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iPadOS 16, plus updates to macOS, watchOS, and more

From iOS 16 to the New MacBook, Check Out Apple's Announcement List at WWDC 2022
The moment that Apple lovers have been waiting for has arrived. The Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off Monday, June 6, 2022. On the first day of the WWDC stage, Apple executives introduced improvements to iOS 16 and 
Apple also announced new hardware this year: the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro powered by the new M2 processor. Here are the biggest announcements to come out of WWDC 2022:

1. iOS 16

The next generation of the iPhone operating system will include new functionality, sharing and communication features, plus unique ways to customize mobile content. The lock screen is designed for the user to be able to see most of the elements before unlocking the iPhone

Users can tap on any element on the lock screen and customize it, change the color and font of the time, add widgets from the widget gallery, and change the background with filters. If the user prefers to have a photo as the lock screen background, the user can now set the background by scrolling through multiple photos.

iOS 16 also brings several iMessage updates, namely message editing, unsend, and mark as unread. Users will be able to edit sent messages so, cancel messages that were recently sent, and mark messages as unread.

iPhone users will also have access to a new feature dubbed Apple Pay Later in iOS 16. Just like Pay Later in general, this feature divides purchases into four equal payments and gives installments of several weeks, without interest and other additional fees applied.

2. macOS Venture

The latest macOS version will be dubbed Ventura. The software brings several new organizational and collaboration features to the Mac. The Stage Manager provides a new way to organize application windows on the desktop, automatically placing the application you are working on front and center. The other active apps will be highlighted next separately.

Mail will get updates similar to iMessage in iOS 16, such as unsend, schedule delivery, and reminders to return to email at a later time. Elsewhere in Safari, it's easier to share multiple tabs with friends and family, and collaborate with them in real-time.

For example, if a user is planning a vacation with a large number of people, the user can share multiple tabs containing, location, information, and more from the vacation trip with the group. This is done by seeing which tabs they are actively viewing and more.

New Handoff and Continuity features are also coming to FaceTime on macOS. For the former, users can seamlessly make FaceTime calls initiated on iPhone to Mac, allowing users to use the larger screen.

The new Continuity Camera feature allows you to connect your iPhone as a webcam. Using a magnetic mount under development, users can attach their iPhone to a Mac display and use their camera array as a webcam for FaceTime, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video calls. In addition, the process is completely wireless.

3. iPadOS 16

New features that will be present in iPadOS 16 like those in iOS 16 and macOS Venture. But the iPad will also get things like new collaboration facilities, updated Game Center profiles, and easy file sharing.

4. MacBook Air Chip M2 and MacBook Pro Chip M2 13 inch

Unusually for WWDC, Apple unveiled a new piece of hardware: the new MacBook Air M2. As the name suggests, this laptop runs on the company's new M2 chipset. According to Apple, this chip delivers up to 18 percent faster CPU performance and 35 percent faster GPU performance than the M1 chipset.

The new MacBook Air also has a completely new design. The shape of the previous model has been lost, as it has been replaced by a design that is more square but still quite slim at 11.3 mm thick.

The MacBook Air M2 will feature a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display that is 25 percent brighter than the previous model's display and supports one billion colors. It also includes a 1080p webcam, four-speaker sound system, TouchID keyboard and a fanless interior design.

As for battery life, Apple estimates up to 18 hours of video playback on the MacBook Air M2. The new laptop will be available in July and priced at USD 1,199.

The M2 chipset is also coming soon to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, providing a similar performance boost to one of the company's other most popular laptops.

The MacBook Pro M2 will have an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, support for up to 24GB RAM and up to 2TB of storage, plus up to 20 hours of battery life. The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 will also be available next month for $1,299.

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