(Pocket-lint) – Apple’s annual developer conference is now over and dusted off. Or at least the day one festivities are over, and so is the keynote. The company announced a slew of software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and all of its other known platforms and initiatives.
The 33rd Worldwide Developers Conference took place primarily online, with limited physical gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WWDC 2020 and WWDC 2021 were both held entirely digitally for the same reason. Here are all the details on how to watch it, what happened during the keynote, and everything you need to know about the multi-day event.
What is WWDC?
Every year, usually in late spring, Apple hosts a developer conference to announce upcoming major software updates across all of its platforms. Sometimes it also previews new material. All consumer announcements are made during a day one keynote which is streamed live online, although Apple tends to hold other presentations for developers and students to watch. The idea behind the whole conference is to bring developers up to date with the latest developments from Apple so that they can prepare and update their apps adequately.
WWDC is also letting partners know what Apple just did.
When is WWDC 2022?
WWDC 2022 started on Monday, June 6, 2022. It ends on Friday, June 10.
The keynote took place on day one (June 6, 2022) at 10 a.m. PDT.
Other presentations and sessions
Apple has shared the full WWDC 2022 schedule for developers and students. After the keynote, there will be a “State of the Union of Platforms” for developers on June 6 at 1 p.m. PT. The Apple Design Awards were set the same day at 5:00 p.m. PT. On June 7, Apple will offer session videos on new features coming to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, tvOS 16, macOS 13, and watchOS 9.
Apple streamed its keynote address live on Youtube. The video is embedded above for you to watch. Below are a few more ways to watch it.
What happened at WWDC 2022?
Here is a selection of the biggest announcements from the Day One keynote:
Read: Apple previews iOS 16, big changes coming
Apple has announced some of the changes we can expect with iOS 16 when it arrives later this year and there are big improvements, many of which are coming to the lock screen. Working similarly to Apple Watch faces, iOS 16 will allow users to customize the lock screen, changing fonts, colors, wallpapers and adding widgets. You’ll be able to swipe between your lock screen pages and there are features like Photo Shuffle which will let you view a bunch of photos throughout the day.
Other changes made with iOS 16 again include a change to notifications.
Apple hasn’t given a date for when iOS 16 will launch, 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
Read: New MacBook Air announced with Apple’s more powerful M2 silicon
Apple has announced the latest iteration of its Apple Silicon treatment – the M2. And it will debut in an all-new MacBook Air.
The M2 chip extends the M1 chipset with 25% more transistors than its predecessor (20 billion) and offers better performance with lower power consumption. It also has a few more GPU cores (10 cores in total) with claims that it offers up to 25% more performance than the first-gen SoC.
The new MacBook Air has been “completely redesigned” around this latest Apple Silicon. It comes in four different colors 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 latest-gen Air will continue at a cheaper price.
Mac OS Ventura
Read: macOS Ventura coming with Stage Manager and other improvements for Mac
Apple has unveiled its latest Mac operating system, macOS Ventura. The operating system that powers the company’s Mac lineup, like the new MacBook Air, will come with many new features and improvements. These include a new way to multitask and a greater focus on turning the company’s desktop and laptop lines into viable alternatives to PC gaming.
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Ventura will be available in public beta around July, before being available for Mac users in September.
Read: What are Apple Passkeys and how could they permanently replace passwords?
While discussing Safari browser updates at WWDC, Apple announced a new security feature — or credential — it’s working on called Passkeys, which aims to work across all platforms.
Apple said it’s working with developers, the FIDO alliance, and industry partners like Microsoft and Google to create a passwordless future — and Passkeys is, well, key to that vision. The company said it helped create next-generation credentials that are more secure, easier to use, and aimed at replacing passwords. connections on mobile, desktop and browsers.
The three companies said they aim to support the new passwordless authentication standard – established by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium – within the next year.
Read: iPadOS 16 teased during WWDC with a host of new features
Apple has announced some of the new iPad features in the next version of its operating system. Its iPadOS 16 will benefit from a whole series of additional tools and utilities. Collaboration is one of them, which makes it easier for a user to collaborate from apps. A group appears in the toolbar of a supported app and document, and you can start a FaceTime call with everyone in the group without having 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.
Read: What is Apple Stage Manager and how does it work on your Mac and iPad?
Apple unveiled a new feature called Stage Manager. It’s coming in 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 iPad work more like a Mac. It automatically organizes open apps and windows so you can focus on work while seeing everything at a glance.
Read: Apple launches WatchOS 9 with health features like sleep status and medication
Apple unveiled WatchOS 9 and led its presentation by announcing that it improved the Apple Watch’s ability to detect arterial fibrillation (AFib), an irregular heart rhythm disorder that causes heart 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 know when the modes have changed during an exercise. Select Apple Watches are also getting new complications and watch faces (including astronomy watch faces), fitness metrics for runners, and a new workout type for triathletes that can automatically switch between cycling, swimming and racing.
Read: Apple Carplay gets a major overhaul, wants to run your entire in-car experience
Apple Carplay gets a makeover. Taking design cues from WatchOS, it seems, the new look uses widgets and even spans the entire dashboard, if the manufacturer allows it. Apple hopes it will eventually power your entire instrument cluster, including the MPH gauge and other dashboard instruments. Plus, you’ll be able to select different types of tiles to display, including weather, even smart home features to instantly see important information while driving.
The new Apple Carplay will be officially launched in 2023.
Written by Maggie Tillman.