WWDC 2022 Live Blog: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, MacBook Air and more

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Apple’s WWDC 2022 key figures usher in big changes for the company’s various software platforms, covering everything from Macs to iPhones. And we’ll find out just how much later today (June 6), when Tim Cook kicks off Apple’s annual developer conference.

Past WWDCs have given us glimpses of upcoming software updates from Apple, and we expect the 2022 edition to follow. We should see what’s new with iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOs, and tvOS before all that updated software arrives later this year.

But Apple could also have some hardware news at this year’s WWDC. Rumors indicate that a new 2022 MacBook Air will debut during the WWDC keynote, giving Apple a chance to talk about the new M2 processor that is rumored to power the laptop.

All told, this is expected to be a very news-rich WWDC keynote this year. And our WWDC 2022 live blog is on hand to bring you all the news as it happens. We’re following the WWDC live stream remotely, and we’ll be joined by Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer and IT Editor Alex Wawro from Cupertino with their reaction to whatever Apple announces.

WWDC 2022: what we expect

The keynote kicks off at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. BST later today. Here’s a summary of what we expect to hear once WWDC begins.

iOS 16 and iPadOS 16: Apple will likely preview new versions of its software for phones and tablets, which share many of the same features. In the case of iPadOS 16, the focus will likely be on improving multitasking, as Apple watchers predict Apple’s tablets will offer a more desktop-like experience with windows resizable and easier switching between open applications.

As for iOS 16, look for a number of changes, though Apple isn’t expected to overhaul the look of the software. The lock screen is expected to get new wallpapers with widgets – perhaps laying the groundwork for an always-on display feature for the iPhone 14 Pro in the fall. Notification improvements and new health tracking capabilities are also said to be in the cards.

watch OS 9: These health tracking features coming to the iPhone are supposed to integrate with watchOS 9, so expect to hear about these features when Apple previews its upcoming Apple Watch software update later this year. You will probably also see new watch faces.

Mac OS 13: Rumors of Apple’s Mac software update were sparse ahead of WWDC, but nonetheless Apple is almost certain to show off macOS 13 during its keynote. Expect developer-focused discussions about building apps for the Mac, while Apple is also expected to reveal a new California-centric codename in the spirit of Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina and Mojave – the latest macOS nicknames.

tvOS 16: We expect the shortest scene time to be spent on tvOS 16, the new version of Apple TV software, largely because past interface revisions are still fresh in memory. If anything, Apple’s tvOS presentation could include previews of new and old Apple TV Plus shows.

Mac Air 2022: If any new hardware shows up at WWDC, the consensus is that it will be a new 2022 MacBook Air. This laptop is expected to introduce Apple’s new M2 chip, giving us the chance to get an update on the transition to Apple silicon, as well as feature a new design.

WWDC 2022 Keynote: How to Watch

We have a complete guide on how to watch the WWDC 2022 live stream, which will be available on both Youtube (opens in a new tab) and on the WWDC website (opens in a new tab). Or you can just watch the video embedded above.

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