Apple WWDC 2022 highlights: new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M2 chip, iOS 16, and more

We always love to see what Apple has in store—and we know you do too. From 2 new MacBooks to iOS and watchOS upgrades, here’s everything that Apple announced at WWDC 2022.

Apple WWDC 2022 highlights: new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M2 chip, iOS 16, and more
Apple WWDC 2022 highlights

From supporting underprivileged developers to initiating Tech Talks exclusively for developers, Apple has supported a growing developer community. At today’s Apple WWDC 2022 keynote, the brand announced that iOS 16 has a brand new lock screen, updated Messages, CarPlay support, and more.

Moreover, Apple’s original M1 chip got an upgrade to M2, and you’re going to love the new MacBook Air with M2 and MacBook Pro 13.6″ with M2. Along with this, Apple announced macOS Ventura, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9. So WWDC 2022 was packed with a lot of new tech to make the lives of Apple fans like us so much easier. Get into the details below.

Look forward to iOS 16

Starting with an all-new lock screen, iOS 16 also has a personalized Safety Check. It’s got some of the most requested features we’ve all wanted for years—and some cool things we never expected.

iOS 16 at a glance
iOS 16 at a glance

All-new Lock Screen

This iOS 16 update reimagines how the Lock Screen looks. It gives you new ways to personalize it by just pressing and holding the screen.

You can actually change every element, including the time, date, and font. In fact, you can actually add a widget gallery. Even if you get a lot of notifications, the new Lock Screen makes them look better by rolling them out or hiding them.

Live Activities

This offers compact, glanceable experiences for the many notifications you get. Additionally, the Live Activities feature can improve your experiences with apps like Music by expanding screens.

Focus

The new Lock Screen will let you customize it based on your set Focus mode. You can elevate your app experiences with Focus Filters that help you see what you truly want to see.

Messages

You can finally edit a sent Message. Or you can even Undo Send if required. And you can mark messages as Unread to make it easier to remember to reply when you have time.

Messages in iOS 16
Messages in iOS 16

SharePlay

From listening to bedtime stories together to listening to the same music, you can now experience your SharePlay directly through FaceTime calls. Additionally, SharePlay is now coming to Messages as well.

Dictation

Used 18 billion times per month, Dictation is definitely a popular feature. The new Dictation features enable you to switch fluidly between voice and touch. And Dictation will now automatically add punctuation to the text.

Live Text in video

Now you can pause a video in any frame and add text impromptu. The new camera view will let you edit a Live Text even faster and make editing a breeze.

Visual Look-Up

You can now select an object from an image and place it as a separate entity without a background.

Wallet

Wallet will offer in-app ID verification—along with necessary privacy features. Sharing Keys will now be easier via a one-tap feature through Messages.

Wallet–In-app ID verification
Wallet in-app ID verification

With Tap to Pay on iPhone, you can now use contactless payments via Apple Pay. Additionally, you can now use Apple Pay Later to pay for a purchase in 4 installments. There’s also Order Tracking, which will allow you to check all your Apple Pay orders with proper information and status.

Apple Pay Later
Apple Pay Later

Maps

The new Maps will be enabled in a few more countries, including France and Switzerland. One of the most requested features is Multistop Routing, where you can more effectively set up multiple stops and navigate accordingly.

Maps feature in iOS 16
Maps feature in iOS 16

Getting around in Transit will allow you to gauge the cost of your trip with direct Apple Pay integration, making it easier for you to load your Wallet without leaving Maps. You can also get an immersive Street View experience inside apps like Zillow.

Sports

You can now get live score updates on your new Lock Screen from the Apple TV+ app. Additionally, the Apple News section will now hold a separate section for Sports so you can get the desired updates without any hassle. This new Sports experience will be available in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia for free.

Family Sharing

With options to add account privilege for 5 users at a time, Family Sharing will make it easier for you to manage content across the entire family.

Family Sharing iOS 16
Family Sharing in iOS 16

Additionally, Parental Control is improved with Quick Start setups where you can not just control access across apps but also set up screen times with just a single tap.

Parental Control iOS 16
Parental Control in iOS 16

The best place to make the most of the new Family Sharing features is in Photos. From sharing selective photos to ensuring the edited version of a photo is for everyone to enjoy, you can do it all with the new Family Sharing feature.

Safety Check

Designed to help those in abusive situations, this new set of settings lets you quickly revoke access from people you’ve already shared your settings with.

Safety Check in iOS 16
Safety Check in iOS 16

From not sharing your location to stopping Message sharing, Safety Check is ideal for anyone who would want to revoke access at any given point in time.

Home

The new smart home connectivity standard Matter is now compatible with HomeKit and maintains the highest level of security for your smart home system.

Matter smart home standard
Matter smart home standard

Even Apple can’t see your secure data with this integration. The underlying architecture of the new Home is not just easy to control but also more secure for homes with a lot of smart devices.

New screen for smart "Home" app in iOS 16
New screen for smart Home app in iOS 16

There are new categories for climate, lights, security, and more that show a quick highlight of the data right from the home screen. You can also set up widgets on the lock screen to view your data easily.

CarPlay

CarPlay is a must-have feature when shopping for a vehicle in the US. And the next-generation of this service provides content for all of the driver’s needs. Deep integrations with the car’s setup will let you take actions in your driving experience without leaving the CarPlay app. It actually powers your entire driving setup, keeping your privacy in mind.

CarPlay update WWDC 2022
CarPlay update at WWDC 2022

Enjoy new watchOS 9 features

Astronomy face, lunar calendar, play time, and metropolitan are the new faces in the list. They let you see more information in a small space. From banner notifications to setting up new metrics for fitness, watchOS 9 will enhance your Apple Watch experience even more.

Fitness app

The Fitness app is now available to all iPhone users using the iPhone motion sensors. In it, you can set up distance and time intervals that you can quickly repeat as well as heart rate zones.

And haptic and voice feedback tell you when to switch modes while working out. There’s also a new workout type for triathletes that can automatically switch between cycling, swimming, and running.

Fitness app watchOS 9
Fitness app in watchOS 9

Sleep app

Additionally, the Sleep app will now show you Sleep Stage in the watchOS 9 update. It comes with new stages that include REM, Core, and Deep sleep.

Apple is also adding features to help people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. In fact, watchOS 9 can now track the amount of time your heart spends in A-fib and can identify the time of day or week your A-fib is most active. 

Medication Alert

But what makes this watchOS upgrade even healthier is the medication alert system. You can track and manage your meds in the iPhone Health app. All you have to do is scan the medication label and introduce it to your reminder system accordingly.

Be wowed by Apple Silicon M2

The new M2 chip comes with 20 billion transistors, and it includes 100 Gbps memory bandwidth. It also has up to 24 GB of unified memory. 

M2 chip features at a glance
M2 chip features at a glance

This chip offers 18% greater performance than the M1 version and has 1.9 times faster performance than the latest 10-core PC laptop chip, according to Apple. Furthermore, the M2 has 25% better GPU performance than the M1 at the same power level as well as 35% more at the maximum power level. 

M2 chip
M2 chip announcement at Apple WWDC 2022

With a new neural engine and secure enclave, its new media engine supports 8K video. Furthermore, systems with the M2 will offer playback of multiple streams of 8K and 4K video.

Power through tasks on the MacBook Air with M2

With a strikingly thin design, this new MacBook Air comes with a unibody enclosure that is built to last.

Here are a few other features of the M2 MacBook Air.

  • 20% reduction in volume: just 11 mm thin & 2.7 lbs
  • 4 finishes: Silver, Space Gray, Starlight, Midnight
  • MagSafe charging & 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • Headphone jack supports high-impedance headphones
  • 13.6″ Liquid Retina Display
  • 25% brighter with 500 nits of brightness & 1 billion colors
  • New 1080p camera with 2x the low-light performance of outgoing Air
  • New beamforming mics & speakers with Dolby Atmos support
  • Silent fanless design
  • 18-hour video playback battery life
  • Power adapter with 2 USB-C ports, supports fast charge: 80% in 20 min
  • Starts at $1,199
MacBook Air with M2 chip at a glance
MacBook Air with M2 chip at a glance

Work all day on the MacBook Pro 13-Inch with M2

The M2 also comes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Though the physical design hasn’t changed, the fan allows the M2 to run faster without thermal throttling. It starts at $1,399.

MacBook Pro with M2 chip at a glance
MacBook Pro with M2 chip at a glance

Do more with macOS Ventura

This software upgrade offers a new way to keep windows automatically organized: Stage Manager. It is basically a single window mode for apps.

macOS Ventura features at a glance
macOS Ventura features at a glance

You click on an app, it becomes the single window, and everything else goes off to the left. You can group windows, arrange them, and switch between groups.

Additionally, Mail is also getting new search features, autocorrect, and typo correction.

macOS Ventura
macOS Ventura

Safari supports new web standards and lets you share tabs with friends. Passwords may be replaced with Passkeys, which use biometrics built into your device and will work seamlessly across platforms—the standard is called the Fido Alliance.

Gaming with Metal 3

Metal Effects upscaling lets you run at higher frame rates by rendering lower-res frames and upscaling them. Moreover, fast-resource loading API minimizes loading time.

Continuity feature with Facetime between Mac and iPhone
Continuity feature with FaceTime between Mac and iPhone

Continuity Feature

You can now handoff FaceTime calls from an iPhone to a Mac. In fact, you can now use your iPhone as a webcam with Continuity. And the Continuity camera has Center Stage and Portrait Mode support.

Apple Mac Ventura continuity feature
Apple Mac Ventura continuity feature

Watch for the iPadOS 16 release

New collaboration features let you kick off collaborating on a file from a button on the share sheet.

The Apple WWDC 2022 demo also showed us a sneak peek at a brand new app called Free Form coming later this year to iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

iPadOS at a glance
iPadOS at a glance

Furthermore, you can now share a set of tabs in FaceTime and see what tabs people are looking at in the tab bar.

iPadOS virtual screen setup
iPadOS virtual screen setup

Also, Desktop-class apps are coming to the iPad. To add to this, Reference color mode is coming to iPad for photo and video workflows. There’s also a new display scaling setting that allows you to increase the display density to see more apps.

Gaming Activity Center update
Gaming Activity Center update

Get ready: Stage Manager window management is also coming to iPad, along with full external display support.

FreeForm across all Apple devices
FreeForm across all Apple devices

Another fun announcement

Apple is working with Belkin on mounts for iPhone-as-camera setups, which will be coming later this year.

Belkin mount in use with Mac Ventura
Belkin mount in use with Mac Ventura

What are you most excited about from today’s event? Let us know!

Madhurima Nag is the Head of Social Media at Gadget Flow. She side-hustles as a digital marketing lecturer/speaker and loves to voice her opinion on marketing, crowdfunding and gadgets (of course!) in general.
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