WWDC 2022 Live Blog: iOS 16, iPadOS 16, MacBook Air and more
Coincidentally, we saw another rumor earlier today suggesting a new MacBook Air might be on the way. This was based on store pages found on the B&H Photo site which mentioned a 14-inch MacBook Air (opens in a new tab) and a new one 13-inch MacBook Pro (opens in a new tab)plus a Mac mini M2 and a mysterious “Mac mini tower” using an Apple M1 Pro chip.
However, these rumors have now been dismissed, with B&H’s Senior Director of Web Creative Content Shawn C. Steiner (opens in a new tab) saying the images are not real and were “preemptively made before the last event and have not been properly removed. All assumptions are based on rumours.”
These are not real SKUs. Done preemptively before the last event and was not properly removed. All guesses based on rumours.June 5, 2022
Here’s a preview of the screen the Apple Store is currently showing. There’s no other information on this beyond what Apple says, which is unsurprisingly vague: “News in development. We’re doing updates on the Apple Store. Check back later. event, streaming on apple.com or the Apple TV app.”
The Apple Store didn’t crash during WWDC 18, WWDC 19, WWDC 20 or WWDC 21 – all the years we didn’t have hardware. #WWDC22, the store is closed. We receive material.June 6, 2022
Break: OK, that’s big – the Apple Store is down right now (opens in a new tab).
This is important because as Sami Fathi from MacRumors (opens in a new tab) tweets above, this only tends to happen when new hardware is on the way.
So this 2022 MacBook Air looks like a padlock, doesn’t it?
Of course, the loudest hardware rumor around WWDC is about the new 2022 MacBook Air.
This is set to get a major design overhaul for the first time in years, with thinner display bezels, a rectangular rounded chassis, new color options and more. But there could be more to this upgrade than just a design refresh; it’s also rumored to get a new Apple M2 chip, Mini-LED display, and new ports, among other goodies.
We’ve rounded up all the supposed top features of the 2022 MacBook Air ahead of today’s WWDC keynote.
There’s another possible announcement at WWDC 2022, and it concerns Apple’s efforts in mixed reality. Rumors suggest there is a Apple VR/AR Headset in the works, and while few expect a demo of the device – it’s only supposed to ship in 2023 – Apple could still unveil tools for building apps that take advantage of augmented reality.
Such a move could be as simple as releasing a new version of ARKit, the developer tools Apple already offers for creating augmented reality-enabled iPhone apps. But there is also the possibility to get an overview of realityOSthe software supposed to power any Apple VR/AR gear.
It’s worth paying attention to all the AR news at WWDC as it might give us a better idea of what Apple has in store for next year.
In the lead up to WWDC, one of the most discussed rumors is new multitasking features for the iPadvia iPadOS 16. Apple regularly bolsters the multitasking capabilities of its tablets – last year’s iPadOS 15 update made it easier to access Split Screen or Slide Out views with different apps – but this year’s effort seems a little different.
Specifically, Apple insiders expect a more desktop-like experience for running multiple apps at once and switching between apps. Rumor has it resizable app windows, just like the ones you get on the Mac.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has the most comprehensive watch iPadOS 16’s supposed multitasking redesign (opens in a new tab)at least until Apple provides the details during today’s keynote.
The lock screen with widgets feature could pave the way for Apple to add always-on display support to select iPhone 14 models in the fall. (The guess is that this could be an iPhone 14 Pro-only capability.) But even if it is, Apple is unlikely to mention the iPhone 14 by name. A teaser like the one Google made at Google I/O for the Pixel 7 just isn’t part of Apple’s playbook.
Which isn’t to say there might not be hints of what’s to come in the fall in Apple’s iOS 16 preview. Here is an overview what WWDC could tell us about the next iPhone.
But that’s not the only rumored change in iOS 16, which looks like a pretty substantial update.
We have an overview of major supposed features for iOS 16 including notification and message updates. We’ve also heard that new apps may appear in iOS 16, although there are no details on what these apps may be dealing with. That didn’t stop us from making a some guesses about some iOS 16 changes.
The biggest change expected for iOS 16 this year might be the ability to add widgets to the lock screen.
Specifically, Apple is going to create new wallpapers you can select for your lock screen, and some will include widgets that presumably show the current temperature, upcoming appointments, or other information at a glance. that you have been able to place on your home screen since iOS 14.
These rooms are full of tech – it’s like a developer-only Apple Store 🤩 #WWDC22 pic.twitter.com/NijhFVojq6June 5, 2022
Like the past two years, WWDC is a virtual event, with presentations – including today’s keynote – streamed online. But it would be more accurate to describe WWDC as most virtual.
A handful of developers will attend the WWDC keynote in person, and Apple’s on-campus presentations aren’t limited to the keynote. The company also presents its new Developer Center.
Apple is promoting the Developer Center, which is located near the Apple Park campus, as a place where developers can meet and learn from the company’s engineers and designers. There are enough little touches to warm the heart of even the most jaded Apple geek, including parts named after different versions of macOS.
Hello and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s WWDC 2022 live blog.
We’ll be rounding up all the last-minute rumors and leaks ahead of today’s event – and there are plenty – then bringing you all the news as it happens from 1pm ET / 10am PT. / 6 p.m. BST. Stay with us and you won’t miss a thing.