WWDC 2022 Event Recap

6 Jun

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Apple has concluded its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event. The event saw the announcement of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS 13 as well as updates to some of Apple's services.

Below is a summary of everything announced:

iOS 16

  • Updates to the lock screen. You will now be able to add widgets, change the look of the clock and make other changes to the screen.
  • Updates to Messages including the ability to edit, undo send and mark messages as unread.
  • Changes to notifications. These are now presented from the bottom of the Lock Screen and Apple are also introducing a new ‘Live Notifications’ feature.
  • Expanded Shared With You feature, now available in Messages.
  • Live Text will now be available in video, as well as in photos.
  • New wallpaper gallery with new options and animations.
  • New Wallet app features including expanded Digital ID support and the introduction of Apple Pay Later, a new financing feature allowing people to split purchases into weekly payments with no interest.
  • Apple Maps upgrades including an expanded flyover feature, multi-stop routing and new transit features.
  • iCloud Shared Photo Library, allowing users to share photos with family members.
  • Expanded Family Sharing and parental control features, including Quick Start, which can work via the Messages app.
  • New sports features are coming to Apple News including the ability to follow specific teams and view highlights within the News app. News+ will also receive premium coverage via partnerships with various sports publications.
  • Redesigned CarPlay experience including expanded info for your car and greater visual customisation across various types of display.

watchOS 9

  • New watch faces, complications and an expanded Siri interface.
  • New workout features including expanded support for running, heart rate zones, recovery and more.
  • Advanced sleep features with increased focus on tracking and sleep stages.
  • The Fitness app will now be available to all iPhone users, even those without an Apple Watch.
  • Expanded AFib feature allowing users to track their history.
  • New medications feature to help users with reminders, schedules and more.


  • All-new M2 Chip.
  • Brand new MacBook Air, available in four colours and featuring a 1080p camera, upgraded speakers, a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina Display, fast charging and more.
  • A new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2.


  • macOS 13 'Ventura' announced.
  • An all new Stage Manager feature for improved multi-tasking.
  • Updates to the Mail app with improvements to search and new schedule and undo send features.
  • New Spotlight features.
  • Shared Tabs Group feature for family sharing.
  • New Passkeys feature to replace passwords for websites for increased security. These are created with Touch ID and Face ID. Each one is unique to that the website that it is created for.
  • Metal 3 for greater gaming enhancements with Apple Silicon. New games were also announced that will come to the Mac later this year including 'No Man's Sky' and 'Resident Evil 4'.
  • Handoff Support for FaceTime.
  • New Camera Continuity feature to allow users to use their iPhone as a webcam for a Mac. 'Desk View' will also allow you to have an overhead view of your desk with your iPhone.

iPad OS

  • An all-new 'Freeform' app for collaboration with others.
  • A new Weather app for iPad.
  • Updates to Game Center for an enhanced social experience.
  • New display scaling option for viewing more within a given app.
  • Virtual memory swap coming to iPad.
  • New 'desktop-class apps' for iPad.
  • Enhanced external display support.
  • Stage Manager featuring window support on iPad when used with an external display.

We’ll have much more discussion and analysis throughout the week. Don’t forget to send us your thoughts on today’s event over on Twitter at @screentimesnet.

James Lees
James has been a fan of Apple for as long as he can remember. He is a film & TV obsessive and has also written for several publications such as BBC Good Food Magazine. He lives in Glasgow, Scotland and can usually be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, watching Apple TV+ and talking about it with anyone who will listen.