WWDC M2 MacBook Air, macOS Ventura and iOS 16 Recap on the AppleInsider Podcast

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In this special episode of the AppleInsider podcast, your host discusses the Apple Silicon M2 processor in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, improvements to iOS 16, power features coming to iPadOS, and macOS Ventura.

In the new OS, users will be able to customize their iPhone lock screen with widgets, weather data, activity ringtones, and more. New custom lock screen fonts and wallpapers will also be available this fall. Messages also received some notable features, including unsending, editable iMessages, and the ability to mark message threads as unread.

Apple Maps will benefit from multi-stop routing, with users able to add up to 15 points of interest. Additionally, routes can be built on the Mac and sent to the iPhone for navigation. Apple Wallet continues to expand its features, including Apple Pay Later, allowing shoppers to pay for a new product in four interest-free payments. Apple also improved Family Sharing integration for child accounts and redesigned the Home app in iOS 16.

Apple’s watchOS 9 update brings four new Apple Watch faces, but no third-party custom faces yet. Additional health features are coming for ongoing workouts where users can track atrial fibrillation over time, and sleep tracking will now show sleep stages in the Health app.

The company also announced the next generation of Apple Silicon with the M2 chip. The M2 now supports up to 24GB of unified memory, 6K displays, and improved performance over the M1. The first machine to use the M2 is the redesigned MacBook Air. Similar in design to the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air uses MagSafe charging, has two Thunderbolt ports and a Liquid Retina display with a notch. The MacBook Air starts at $1,199, with the previous MacBook Air M1 still on sale at $999.

Additionally, macOS Ventura was announced with enhanced messaging features such as undo and scheduled send. Additionally, Apple announced Stage Manager, a new window management tool for macOS, and Passkey, which will allow users to create logins without a password. The passkey will be tied to a user’s device using biometric authentication.

New Continuity features on macOS include FaceTime transfer to Apple devices and the ability to use iPhone as a webcam natively. When mounted on a monitor, the user’s iPhone can simultaneously display a user’s head and a new top-down desktop view using the Ultrawide camera.

The keynote ended with updates to iPadOS, including new Stage Manager features with windowed apps and proper external display support. Apple also launched a new app called Freeform, allowing multiple users to collaborate with mixed media, documents, and links across devices.

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