At its Worldwide Developers Conference that started Monday, Apple said it would be adding more features to iMessage. (Gary Reyes, MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)
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CUPERTINO, California — Apple kicked off its annual developer conference by unveiling its next-generation mobile software, iOS 16, with new features that let users personalize their lock screens and change how they text friends via iMessage.
At its Worldwide Developers Conference that started Monday, Apple said it will add more features to iMessage, including the ability to edit or cancel messages. The company said these two options are among the most requested features by users.
Apple also teased several new options to better customize the lock screen and improve the notification experience. Apple iPhone users can add widgets to the lock screen for at-a-glance information such as: B. upcoming calendar events and the weather. iOS users can track “live” activities such as For example, the progress of an Uber ride or updates to a sports game. And the software offers more personalized lock screen wallpapers and the ability to shuffle options throughout the day.
Apple’s latest Mac software, called OS Ventura, offers a handful of multitasking features, e.g. For example, the ability to share Safari tabs with friends and family, forward FaceTime calls to other devices, and use an iPhone as a webcam with a new product called the Continuity Camera.
Apple’s updates, expected to roll out later this year, extended to the broader ecosystem of products and services, from payments and passwords to cars.
The latest version of CarPlay will be packed with customized widgets controlled by iPhone that can run on all screens in a car. Meanwhile, in the US, iOS users can spread payments across 8 weeks on Apple Pay, similar to a “Buy now, pay laterservice. And a tool called Passkeys aims to replace passwords by using Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate across apps and devices.
Apple continues to focus on health features. Apple Watch will soon support new custom training features, including heart rate zones and data about a runner’s stride length. Additionally, improved sleep tracking monitors when a user enters and exits light and deep sleep. A new medication app allows users to track, manage and understand the medications they are taking and notifies users when they need to take them.
While the event focused on software, Apple made some hardware announcements.
Apple has introduced a thinner, lighter and faster MacBook Air designed around its new M2 internal processor. The 13.6-inch MacBook Air is 25% brighter than before, supports MagSafe charging, and features an improved front-facing camera with twice the resolution of the previous model. With an 8-core CPU, the M2 chip promises 18% more resolution, according to Apple Performance than its M1 chip.The processor also features a 10-core GPU – double that of the M1 – along with 25% better graphics performance.The M2 also comes to a new 13″ MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Air starts at $1,099 and the MacBook Pro starts at $1,299.
Some industry watchers have also expressed hope that Apple could offer an early glimpse into a platform it’s rumored to be called RealityOS. The system could power the mixed reality headset – a wearable device said to support both VR and AR – that Apple has been rumored to have been working on for years.