(Pocket-lint) - Apple's annual developer conference is now done and dusted. Or at least the Day One festivities are over, as is the main keynote. The company announced a slew of software updates coming to the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and all its other known platforms and initiatives.
The 33rd Worldwide Developers Conference was a mostly online affair, with a limited physical gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WWDC 2020 and WWDC 2021 were both held completely digitally for the same reason. Here are all the details about how to watch it, what happened during the keynote, and everything else you need to know about the multi-day event.
What is WWDC?
Every year, usually in the late spring, Apple holds a developer conference to announce upcoming major software updates to all its platforms. Sometimes it also previews new hardware. All the consumer-facing announcements are made during a Day One keynote that is live-streamed online, although Apple tends to hold other presentations for developers and students to watch. The idea behind the entire conference is to get developers up to speed on Apple's latest developments so that they can adequately prepare and update their apps.
WWDC also signals to partners what Apple has coming down the pike.
When is WWDC 2022?
WWDC 2022 started Monday 6 June 2022. It ends Friday 10 June.
The main keynote happened on on Day One (6 June 2022) at 10am PDT.
Other presentations and sessions
Apple has shared the full WWDC 2022 schedule for developers and students. Following the keynote, there will was a "Platforms State of the Union" for developers on 6 June at 1pm PT. The Apple Design Awards were set for the same day at 5pm PT. On 7 June, Apple will offer session videos on new features coming to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, macOS 13, and watchOS 9.
How to watch WWDC 2022
Apple live-streamed its main keynote on YouTube. The video is embedded above for you to watch. Below are some additional ways you will still be able to watch it.
What happened at WWDC 2022?
Here is a selection of the biggest announcements from the Day One keynote:
Apple has announced some of the changes we can expect to come with iOS 16 when it arrives later this year and there are some big improvements, many of which are coming to the Lock Screen. Working in a similar way to Apple Watch faces, iOS 16 will allow users to personalise the Lock Screen, changing the fonts, colours, wallpapers and adding Widgets. You'll be able to swipe between your Lock Screen pages and there are features like Photo Shuffle that will enable you to show a set a photos throughout the day.
Other changes coming with iOS 16 include a change up to Notifications again.
Apple didn't give a date for the launch of iOS 16, but it will likely be around September 2022. For now, you can read our iOS 16 feature for a full rundown of the new features.
New MacBook Air
Apple has announced the latest iteration of its Apple Silicon processing - the M2. And it'll debut inside an all-new MacBook Air.
The M2 chip expands upon the M1 chipset with 25 per cent more transistors than its predecessor (20 billion), and boasts greater performance with lower power consumption. It also has a couple more GPU cores (10 cores in total) with claims that it delivers up to 25 per cent more performance than the first-gen SoC.
The new MacBook Air has been "completely redesigned" around this latest Apple Silicon. It comes on four different colours and will be available in the US in July, priced at $1,199. A new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 will also be available, while the last-gen Air will continue at a cheaper price.
Apple has revealed its latest Mac operating system, macOS Ventura. The operating system that powers the company’s Mac line, like the new MacBook Air, will come with plenty of fresh features and enhancements. These include a new way of multitasking and a greater focus on turning the company’s desktop and laptop lines into viable alternatives to PC gaming.
Ventura will be available as a public beta around July time, before being available to Mac users in September.
While discussing Safari browser updates at WWDC, Apple announced a new security feature - or credential - it's been working on called Passkeys that aims to work across platforms.
Apple said it's been working with developers, the FIDO alliance, and industry partners such as Microsoft and Google to create a password-less future - and Passkeys is, well, key to that vision. The company has claimed that it helped create a next-generation credential that's more secure, easier to use, and aims to replace passwords". Keep in mind, in May 2022, Google and Microsoft announced it joined forces with Apple to expand support for passwordless logins across mobile, desktop, and browsers.
All three companies have said they aim to support the new passwordless authentication standard - established by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium - in the next year.
Apple has announced some of the new features coming to iPad in its next operating system release. Its iPadOS 16 will get a whole swathe of additional tools and utilities. Collaboration is one, which allows a user to collaborate from within apps more easily. A group appears within the toolbar of a supported app and document, and you can kickstart a FaceTime call with everyone in the group without needing to leave the app. The consumer version of iPadOS 16 won't be released until the fall, but the public beta will be available in July.
Apple Stage Manager
Apple unveiled a new feature called Stage Manager. It's coming in the macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16 software updates, which will be available in beta this summer, followed by a public rollout later in 2022. Stage Manager makes the iPad work more like a Mac. It automatically organises open apps and windows so you can focus on work and still see everything at a glance.
Apple took the wraps off WatchOS 9 and led its presentation by announcing it improved the Apple Watch’s ability to detect arterial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heartbeat disorder that causes heart-related complications. With WatchOS 9, supported Apple Watch models can now offer an AFib History feature - to show you how often you experience AFib over time.
Other new health features for Apple Watch include the ability to show heart zones to better understand your intensity level, features to set up distance and time intervals, and haptic and voice feedback so you can better tell when modes have switched during an exercise. Some Apple Watches are also getting new complications and watch faces (including astronomy faces), form metrics for runners, and a new workout type for triathletes that can automatically switch between cycling, swimming, and running.
Apple Carplay is getting a brand new look and focus. Taking design inspiration from WatchOS, it seems, the new look uses widgets and even spreads across the entire dashboard, if the manufacturer allows. Apple hopes that it will eventually power your entire instrument cluster - including the MPH gauge and other dashboard instruments. In addition, you will be able to select different types of tiles to display, including weather, even smart home functions to instantly see important information while driving.
The new Apple Carplay will be formally launched in 2023.