Apple WWDC 22: iOS 16, macOS Ventura, M2 chip, new Macbooks


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Apple kicked off it’s annual developer conference WWDC on 6th June. As always, Apple introduced its latest software for it’s range of devices, along with two new macbook laptops. It also introduced it’s newest silicon chip M2 which promises significant improvement over M1. The laptops introduced will come with the new M2 chip. Here’s some key takeaways from the event.

iOS 16

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Apple announced the latest version of it’s mobile phone operating system, iOS 16 with new features. Lock screen gets new customization features. You can now change the color, font of the time text. Also you can now add widgets to the lock screen.
 Though these customizations are not new in Android, finally iOS also gets it. iOS 16 has new updates across various apps. 
Now an edit and undo  function is added in the messages app. 
The home app has been completely redesigned. 
Apple has also introduced Apple Pay Later that allows the users to split the apple purchase amount in four installments spread over six weeks without any fee. 
Also, new features were added to Maps. Well, the most awaited feature, the always-on display might be on iOS 16, but most probably Apple will enable this feature on it’s latest models only, after launching in September.

iPadOS 16

PadOS 16 comes with features more or less than that of iOS 16, with some additional ones, like stage manager, new collaboration tools. 
As always, Apple added new features to seamlessly shift from one Apple device to another. For example, handing a FaceTime call is easier, you can start a call on an iPhone, and then continue it on a Mac.

MacOS Ventura

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Apple’s new MacOS packs great new features. 

Spotlight search has been improved with image search enhancing. Some design changes were also made to the Spotlight interface. Previews can now be viewed using quick look by pressing  the Space Bar.
Passkeys are introduced for a safer authentication across devices.
SharePlay is now available in messages.
Apple has introduced a new shared iCloud photo library which makes sharing photos with family and friends easier.
Let’s mention about stage manager that I talked about in iPad section. Stage manager makes multitasking easier by organising windows in a single view, and you can quickly switch between windows and apps.
With continuity camera, you can now use your iPhone camera as a webcam for your Mac. As iPhone’s camera is used, it also enables center stage. Freeform, a new productivity app, helps in easy collaboration in real time. 

M2 chip

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M2 is the next and latest generation of Apple silicon for the Mac range of devices. Apple claims it to be faster and more efficient that M1. It’s built using 5nm technology and has 20 billion transistors, these additional transistors allow for more efficient performance.
Apple also unveiled a Macbook Air and a Macbook Pro model which ships with the M2 chip. These are also the first devices with this chip.

As usual, along with these, minor updates are also released for various apps across devices. New watch faces, a medication app, improved sleep tracking etc are some features released in latest version of watchOS.

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