The time has come to know what the future of Apple will be made of. The firm is holding its introductory keynote at the WWDC 2022 conference for developers this Monday at 7 p.m. The opportunity to discover the new operating systems (iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13…) which will be launched at the start of the school year, but also possible devices and augmented reality. We take stock of our expectations.
While WWDC 2022 is primarily an event for developers, for several years now the opening keynote has become a highlight that attracts interested parties as well as fans and the general public. Apple has understood this and made it a show similar to its presentation keynotes for iPhones, iPads or Macs.
And each time, it is a question of revealing what awaits the operating systems which will be officially deployed on all the brand’s products during September-October. Of course, a developer beta is generally available at the end of the keynote before a more stable public beta in the summer.
iOS 16 / iPadOS 16
So what will the next iPhone 14/14 Pro look like? WWDC and iOS announcements are usually the first serious clues about the improved possibilities of future star smartphones. But on iOS 16, almost nothing of consequence leaked. Well-kept secret or minimal progress? No one really knows.
We are talking about widgets on the locked screen, more advanced notifications (but this was already a major iOS 15 project), clearer sleep monitoring in the Health app as well as functions for female health and monitoring medical, redesigned audio in the messages app with functions closer to social network messaging. It is also rumored that new applications signed Apple would appear as well as the famous classical music option of Apple Music or even new types of exercise in the Fitness + app. Car accident detection, satellite connection in case of emergency or the Always-on screen are announced for the iPhone 14 and could in fact be new to iOS 16
Many accessibility improvements have recently been announced by Apple and could be confirmed as new in iOS 16, as has been the case in recent years and the additions of double tap on the back or person detection thanks to Lidar .
For iPads which generally take over the bulk of iOS in iPadOS, however, there are rumors of changes for multitasking which could manage to display three windows simultaneously and not two with a floating window, by betting on the easy resizing of windows. Apple has wanted to make its iPads alternatives to PCs for years, several new features of iPadOS 16 could go in this direction and bring more fluidity in productivity to home touchscreen tablets. The rapprochement with Macs and shared experiences are also to be expected, as has already been made possible with the SideCar function (the iPad becomes a secondary screen for the MacBook) or the Universal Command which allows the use of the same keyboard and the same mouse for a Mac, iMac and/or iPad in close proximity to each other.
watch OS 9
There is clearly no more complete and frequently enriched than the Apple OS in terms of connected watches. And watchOS 9 should follow the same path, announcing as always the potential new features of the next Apple Watch Series 8.
If it seems very unlikely to see the calculation of the blood sugar level appear, for lack of being perfectly developed, other health functions are expected, such as better detection of atrial fibrillation or monitoring of activities, race. The new OS should also better manage the autonomy of watches with ways to reduce battery use in energy saving mode while choosing priority apps and functions. As always, new wallpapers should be presented.
There do not seem to be any major changes to expect from this new version. The main rumors suggest changes in interfaces, preferences for more clarity and improved management of apps. macOS 13 would be more oriented towards the redesign of Apple applications (Safari, Mail, Messages, etc.). For the rest, the modifications would be transverse to all the OS on the common applications.
Which name ? As is customary, it will be a California location, city, region, mountain, etc. Carmel, a very posh neighboring town of Monterey, will eventually be entitled to its OS, unless it is Salinas, the hometown of John Steinbeck, which would sound good. But, among the names registered by Apple, Mammoth seems to be the one that has been lying around in the bottom of the drawer for the longest time. But macOS Mammoth isn’t the sexiest and not necessarily the easiest to pronounce in all languages.
It’s a bit of a desert for the Apple TV operating system. He is often the poor relation of the WWDC and this could be confirmed as no or almost no information has leaked. For several years, the multimedia box has been promised to become a hub for the connected home (even to have a screen and an integrated speaker). Will this finally be the right year to see it take on another dimension?
This is the great unknown and expectation of the year. Apple has in its boxes a project for virtual reality and/or augmented reality. Goggles or helmet, no one really knows how much the two have been talked about. Anyway, it seems unlikely to see a finished product already presented by Apple during the keynote, everything converges to say that the release of the helmet would be postponed to 2023. But, on the other hand, Apple should put a first finger foot in AR / VR and present snippets of use to entice developers who want to rub shoulders with it. Starting with an OS that seems to have taken shape, under the name of realityOS or another rOS (the name would have been registered by another firm).
It seems certain that the Californian firm will present a first application set to give an overview of the possibilities of the future device that is also rumored as an extension of the Apple TV universe.
And the products?
This is generally not the time that Apple chooses to unveil new products to make room for presentation and explanations around its OS. But it has happened in the past that WWDC has seen newcomers appear like the HomePod speaker which was presented there by Tim Cook before being released months later. But it was based on pre-existing applications at Apple and it only needed a bit of tweaking to be marketed. The conference also saw the introduction of an 11-inch iPad Pro, an iMac Pro or even a MacBook, but above all the Mac Pro. Products intended primarily for more advanced users, not to say professionals for the last three, who could then take full advantage of the power of the devices and the latest macOS or iOS to develop apps or create content.
MacBook Air new look
This year could see the arrival of a new MacBook Air completely redesigned and, possibly in color. Even if, according to the always well-informed Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, we should not expect too much eccentricity in terms of colors from Apple, which would not draw on the side of the iPad Air or the latest iMacs. . The MacBook Air could however sport a screen with more refined edges and embed an M2 chip with 8 CPU cores and 10 GPU cores, but cores based on those of the A15 Bionic chip of the latest iPhones when those of the Apple M1 were inspired by those of the A14.
The only question of seeing a MacBook Air presented at the developer conference concerns the target: if it is really equipped with a very powerful chip and presented at WWDC, will it not overshadow MacBooks? 14 and 16 launched at the end of 2021 with an M1 Pro or Max chip for a very advanced and professional target? Apple’s good idea, or the good reason to present them at a developer-oriented keynote, would be to present the MacBook Air 2022 as a gateway for young developers, future suppliers of the App Store in applications, who start programming under Swift, promised as one of the key points of the WWDC according to the logo and the invitations. And when we know that the Memojis were particularly young and enthusiastic about the invitation, MacBook under their noses, this could stand as an argument.
Powerful Mac Pro and Mac mini
With its “gruyere grater” design, the Mac Pro is the last product presented “live” at WWDC 2019 before being released at the end of the year. Three years later, it could have a facelift. Its announcement was teased by Apple itself during the March keynote by hinting that there was an Apple Silicon version in development that could see the light of day by the end of the year. It remains to be seen whether the beast will be released or just revealed with a little more detail. The Mac Pro could embed an even more powerful chip than the M1 Ultra, the already overpowered SoC presented in the spring and which equips the most advanced version of the Mac Studio. This time around, the Mac Pro could have up to 140 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores, twice the M1 Ultra and four times the M1 Max. With a new name?
Another product could also be talked about. The day before the keynote, a leak announced on a merchant site the arrival of a new Mac mini in a version with M1 chip.
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