WWDC 2022 Announcements!

On Monday, 6th June, Apple held their annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote in their Infinite Loop Californian headquarters. 

The Keynote event saw the announcements of several software upgrades, those being iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura (named after the West Coast city) and watchOS 9. There were also some hardware announcements, mainly the next generation Apple Silicon in the M2 chip, which will power the new MacBook Air and 13” MacBook Pro.

 

iOS 16

Apple announced an all new customisable lock screen, which allows users to edit a number of design components such as typeface and colour as well as the ability to add widgets.

Notifications now pop up from the bottom of the screen also. In the messages app, users have been given the ability to unsend messages. Live text has been added to video (previously just images) which allows the user to select text in a video. Apple Pay later is a Buy now, Pay later service similar to that of Klarna. While there is also a multitude of minor upgrades and enhancements.

Compatibility of iOS 16

Apple has phased out some of the iPhones that were previously compatible with the most recent iOS updates, the list below shows those that will be compatible with iOS 16.

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2022)

 

macOS Ventura

macOS Ventura, the next generation of macOS includes several standout features as well as the usual small performance upgrades.

Stage Manager allows the user to reduce the clutter and unused open apps by arranging those apps on the side while the active app stays in the middle.

Continuity camera allows the user to use their phone as their webcam. Mac can automatically pick up and recognise a nearby iPhone. When the iPhone camera is connected existing features such as portrait mode and Center stage can be used.

Passkeys are Apple’s latest security enhancement, the company has described them as “next generation credentials that are more secure than passwords”. Built on the existing iCloud Keychain, Apple says these passkeys will protect users from phishing and malware among other cyber security vulnerabilities. The grand vision of a password-less world is one step closer.

 

Compatibility of macOS Ventura

Unfortunately macOS Ventura is not compatible on all Macs (even those which may have been compatible with macOS Monterey), make sure your device is compatible by checking the below list!

  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • ‌iMac‌ Pro
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)
  • MacBook (2017 and later)

M2

Apple’s 2nd generation in-house silicon comes in the form of the M2 chipset. Built using 5 nanometer process (progress is already underway for 3 nanometer M3), the next gen chip boasts 18% faster CPU (central processing unit) and 35% faster GPU (graphics processing unit) verse that of it’s predecessor the M1. The 8-Core CPU, up to 10-Core GPU and 16-Core Neural Engine blows the already impressive M1 out of the water. It also supports up to 24GB of unified memory (similar to RAM) which is an increase from the 16GB memory support from the previous generation. Basically in layman’s terms this chip is a BEAST.

But with every great chip, comes a great device, and in this case it is the redesigned MacBook Air and the same design but different internals 13” MacBook Pro.

 

MacBook

The new MacBook Air has a similar design to that of the 14” and 16” MacBook Pro. It features a slightly larger 13.6” display, a fan-less design, MagSafe 3 port, 2 Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports as well as a headphone jack. 4 Speakers and 3 Microphones give the device a weight of just 1.24kg, while it just 11.3mm thick! It comes in 4 colours, which are Midnight, Starlight, Space Grey and Silver. Pricing for this MacBook starts at €1,529 for the 256GB model, while the 512GB comes in at €1,879.

The MacBook Pro featuring the Touch Bar is available in 2 colours; Silver and Space Grey. The pricing of which starts at €1,629 for the 256GB model while the 512GB comes in at €1,859.

 

If you have any questions regarding the announcements made, whether that be iOS compatibility, if now is the right time to upgrade, or even which model MacBook would suit me. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Sales Executive Aaron who can reached via email at [email protected] or pop into our store at 111 Grafton Street.

 

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