From iOS 17, to Apple’s latest AR headset, here are all the happenings and product announcements from Apple WWDC23.
Apple today has announced a slew of new products and software updates at the company’s WWDC23 event. Key highlights of which are the new AR headset, dubbed the Apple Vision Pro, a new M2 Ultra chip, M2-powered Mac Studio and more.
Apple Vision Pro: Apple’s First Spatial Computer
After months of rumours, Apple has finally announced the company’s first AR headset at WWDC23. The Apple Vision Pro is billed as the company’s first “spatial computer”. It runs on an entirely new operating system, called visionOS.
Vision Pro creates an infinite canvas for apps that scales beyond the boundaries of a traditional display and introduces a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by the most natural and intuitive inputs possible — a user’s eyes, hands, and voice.
It is powered by a dual-core M2 chipset and a brand new R1 chip. The R1 chip processes input from 12 cameras, five sensors, and six mics to ensure that content always appears right before your eyes.
The headset can be powered by a custom battery pack, offering two hours of battery life. Alternatively, users can use it all day when plugged in to a power source.
15-Inch MacBook Air
Another key highlight of WWDC23 is a brand new 15-inch MacBook Air. The 15-inch MacBook Air boasts a 15.3-inch Liquid Retina display, the performance of M2, up to 18 hours of battery life, and a silent, fanless design. With an all-new six-speaker sound system, the 15-inch MacBook Air delivers Spatial Audio, along with a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, MagSafe charging, and the power and ease of macOS Ventura.
The 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 gets a new starting price of RM5,199 to deliver even more value and choice to everyone, from upgraders to first-time Mac customers.
M2 Ultra Chip
The M2 Ultra chip has also been announced at WWDC23. The M2 Ultra is the largest and most powerful chip in Apple’s M2 lineup, and it makes the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro the most powerful Mac desktops ever made.
Its unified memory architecture supports up to 192GB of memory capacity, which is 50 percent more than M1 Ultra, and features 800GB/s of memory bandwidth — twice that of M2 Max. M2 Ultra features a more powerful CPU that’s 20 percent faster than M1 Ultra, a larger GPU that’s up to 30 percent faster, and a Neural Engine that’s up to 40 percent faster.
Mac Studio and Mac Pro: Now Powered By M2 Chips
Apple introduced the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro at WWDC23, which are the highest performing Macs in Apple’s product lineup. Mac Studio features M2 Max and the new M2 Ultra, delivering a huge boost in performance and enhanced connectivity in its stunningly compact design. Mac Studio is up to 6x faster than the most powerful Intel-based 27-inch iMac, and up to 3x faster than the previous-generation Mac Studio with M1 Ultra.
Mac Pro, now featuring M2 Ultra, combines the performance of Apple’s most powerful chip with the versatility of PCIe expansion. Mac Pro is up to 3x faster than the previous-generation Intel-based model. Featuring up to 192GB of unified memory, Mac Studio with M2 Ultra and Mac Pro have far more memory than the most advanced workstation graphics cards.
The new Mac Pro completes the Mac transition to Apple silicon and, together with the rest of Apple’s pro systems, gives users the most powerful and capable lineup of pro products Apple has ever offered.
New OS Updates Across the Board
Of course, WWDC23 is not just about the hardware. On the software front, we saw many OS updates across Apple’s product portfolios.
For iPhones, Apple has introduced iOS 17, a major release that upgrades the communications experience across Phone, FaceTime, and Messages; makes sharing even easier with AirDrop; and provides more intelligent input that improves the speed and accuracy of typing. iOS 17 also introduces new experiences with Journal, an app that makes it easy for people to practice gratitude, and StandBy, a new way to view glanceable information when iPhone is set down and charging.
Apple also previewed iPadOS 17 at WWDC23. It delivers entirely new ways for users to personalise the Lock Screen and interact with widgets. Working with PDFs is easier with AutoFill, which intelligently identifies and fills fields in forms, and Notes brings a new experience for marking up and collaborating on PDFs. Messages gets significant updates, including a new stickers experience, and users can now leave FaceTime video and audio messages. The Health app comes to iPad with interactive charts, and HealthKit enables developers to create innovative experiences designed for the iPad display. iPadOS 17 is available as a developer beta today, and will be available as a free software update later this year.
Mac users also have something to be excited about, as Apple has also previewed macOS Sonoma, bringing a rich set of features that elevate the Mac experience. Users can now place widgets right on the desktop, interact with them with just a click, and through the magic of Continuity, access the extensive ecosystem of iPhone widgets on their Mac. In macOS Sonoma, video conferencing also gets more engaging with great new features to help users present remotely, like Presenter Overlay and Reactions. Significant updates come to Safari, taking the web experience to the next level. Profiles keeps browsing separate between multiple topics or projects, and web apps provide faster access to favourite sites. And gaming gets even better, with the introduction of Game Mode, exciting new titles, and a new game porting toolkit that makes it even easier for developers to bring more games to Mac.
Apple today announced software updates coming this fall that make Apple TV 4K even more enjoyable, interactive, and fun for the whole household. With tvOS 17, FaceTime comes to Apple TV 4K, so users — for the first time ever — can enjoy the popular app on their TV for even more engaging conversations with family and friends. tvOS 17 also introduces an all-new Control Center, along with other enhancements that provide a more personalised experience that works even better with iPhone.
Apple today previewed watchOS 10, bringing Apple Watch users a fresh approach to quickly view information with redesigned apps, a new Smart Stack to show relevant widgets right when they’re needed, and delightful new watch faces. New metrics, Workout Views, and Bluetooth connectivity for power meters, speed sensors, and cadence sensors arrive for cyclists, while new Compass Waypoints and Maps capabilities further help hikers. The Mindfulness app offers additional tools to support mental health.
watchOS 10 is available as a developer beta today, and will be available as a free software update later this year.
AirPods Gets an Update
Later this year, software updates across AirPods will unlock new capabilities to transform the personal audio experience. AirPods Pro (2nd generation) become easier to use across environments and interactions with three new features: Adaptive Audio, Personalised Volume, and Conversation Awareness. The entire lineup also gains new and improved features that make calls and Automatic Switching even more seamless.
New Privacy and Security Features
During WWDC23 , Apple has announced its latest privacy and security innovations, including major updates to Safari Private Browsing, Communication Safety, and Lockdown Mode, as well as app privacy improvements.
Additionally, Apple introduced new features designed with privacy and security at their core, including Check In, NameDrop, and Live Voicemail.
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