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Apple WWDC 2022: all the big announcements

iOS 16, watchOS 9, and the new MacBook Air revealed.

The Apple WWDC 2022 event has finished and a plethora of new hardware and software was revealed. With keynotes from Apple's Tim Cook, and a real buzz about the audience, we were there to report back on all you need to know. 

Need to catch up? We're here for you. 

Firstly, the MacBook Air M2 took centre-stage, with its updated chip, body design and controversial returning feature (that, surprisingly, we weren't too upset about). 

We were also surprised to catch what we think is a glimpse of the future Apple Car (this is a pretty big deal). In terms of software, big things are happening with iOS 16 – and we round up our 5 favourite features right here (including one you've been begging for). And there are a bunch of health and fitness updates coming to the Apple Watch with watchOS 9, plus some stunning new Apple Watch faces.

If you need to catch up on the latest Apple hardware, read our Mac Studio review, we take a look at rumours of the new MacBook, and round up all the details surrounding the Apple iPhone 14. If you're looking for the best Apple deals right now, we have you covered too.

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Memoji's are being used to promote WWDC 2022 (Image credit: Apple)

How to watch the Apple WWDC 2022 keynote

Apple will be live streaming its WWDC 2002 keynote on apple.com as well as Apple's YouTube channel, the Apple developer app and on Apple TV via the app. We have the livestream link embedded here (above) too, so you can watch along with us and take in the news as it happens.

What time is the WWDC 2022 keynote?

The event begins at 6pm BST / 5pm CEST / 1pm EDT / 10am PDT and will be live streamed from the apps and sites above, as well as on here.

When will iOS 16 be released?

The details will be announced today at WWDC 2022 and then developers and public beta testers will likely get access through June to test the new features. Expect iOS 16 to release in September alongside some new hardware – perhaps the iPhone 14.

When is the new Apple Watch coming out?

The new Apple Watch could revealed at WWDC 2022 with news of what to expect from watchOS 9. Rumours suggest more health and fitness features as well as upgrades to Apple Pay. Like iOS 16, expect the new watchOS to release this September.

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A photo of the Mac Mini represents the new Mac Mini M2

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Rumour: US Apple supplier B&H has listed the Mac Mini M2 and Mac Mini Tower (opens in new tab) on its site ahead of WWDC 2022, and we're excited. Will these new hardware reveals be used to announce the M2 silicon next-gen chip? We're slightly dubious as the Mac Mini Tower has never been mentioned before, but we want to believe this is a thing. A new Mac Mini does appear to be happening, let's hope we see it tonight.

MacBook Air rumours – if, and this is a big if, Apple decides to show a new MacBook at WWDC 2022 then it will likely be a MacBook Air and I'm happy with that. Bloomberg's Mark Guman (opens in new tab) believes Apple wants to share the new M2-powered MacBook Air but Covid-related supply chain problems could push it back.

Bloomberg says: "If there's any hardware at WWDC, it will likely be on the Mac side. The company has been aiming to launch the next MacBook Air with M2 chips at the conference. The recent supply chain crunch due to Covid-related closures in China has complicated that, but developers say that Apple employees are increasingly using next-generation MacBook Airs with their apps. That's a sign that the new Mac is close."

A photo of the Apple Mac Pro

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The previous Mac Pro redesign was shown off at WWDC back in 2019, so there's a good chance the we could see a similar hardware reveal later today. There have been Mac Pro rumours circulating since 2020. Apples own hardware engineering chief John Ternus revealed there is a new Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro being worked on, and it is coming in 2022. Fingers crossed for later today.

A fan-made render of Apple's rumoured VR headset (Image credit: Ian Zelbo/Future owns)

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Rumours of the Apple VR/AR headset have been doing the rounds for longer than I can remember, and many believe the metaverse will truly begin when this gizmo finally surfaces. It's such a bold idea – to offer VR with AR and in real life pass-through – that a reveal later today seems too early. Though that doesn't mean Apple can't share a concept or vision for its metaverse headset. All rumours point to a launch in 2023 and I think Apple VR/AR is so big it could even get its own event, as well as its own realityOS (opens in new tab).

iOS 16 concept

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Apple could be planning to introduce an always-on display as part of iOS 16, that's the rumour we reported on last week when we reported on news of an iPhone always on display being in development. Today could be the day that we get to see what Apple has been working on.

A screen grab of the Apple Store

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The Apple Store is down! History tells me when the Apple Store closes like this it's because it's being updated with new Apple hardware to coincide with announcements from an event. This is the best confirmation yet that WWDC 2022 will have some hardware as well as software reveals. Does this mean a new MacBook Air or Mac Mini M2? Not exactly, it could simply be new colourways for existing hardware. But that new hardware isn't off the table just yet.

What can we expect from iOS 16 at today's keynote? Rumours going around suggest a focus on social media connectivity and health and fitness in particular. Expect new and expanded sleep tracking and medicine management; a tool to scan pill bottles into the app, perhaps? Women's health in particular could be a major part of any updates.

Suggestions iPhone 14 could be announced later with an on sale date for September are also linked to speculation over the new iOS 16 features. It's rumoured iOS 16 will support buy now, pay later for Apple Pay, which could give Apple an edge as the cost of living crisis takes hold globally and we all look for ways to make our money work better. Apple may also introduce a subscription service for its hardware so we can pay monthly for our iPhones, iPads and Macs. 

A photo of someone using an Apple Pencil 2 on an iPad Pro

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The iPadOS 16 could feature a redesigned multitasking interface that will continue to bring iPad Pro closer to a laptop use than being an enlarged phone/mobile device. The two-in-one space is becoming the most contested sector as we all look at ways to adapt our work/life balance, with home and hybrid working becoming the norm. More later today, I expect.

One Apple dev attendee for today's WWDC 2022 event has been Tweeting some photos and updates from behind the scenes, including a look at the Apple Developer Center. This seems to be a dedicated space for Apple devs from third-party studios to pop in and swap ideas and approaches; a sign Apple is behaving a little more like its entrepreneurial older self.

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A photo of the Apple AirPod

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AirPods Pro 2, or rather 'AirPods Pro Second Generation' as some believe they will be called, could well be coming this year after all. The latest rumours suggest these won't get a major redesign but will instead have small lifestyle changes, such as skin detectors to determine if the AirPods are in your ears or a pocket.

Under an hour to go until the Apple WWDC 2022 keynote goes live, and here's hoping some of the rumours that have been going around come true. If only 10% happen this could be a fun evening of news and hype.

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Those at the event are reporting a mix of AR and in real life experiences. Really interesting!

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new iPhone screen

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Lock screen design and tweaks? This kinda looks really cool. No more notifications clutter and you can adjust and animate your images – very nice. A new API for devs too, this is a good start.

iPhone messages

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We can edit messages after sending? What will Reddit do now they can't republish all our old and poorly written messages? It's the end of an era. Also, Share Play is very cool and will bring us all a little closer.

Dictation is getting an update. You can mix typed messages and dictated spoken word, including punctuation and emoji use – it looks fluid and very smart. Apple is leading the way on approachable, accessible design.

Apple Pay is getting Tap To Pay – making small purchases easier. Apple Pay Later is confirmed. One of today's earlier rumours is an actual thing – pay for items over time at no additional cost. This sounds like a great new addition to Apple Pay given the current financial climate. 

Oh, now it's Apple Maps (does anyone use this?).

A photo of a man in a tracksuit

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This happened.

Let's move on quickly to see what Apple Photos will be offering – iCloud Shared Photo Library to let six people collaborate and share photos. This is really cool, a little Google Drive-y, but you can do this effortlessly from in you iPhone. It can be automated too, which is fantastic for us that love to snap and share straight away. 

Apple Home app

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iOS 16 will "change the way you use iPhone". Changed to the Home app and CarPlay enable you to turn lights on and off, and check you locked the door. The smart home is getting more connected with iOS 16. Apple is working with other companies to create Matter – a sign Apple can't do it all or buy its way in to evert market. 

Data protection and safety is quickly becoming a theme at this Apple event. 

You can now see you entire home in a single view, and there are a Climate, Lights and Security categories. Being able to see everything in one go is a create design change.

Apple Car Play app

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A lot of effort here to create personalised and secure in-car information and HUDs. It can adapt to any car screen and be customised – clearly very future-focused with a release end of 2023. Maybe that Apple Car is coming next year?

An image of Apple Watches

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WatchOS 9 will offer four new Apple Watch faces and can be refreshed using Siri. That was unexpected, but now Apple is confirming the fitness upgrades that were rumoured earlier. Time/distance intervals are a must and have been missing from proper implementation in Apple Watch – Garmin does it perfectly. Apple Watch playing catch up but Apple is listening and improving. (Insert your own race metaphor here.)

More updates rumoured earlier are coming – we get new sleep tracking features to keep us healthy. You will be able to track and manage your mediations now too, which is a fantastic addition. We're getting excited for some of those hardware rumours now…

M2 chip image

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Here's M2! The next-gen of Apple silicon for Mac. Here's comes the science bit – 20 billion transistors, 100GB/s, our performs a 10-core PC chip; the M2 has 10-cores and delivers 25% graphics performance at the same power as M1. M2 delivers 2.3x the performance of a 10-core PC GPU.

Lots of stats being thrown out here, we'll need to crunch the detail after the event.

MacBook Air M2

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The M2-powered MacBook Air is a real thing, and its getting a redesign. This looks amazing in blue. Supports 1 billion colours… what?!? The 1080p camera is a nice touch, but this looks slick, thin and powerful. Kinda want one right now. Some stats: 8K video playback, 18 hour battery life, 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, fanless design, Magic Keyboard as standard, 24GB memory, 2TB SSD, 10-core GPU, 8-core CPU… it's a beast. 

The Apple MacBook Air has a returning feature – the notch is there. Get ready for the fun to start all over again.

new Apple camera

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This new iPhone attachment to stick the mobile to a Mac is better than expected. Yes, it's a bit of a fudge – why not improve the actual Mac camera? But the use of FaceTime and DeskView is going to change how we work from home and share work. 

iPade iOS 16 will get shared tab groups, passkeys in Safari, weather is now on iPad and collaboration is key. Freeform is a shared virtual white board that can be altered and shared live on Facetime. This all feels a little metaverse-y to me.

So… the iPhone 6S, 7, and first-gen SE won’t get iOS 16. You're gong to need to upgrade your hardware to get the new features of 'Ventura' – that's the name of iOS 16.

Stage Manager coming to iPad means we can open multiple apps and lay them out over one another – like a laptop. Apple clearly wants iPad to draw closer to the workflow of a laptop than a traditional tablet. Add a second display, a doc and a Magic Keyboard and we have a good home-working setup to take on the road too. Eight apps running at once too, each using the display to its best.

That's the lot – no M2 Mac Min but the new M2 MacBook Air looks stunning and Stage Manager on iPad will greatly improve how we use this tablet.

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