Software Developer Conferences, a long-standing tradition for large technology companies, they have evolved in recent years. When the pandemic stopped face-to-face meetings, developer conferences were held entirely online, based on live transfers and virtual spaces instead of convention center ballrooms. His keynote speeches, once a major event for technology gods like Steve Jobs, are often pre-recorded.
In addition to the software-centric sessions that make up the meat of developer conferences, the main addresses for events now often include hardware revelations. Google has shown new phones, smart watches and I / O teleportation booths, its annual development. Apple is known to have launched a new smart speaker, a Mac Pro or a Mac laptop during its presentation at the World Developers Conference.
Especially for Apple, that makes sense. First, it’s a hardware company, and its custom-designed silicon is now at the heart of its “control the entire computer stack.” But it could be argued that Apple software Strategy is now more important than ever. That’s what keeps customers “locked” into Apple’s hardware. It includes Apple’s fast-growing multimillion-dollar services business. Whenever Apple adjusts its App Store, either by limiting advertising tracking technology to iOS or by evolving its content moderation policies, the company’s decisions are controlled, because its software has so much influence on our lives.
Many people are likely to tune in to the WWDC Master’s Conference on Monday morning for small changes to iOS that will animate their older iPhones, or for multitasking features that can turn your iPad into something more like a MacPad. We are also here to receive these updates and will follow them closely on WIRED. According to previous reports, here’s what to expect from next week’s big event.
Locking your iPhone is key
One of the most significant changes that could be introduced with the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 16, is a renewal of the phone’s lock screen, according to a report by Bloombergand Mark Gurman. This would include support for an always-on lock screen, though it could be a feature that only works with the future hardware of the iPhone, with “information that can be viewed quickly.” IPhone lock screens could also include wallpapers with active widgets.
Other rumored updates we could see on Monday include improvements to the Messaging and Notification Center, add-ons to the current Health app, and better support for texting in emergencies (allowing you to send messages over satellite networks ). And, as usual, expect Apple to push the drum of privacy, especially in light of its ad-tracking transparency feature that overshadows the gains of other technology makers.
The window (s) to your soul
Apple’s iPad is closer to “real computer” status (newer tablet models even include desktop chips), but the inability to move or resize Windows application has always made the iPad feel more like a giant iPhone. Could the iPad finally change it? That seems like it. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith noticed last week that a first version of Apple’s latest web browsing framework “added an infrastructure for a ‘multitasking mode’ to iOS that seems to be a system switch that allows free-sized windows.”
Therefore, iPads could soon have M-class chips, decent accessory keyboards, and new * i * software that supports the placement and size of more customizable applications. It looks like a MacBook with a touch screen!
We’re still not sure what MacOS 13 will be called. Apple has named each recent release with different California destinations known for their natural beauty. Macworld suggests that this year could be the year Apple goes with “Mammoth,” another California tourist town with a great ski area and magnificent lakes. It’s exactly the kind of place you wouldn’t want to take your laptop with, so we’ll go with it.
One of the most significant software changes to Macs could be a revamp of System Preferences, the Mac machine configuration section. These have been reported to be “more in line with iOS settings”, including the organization of settings per app. This is according to, once again, Gurman at Bloomberg.
We could also see a new Mac hardware at WWDC 2022, if recent factory closures in China and the supply chain crisis have not forced Apple to crack down on its manufacturing plans. Monday’s conference could include the introduction of the MacBook Air 2022, as well as a new M2 chip, the successor to the M1 line of processors. However, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has speculated that the M2 chip may not be revealed until 2023; or, if Apple calls a recently released chip “M2” for Mac juice sales, it may offer only minor updates on the M1.
Keep Watch on Apple TV +
The future is this: the world’s best-selling watch has a remarkably poor battery life. We’re talking about the Apple Watch, one of the best-designed smart watches in existence, and an addictive little health tracker. It also has an 18-hour battery since the first version of the watch. The actual battery life varies depending on usage, but I’m sure we’d all like to get some more juice out of our machine faces.
Fortunately, WatchOS 9, which we hope to see at Monday’s conference, could include an expanded version of “low-power mode” that allows Apple Watch users to run some limited applications when the laptop’s battery is running low. (Currently, low-power mode only lets you see the time.) The new clock software will also include additional clock dials and some improvements to navigation alerts when combined with Apple Maps.