Next Whit Monday, June 6th, the time has come: Apple invites you to the World Wide Developers Conference 2022. The event is not only important for developers, but also for normal Apple customers: In addition to the presentation of new operating systems, fresh ones could also be introduced hardware coming. Mac & i provides an overview of the possibilities – including the question of whether Apple’s mixed reality future is finally starting.
Once again, WWDC is taking place primarily online, including the important keynote with Tim Cook and colleagues, which takes place on Monday at 7 p.m. Central European Time, which is 10 a.m. local time. Only on the first day of the conference will there be a public viewing for selected developers in Apple Park – for the first time since 2019, external parties will be able to come to the iPhone manufacturer in Cupertino for the WWDC.
The focus of every WWDC is always the software. For example, it is already certain that iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 as well as watchOS 9 and tvOS 16 will be shown. All operating systems will be available as developer betas after the keynote, and a little later – probably in July – as public betas. A release can then be expected in September (iOS and Co.) or October (macOS).
The new operating systems
Expected features of iOS 16 include a new lockscreen, interactive widgets, an overhauled Health app, and new audio and social networking features for the Messages app. iPadOS 16 is set to become even more “laptop-like” with significantly improved window management. macOS 13, which may be called “Mammoth”, expect various app redesigns and revised system settings.
watchOS 9 could introduce a new low-power mode, revise fitness tracking and bring an adapted operating concept (e.g. with the App Switcher). Little has gotten through to tvOS 16 so far. Apple could also screw on HomePod OS. It has already been announced that Apple will further improve the operating aids of its operating systems – this includes live subtitles for video, audio and communication (including the option of typing answers), a mirror mode for the Apple Watch, with which the computer clock can be controlled via the iPhone can be used, as well as door recognition for iPhone and iPad with LIDAR.
New hardware – or not?
New hardware is always expected at WWDC – although there have already been keynotes at developer conferences that focus entirely on software. This year, the rumor mill is not entirely unanimous. The announcement of new MacBook Air models, which were last renewed with M1 chips in 2020, but still use the design of their Intel predecessors, has been expected for a long time. Apple could also install an “M2” chip here for the first time. Most recently, Apple’s devices were sold out by the end of July or early August, which could also have something to do with current delivery problems. Other Macs are easier to get though.
A new Mac Pro with Apple Silicon has also been awaited for a long time. The manufacturer wants to present this in 2022 to complete the ARM transition. However, there have been no fresh rumors about this for a long time. The MacBook Pro with 13 inches in the old look and the Mac mini are still waiting for an overhaul – and some observers are also hoping for a new iMac Pro. Apple could only show such products – as well as revised MacBook Pro models with 14 and 16 inches – in the fall.
Mixed-Reality-Headset als Krönung?
The most exciting question at WWDC 2022, however, is whether Apple has been pursuing a mixed reality project for years – a professional headset for 2000 to 3000 US dollars that is suitable for both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). – will introduce. There were first positive signals here. Apple is said to have already presented the hardware to its board of directors – something that usually only happens with almost finished products. Furthermore, Apple has currently secured trademark rights for a new AR/VR operating system called realityOS.
A presentation at WWDC 2022 would also make sense because developers would then be better able to prepare their own apps for the new platform. However, observers, who are often accurate, recently said that Apple would rather wait and see. One argument: The group does not want to reveal the hardware in advance in order to prevent the competition from replicating it. However, the group had always made announcements months in advance for other important product launches such as the Apple Watch or the iPhone.
Whatever happens at WWDC 2022: Mac & i and heise online will report live and direct as always. From 7 p.m. there will be a live ticker for the keynote – and then an after-show talk as a live stream, in which all the innovations will be discussed by the editorial experts.
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