What to expect at WWDC 2022: iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and possibly new Macs

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Apple’s 33rd Annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6. Like the 2020 and 2021 events, it will only be held digitally, so it’s free. Developers from all over the world can participate.

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The main event will give us our first look at new OS updates including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16 and watchOS 9, along with rumors suggesting that we may be seeing new hardware. Below is an outline of everything we heard about this year’s event.

iOS 16

Most of the rumors about iOS 16 have been vague, so we know very little about the OS update at the moment. In years past, new versions of iOS have leaked before and gave us a taste of the features to come, but this year it didn’t.

iOS 16 Mock Up Feature
That said, we’ve heard some rumors about what to expect, and a lot of information comes from bloombergMark Gurman, who has reliable sources with information on Apple’s plans.

Rumor new features

  • Modified lock screen with wallpaper that has “widget-like capabilities”.
  • There will be “significant” improvements to the notifications, though we don’t know the specific details.
  • Messaging app with “social network-like functionality” with a special focus on audio messages.
  • Health app with extended sleep tracking and medication management functionality. Apple is working on a tool that will allow users to scan their pill bottles in the app, and new women’s health features are expected.
  • The new Apple app is in the works, and there is no specific information.
  • Apple is also working on “new ways of system interaction,” but what exactly is not clear.
  • New types of fitness + training.
  • Classic Apple Music app with an interface based on Primephonic, acquired by Apple in 2021.

Possible Features Based on iPhone 14 Rumors

  • Always-on Display for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max (not available until September).
  • A potentially revamped status bar interface for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to accommodate the expected punch-and-loop design to replace the notch on those devices.
  • The iPhone 14 models are expected to feature car accident detection, which will automatically dial emergency services when a collision is detected. This will require the new iOS 16 functionality.
  • Apple may also add a satellite-based emergency feature to the iPhone 14 model, which will be compatible with iOS 16. This feature allows iPhones to send text messages in emergency situations when there is no cell coverage and report critical emergencies when coverage is not available.
  • iOS 16 may include support for purchase now, a pay later feature for Apple Pay that Apple is developing.
  • Likewise, it could introduce support for a hardware subscription program that would allow customers to pay a monthly fee for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

For more on what to expect in iOS 16, we have a dedicated iOS 16 roundup.

ipad os 16

iPadOS 16 will get many of the new features introduced in iOS 16, but Apple is also working on additional functionality specific to the iPad.

With iPadOS 16, Apple aims to treat the iPad more like a laptop than a smartphone, and the new iPad software will be one of the biggest updates announced at WWDC.

The update will feature a redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easier to swap tasks and see which apps are open, plus it will allow users to resize windows. Apple also plans to roll out new ways for users to handle multiple apps at once, creating what looks like a Mac-like multitasking experience.

Mac OS 13

We don’t know much about the feature set coming to macOS 13, as there have been some leaks. Rumored to feature a revamped System Preferences interface that will bring it in line with the Settings app on the iPhone and iPad, with the update to include individual settings organized by app.

MacOS 13 Text Mockup

Apple is also expected to update some of the default apps, so we may see improvements in Messages, Mail, Safari, and more. Messages in particular is rumored to get social network-like functionality with improvements to audio messages. This is a rumor from iOS 16, but Messages generally has feature parity across platforms.

As for the name, according to Apple’s trademark filing, macOS 13h could be the macOS mammoth. Apple registered trademarks for several California landmarks in 2013 and Mammoth is the one that has been active the longest, although its status is unknown at this time and Apple has in the past picked out some names that were never on that list. , so the placement is not fixed

os 9 clock

watchOS 9 will have some updates that will affect day-to-day operations and navigation on the wrist device.

  • Updated power saving mode that will allow the use of apps and features while reducing battery usage.
  • Extended atrial fibrillation detection function with additional “burden”, i.e. how many times a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation.
  • Improved health and activity tracking.
  • More types of training.
  • Additional metrics for running training.
  • Update for existing watch face.

tvOS 16

tvOS doesn’t get as many new features as other OS updates, and we don’t know much about tvOS 16, but it is rumored to include new smart home tie-ins. You may be able to do more with your smart home products via Apple TV once the update is released.

hardware possibilities

Recent WWDC events have focused only on software and haven’t included any hardware announcements, so it’s not yet clear whether we’ll be showing any hardware at this year’s event. If we do, the devices listed below are the most likely candidates.

Macbook Air

If Apple is planning to introduce new Macs at the event, the MacBook Air is the device we could see, according to bloombergby Mark Gurman. Apple is reportedly “aiming” to introduce the MacBook Air at the event, but supply chain issues related to COVID in China may prevent Apple from doing so.

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The next generation MacBook Air is expected to feature a total design overhaul with a MacBook Pro-like shape that eliminates the slim body. It will be thinner and lighter, and is expected to come in many of the same colors as the iMac. The MacBook Air is expected to feature slim off-white bezels and a matching off-white keyboard, and could be around 13.6 inches in size.

The MacBook Air will likely be equipped with the next-generation M2 chip, which is expected to have the same compute cores as the M1 (eight), but will include speed improvements that make it slightly faster. It’s also rumored to have improved graphics with nine out of 10 GPU cores, compared to seven or more in the current ‌M1 MacBook Air‌.

The M2 chip will be the first update to the M1-series chips that Apple has been using in Apple silicon devices to date. Although several rumors have suggested that the MacBook Air will feature a 2M2 chip, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple may focus on the redesign rather than the new chip technology.

He added that the next-generation TSMC N3 and N4P manufacturing processes won’t be ready for mass production until 2023, so Apple will only be able to come up with an iterative update that’s expected to use the same N5P chip that’s used in the A15. was done for. and M1.

You can find out more about the next generation MacBook Air in our MacBook Air 2022 guide.

mac pro

In 2019, the redesigned modular Mac Pro was shown off at WWDC before its late 2019 launch, and there’s a chance we could see a similar unveiling this year.


Apple hardware engineering chief John Ternus confirmed at a spring event that an Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro is in the works, expected to arrive in 2022.

Apple might just give us a little preview of the Mac Pro ahead of its launch later in the year.

Rumors suggest that the Mac Pro will feature an even more powerful chip than the M30 Ultra used in Mac Studio. It is expected to feature 40 CPU cores and up to 128 graphics cores, which will make it twice as powerful as the M1 Ultra.

Apple may introduce a successor, the M1 Ultra, which is, in effect, two M1 Ultra chips fused together, as the M1 Ultra itself is essentially two M1 Max chips fused together. If so, the next Mac Pro chip will be four times more powerful than the M1 Max.

AR/VR Headset?

Last year there were rumors that Apple’s long-rumored AR/VR headset might be shown at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference, but it looks like that’s not going to happen.

Apple Mixed Reality Headset Mockup Feature

bloombergMark Gurman and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have both said the earphones aren’t ready for unveiling just yet, as Apple still has ironclad issues. Kuo believes Apple will launch the headphones in 2023, and Gurman has said that Apple has no plans for a “full announcement” of the headphones at WWDC.

That said, a trademark for “RealityOS,” the operating system for the headset, was recently discovered, and has a foreign filing deadline of June 8, 2022. This is a legal requirement, and the date does not belong to WWDC. And it’s a coincidence.

MacRumors Coverage

Apple plans to live stream the WWDC keynote on its website, Apple TV app, and YouTube, but for those who can’t watch, we’ll be covering the event on MacRumors.com and via the app. Twitter account MacRumorsLive,

As we test the new software, we’ll have detailed coverage of all of Apple’s announcements throughout the week and beyond.

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