Apple iOS 16

Apple unveils iOS 16 amongst other feature improvements 

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Apple’s annual developer conference began on Monday, June 6, 2021, with the announcement of iOS 16, its next-generation mobile operating system, which includes new and improved features such as the ability to personalize lock screens and change how users text friends through iMessage, among other things.

Apple announced additional iMessage capabilities, including the option to edit or unsend messages, at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which began on Monday. According to the firm, these two improvements are among the most frequently requested by users.

Apple also hinted at a few new features to customize the lock screen and improve the notification experience. For example, users of Apple’s iPhone will be able to add widgets to their lock screens to see information such as upcoming calendar events and the weather at a glance. In addition, iOS users will be able to track “live” activities such as the progress of an Uber ride or sports game updates. Additionally, the software will provide more personalized lock screen images and the ability to shuffle settings throughout the day.

OS Ventura, Apple’s latest Mac operating system, has several multitasking features, including sharing Safari tabs with friends and family, transferring FaceTime calls to other devices, and utilizing an iPhone as a webcam with a new product called Continuity Camera.

Apple’s changes, which are expected to be released later this year, affected the company’s whole ecosystem of products and services, ranging from payments to passwords to cars.

The latest version of CarPlay will have customized widgets that can run across all of a car’s screens and are controlled by the iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple Pay users in the United States will be able to extend payments out over eight weeks, akin to a “buy now, pay later” option. Passkeys, a solution that uses Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate across apps and devices, is designed to replace passwords.

Apple is also betting on health features. New custom workout capabilities for the Apple Watch are coming soon, including heart rate zones and stride statistics for runners. Additionally, improved sleep tracking will measure when a user enters and exits light and deep sleep. Finally, a new medicine app will allow users to track, manage, and comprehend the prescriptions they are taking and alert them when it is time to take them.

Even though the presentation was primarily about software, Apple did make some hardware announcements.

Apple unveiled a new MacBook Air, thinner, lighter, and faster thanks to its new M2 in-house processor. The 13.6-inch MacBook Air is 25% brighter than the previous iteration, has MagSafe charging, and has a front-facing camera with double the resolution of the previous model. In addition, Apple claims that the M2 processor would deliver 18% more performance than the M1 chip thanks to its 8-core CPU. The processor also has a 10-core GPU, twice as powerful as the M1, and offers 25% greater graphics performance. The M2 will be available on a new 13-inch MacBook Pro as well.

The MacBook Air costs $1,099, while the MacBook Pro costs $1,299.

Some industry watchers hope that Apple (AAPL) will show off an early version of a platform dubbed RealityOS. Apple has been believed to be working on a mixed reality headset — a wearable gadget that can do both VR and AR — for years, and the technology might power it.

Apple’s event will be broadcast live on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

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Jennifer Smith

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