News hardware Apple Keynote 2022: date, announcements, iOS 16, iPhone 14, MacBook Air, everything you need to know ahead of WWDC
The most anticipated meeting of the Apple sphere, after the conference dedicated to the iPhone in September, is the WWDC. All the new software for the coming year will be gathered there, with perhaps some hardware announcements. Here’s everything you can expect from this event.
WWDC: date, time and program
The Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC, is an annual conference organized by Apple with the aim of presenting the novelties of the different operating systems of the brand.
Tim Cook and his gang have just revealed the details of the keynote, which will take place on June 6 at 7 p.m. (French time). This conference is announced as intended for developers, but it is obvious that many curious people will be present to discover live what Apple has in the kitchen.
If Apple keeps its pace, the new features that we will see will be effective a few months later and will appear in new products like the next Mac and the iPhone 14.
As with each keynote, you can watch it live on the firm’s YouTube channel, or directly from the Apple site. Don’t hesitate to set yourself a little reminder if you really don’t want to miss it.
What will we see at Apple’s WWDC?
Compared to previous years, the leaks are rather minimal, and we must mostly make assumptions.
What about iOS 16?
After iOS 15 last year, what else but iOS 16 to run iPhone 14 from September. The next big update to Apple’s mobile OS will be announced there, and the beta will be open to developers shortly after.
For the rest, the walls of Apple Park are quite thick and it seems difficult to get precise information out of them in preview. Nevertheless, renowned informant Mark Gurman teased us a few weeks ago that iOS was not going to receive a major design change, but was going to bring some interesting additions.
- Improved notifications: after several modifications on the latest versions of iOS, the notifications could still change, and this is not to displease many users who do not find them very intuitive. Mark Gurman does not expand further on the subject.
- A new version of the Health app: the Apple Watch is a success and Apple Fitness+, the brand’s sports coaching service, has been there for a few months. What to expect to see a lot of additions in the dedicated application. In addition to this, we could see the arrival of a car crash detection function, which called the emergency services automatically in the event of an accident.
For 3 years, the iPads have had software that differs slightly from iOS, hence the differentiation in the name. One of the main differences is the multitasking function on iPads, which should be further modified with iPadOS 16.
As for iOS notifications, no details on this subject but it is possible that Apple wants to offer new possibilities to iPads, perhaps by allowing 3 real windows to be displayed at the same time, instead of 2 and 2. a floating page.
WatchOS 9: everything for health
After seeing its screen get bigger and cropped at the edges on the latest Apple Watch Series 7, Series 8 could change its design again and approach that of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, with flat edges.
In the meantime, Apple will also announce the upcoming additions for WatchOS 9. What we know for now is that they will be focused on health. The arrival of the Series 7 was not accompanied by new hardware for health, but we should be spoiled during the WWDC.
macOS 13: widgets revisited
At Apple, the Mac is doing well. Very good even, thanks to the successful transition to the M1 chip on all models (except the Mac Pro). Sales are strong, even though the latest macOS updates have been far from remarkable.
This year again, almost none are running the streets, and we understand that Apple is taking its time to perfect its M1 architecture, and macOS 13 will probably be focused on optimizing performance.
Some gossip mentions all the same widgets to place directly where you want on the desktop instead of them being hidden in the notification center on the right side of the screen.
A VR headset software announcement?
Not sure if it’s a VR (virtual reality) or AR (augmented reality) headset, but what is certain is that it is coming. Clues have been found in the code of iOS, and while it won’t make it to WWDC, it is not impossible to see Tim Cook present us with a draft of the software.
Indeed, it is important for developers to have enough to work on applications before the helmet arrives for good.
From the iPhone to the Apple Watch to Macs, good software is essential to take full advantage of a technological device. Apple has a huge advantage as they have mastered both components and can therefore make them work together and make changes as they see fit.
And the iPhone 14 then?
If you’re expecting the iPhone 14 to be announced at this keynote, know that if Apple sticks to its usual annual schedule, it won’t arrive until September 2022. WWDC is all about software, and the products that are unveiled anyway are usually MacBooks or other devices, but never iPhones.
A new MacBook Air M2?
Even though it is a conference dedicated to software, it happens regularly that Apple still presents hardware. For this time, most likely would be an update to the MacBook Air, and not just any. Its arrival should be accompanied by the new M2 chip from Apple, which would succeed the M1 series.
In addition to a potential power gain and optimization, rumors surrounding the next MacBook Air predict a completely revised design. It would take over the notch that first appeared on the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros, but sported white borders representing the less expensive range, and would be available in many colors.
To conclude, nothing grandiloquent is planned from what we know. We just have to hope to be surprised more than once during this keynote.