Welcome to our coverage of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2023.
Today, we're excited to learn more about Apple's latest technologies and innovations, including their highly anticipated VR headset and the latest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 17.
Apple has been preparing for this day for years. It launched augmented reality coding tools, called ARKit, back in 2017, and it’s been shipping lidar sensors on iPhones and iPads for several years now as a way to let the devices better scan the world around them to position objects in AR.
We’re likely to see these same tricks at play in the headset, which is expected to offer augmented reality features, too.
Dream big indeed. It’s Apple’s largest consumer laptop.
- Three pounds and 11.5 mm thin, touted as the “thinnest 15-inch laptop to date.”
- 18 hours of battery life.
- Six speakers.
Apple's VR Headset
The rumors have been swirling for months, but today we finally get an official look at Apple's VR headset. The headset features a sleek design and promises to deliver an unparalleled immersive experience.
According to Apple, the headset will be powered by a custom-designed chip and will feature high-resolution displays and advanced sensors for precise tracking.
The headset will also be wireless and will work seamlessly with other Apple devices. We can't wait to get our hands on one and try it out for ourselves!
Alongside the VR headset, we’re also expecting the usual slew of WWDC announcements: new versions of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS.
There’s also rumored to be a new MacBook Air on the way, and there’s at least a chance Apple will discuss changes it’s making to comply with EU regulations that open up its mobile platforms
iOS & iPadOS 17 and new iPad features
Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, is getting a major update with the release of iOS 17. The update promises to deliver a range of new features and improvements designed to enhance the user experience.
One of the most exciting new features is the ability to customize the home screen with widgets and app icons.
Users will also be able to access a new app library, making it easier to find and organize their apps. Other new features include improved Siri functionality, enhanced privacy settings, and a redesigned control center.
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Now let’s take a look at new features introduced for the iPad.
The new Health app for the iPad will launch as part of iPadOS 17 later this year. Previously, the app was available only on the iPhone.
Users will be able to see their health data, such as electrocardiogram results, on a larger screen.
Privacy: Health data is securely synced, so you can see your health information from your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, as well as compatible third-party apps and devices all in one place.
For developers, HealthKit is coming to iPad, opening up new ways to build health and fitness experiences for the devices.
Users will have more real estate when it comes to viewing health metrics, prescriptions, lab tests and more.
Apple's Environmental Initiatives
In addition to their exciting new products and updates, Apple is also making a commitment to the environment with a range of new initiatives.
These include a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, a new recycling program for old Apple devices, and an expansion of their renewable energy projects. It's great to see a company as large as Apple taking steps to reduce its environmental impact and promote sustainability.
Overall, Apple's WWDC 2023 presentation was full of exciting announcements and updates.
From the highly anticipated VR headset to the latest version of iOS, it's clear that Apple is continuing to push the boundaries of technology.
And with their new environmental initiatives, they're also showing a commitment to making a positive impact on the world. We can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!