Major features coming to your Apple device with the new iOS 16 version

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Big changes are coming to your Apple devices.

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in Cupertino — held in person for the first time since the pandemic — the tech giant just revealed some game-changing upgrades. They all fall under its upcoming iOS 16 update, which will drop this fall. It includes significant upgrades to the way you send iMessages, improved functionality for your iPhone’s lock screen, and a new way to share photos with the people closest to you.

Among the showpieces revealed are the new thinner and lighter MacBook Air and Pro models, as well as a second-generation M2 chip. The Air will be the first product to receive the second generation M2 chip and has been completely redesigned around it.

The annual conference is where Apple unveils the latest in software and hardware, and media from around the world converge on Apple Park in California for a week to take a closer look at the latest versions of its operating systems for iPhone, Mac, watches and TV. Daily Hive was there in person for the big reveal.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest announcements that have been previewed.

Cancel sending and edit your messages

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Say goodbye to regrettable and misspelled texts!

Apple adds “edit” and “unsend” functions to iMessage. You’ll also be able to mark conversations and text threads as unread to flag things to follow up later.

The trio of new changes — edit, undo and unread — to iMessage are among the most requested by users, said Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, during the keynote.

After sending an iMessage, users will be able to use the “unsend” and “edit” buttons to edit or delete their messages. Users can edit or recall a message up to 15 minutes after sending it, or retrieve recently deleted messages up to 30 days after deletion.

The new M2 power chip

Launching the second generation of M-series chips, the long-awaited and much-hyped M2 promises to boost the speed and performance of Apple’s most popular laptops.

Designed to dramatically speed up video workflows, systems using M2 will be able to play more 4K and 8K video streams and speed up video and photo editing. The faster power will be a significant upgrade for people using their devices for bandwidth-intensive creative pursuits, such as music creation and raw photo editing.

“M2 can perform CPU-intensive tasks using very little power, like creating music with layers of effects or applying complex filters to photos,” boasts Apple.

Gamers will see better graphics performance, up to 25% better performance than the M1 at the same power level. The MacBook Air will be the first laptop to receive the second generation M2 chip and has been completely redesigned around the M2.

Thinner and lighter MacBooks

Apple WWDC22 MacBook Air

MacBook Air / Apple

Thinner, lighter, faster and brighter are the features of the new laptop models that will be released next month.

Apple introduces a newly redesigned MacBook Air – the world’s best-selling laptop – and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro. Both are powered by the more powerful M2 and have “all day” battery life.

The new Air features a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, a quad-speaker audio system, and up to 18 hours of battery life. It’s 20% smaller in volume than the previous generation – measuring just 11.3mm thick and weighing just 2.7 pounds. It’s totally flat – no more corner design!

And not to forget the look, it is available in four finishes: silver, space gray, midnight and starlight. The new Pro has a battery life of 20 hours.

New MacBook Air with M2 chip (Apple)

New MacBook Air with M2 chip (Apple)

For working from home, the new FaceTime HD 1080p camera is a game-changer for video calling. It has a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels, which noticeably improves image quality, especially in low light, raising the bar for those of us who use their laptop for zoom calls and video chats.

An all-new 5W compact power adapter comes with two USB-C ports, so you can charge two devices at once. MacBook Air will now also support fast charging to charge up to 50% in half an hour.

The new MacBook Air with M2 starts at $1,499 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 starts at $1,699. Additional technical specifications are available here.

Goodbye boring lock screen

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Lock screen / Apple WWDC22

Apple is adding new lock screen configurations as part of its biggest update in feature history. It will allow users to add customizations to the look of their screens. Reminiscent of digital photo frames, the new iOS will allow users to scroll through multiple pre-selected photos, so you’ll see different photos at different times of the day.

Taking inspiration from the Apple Watch interface, the new iOS will feature a widget that will make it easier for users to get information at a glance on their lock screen, such as calendar events, alarms and weather. , to name a few. The weather wallpaper allows you to see weather conditions changing in real time.

A new multi-layered effect allows users to set the subjects of their photos in front of the time on the screen, creating a new sense of depth and artistic grace! — on their screen. Expressive character styles and color options also allow users to change the appearance of the date and time.

A big improvement is the way you’ll see notifications – they’ll soon be deployed as a scroll across the bottom of the screen, so as not to obstruct the middle of the device’s screen.

You can also have multiple custom lock screens for the activity or focus you’re currently doing, like fewer notifications when you’re at work or socializing with friends and family, for example.

iCloud Shared Photo Library

Group vacations are getting an upgrade with the new iCloud Shared Photo Library, which allows multiple users to access and save the same photos, in real time.

Apple adds shared photo libraries on iCloud, where you can share the photos you want with up to five people. You can also turn on your sharing switch to immediately send photos to the shared library. Photo captions and deletions will also be shared. Collections will be saved in Memories, Features Photos as well as the Photos widget.

When someone in shared libraries adds, deletes, or changes photos, the library will be updated for everyone. Super handy if you have someone in your shared group who is a master photo editor.

Apple Watch improvements

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New Apple Watch faces in OS9 (Apple)

New features will allow Apple Watch users to be more connected and healthy, while looking stylish to boot.

The new watchOS 9 will now feature four new watch faces, including Lunar, which describes the relationship between the Gregorian calendar and the lunar calendar, which is used in many cultures such as Chinese, Islam, and Hebrew. There’s also Playtime, a collaborative artwork created by Joi Fulton.

An updated workout app features advanced metrics and workout experiences inspired by top athletes.

WatchOS 9 will bring “Sleep Stages” to the Sleep app, which lets users help you track how long you’ve spent in each sleep stage – REM, Core, and Deep sleep. You can also use the new Medications app which helps you manage and track medications.

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