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Apple offers preview of upcoming iPhone software changes

(AP) – Apple on Monday provided a preview of upcoming changes to the software that powers more than a billion iPhones and rolled out two laptops that will be the first available with the next generation of a company-designed microprocessor. .

As usual, Apple spent most of the opening day of its annual developer conference touting upcoming software releases for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computers instead of the sleek devices that have it. established as a technology pioneer and the world’s most valuable company. .

The upcoming iPhone operating system, called iOS 16, will revamp the look of the device’s lock screen and make minor improvements to the current software. Software updates have become increasingly important in recent years as iPhone owners have started to keep their existing devices for longer periods of time than before.

One of the most noticeable differences in iOS 16 will occur on the iPhone lock screen. The new software, which will be released this fall as a free download, will allow users to dock their favorite apps as little widgets on the lock screen.

The new software will also allow the lock screen to show live notifications, such as the status of an Uber ride en route to pick up a passenger. Other allowed notifications will come from the bottom of the screen instead of the current top cast to avoid screen clutter.

The iPhone’s messaging system will be revamped so texts can be edited after they’ve been sent or even deleted if the sender changes their mind. These options will only be available when both users use Apple’s messaging app to send text messages.

Many of the new features in Apple’s Macs and iPads are designed to make it easier to sync with iPhone, for example to make video calls. Other tools will allow more apps to run side by side to multitask on the same screen.

Helping people switch between Apple devices is a big reason the company started making Macs running on the same kind of chips that power the iPhone and iPad in late 2020.

Now Apple is putting the next generation of its Mac chip in its two most popular laptops, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, which the company says will hit stores sometime next month. The MacBook Air will sell for $1,200 and the MacBook Pro for $1,300.


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