Apple Announced iOS 16, M2 Chip & New MacBooks

Here's what the company showed at WWDC.

Apple’s WWDC 2022 has revealed the company's newest devices and decisions, including a new OS, the M2 chip, redesigned laptops, and more.

iOS 16

The software offers more personalization options, an improved lock screen, and iMessage editing.

The biggest change concerns the lock screen: the new look allows you to have multiple lock screens, which you can customize with widgets. You can also adjust the time and date font and color to make your phone exclusively yours.

Notifications are now going to roll out from the bottom of the screen to not cover the carefully customized background. There are also “live activities”, which show multiple notifications connected to one event in a single tile.

Another change is the ability to edit your messages in iMessage, delete them, and mark threads as unread. Additionally, SharePlay will expand to iMessage.

The Live Text feature makes it easier to copy text from photos, and it will be coming to video as well. Apple's new Pay Later feature allows splitting a bill into several payments without interest or fees. As for Maps, it's now easier to navigate using the new multi-stop ability.

Moreover, you can now use shared iCloud libraries with your friends and family. There is also a new Safety Check feature that allows you to revoke access to location, which is meant to help people suffering from domestic violence.

iOS 16 will be available for iPhone 8 and newer models this fall, after beta testing in summer.

The M2 Chip

Apple also announced its M2 chips – the successor to the M1 chip used in Macs and iPads now. You will see the M2 in the new MacBook Air and a 13-inch MacBook Pro announced the same day.

According to Apple, it’s focused on power-efficient performance and maximizing speed while minimizing power consumption. 

M2 is built with second-generation 5nm technology and has 25% more transistors and 50% more bandwidth than M1. The chip has up to 24GB unified memory and a next-generation 8-core CPU with advancements in performance and efficiency cores. Apple claims M2 shows 18% better performance than M1.

As for graphics, M2 is showing off its 10-core GPU and up to 35% better graphics performance than M1.

M2 also features Apple's Secure Enclave and Neural Engine, which can process over 15 trillion operations per second. Systems with M2 are expected to play back multiple streams of 4K and 8K video.

MacBook Air & MacBook Pro

The first MacBooks to get the M2 chip are Air and Pro. The redesigned MacBook Air is made of aluminum and is just 11.3mm thin and 2.7 pounds. It comes in 4 colors and offers faster changing with the returning MagSafe technology. As for ports, the new Air has 2 Thunderbolts and an audio jack.

You can also enjoy watching whatever you like with the new 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display with thinner borders than before. The 500-nit display is 25% brighter as well.

The 1080p camera in the laptop allows for better image in low lighting, while the speakers, now fit between the keyboard and display, support spacial audio.

Apple also presented a new power adapter with two USB-C ports. It now also supports quick charge with a 67W adapter.

As for MacBook Pro, Apple just mentioned the up to 40% better performance in different apps and a battery life supporting 20 hours of video playback.

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