The annual Worldwide Developers Conference from 6 June to 10 June 2022 welcomed a host of updates for everyone including iOS16, MacOS Ventura, WatchOS9, and iPadOS16.
With a focus on customisation, iOS16 brings an updated lock screen with customisable fonts and colours, rotating photos and Apple-Watch style widgets. Messages will allow editing, unsending and marking texts as unread and Live Text expands to video, letting one pause on any frame and copy text.
MacOS Ventura brings improvements in window management to include drag and drop multitasking and Handoff comes to FaceTime so users can jump from device to device. Continuity Camera now lets users use the iPhone camera as a webcam.
More diverse watch faces, new banner notifications and Podcasts now support parental controls in the new WatchOS9. Fitness is given a boost with detailed running metrics and a new multisport workout, and Sleep Stages uses the accelerometer and heart rate sensor to track what sleep states the user is in.
iPadOS16 brings a bunch of tweaks to the capabilities and interface of the iPad to give it a more desktop-like power. Like Ventura, the iPad also gets Stage Manager for a far better multitasking experience.
Perhaps the most game-changing announcement is that the MacBook Air is being redesigned. New colours, an upgrade to 13.6” Liquid Retina display, with 500 nits max brightness, a 1080p webcam, and a new chip, the M2. The MacBook Pro also gets the M2 chip with better performance and powerful new capabilities.