apple (AAPL) announced a host of new features coming to the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac during the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday.
The event, held live in Cupertino for the first time since the pandemic, included a look at iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 complete with the ability to pull text messages after they’ve been sent; Health improvements on Apple Watch; And a new MacBook Air powered by Apple’s latest M2 chip.
Of course, there was one notable omission from the show: Apple’s augmented reality/virtual reality headset. While not on display at WWDC, Apple could still release the headset later this year, or early 2023.
However, the products Apple announced were certainly impressive given the sheer range of their capabilities.
IOS 16 will make your iPhone more private
Apple’s iOS 16 brings the biggest update In years past to the software that powers your iPhone. The biggest news comes via the Messages app, which now lets you check out or edit messages you’ve sent when you realize you’ve missed a misspelling.
Let’s face it, we’ve all fired up texting without thinking and immediately regretted doing so. Fortunately, Apple is finally giving us the ability to pull these texts back, preventing a lot of unnecessary arguments in iOS 16. The best thing, in my opinion, is the ability to edit the texts. I did not correct my messages. So, being able to edit my texts after sending them would make it hard for my friends to make fun of me for misspellings of even the simplest of words.
Apart from this feature, iOS 16 will give users the option to customize their lock screens. The current lock screen will usually give you the latest notifications, the time, and the option to quickly access the flashlight or camera. But with iOS 16, you’ll be able to fully customize the font and font color of the clock, add widgets for things like weather, fitness goals, or sports scores, and more.
Basically, you will be able to get more information from your phone without actually having to unlock it.
Notifications now appear at the bottom of the screen and are grouped based on which app they came from. Furthermore, some apps will be able to provide you with updates directly from the lock screen including Uber, which will give you updates on the status of your ride.
Meanwhile, Apple’s Wallet app gets a file New feature called Apple Pay Later, which, you guessed it, is an option to buy now and pay later. You’ll be able to make purchases via Apple Pay, and make four equal payments over six weeks. Apple says the option will not charge any fees or interest.
iOS 16 also comes with a new Safety Check app that lets you quickly revoke someone’s access to your location or other app privacy permissions. Apple says the feature is designed to help victims of domestic violence. The security check will also allow users to revoke messaging capabilities on their other devices and limit them to the one in their hands.
Finally, Apple CarPlay gets a complete makeover with the ability to take over the display of the vehicle’s range and collection, allowing you to fully customize the look and feel of your vehicle’s interface. The option will be available through a few automakers in 2023.
iOS 16 is expected to be released in September along with new iPhones, but new iOS versions often don’t release with every feature announced at WWDC, with some features delayed and releases in smaller updates over the next year.
iPad just got more multitasking
On the iPad side of things, Apple has announced a wide range of improvements for iPadOS 16. In addition to the features in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 introduces a new multitasking option called Stage Manager which lets you launch two resizable app windows on the iPad. on top of each other as you would on a laptop.
In addition to these two apps, you can launch four additional apps on the left side of the screen so that you can quickly switch to the main window and vice versa. When connected to an external display, Stage Manager, available for iPad Pros, lets you run additional apps on your secondary screen, turning your iPad into a more versatile production device.
On the collaborative side of things, Apple introduced the new Freeform app. The software, coming to iPadOS 16 later this year, will allow you to make direct changes to a project you’re working on with colleagues. Unlike Freeform, Apple says it’s adding collaboration options to its other productivity apps, letting you set up individual group messages for each project and receive updates when anyone makes changes in apps like Keynote, Numbers, Pages, and Notes.
WatchOS 9 offers improved sleep and medication tracking
WatchOS 9 is also getting a number of major updates When it is launched later this year. The most significant change is the new app that lets you keep track of your medications, allowing you to receive notifications when it’s time to take a pill, for example, as well as receive warnings about drug interactions with your various medications.
Sleep tracking will allow you to better understand your sleep patterns, including providing you with information about when you are in REM, baseline, and deep sleep, giving you the ability to see why you woke up this morning.
For even more fitness, watchOS 9 includes the ability to compare past workouts to current workouts, so you can determine if your running is getting better or worse. I’m sure my work will prove that my runs are actually getting worse.
Then there’s the improved atrial fibrillation tracking program, which can tell you how long your heart is on AFib. Apple says the feature has been cleared by the FDA, but be sure to note that it’s intended for users already diagnosed with AFib.
Apple’s next generation silicone and new MacBook Air
In addition to the new software, Apple has removed some new hardware at WWDC. Let the company fly With the new M2 chipa follow-up to the M1 internal chip, as well as a completely redesigned MacBook Air.
The M2 chip, according to Apple, delivers nearly twice the performance of the Intel Core i7-1255U running in a Samsung laptop, while using the same amount of power. Furthermore, the M2 pumps out the same performance as an Intel chip while using 1/4 of the power.
The redesigned MacBook Air, along with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, is one of the best laptops for an M2 chip. The new Air features a 13.6-inch screen that’s pushed almost entirely to the edges of the laptop’s panel. Apple has also reintroduced the MagSafe power connector, so if you kick the power cable, your laptop won’t come off your table.
The Air starts at $1,199, and the M2-powered Pro starts at $1,299.
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