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

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Tim Cook at Apple Event 2016

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Coincidentally, earlier today we saw another rumor suggesting a new MacBook Air could be on the way. This was based on business pages found on B&H Photo’s website that mentioned a 14-inch MacBook Air (opens in new tab) and a new 13-inch MacBook Pro (opens in new tab)plus a Mac mini M2 and a mysterious “Mac mini Tower” with an Apple M1 Pro chip.

However, these rumors have now been denied by B&H’s Senior Manager of Web Creative Content Shawn C Steiner (opens in new tab) The pictures are not real and were “preventively taken before the last event and not properly removed. All assumptions are based on rumours.”

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Apple Store screen ahead of WWDC 2022

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Here’s a look at the screen the Apple Store is showing right now. There’s no further information on what Apple says, which is unsurprisingly vague: “News development. We make updates for the Apple Store. Check back after the event, stream on apple.com or in the Apple TV app.”

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Break: OK, that’s big – the Apple Store is down right now (opens in new tab).

This is important because when Sami Fathi from MacRumors (opens in new tab) Tweets above, this only happens when new hardware is on the way.

So the MacBook Air 2022 looks like a lock, right?

Render of the MacBook Air 2022

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Of course, the strongest hardware rumor surrounding WWDC concerns the new MacBook Air 2022.

This is geared towards getting 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 update; According to rumors, there will be a new Apple M2 chip, a mini LED display and new connections, among other things.

We rounded up all the top rumored features of the 2022 MacBook Air ahead of today’s WWDC keynote.

Render apple mixed reality headset

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There’s another possible announcement at WWDC 2022 related to Apple’s mixed reality efforts. Rumors suggest there is one Apple VR/AR Headset a work in progress, and while few are expecting a demonstration of the device — it’s reportedly not shipping until 2023 — Apple could still reveal tools for building apps that leverage AR.

Such a move could be as simple as releasing a new version of ARKit, the developer tools Apple already offers for building AR-friendly iPhone apps. But there is also the possibility of a preview of realityOSthe supposed software that would power any Apple VR/AR gear.

It’s worth keeping an eye out for any AR news at WWDC as it might give us a better idea of ​​what Apple is planning for next year.

iPad Pro 2021 (12.9 inch) in review

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Leading up to WWDC is one of the most talked about rumours new multitasking features for the iPadis coming via iPadOS 16. Apple routinely improves the multitasking abilities of its tablets — last year’s iPadOS 15 update made it easier to jump into split-screen or slide-out views with different apps — but this year’s effort is ringing something else.

In particular, Apple Insiders expect a more desktop-like experience to run multiple apps at the same time and switch between the different apps. A rumor suggests scalable app windows, just like the ones you have on the Mac.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has the most complete Check out the rumored multitasking overhaul of iPadOS 16 (opens in new tab)at least until Apple fills in the details during today’s keynote.

iPhone 14 Pro theme vs iPhone 14 theme

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The “lock screen with widgets” feature could set the stage for Apple to add always-on display support to some iPhone 14 models this fall. (The conjecture is that this might just be a feature of the iPhone 14 Pro.) But even if that’s the case, Apple probably won’t mention the iPhone 14 by name. A teaser like the one Google pulled off for the Google I/O Pixel7 just isn’t part of Apple’s playbook.

That’s not to say there might not be any clues as to what’s in Apple’s iOS 16 preview this fall. Here’s a look at what WWDC could tell us about the upcoming iPhone.

iOS 16 logo on iPhone

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But that’s not the only rumored change to iOS 16 that sounds like a pretty major update.

We have a summary of the Top rumors about iOS 16 features including updates to notifications and messages. We’ve also heard that new apps could appear in iOS 16, although there’s no specifics on what those apps might target. That didn’t stop us from making one some guesses about some changes in iOS 16.

render iphone 14 pro

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The biggest expected change for iOS 16 this year could be the ability to add widgets to the lock screen.

Notably, Apple will create new wallpapers that you can choose for your lock screen, and some will include widgets that presumably show the current temperature, upcoming events, or other at-a-glance information that you’ve been able to place on your home screen since iOS 14.

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As in 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 of time virtual.

A handful of developers will attend the WWDC keynote in person, and Apple’s on-campus presentations aren’t limited to just the keynote. The company is also showing its new Developer Center.

Apple touts the Developer Center, 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 rooms named after the different macOS versions.

Good morning and welcome to the Tom’s Guide live blog of WWDC 2022.

We’ll be rounding up all the last-minute rumors and leaks leading up to today’s event – and there are a lot of them – and then bring you all the news from 1pm ET / 10am PT / 6pm BST. Stay with us and you won’t miss a thing.

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