WWDC 2022: What does Apple have up its sleeve

From Juli Clover's "What to Expect at WWDC 2022: iOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9 and Possibly New Macs" posted Friday on MacRumors:

The keynote event will give us our first look at new operating system updates, including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9, plus rumors suggest we could see some new hardware. Everything we've heard about this year's event is outlined below.

iOS 16  Rumored New Features

  • Overhauled Lock screen with wallpapers that have "widget-like capabilities."
  • There will be "significant" improvements to notifications, though we don't know specific details.
  • Messages app with "social network-like functionality" with a specific focus on audio messages.
  • Health app with expanded sleep tracking functionality and medicine management. Apple is working on a tool that will let users scan their pill bottles into the app, plus there are new women's health features expected.
  • Fresh Apple apps are in the works, with no more specific information.
  • Apple is also working on "new ways of system interaction," but it's not quite clear what that means.
  • New Fitness+ workout types.
  • Apple Music classical app with interface based on Primephonic, an app Apple acquired in 2021.

Possible Features Based on iPhone 14 Rumors

  • Always-on display for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max (not coming until September).
  • Likely revamped status bar interface for ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ and Pro Max to accommodate hole punch and pill design that is expected to replace the notch on those devices.
  • The iPhone 14 models are expected to get a car crash detection feature, which would dial emergency services automatically when a collision is detected. This would require new ‌iOS 16‌ functionality.
  • Apple may also add a satellite-based emergency feature to the ‌iPhone 14‌ models, which would be supported in ‌iOS 16‌. This feature would let iPhones send texts in emergency situations when there is no cellular coverage, and report major emergencies when coverage is not available.
  • ‌iOS 16‌ could include support for the buy now, pay later feature for Apple Pay that Apple is developing.
  • Similarly, it could introduce support for the hardware subscription program that will let customers pay a monthly fee for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

iPadOS 16 

  • iPadOS 16 will get many of the new features that are introduced in ‌iOS 16‌, but Apple is also working on additional functionality that's ‌iPad‌ specific.
  • With iPadOS 16, Apple is aiming to make the ‌iPad‌ behave more like a laptop than a smartphone, and the new ‌iPad‌ software will be one of the biggest updates announced at WWDC.
  • The update will feature a redesigned multitasking interface that makes it easier to swap between tasks and see which apps are open, plus it will allow users to resize windows. Apple also plans to implement new ways for users to deal with multiple apps at once, in what sounds like a much more Mac-like multitasking experience.

macOS 13

  • We don't know much about the feature set coming to ‌macOS 13‌, as there have been few leaks. It is rumored to feature an overhauled System Preferences interface that will bring it more in line with the Settings app on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, with the update to include individual settings organized by app.
  • Apple is also expected to revamp some of the default apps, so we could see improvements to Messages, Mail, Safari, and more. Messages in particular is rumored to be getting social network-like functionality with enhancements to audio messages. That's an ‌iOS 16‌ rumor, but Messages usually has feature parity across platforms.
  • As for naming, ‌macOS 13‌ could be macOS Mammoth, based on Apple trademark filings. Apple way back in 2013 registered trademarks for many California landmarks and Mammoth is the one that's been kept active the longest, though its status is unknown at this time and Apple has in the past chosen some names that were never on that list, so the naming isn't certain.

watchOS 9

  • Updated power saving mode that will allow for the use of apps and features while cutting down on battery usage.
  • Expanded atrial fibrillation detection feature with added "burden," aka how often a person is in a state of atrial fibrillation across a period of time.
  • Improved health and activity tracking.
  • More workout types.
  • Additional metrics for running workouts.
  • Refresh for existing watch faces.

tvOS 16

  • tvOS doesn't often get as many new features as other operating system updates, and we don't know a lot about tvOS 16, but it is rumored to include new smart home tie-ins. You may be able to do more with your smart home products through the Apple TV following the launch of the update.

Hardware Possibilities

  • MacBook Air: If Apple does plan to introduce new Macs at the event, the MacBook Air is the device we're likely to see, according to Bloomberg's ‌Mark Gurman‌. Apple is reportedly "aiming" to introduce the ‌MacBook Air‌ at the event, but COVID-related supply chain issues in China could prevent Apple from doing so.
  • Mac Pro: Back in 2019, the redesigned modular Mac Pro was shown off at WWDC ahead of its late 2019 launch, and there's a possibility that we could see a similar unveiling this year.
  • AR/VR Headset? There were rumors last year that Apple's long-rumored AR/VR headset could see an introduction at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference, but it looks like that's not going to happen.

My take: The Keynote starts at 10:00 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern). I'm boarding a flight in Frankfurt that scheduled to land in Boston at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Unless the Wi-Fi on Lufthansa is exceptional, I'll be catching this one on the rebound. Since I borrowed the above so shamelessly from MacRumors, I'm obliged to recommend you watch their live coverage at MacRumors.com or through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.


  1. David Emery said:
    Safe and boring travels on the flight home!

    June 5, 2022
  2. David Drinkwater said:
    A one-hop from Frankfurt to Boston. Excellent!

    June 5, 2022
  3. Rick Povich said:
    So who does CNBC have on to discuss Apple this morning but noted AAPL expert Pierre Ferragou

    June 6, 2022
  4. Ms Clover’s field of possibilities for iOS 16 is immediately apparent as fact upon perusing the materials provided to developers. Navigation other than finger on touchscreen is improving. Voice, head and eye tracking are advancing. Dr. Hawking helped advance the science of eye tracking. Windows 10 has Eye control. Accessibility is an Apple focus but also inclusiveness when creating apps. They want developers to understand people in more than 160 nations might interact with their app. I’m studying Apple’s updated style guide. Opening up Tap to Pay and other new payment features renders the decrees of certain regulators pointless. I like it when Tech firms innovate beyond antiquated regulations.

    June 6, 2022
  5. Bart Yee said:
    iPadOS 16 introduces Stage Manager, support for external monitor connected to iPad, up to 8 windows open at a time across both display, major increase in multitasking capability.

    June 6, 2022
  6. Bart Yee said:
    Freeform shareable white board using multiple apps to put anything on the whiteboard. Collaborative workspace to enhance productivity.

    All my posts per MacRumors.

    June 6, 2022
  7. Bart Yee said:
    Apple Maps gets multi stop functionality, up to 15 stops, can plan on Mac and transfer to iPhone, or develop an iPhone directly. Can also add stops via Siri.

    This is a great addition to Apple Maps and makes it a very viable alternative to Google maps, especially when you don’t have to have Google collecting your destination, travel, location data and behaviors.


    June 6, 2022
  8. Bart Yee said:
    NextGen Car Play can access any and all sensors in a car and use multiple displays including dashboard. Fully integrates iOS familiarity with ANY car makers sensors, ECU, readouts assuming the maker allows it and works with Apple to integrate it.

    Looks great, for the next Gen or advanced tech interested drivers and passengers. The MacRumors Twitter comments show how some people are resistant to change (I like current gauges), have reservations about software by Apple (software, great, but Apple shouldn’t make the whole car), or can’t see Apple being anything but a supplier of software.

    Right, Apple can’t do hardware. /s

    But there are an enlightened few who say “did we just preview Apple Car?”, “this is a tease for an Apple Car announcement in 2023-2024”, to “Tesla , BMW, et. al. Needs this!”

    It sometimes takes a while but leave it to Apple to introduce something everyone believes Apple can’t do or shouldn’t do. Never underestimate Apple, it’s people, and leadership.

    June 6, 2022
    • Steven Philips said:
      It was VERY interesting that they introduced this when it would APPEAR that it’s farther in the future than iGlasses! (Which weren’t even hinted at!)

      June 6, 2022

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