Apple WWDC 2022 Keynote Live Blog: iOS 16, WatchOS 9, MacOS, M2 Reveals and More

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is kicking off with new feature reveals for iOS 16 and more news on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and more.

Apple now says it's redesigning the MacBook Air. Apple says it's the world's best-selling laptop.
Now it's redesigned around M2.
It's four different colors -- including dark blue, silver, space grey and "starlight"
It's 20% reduction in volume, 11.3 mm thin, under half an inch, and 2.7 lbs
It also has the new magsafe, Apple says. And there's the audio jack with support for high impedance headphones.
It also has a larger display, now 13.6", which has thinner borders. And it's 25% brighter than before.

New MacBook Air

M2 also includes a new secure enclave and neural engine, which is more than 40% faster than the M1.

Systems with M2 will be able to playback multiple streams of 8K video, Apple says."

It takes the amazing performance, capabilities and efficiency of M1 even further," Apple says.

Apple's GPU in the M2 is 10 cores, up from 8 in M1. It has 25% higher graphics performance at the same power level as M1, Apple says. And Apple says it's faster than an equivalent PC chip with a fraction of the power.

M2 GPU

The new MacBook Air has a 1080p camera, and a sound system that supports "immersive spatial audio" using beam forming.Apple says its MacBook Air is fanless and silent. It delivers the same 18 hours of video playback. And Apple announces a new "compact" adapter with two USB-C ports, and you can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes with special high output chargers.

MacBook Air has better camera and audio

Apple shows off its newest ad for the MacBook Air, including highlighting how its braided cables are color-coordinated and how the computer interacts with an iPhone to share copy-paste.

MacBook Air teaser video

MacBook Air Features

M2 is coming to MacBook Pro 13" as well

Apple says new support for ProRes encode and decode means it'll handle those videos 3x faster.MacBook Air starts at $1199 ($1099 for education)MacBook Pro starts at $1299 ($1199 for education).Apple's keeping the M1 MacBook around as well, offering a sub-$1000 computer ($999, or $899 for education).

Apple says it's upgraded the MacBook Pro 13" with M2, allowing up to 24GB of unified memory. "Multitasking and working with large assets is super fluid," Apple says.

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

MacOS changes

Apple's adding a new feature called Stage Manager, which rearranges all windows to the side, and brings one app front and center. So it's kinda like a new mutli-desktop.

"For an App with multiple open windows, Stage Manager collects them together into a pile" and you can cycle through them by clicking.

You can also have overlapping windows and apps as well. You can pair Notes and Pages together for example, grouping apps together.

"I love working this way," Federighi says. He notes that it's also easier to grab items from the desktop.

You can clear the stage and drag them over to an app in stage manager.

Mac OS Ventura

Mac OS Ventura

Better Spotlight in MacOS

Spotlight supports quick view, and you can search the web for images. Apple says you can search inside images too.

There's also sports info built into Spotlight (notice a trend?).

And Spotlight's been added to the bottom of the home screen on the iPhone, making it easier to bring up, Apple says.

Updated Mail App

Apple says it'll allow new features like Undo send and Schedule Send (Finally!)

It'll also include followup suggestions, Apple says. And it has new Search functions, that deliver "more accurate and complete results."

It'll start offering suggestions the moment you start typing, Apple says. it's coming to iPad OS and iOS, Apple says.

Updated Mail App

Apple says it'll allow new features like Undo send and Schedule Send (Finally!)

It'll also include followup suggestions, Apple says. And it has new Search functions, that deliver "more accurate and complete results."

It'll start offering suggestions the moment you start typing, Apple says. it's coming to iPad OS and iOS, Apple says.