It’s that time of year again as the calendar flips to June! Apple’s Developer Conference kicks off on Monday and we’ve seen a flurry of last-minute rumors, though what to expect remains a mystery.
This week has seen rumors of some of the changes coming to iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, while we’ve also heard details about the iPhone 14 lineup that we don’t expect to see until the usual September deadline, so read on. below for all the details from the week leading up to WWDC!
What to expect at WWDC 2022: iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and possibly new Macs
The wait is finally almost over! Apple WWDC Annual Developer Conference begins Monday with Apple’s keynote at 10 a.m. PTand while software is always at the center of the event, there is certainly a chance of a material announcement or two.
As usual, we have rounded up everything we expect to see during Monday’s keynote, some of which involve breaking news highlighted below.
According Bloombergis Mark Gurman, Apple has aimed to announce a new MacBook Air with an M2 chip at WWDC this year, but the unveiling could be pushed back due to lockdowns in China affecting production. On the other hand, Gurman thinks a full-scale presentation of Apple’s AR/VR headset is unlikely to event.
iOS 16 lock screen improvements, redesigned Mac apps and more expected at WWDC
BloombergOther WWDC expectations include “Major Improvements” to iPhone Lock Screen on iOS 16 such as wallpapers with widget-like functionality, plus redesigned Mac apps and more.
One of the built-in apps that will get an overhaul on macOS 13 would be System Preferences, which is set to get an overhaul that will make it more similar to the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad.
Apple aims to make iPad more Mac-like with iPadOS 16 multitasking changes
Another report from Gurman before WWDC claims that iPadOS 16 will feature a redesigned multitasking interface and the ability to resize application windows on screen.
The multitasking improvements should allow for a more Mac-like experience on the iPad, which many power users have been asking for. However, the extent of the changes remains to be seen.
Apple’s WWDC 2022 event page features animated AR trading cards
Apple added WWDC 2022 to its events website this week, and if you visit the page on an iPhone or iPad, there’s a fun augmented reality Easter egg.
For WWDC 2022, Apple has created a set of trading cards that you can view in augmented reality – there’s even a rare Craig Federighi card. Once placed on a surface using the AR interface, you can tap on the card deck to open it and see an array of colorful Memoji faces.
iPhone 14 Pro rumored to feature always-on display mode
iOS 16 would be supposed include support for a future always-on display mode on iPhones. This feature could debut exclusively on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max when they launch later this year.
An always-on display mode could cause iPhone 14 Pro models to always display visible information, such as the time, with the refresh rate down to 1Hz to preserve battery life.
iPhone 14 lineup set to start with increased 6GB RAM
All four iPhone 14 models will launch later this year will be equipped with 6 GB of RAMaccording to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.
TrendForce also said iPhone 14 Pro models will be upgraded to a faster, more power-efficient type of RAM known as LPDDR5, while standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models should stay with LPDDR4X like the iPhone 13 lineup.
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