Apple’s WWDC 2022 event is planned to begin on June 6, and it appears that iOS 16 and watchOS 9 will receive significant updates this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has consistently forecasted Apple’s software and hardware releases, predicts that Apple will significantly overhaul both operating systems at WWDC 2022. In his most recent Power On newsletter, Gurman made the forecasts.
“Fairly big enhancements across the board,” he claims, “including an upgrade to notifications and new health-tracking capabilities.” While a total revamp of the iOS layout is improbable, he expects a slew of new features and changes.
“Sydney” is also the internal codename for Apple’s forthcoming iOS 16.
With watchOS 9, there could be significant changes to the Apple Watch series, including “upgrades to activity and health tracking.” According to Gurman, Apple is expected to release three new smartwatches in the Apple Watch series later this year.
What about Apple’s MR (mixed reality) headset?
He also stated that Apple’s Mixed Reality headset is unlikely to be unveiled in June. The headset has been the subject of numerous leaks and rumors for over a year, and while a release date appears to be approaching, Gurman claims it will not be at this year’s WWDC. “I’m told that the headset and its interactions with the iPhone are heavily referenced in beta versions of iOS 16—codenamed Sydney,” he claimed.
“This suggests that the headset will be released during the iOS 16 cycle, which begins in June and ends in the fall of 2023.” “However, Apple may show off some of its planned augmented and virtual reality applications sooner,” he added.
Meanwhile, there has been no information on what to expect from iPadOS 16. While Apple’s tablets have gotten more powerful than ever thanks to the inclusion of the company’s M1 chip in numerous models in the series, many customers have complained that software is still the bottleneck preventing them from fully exploiting the tablets’ capabilities.
Apple could replace it with iPadOS 16, which may not be announced during WWDC 2022. A software experience tailored around the performance of the M1 chip is expected, bringing Apple’s tablets closer to the Power of the MacBooks.
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