devices are the most likely candidates.
If Apple does plan to introduce new Macs at the event, the MacBook Air is the device we\’re likely to see, according to Bloomberg\’s Mark Gurman. Apple is reportedly \”aiming\” to introduce the MacBook Air at the event, but COVID-related supply chain issues in China could prevent Apple from doing so.
The next-generation MacBook Air is expected to feature a total design overhaul with a MacBook Pro-like shape that does away with the tapered body. It will be thinner and lighter, and it is expected to come in multiple colors, including space gray, silver, a champagne color, and blue. The MacBook Air is expected to feature slim off-white bezels and a matching off-white keyboard, and it could be around 13.6 inches in size.
The MacBook Air will probably be equipped with a next-generation M2 chip, which is expected to feature the same number of computing cores as the M1 (eight), but it will include speed improvements that make it marginally faster. It is also rumored to have improved graphics with nine or 10 GPU cores, up from seven or eight in the current M1 MacBook Air.
The M2 chip will be the first upgrade to the M1-series chips that Apple has been using in Apple silicon devices to date. Though many rumors have suggested the MacBook Air will feature an M2 chip, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple could focus on the redesign rather than new chip technology.
He has said the next-generation TSMC N3 and N4P fabrication processes will not be ready for mass production until 2023, so Apple will only be able to introduce an iterative update expected to use the same N5P chip used for the A15 and the M1.
More on the next-generation MacBook Air can be found in our 2022 MacBook Air guide.
Back in 2019, the redesigned modular Mac Pro was shown off at WWDC ahead of its late 2019 launch, and there\’s a possibility that we could see a similar unveiling this year. Apple\’s hardware engineering chief John Ternus confirmed at the spring event that there is an Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro in the works, and it is expected to be coming at some point in 2022.
Apple could perhaps give us a small preview of the Mac Pro ahead of a launch coming later in the year.
Rumors suggest the Mac Pro will feature a chip even more powerful than the M1 Ultra used in the Mac Studio. It is expected to feature up to 40 CPU cores and 128 graphics cores, which would make it twice as powerful as the M1 Ultra.
Apple could introduce an M1 Ultra successor that is in fact two M1 Ultra chips linked together, as the M1 Ultra itself is essentially two connected M1 Max chips. If that\’s the case, the upcoming Mac Pro chip will be four times as powerful as the M1 Max.
There were rumors last year that Apple\’s long-rumored AR/VR headset could see an introduction at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference, but it looks like that\’s not going to happen.
Bloomberg\’s Mark Gurman and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have said that the headset is simply not ready to be introduced at this point in time, as Apple still has kinks to work out. Kuo believes that Apple will launch the headset in 2023, and Gurman has said that Apple does not have plans for a \”full-blown announcement\” of the headset at WWDC.
That said, a trademark for \”realityOS,\” the operating system for the headset, was discovered recently, and it features a foreign filing date deadline of June 8, 2022. That\’s a legal requirement, and it appears that the date is unrelated to WWDC and is a coincidence.
MacRumors Coverage (WWDC 2022 round-up)
Apple plans to live stream the WWDC keynote on its website, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, but for those unable to watch, we\’ll be covering the event on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.
We\’ll also have in-depth coverage of all of Apple\’s announcements throughout the rest of the week and going forward as we test the new software.
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