Apple kicked off its flagship event for the tech industry, WWDC, on June 5, 2023 and, as anticipated, launched the new mixed reality headset along with many other new features. The event began by marking the 15th anniversary of the App Store. Here are all the key announcements from the event.
Apple brings its mixed reality headsets
The highlight of Apple’s WWDC was its revolutionary headphones, which have been a hot topic for the past few months. Mark Gurman, a Bloomberg technology expert, was constantly updating about the new product and it was finally launched.
The new headphones are called Apple Vision Pro and are Apple’s answer to other competitors.
Apple Vision Pro is a new device that uses spatial computing to create a more immersive and interactive experience for users.
It has a series of features that differentiate it from traditional computers, including:
3D Cameras: Vision Pro has four 3D cameras that allow it to track the user’s head and hand movements in real time. This allows users to interact with applications and content in a more natural way.
Spatial Audio: Vision Pro supports spatial audio, which creates a 360-degree sound field around the user. This makes it seem like the sound is coming from all directions, which can be very immersive for games, movies, and music.
Hand Tracking: Vision Pro can track the user’s hand movements, allowing them to interact with apps and content without having to use a mouse or keyboard. This can be useful for people who cannot use traditional input devices.
Face Tracking: Vision Pro can track the user’s face, allowing you to create a more realistic and immersive experience for things like video calls and augmented reality.
Apple Vision Pro works with a dual chip system:
The M2 chip provides phenomenal performance for graphics-intensive applications, games, and tasks.
The R1 chip processes sensor data at incredible speed, virtually eliminating lag so experiences unfold in real time in front of your eyes.
Additionally, it has a custom micro-OLED display system that features 23 million pixels and offers impressive resolution and colors. And a specially designed catadioptric lens system allows for incredible sharpness and clarity.
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A new 15” MacBook Air
Apple at its WWDC presented the new 15-inch MacBook Air, the most powerful MacBook Air ever created by the company.
The new MacBook Air features a larger 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, the M2 chip, and a new design that’s lighter than the previous model. It is only 11.5 mm thick and is the thinnest laptop in the world.
Here are some of the key features of the new MacBook Air:
- Larger 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display with 500 nits of brightness.
- It is powered by Apple’s M2 chip.
- 18 hour battery life.
- MagSafe charging.
- 1080p FaceTime HD camera with 3-microphone array.
- A six-speaker sound system that delivers immersive spatial audio.
- macOS Ventura operating system.
The new MacBook is priced at $1,299 and is a powerful and versatile laptop that can perform a variety of tasks.
New iOS released for iPhone users
Apple today introduced iOS 17, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhone. iOS 17 includes a number of new features and improvements.
The main update focuses on the three most important applications that users use to communicate with each other.
This includes custom contact signs that can be personalized with the contact’s photo, name, and other information.
Additionally, the update includes a live voicemail feature that will allow users to view a live transcript of voicemails as they are left.
This means users can quickly decide whether the call is important or not without having to answer it. Another additional feature is a FaceTime update that was the most requested by users.
Users can now leave a recorded video message if the other person doesn’t answer FaceTime.
Additionally, iOS 17 introduces a new feature known as NameDrop that allows users to easily share contact information with another person.
To use NameDrop, users can simply hold their iPhone near the other person’s iPhone or Apple Watch. Once the devices are close enough, a contact card will appear on each screen. Users can then choose to share the contact information with the other person.
Here are some of the other key features of iOS 17:
- StandBy: When your iPhone is docked, you can enter StandBy mode. In this mode, the lock screen will display important information such as time, weather, and calendar events. You can also use Siri and control your smart home devices from the lock screen.
- Journal App – The app is designed to encourage users to write a journal entry every day and practice gratitude.
- Siri: Siri can now be activated with the “Siri” command, as Apple removed the “Hey Siri” command and can now answer consecutive queries.
- Maps: The new maps will have an offline feature for maps.
- Check-In: Check-In is a new feature in iOS 17 that allows you to notify your friends and family that you have arrived at your destination safely.
iPadOS 17 brings interactive widgets
iPadOS 17 features interactive widgets that allow users to take actions without opening the app. For example, users can now turn on the lights, play a song, or mark a reminder as complete right from a widget.
Additionally, the lock screen has been redesigned with a new look and new features. You can now add widgets to your lock screen and customize the look of your lock screen with different wallpapers, fonts, and colors.
Here are some of the key new features in iPadOS 17:
Health App for iPad: The Health app is now available on iPad and gives users a place to view their health data, including sleep, activity, heart rate, and more.
More complete views of sleep and activity: The Health app now includes more complete views of users’ sleep and activity data, making it easier to track their progress over time.
More lock screen customization: Users can now add widgets, photos, and more to their lock screen.
Multiple Timers: Users will now be able to set multiple timers at once, making it easier to keep track of multiple cooking tasks.
Stage Manager Improvements: Stage Manager has been improved to better support iPad selfie cameras. This means that during a video call, the camera will now follow users around the screen, even if they are moving.
Improved PDF editing: Another addition is the ability to autofill and sign PDF files from iPadOS. Users can also collaborate in real time with others while editing PDF files. PDF files can now also be stored in the Notes app.
MacOS Sonoma Released
Apple today released macOS Sonoma, the latest version of its operating system for Mac computers. The new version includes a number of key features and improvements:
Desktop Widgets: Sonoma introduces desktop widgets, which are small, customizable applications that can be placed on your desktop. Widgets can provide quick access to information and features, such as weather, calendar events, and stock quotes. They are designed to disappear when users use any other application or do their work.
New video conferencing features: The new MacOS includes a number of new video conferencing features, such as a presenter overlay that shows notes and the presenter’s face on the screen, and hand reactions that allow users to send animated emojis during conversations. calls.
Game Mode: Sonoma introduces Game Mode, which is designed to improve gaming performance on Mac.
New privacy and security features: Sonoma includes a number of new privacy and security features, such as a new privacy dashboard that provides a centralized view of privacy settings and a new security feature that prevents websites from tracking users. users on different websites.
In addition to these new features, Sonoma also includes a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. Plus, it includes all the key features that are part of the new iOS and iPadOS.
New Airpods updates
Airpods will now have adaptive audio. As the name clearly indicates, it uses machine learning to automatically adjust the transparency and noise cancellation modes based on your environment.
This means you can listen to music or podcasts without being interrupted by outside noise, but you can also hear important sounds like traffic or someone talking to you.