Apple Keynote: iOS 16, an Apple Watch update and a potential MacBook on the way

Millions of developers will be on the lookout to discover the features they will implement in your favorite app. The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will open Monday, June 6 with the traditional conference where Tim Cook gives an appetizing overview of new software planned for the next generation of Apple devices.

The main attraction of this conference – largely online due to the pandemic – will be the update of the iPhone operating system, iOS. The Californian giant is particularly expected at the turn after a year in which iOS 15 suffered a record number of security updates due to vulnerabilities. No design revolution expected for iOS 16 but a few changes and feature additions. The in-house software should include the Always On Display feature, which is used to permanently display useful information (time, battery charge level, notifications, etc.) on the lock screen. Android smartphones have been offering it for 4 to 5 years depending on the model.

The next iPhone 14 could therefore be equipped with it just like the previous models. The only question: until which iPhone will the retroactivity extend? The iPhone 6 and 6S, released in 2015 and 2016, should logically be excluded.

A taste of the mixed reality headset?

Along with new health tracking features, iOS 16 should also hint at the potential of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) features. Highly anticipated, Apple’s mixed reality headset should not be unveiled before the end of the year, but the bitten apple brand could keep the flame burning with some targeted revelations.

Apple tablets with iPadOS 16 and computers with macOS 13 will also be entitled to serious updates for their versions equipped with the powerful M1 chip. Finally, watchOS 9 will bring better battery life to the Apple Watch with a new, more energy-efficient mode. New sports will no doubt also be added to those already quantified.

On the hardware side, a new MacBook Air is already making fans dream after a sometimes criticized 2020 version. This generation is expected to go back to basics, like the magnetic charger, and include the new M2 processor for Mac.

Monday’s event will welcome at Apple Park, for the first time in two years, a small delegation of invited developers, including some French people.

> Follow with us the Apple WWDC keynote on live from Apple Park in Cupertino (California) Monday, June 6 from 6:30 p.m..

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