The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple’s annual developer and software-oriented conference, is less than two months away. In line with previous years, Apple is likely to introduce major updates to all of its operating systems, including watchOS 9, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and tvOS 16, bringing new features and a more refined experience to existing devices. are.
While the rumors about macOS 13 and tvOS 16 are purely speculation, there are indications from reliable sources about some specific features that we can expect in watchOS 9, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16.
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watchOS 8 brought ID cards and keys to the Wallet app, a redesigned Home app, new exercise types, the Mindfulness app, updates to sleep tracking, a Portrait Mode watch face, Focus Mode, and more. From what we know about watchOS 9 so far, it looks like Apple will focus on improving a number of system features as well as health monitoring, activity tracking, and the Workout app.
The current image of watchOS 9 comes from multiple reports bloombergby Mark Gurmani wall street journal and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
- update existing watch face
- Low power mode to run some apps and features with less battery life
- Crash detection function, similar to fall detection, capable of detecting a car accident by measuring sudden changes in G-force, contacting emergency services and sending location data
- better health tracking
- Improved atrial fibrillation detection by counting “burden,” a measure of how long a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation over a given period of time
Activity and training application improvements
- better activity tracking
- more training
- Additional metrics for running training
According to Kuo, watchOS 9 may drop support for Apple Watch Series 3 because its computing power will not be able to meet the requirements of the new operating system. Therefore, watchOS 9 will only be available for Apple Watch Series 4 in 2018 or later.
Apple Watch Series 3 was launched in September 2017, making it almost five years old. It’s the oldest device to support the latest version of watchOS 8, but its S3 chip lags far behind the S5 chip in the Apple Watch SE and the S7 chip in the Apple Watch Series 7 in terms of performance. The Apple Watch Series 3 is also the only remaining Apple Watch to feature the older, thicker Apple Watch design, with larger bezels and angular corners around the screen.
Following the iOS 14.6 and watchOS 7.5 updates last year, Apple Watch Series 3 users have to unpair and re-pair the device from their paired iPhone when updating watchOS because the Apple Watch has enough internal storage to complete the watchOS update. Not there.
While major new versions of Apple’s operating system are usually unveiled at WWDC in early June, updates aren’t usually released to the public until the fall, which will coincide with the time Kuo believes. —that Apple will discontinue the Apple Watch Series 3 and release new Apple Watch models.
iOS 15 introduced a redesigned notification system and focus mode, spatial audio and shareplay in FaceTime calls, live text, name cards in the Wallet app, and new privacy features as well as redesigns for Safari, Maps, Weather and Notes. Did. iOS 16 is once again shaping up to address notifications and adds a slew of improvements to the Health app.
Gurman is the root of many rumors about iOS 16’s system features and the Health app, but there have been hints as well. wall street journal,
- better notifications
- Crash detection feature, similar to watchOS 9
- Early support for Apple mixed reality headset
- Extended Sleep Tracking
- New drug management feature to scan pills and get reminders to take them
- New women’s health facilities.
- Alternative Apple Music App for Classical Music with Expertise for Classical Music Metadata
- Primephonic based user interface
- “Visual, Auditory and Haptic” Aspects
- Option to Redirect from Tracks to Apple Classical in Apple Music App
- Spatial and lossless audio support
Hints of Apple Classical apps are seen in the iOS 15.5 beta code. The Apple Classic will almost certainly be present in iOS 16, but there’s a chance it could debut at an earlier date. For example, Apple may introduce a new app at WWDC, but make it available immediately through an update to iOS 15h.
iOS 16 will reportedly feature built-in support for Apple’s long-running Mixed Reality headset to lay the groundwork for the new device. Gurman said this meant Apple could “in principle preview the technical aspects of the headset or its software, without showing the full equipment” at WWDC.
iOS 15 supported the same number of devices as iOS 13 and iOS 14, with the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and the first-generation iPhone SE being the oldest supported devices. It is unclear whether iOS 16 will eventually drop support for these older devices with the A9 chip.
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Little is currently known about iPadOS 16, but it’s likely to get most of the new features of iOS 16h, along with several iPad-specific improvements. Gurman is the only source of the early iPadOS 16 rumours, with the main change currently focusing on improvements to the multitasking interface.
- new multitasking interface
- Better Notifications, iOS 16 . similar to
- Apple Classical App, iOS 16 . similar to
Apple has significantly refined the multitasking experience in iPadOS in recent years, improving features such as Slide Over, Split View, and the Dock. For example, iPadOS 15 added a new multitasking menu on top of apps, as well as a center window, a new multi-window shelf, and a more intuitive experience with Split View. The exact additional improvements to multitasking for iPadOS 16 are not yet clear.
Apple is expected to preview watchOS 9, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and tvOS 16 at WWDC, starting Monday, June 6. Following their presentation at the conference, the new operating system will be given preference to developers for testing purposes on the same day. Later in the summer, Apple will make it available to public beta testers.
When beta testing ends, the new operating system will be released to the public, possibly alongside new hardware like the iPhone 14 in the fall. While watchOS 9, iOS 16, and iPadOS 16 are likely to be released simultaneously, the new version of macOS often arrives at a later date.