Apples (AAPL) WWDC’s Developer Conference, arguably its biggest event of the year, kicks off next Monday and is expected to bring a host of changes to the software that powers each of the tech giant’s devices.
We’re talking updates to iOS, iPadOS, Apple’s watchOS, and possibly the debut of the company’s long-running reality operating system for VR and AR headsets.
Yahoo Finance will be covering WWDC live as it unfolds, but as with any major Apple event, I’m already getting questions about what consumers can expect from the show and how it will impact them.
So, to that end, here’s why you should pay attention to Apple’s WWDC.
Apple AR/VR software and headset
The most anticipated and perhaps the most hyped announcement at WWDC is the launch of Apple realityOS and accompanying headset.
Apple has reportedly been working on the software powering its AR/VR headset for years, and with competitors like Meta already in the market, Apple could finally give us a glimpse of what it has up its sleeves when it comes to its AR plans. /VR.
Updates for your iPhone and iPad
Yes, your iPhone is getting a makeover with some big changes coming through iOS 16. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurmanwhich apparently lives within the walls of Tim Cook’s office, iOS 16 will feature iPhone lock screen upgrades and new widgets.
Android phones have offered similar functionality for a while, so it’s not exactly a new capability, but iPhone owners tired of having to unlock their devices to check their latest notifications or check the weather will likely benefit. . That said, the lock screen update may only be available for iPhone 14 users.
Gurman also points to improvements to iOS’s Messages app, including more social media-like updates, as well as system notification changes.
Back in January Twitter user @LeaksApplePro showed off some of the biggest widgets that Apple will bring to the iPhone with iOS 16, and they certainly seem to be quite useful, allowing users to access several app features at once, including changing music and using camera flash as light..
Apple’s iPadOS 16 is also said to have new multitasking capabilities that could make the iPad an even stronger contender for laptops. It’s still not as useful as using a full MacBook in some situations, and Apple is unlikely to put the two in direct competition, so don’t expect to be able to open and navigate through a multitude of windows of different applications.
The Apple Watch could have better battery life
The Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch in the world, and for good reason. It marries a stellar design with fitness tracking and messaging capabilities. Apple is expected to show off its latest version of the software that powers the watch, watchOS 9, at WWDC in hopes it will improve the wearable’s battery life.
According to Gurman, watchOS 9 should include a new low power mode, which looks different from the current Apple Watch power reserve mode, which disables all watch features except the time.
As usual, Apple will likely add new workouts to the watch, as well as new watch faces. It’s also possible the company will improve its Health app for the Apple Watch and iPhone. This could introduce a medication management tool as well as better female health features.
The M2 chip and the new MacBook Air
Apple’s M1 chip has been a smash hit for the company, delivering great power and battery performance in a single package. As a result, the chips have found their way into a host of Apple devices ranging from MacBooks to Macs and iPads.
Now, according to Gurman, Apple is gearing up to launch its next-generation chip: the M2. Expect to see Apple show off the chip’s performance gains over the M1, not to mention how it compares to rivals like Intel and AMD.
Additionally, Apple could launch a new MacBook Air alongside the M2 as the first of its computers to get the chip. Apple’s latest MacBook Air with the M1 chip offered much better battery life than its Intel-powered predecessor, and it only follows that an M2-powered Air will be one.
We’ll be following all WWDC news as it happens. Stay tuned to Yahoo Finance for more.
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