Apple have just held their WWDC22 – that’s Worldwide Developers Conference – announcing a raft of updates to their various operating systems, and a new processor.

SOFTWARE
If you’re an iOS user then iOS 16 is set to deliver some fairly big changes. The first most noticeable one will be the lock screen, which will be more customisable and include the much-wanted ability to add widgets.

Notifications will also be spruced up, especially in regards to live updates on things like sport, while Focus Filters will allow users to see just what they want to see without a bunch of white noise. Meanwhile, three updates are coming to messages, including the ability to edit sent messages, while the dictation abilities are also being tweaked.

Other fun stuff to look forward to includes more AR capabilities, a bolstered Apple Wallet, sharing of photo albums with other Apple users of your choice and new 3D views in Apple Maps – including Melbourne.

While iOS 16 is likely to benefit the most users, Apple Watch owners are getting some new toys via watchOS 9. New workout features will include running form monitoring, while if you prefer the less energetic benefits of slumber, updates will include sleep mode detection.

The next operating system up is macOS 13 or, as it’s now to be known, Ventura. All sorts of tweaks were unveiled, from tab sharing and better password management in Safari to improved Mail search capabilities, Stage Manager for keeping your windows sorted, and the addition of quick actions to Spotlight. Plus, the new OS will allow iPhones to be used as webcams.

Mac gamers may be keen to get their hands on Metal 3, which uses AI to improve graphical performance.

Apple WDCC22

Rounding out the OS updates was iPadOS 16, which concentrates on bringing more collaborative abilities to the tablet that pretty much started it all. Office apps such as Pages will provide the ability for approved people to make edits, while the new Freeform will turn your iPad into a virtual whiteboard, on which multiple users can share their thoughts, images, doodles or whatever.

All of these new operating systems will be available in beta to developers next week, and should start trickling through to end users form next month.

HARDWARE
The big new thing in hardware is the M2 chip, which will be the heart of the newly-refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines. It’s promising us bolstered performance to the tune of some 18 per cent overall

That sleek new 13.6-inch MacBook Air will weigh in at around just 1.2kg, offer around 18 hours of battery life and come in any of four colours – space grey, starlight, midnight and silver.

The new Macs are due for a July release.

There was nothing in the way of news on this year’s iPhones, but that’s not unusual as they’re generally announced later in the year.

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