Everything Apple Announced Today: New MacBooks, iOS 16, and More


Apple’s Worldwide Builders Convention kicked off on Monday with a keynote tackle, and the corporate used the stage to announce a bunch of recent software program updates and the stray hunks of {hardware}. Reasonably than sticking with the completely digital occasion format Apple has been working throughout the pandemic, this WWDC was an odd hybrid of pre-recorded video performed earlier than a reside viewers assembled on the firm’s California headquarters. As anticipated, Apple went large on the software program updates. However there’s additionally a brand new MacBook Air and a brand new M2 processor.

Learn on for all of the information Apple introduced immediately, and take a look at the remainder of WIRED’s WWDC 2022 protection.

New MacBooks

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Hey look, there’s a brand new MacBook Air. Usually it might be a shock to see a laptop computer launched at a software program occasion, however the long-awaited moveable was anticipating by the pundits. The 2022 MacBook Air has a brand new case design that’s 20 % thinner than the earlier mannequin, options slimmer bezels across the display and a smaller notch for the webcam on the high of the show. Additionally, large information: It has MagSafe. The magnetic charging attachment seems on the brand new MacBook Air instead of the Thunderbolt charging that Apple has been shifting towards currently. The MagSafe addition additionally frees up the 2 Thunderbolt-USB 4 ports. Inside, there’s a brand new M2 chip (extra on that under) that improves efficiency and battery life. Apple says the brand new Air will get 18 hours on a cost, even whereas enjoying movies the entire time. The brand new laptop computer weighs simply 2.7 kilos and is available in 4 totally different colours. The MacBook Air begins at $1,199.

There’s additionally a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip inside. Apple says it will get as much as 20 hours of battery life and might be upgraded with 24 GB of reminiscence and a 2 TB SSD. The Professional begins at $1,299.

The M2 Chip

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Apple’s new chip is constructed on the identical proprietary {hardware} that the corporate’s been packing into most of its new machines. This second-generation chip has an 8-core CPU that Apple says is eighteen % sooner than the M1. The GPU has as much as 10 cores, which Apple claims will get 25 % larger efficiency than its predecessor. It’s going to be out there within the new MacBook Air and a brand new 13-inch MacBook Professional.

iOS 16

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The following model of the iPhone’s working system will arrive this fall, and it’s coming with a bunch of high quality of life updates. The lock display is getting extra customizable. Now, you can also make quite a lot of visible adjustments with out having to unlock the display. Simply press and maintain to vary colours and typefaces, or activate widgets that allow you to entry issues like your calendar, exercise apps, and photographs. Apple can also be tying its Focus app to the lock display. Set a lock display for every of your Focus modes, and your notifications and apps might be filtered to point out simply what’s related to your present mode, serving to you keep away from these fixed texts and distractions.

Apple additionally added some updates to Messages. Possibly extra noteworthy is the power to edit and even delete texts after they’ve been despatched. The voice-to-text dictation function is getting some enhancements too, like the power to movement between voice and finger enter, one thing that’s enabled by the keyboard staying on-screen when you dictate. Apple’s Dwell textual content function has been up to date to allow you to copy textual content proper from movies, photographs, and the interpretation app. In Apple Maps, a Multistop planning function helps you to plot out as much as 15 totally different stops alongside your journey.

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