Top Stories: WWDC Recap of iOS 16, New MacBook Air With M2 Chip, and More

Whew, what a week! We're still recovering and trying to absorb all of this week's WWDC announcements, as in addition to jam-packed segments devoted to Apple's various operating systems, we also got some new hardware with the introduction of the M2 chip and a couple of new Macs running it.

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We'll have the next several months to dig through Apple's software updates before they launch to the public, and the new M2-based hardware won't be available until next month, so there's lots more to come. And of course, we're already hearing fresh rumors about upcoming products, so stay tuned!

Everything Apple Announced at the WWDC 2022 Keynote in 13 Minutes

Apple kicked off WWDC 2022 this week with a keynote, where it announced a wide range of new hardware and software. On the hardware side of things, Apple unveiled a redesigned MacBook Air and a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, both powered by its all-new M2 chip.

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As for software, Apple previewed iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9, which are each packed with a long list of new features. While not mentioned during the keynote, there is also a tvOS 16 update for the Apple TV with a handful of new features. All of the updates are currently in beta and will be publicly released in the fall.

We've put together a video recapping the WWDC keynote in just 13 minutes.

Apple Announces Redesigned MacBook Air With M2 Chip, Notch, MagSafe, New Colors, and More

The next-generation MacBook Air with the new M2 chip features a redesigned enclosure with flatter edges, a brighter 13.6-inch display with a notch, new color options like Starlight and Midnight, MagSafe charging, a 1080p camera, and more.

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With the M2, the MacBook Air is available with an 8-core GPU and up to a 10-core GPU. The notebook can be configured with up to 2TB of SSD storage, along with up to 24GB of memory. Pricing starts at $1,199, with orders to begin next month.

Apple also announced an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, with the only notable change being the addition of the M2 chip.

Apple Announces iOS 16 With Customizable Lock Screen and Many Other New Features

Apple has unveiled iOS 16 with a long list of new features for the iPhone, including a redesigned Lock screen that can now be customized with widgets, custom fonts and color options, and more.

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We've put together a video showcasing the biggest iOS 16 features, including the ability to temporarily unsend or edit iMessages. Check out our iOS 16 roundup for everything that you need to know about the update.

Apple Announces iPadOS 16 With Stage Manager and More

iPadOS 16 includes many of the same new features introduced in iOS 16, in addition to new collaboration and multitasking features, a Weather app, and more, and we went hands-on with some of our favorite new features.

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On iPad Pro and iPad Air models with an M1 chip, a new Stage Manager feature automatically organizes apps and windows to make it quicker and easier to switch between tasks. As part of Stage Manager, M1 iPads have gained full support for external displays with up to 6K resolution.

Apple Introduces macOS Ventura With Ability to Use iPhone as a Mac's Webcam and More

The latest release of macOS is named Ventura, and one of the coolest new features coming in the update is Continuity Camera, which lets you use an iPhone as your Mac's webcam.

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Other new macOS Ventura features include Stage Manager, expanded support for game controllers like Nintendo's Joy-Cons, a redesigned System Settings app, the addition of Clock and Weather apps, and more.

Apple Announces watchOS 9 With Updated Watch Faces, Enhanced Fitness Tracking, and More

watchOS 9 enhances the Apple Watch with a range of new and updated watch faces, additional metrics in the Workout app for fitness tracking, greater insights into sleeping patterns, and more.

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The update will also make it easier to track your medications on the Apple Watch, and a useful new accessibility feature lets you stream your Apple Watch's display to your iPhone and fully control the watch using assistive features on the iPhone like Switch Control and Voice Control.

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Top Rated Comments

Jim Lahey Avatar
22 months ago
Midnight MacBook Air is the kind of computer that makes you start pondering reasons why you need one ?
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HappyDude20 Avatar
22 months ago
What a great week.

Software features galore!
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fbr$ Avatar
22 months ago
How to hide the Recent Apps on the left and hide the Dock on the bottom when using Stage Manager on iPadOS 16.

Go to Control Center and long-press the Stage Manager icon:




Turn off the two toggles, the one on the left for Recent Apps and the one on the bottom for the Dock:




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Realityck Avatar
22 months ago
Stage Manger on iPadOS requiring a M1 to operate caused a lot of people to wonder why that was so. Apples DTK with a A12Z could run a beta of Big Sur, but the 4th gen of iPad Pro with a A12Z can’t run Stage Manager because Apple claims it “requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O, all of which are delivered by iPads with the M1 chip."

Funny how much processing is necessary for iPadOS to provide some way of graphic based multitasking to mimic MacOS? But a older ARM based Mac Mini achieved that 2 years ago?
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MayaUser Avatar
22 months ago
So many articles about WWDC
It was the best WWDC in the last few years...but im getting so much spam in the notification from here...
Cannot wait for the new iOS16 notifications, otherwise i have to turn off here
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svish Avatar
22 months ago
Was an exciting week!! Happy that Apple allows customisation on lock screen. Was hoping to see MacBook Air in iMac like colours though!
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