Apple’s annual WWDC got underway with a product keynote on Monday. New versions of Apple’s iOS, macOS, and watchOS platforms and a new MacBook Air and a 13-inch MacBook Pro were presented by the Cupertino corporation. Here’s a rundown of the significant announcements made by Apple.
Apple has released iOS 16, the latest version of its iPhone software. The new lock screen is perhaps the most notable feature in iOS 16. By touching and holding on the lock screen, users will be able to modify it using widgets that are currently available on the home screen. Widgets are little icons that allow users to rapidly access resources such as the weather app by clicking on them.
The font and color of the time and date on the new lock screen can be customized considerably. Users can also choose animated backdrops or have their background photos shuffled throughout the day. Users’ perceptions of notifications will also shift. Notifications will now be displayed at the bottom of the screen rather than at the top. The focus feature on Apple’s lock screen has also been expanded.
Users can choose how they want to filter notifications, such as focusing just on work-related or personal messages. Messages, Apple’s texting software, has received three important updates. Users will be able to modify messages, recall messages sent by mistake, and snooze texts so they can be dealt with later if the message is an iMessage rather than an SMS text. The way almost 1 billion individuals send SMS will alter due to these little changes.
This year, Apple will not release a significant WatchOS 9 upgrade. Instead, the company has focused on making WatchOS better. A revamped Siri user interface, new banner notifications, new watch faces, and enhanced sleep tracking tools are among the new features in the update. The workout app will add heart rate zones and additional running data, allowing you to track your running efficiency.
Apple also unveiled the M2, its newest processor. It replaces Apple’s M1 processor, used in current-generation Macs and iPads. The chip will have 25% more transistors and 50% more bandwidth than the M1 device. The new chipset was designed to be power-efficient, maximizing speed while reducing the amount of power required.
New MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
The MacBook Air is finally getting the upgrade it has been waiting for. It has four colors: space grey, starlight, midnight, and silver, and is powered by Apple’s latest M2 CPU. It has two Thunderbolt connectors and is charged by Apple’s MagSafe. According to Apple, it’s 25% smaller than the previous MacBook Air. It has a 13.6-inch display with narrower margins than its predecessor and weighs 1.2 kilograms. Watching videos on the new MacBook Air lasts about 18 hours. Apple will continue to sell the existing MacBook Air with an M1 CPU for $1199. Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro has also been upgraded. The design hasn’t been altered, but Apple has included a new M2 chip. It’ll cost $1299 to buy.
At its annual developer conference, Apple unveiled the latest version of macOS, dubbed macOS Ventura. In terms of multitasking, a new tool called Stage Manager attempts to address the problem of having too many apps open in too many separate windows. The feature overcomes this problem by allowing you to combine apps into groups that remain visible as you work on other apps, allowing you to find what you’re working on quickly. Apple’s app store has also been updated.
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