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Apple WWDC 2022: Company unveils iOS 16 with big changes to iMessage, including the ability to unsend

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple kicked off its annual developer conference by unveiling its next-generation mobile software, iOS 16, with new features that will let users customize their lock screens and change the way they text. their friends through iMessage.

At its Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicked off on Monday, Apple announced that it would add more features to iMessage, including the ability to edit or unsend messages. The company said that 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 will be able to add widgets to the lock screen to get information at a glance, such as upcoming calendar events and weather. iOS users will be able to follow “live” activities, such as the progress of an Uber ride or updates to a sports game. And the software will offer more personalized wallpapers for the lock screen and the ability to mix options throughout the day.

Apple’s latest Mac software, called OS Ventura, offers a handful of multitasking features, such as the ability to share Safari tabs with friends and family, forward FaceTime calls to other devices, and use a iPhone as a webcam with a new product. called continuity camera.

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Apple’s updates, which will likely roll out later this year, have extended to its wider ecosystem of products and services, from payments and passwords to cars.

The latest version of CarPlay will come with custom widgets controlled by the iPhone that can run on all screens in a car. Meanwhile, iOS users in the US will be able to spread payments over 8 weeks on Apple Pay, similar to a “buy now, pay later” service. And a tool called Passkeys is meant to replace passwords using Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate on apps and devices.

Apple also continues to bet on health features. The Apple Watch will soon support new personalized workout features, including heart rate zones and runner stride data. Additionally, improved sleep tracking will monitor when a user enters and exits light and deep sleep. A new medication app will allow users to track, manage and understand the medications people are taking and notify users when to take them.

While the event focused on software, Apple made a few hardware announcements.

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Apple introduced a thinner, lighter and faster MacBook Air designed around its new internal M2 processor. The 13.6-inch MacBook Air is 25% brighter than before, supports MagSafe charging, and has an improved front camera with twice the resolution of the previous model. With an 8-core processor, Apple said the M2 chip promises 18% better performance than its M1 chip. The CPU also comes with a 10-core GPU – double that of the M1 – along with 25% better graphics performance. The M2 is also coming to a new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The MacBook Air starts at $1,099 and the MacBook Pro at $1,299.

Some industry watchers have also hoped that Apple might offer a first look at a platform that’s supposed to be called RealityOS. The system could power the mixed reality headset — a wearable device that would be capable of both VR and AR — that Apple has been working on for years.

Apple’s event is streamed live on its website and on the company’s YouTube channel.

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