Apple WWDC 2022: What to expect and how to watch
The annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from 7-11 June and there are sure to be plenty of announcements affecting ordinary consumers.
Apple's annual conference for developers is set to go ahead in a digital-only format in 2022. Even if you're not planning on uploading a new crypto-trading app to the iOS Store anytime soon, there will still be plenty of important announcements to keep an eye out for.
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Apple WWDC.
When is Apple WWDC?
The WWDC will take place from 7-11 June. The keynote presentation will take place on 7 June, at 3am AEST.
How to watch Apple WWDC
You'll be able to catch the WWDC keynote live via the Apple TV+ app, on Apple's website or on its YouTube channel, where it will almost certainly be uploaded upon completion, for those of you who aren't completely nocturnal.
What to expect
Here are the software reveals you're likely to see announced at Apple WWDC 2022. Keep in mind, generally when something is unveiled at WWDC, it enters a beta phase for developers and is not available to the public for some time.
The WWDC's headline reveal will be iOS 16. It is expected to be available on the iPhone 7 and beyond, and may feature AR/VR integration to prepare for an upcoming Apple Headset. Car crash detection that automatically contacts emergency services has also been rumoured.
Apple's mobile operating systems were split up in 2019, and have been steadily diverging ever since. We're likely to see iPad OS trend even more strongly in the direction of MacOS, including greater incorporation of Apple mice.
Rumours have also circulated that high-powered multimedia software like Xcode, Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro will finally be making their way to the iPad with this update, but only tablets with the M1 chip. At this point, that's only the Pro models.
The follow-up to MacOS 13, or Monterey, is an exciting prospect indeed. Apple's developers have now had years to create an operating system that maximises everything the glorious M1 chip can do, which should mean ultra-fast performance. Other than that, there isn't much reporting on any major changes coming in this update, but Apple could certainly surprise us.
Apple has trademarked the name "Mammoth", which would be in keeping with the trend of naming MacOS software after Californian landmarks.
watchOS 9 and tvOS 16
watchOS 9 is expected to be unveiled at WWDC, but reports suggest it will be a modest update at best. The major rumour following tvOS 16 – the software that runs on Apple TVs – is "game mode", which will include a bevy of gaming features and a gaming-focussed remote. Triple A developers would surely love to get a crack at the M1 Pro chip, which could be a big element of tvOS 16.
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