The developer conference is usually dedicated to software and applications, in short, everything related to system software and applications. But this time, Apple unpacked some surprises, like a new M2 system chip for its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops.
Let’s start with the new mobile system iOS 16 (current version 15.5). It brings a deep update to the lock screen, which becomes customizable, that is, each element can be changed, such as the background photo or the time display.
It will be possible to add widgets similar to Apple Watch, which makes it easy to get information at a glance, such as upcoming calendar events, weather, battery levels, alarms, time zones, phone progress activity ring, etc.
iOS 16 will feature easier photo transfer with iCloud, where up to six users can upload existing photos from their personal libraries.
Transfer photos to iCloud, up to six users
In the Messages app, users can edit or retrieve recently sent messages, retrieve recently deleted messages, and mark conversations as unread so they can return to them later.
On the Mail side, the search function has been enhanced to provide the most accurate and complete results possible.
The next CarPlay interface
The CarPlay automotive interface goes a step further by integrating more deeply with the automotive system, which will be able to deliver content to multiple screens in the vehicle: speed, levels, temperature. For example, we will control the radio or the temperature with CarPlay.
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The Apple Watch will be able to track some new running metrics, including vertical oscillation (how much you move up and down while running), stride length, and ground contact time.
Sleep tracking will use the heart rate monitor and accelerometer to determine how long you’ve been in four different sleep stages (Awake/REM/Core/Deep).
Apple Watch will track your history to help doctors monitor heart arrhythmias and determine if treatment is working.
Preview of the new MacBook Pro M2
MacBook Air M2 and MacBook Pro M2
Today’s big surprise is the MacBook laptops getting the new M2 system chip.
Billed as the world’s best-selling laptop, MacBook Air will offer a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display and a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, while weighing just 1.2kg. MagSafe Power is back by popular demand, and dual Thunderbolt USB-C ports provide every possible connection to peripherals.
More powerful, the MacBook Air M2 computer has up to 18 hours of battery life.
For its part, the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 version offers 20 hours of battery life, up to 24 GB of unified memory and ProRes acceleration.
Both will be available next month.
And the new MacBook Air M2
Next fall, the new macOS Ventura (which, interestingly, does not indicate version 13 if we go by the order of the versions; was Apple afraid of the number 13?) will be offered for free download.
The Stage Manager feature gives Mac users a whole new way to stay focused on the task at hand while seamlessly switching between applications and windows.
Continuity now gives Mac customers the ability to use their iPhone as a webcam. Your Mac can automatically recognize and use your iPhone’s camera when it’s nearby, without having to activate or select it, and your iPhone can even connect to your Mac wirelessly for added flexibility.
Continuity function with an iPhone as a webcam
Continuity offers these features: center stage mode, portrait mode, and the new studio light, an effect that beautifully lights the user’s face while dimming the background. In addition, Continuity takes advantage of iPhone’s ultra-wide camera to enable Desk View, which simultaneously shows the user’s face and a bird’s-eye view of their desktop.
Beginning of the end of passwords?
On a different note, the Safari browser ushers in a password-free future thanks to Passkeys. Passkeys is a system created with Google and Microsoft to allow you to sign in to websites and apps with biometric data (such as fingerprint sensors or facial recognition), without involving textual passwords.
An iPad used as a computer with an external display and peripherals
iPadOS 16, closer to the computer
It was up in the air: Apple wants to redirect its popular iPad tablet to features normally found on computers.
In its version 16, the new Stage Manager function of an iPad will be able to use an external screen and show up to eight applications simultaneously to recreate a multitasking environment. Previously, Split View only allowed two apps side by side.
It will be easier to share content between the Files, Keynote, Numbers, Pages, Notes, Reminders, and Safari apps, as well as third-party apps. When users send an invitation to collaborate through Messages, all thread participants are automatically added to the document, spreadsheet, or project. The same goes for changes updated at the top of the message thread.
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