High Hopes For WWDC 2022

What is WWDC?

Why is it important?

Apple has over 1.8 Billion active Apple products in the world which is very rare for a company to achieve and it isn’t going to cease anytime soon. This is what makes Apple Events so important because their impact is huge.

How’s the Software Looking?

WWDC didn’t bring a whole lot of improvements and features to any Apple Device which made WWDC21 Keynote less than 2 hours compared to an average of more than 2 hours from previous years.

iPadOS 16

Apple introduced a dedicated software for the iPad at WWDC 2019 which in essence is just iOS, especially for the iPad but it sure made iPad much more useful and a great buy as it paved the road for ‘Pro Apps’ to come to the iPad which got more rumored once M1 iPad Pro was released in 2021. Well as we know that never happened as WWDC21 just brought widgets to iPad and a better multitasking system.

iOS 16

Apple’s most successful and profitable product iPhone has seen some major updates in the past that have made the user experience fabulous but they also come with features for safety. WWDC21 brought only widgets and an App Library to the iOS 16 with some other minor features but WWDC22 might have some features in this spectrum to make the user safer.

  • Interactive widgets- Current widgets on iPhone are not interactive and are just there to look at but iOS 16 might change that
  • A Crash Detection feature- Which will allow the iPhone to contact 911 if you don’t respond after a car crash.
  • Preliminary support for Apple’s mixed-reality headset- The rumored headset for AR/VR which is expected to be released in 2023 might get early support on iPhone.
  • Always On Display for iPhone 14 and 14 Pro.

macOS 13

A new macOS comes with a new name and this year it is rumored to be macOS Mammoth but this year new name isn’t coming with a whole lot of new features.

  • Redesigned apps and maybe some new apps
  • System Preferences overhauled to make them more in line with Settings on iOS
  • Plenty of new features that work with the iPhone and Apple Watch

WatchOS 9

WatchOS 9 is also expected to come with some pretty significant updates and features for better health of the user and better connectivity with the iPhone.

  • new low power mode- Currently Apple’s power reserve mode doesn’t help with batter saving much but Low Power Mode enables the devices to run some apps and features without consuming as much power.
  • Car crash detection- The same feature as iPhone which will allow your device to contact 911 automatically if you don’t respond after the car crash.
  • More health features, including medicine reminders- Apple may add new tools to the iPhone’s Health app this year, including medicine reminders and new features for sleep tracking and women’s health.
  • Improvements to atrial fibrillation detection- Apple may also improve the way its smartwatches can detect atrial fibrillation, which is a common type of heart arrhythmia that can increase your risk of stroke.
  • New watch faces and workout types

realityOS

As mentioned earlier Apple is set to release its AR/VR Headset in 2023 but we are expected to get a new ‘realityOS’ as backed by trademarks registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

How’s the hardware side looking?

As a reminder, WWDC is primarily a software event but of course, we’ve seen Apple their products released at WWDC before the only exception being 2021 where we only saw Software updates. There is still no confirmation if Apple will continue its older trend or start with a new one in 2021.

Macs

Mac Pro- Mac Pro hasn’t gotten anything since WWDC 2019 and at the march Apple event it was hinted that a new Mac Pro is around the corner but what can we expect from it? Well, according to rumors we can see some significant upgrades:

  • A New Chip- Just like Mac Studio we are expected to see a dedicated chip specifically Mac Pro rumored to be named X1 just like Intel’s Xeon chip which is for higher-end PCs. It will essentially be two M1 Ultra chips connected with a Die-to-Die network.
  • New Design- It’s not sure if Apple will keep the old Mac Pro design or go with a new smaller-sized Mac Pro but Apple is expected to continue its 2019 Mac Pro for a while even after the new Mac Pro release.
  • RAM, GPU, and CPU- Since M1 Ultra had up to 20 CPU cores total, 64-Core GPU, and 128GB of Unified memory, we could see up to 40 CPU cores, 128-GPU cores, and 256GB of unified memory in the new Mac Pro
  • All-New Design- MacBook Air is reportedly getting the same design as the 14-inch MacBook Pro with a notch but with white bezels in comparison to the black one which will also be prominent in the keyboard too.
  • New Chip- M2 chip is highly expected to be in the new lower-end Macs replacing the long-used M1 which is also used in the iPads.
  • I/O- As we saw in M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro new I/O ports are expected to be added to MacBook Air.

Apple AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro is over 2 years old and is bound to get an update soon and WWDC seems a great place to do it as we are also getting a new Apple Music Classical App. The new AirPods are supposedly getting some noteworthy upgrades:

  • Lossless support- Apple AirPods 2 are rumored to be including a new form factor design, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, and a charging case that can emit a sound for users to track.
  • Health sensors- A study led by Apple shows how AirPods could be used to monitor respiratory rate. The study found that this audio can be a “viable signal for passively estimating” respiratory rates.
  • Lightning connector- AirPods 2 are still sticking with a Lightning connector but that is to change for future modes including iPhone (after 14 and 14 pros) seeing that Apple is lost its case against the UK.

New Apple Display

With New Mac, Pro Apple is expected to release a new Display as rumors suggest an 8K Display being the successor to Pro Display XDR and also a new Studio display Pro being better than Studio Display but not as good as Pro Display XDR.

Apple AR/VR Headset

As realityOS is coming soon Apple AR/VR Headset is set to release in 2023 for the public and it will revolutionize the AR/VR headset market. There aren’t a lot of details on what it would look like but the Apple Board Of Directors has been shown a working model which implies we are too far from the Headset.

Apple Game Controller

With these new patents, Apple is supposedly set to officially enter the gaming industry after many years. With this Apple is reportedly talking to buy Electronic Arts gaming company and Apple Arcade is going to see some major changes in the future.

There’s a Whole Lot Coming For Apple!

The coming years for Apple looks to be bright and we are going to see some major changes to both software and hardware.

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