Apple's yearly WWDC keynote is just around the corner. In this article we will take a look at WWDC, explain what it is, when WWDC 2022 will take place, and what to expect at this years event. We will also show what was revealed at last years event. We will update the article once all of this year's announcements have been made.
What is WWDC?
WWDC stands for Worldwide Developers Conference. It is an annually held conference that is used to showcase new software technologies, particularly regarding Apple's main operating systems macOS, iOS and watchOS. While WWDC is mainly about software, Apple often uses the event to tease some hardware plans as well.
When is WWDC?
WWDC is a yearly returning event. The WWDC 2022 date is scheduled between June 6 to June 10. The event will take place in the same virtual format as recent years. There will be some in person participation, however this is limited to selected developers.
WWDC 2022 schedule
The star of each Worldwide Developers Conference is without a doubt its Keynote, in which CEO Tim Cook and other executives unveil the tech giant's upcoming software innovations. The Keynote will take place on June 6 at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time.
Traditionally, the Keynote is the only part of the conference made accessible to the public. Other important elements of the event, such as the Platforms State of the Union (June 6, 2 PM PDT) and the Apple Design Awards are only available to registered Apple developers.
WWDC 2022 rumors
The main rumors and expected reveals at WWDC 2022 are a new MacBook Air, with a redesign similar that to the 2021 MacBook Pro's and the 2021 iMac's, there are also rumors of an additional Mac. We can expect software updates in the form of iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, iPadOS 16 and tvOS 16. One last possible reveal is Apple's new AR/VR headset, although this might not be launched until later in the year.
What was revealed at Apple's WWDC 2021?
Apple previewed severely significant software updates for the iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch that will be coming in Fall. Apple announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, tvOS 15 and watchOS 8.
Apple announced iOS 15 and with it these key features:
- FaceTime improvements, such as spatial audio to create more real life conversations, as the audio adapts to where the person is on the screen.
- SharePlay - share media through FaceTime. Share your screen
- FaceTime will now be available to Android and Windows users. Whilst there is no dedicated app, you will be able to join a FaceTime call via the web with a link.
- Updates to Messages
- New notifications
- “Focus” statuses
- Updates to Memories in Photos
- A live text feature which allows you to digitize text from photos
- A redesigned Weather App
For a more in depth breakdown of iOS 15, we have created a dedicated iOS update guide.
With the recent 12.9 inch iPad Pro featuring the same Apple Silicon M1 chip as the 24 inch iMac, and 13 inch MacBook Pro, people were anticipating a considerable update to iPadOS that could incorporate new features to make the most of the M1’s power. Whilst there was a new update to iPadOS, it won’t transform the iPad into a Mac.
- A redesigned Home screen allowing for more customization. You can move widgets to almost anywhere on the screen.
- The iOS App Library is being added to iPadOS 15, which will help with organization.
- Multi-tasking and keyboard shortcuts - New multi-tasking icons, and a split-view mode.
- QuickNote - allowing users to write and attach notes on their iPad.
macOS 12 Monterey
The next big update for macOS is macOS 12 Monterey.
The standout feature is Universal Control which allows you to seamlessly work on your iMac, MacBook Pro and iPad. You will be able to use one keyboard and mouse to work on all three devices if they are placed next to each other. With this you can drag and drop files and images from your iPad to your MacBook, or you can use your MacBook keyboard to type on your iPad, and many other combinations.
Safari’s design has also been updated to minimize the size of tabs at the top of the webpage. There are also new Tab Groups to save and organize tabs. These Tab Groups will also sync between Mac, iPhone and iPad devices.
The same spatial audio and voice isolation improvements to FaceTime as with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
Shortcuts - for automating everyday tasks and improving productivity. You will be able to automate certain tasks, import existing Automator workflows and even integrate Siri.
The updates to tvOS are as follows:
- Spatial audio support for AirPods Max and AirPods Pro
- The ability to use a HomePod as a speaker for your Apple TV device
- You can use Siri to interact with the TV
- You can access previously shared content in the “shared with you” section
Here are the watchOS 8 additions:
- Mindfulness - the new version of the Breathe app
- The iWatch will measure your respiratory rate during sleep tracking
- Photos app has highlights and memories and they can be shared from the iWatch
- Improved Weather app
- Multiple timers
For more details on all of the above software, see the Apple Newsroom.
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