Each year, WWDC is used to preview new releases of software supporting Apple’s most popular devices, including the iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac computers.
Despite the fact that it’s not an event known for its hardware announcements, a new MacBook Air was unveiled during the keynote.
Apple also introduced a new MacBook Pro to match the Air; Both the Air and the Pro contain the second generation of Apple’s homebuilt computer chip, the M2, which the company claims will significantly improve performance and performance.
Here’s everything you need to know.
The redesigned MacBook Air features a new MagSafe charging port and a physical shape more reminiscent of the larger MacBook Pro laptops, signaling the end of the line’s signature conical shape.
In addition, like these larger machines, the MacBook Air has an HD camera hidden under a distinctive “notch” on the front of the screen.
Apple claims its new M2 CPUs are 40% faster than the previous generation, but they still run fanless and have 18 hours of battery life.
As for the other internal specs, the entry-level model has an 8-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage, while the more expensive model has a 10-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage
Up to 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage can be accommodated in each configuration.
The 2022 MacBook Air has a larger display than its 13.6-inch predecessor, with a 2560 x 1664 resolution and thinner bezels; According to Apple, it has a maximum brightness of 500 nits.
This MacBook Air also gets a 1080p FaceTime HD webcam, along with new microphones and Dolby Atmos-compatible speakers.
Like the previous model, the new MacBook Air 2022 has Touch ID on the keyboard.
When is it coming out?
The new MacBook Air will be available in July 2022.
How much will it cost?
In the UK, the new entry-level MacBook Air is priced at £1,249.
Silver, Starlight, Space Gray and Midnight are the available colors for the new MacBook Air.
What else has been announced?
The next installment of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 16, will also feature a revamped lock screen that users can customize more deeply with different fonts, photo effects, and interactive notifications.
It’s the most significant visual overhaul of the iPhone operating system since the release of the iPhone X.
The lock screen also works with the “Focus” tools introduced with iOS 15 last year, and users can have alternative lock screens depending on their needs – for example, if you’re at work you can choose a specific collection of widgets.
iOS 16 will also include an Apple Pay update called Apple Pay Later, which will allow customers to split the amount of an Apple Pay purchase into four installments over six weeks with no interest or other fees.
It hopes to compete with services like Klarna and ClearPay – although initially it will only be available in the United States. – and Apple is also partnering with e-commerce company Shopify to let users track the status of their orders in the Apple Wallet app.
A new personal security feature called Safety Check was also announced, allowing users to review account and data access granted to others, including location sharing, and reset it if they leave an abusive relationship.
Apple also announced a new feature called Passkeys, which will replace typing passwords with either fingerprint or face scan authentication when logging in on an Apple device.