The event gives tech consumers a look at what’s in store with updates to the operating systems, new features and new hardware. Apple offered updates on all fronts during the familiar virtual visit to California. For those into tech and into Apple, it can be a fascinating look at what’s in the near future. The upgrades include tools users will incorporate into their daily communication and virtual meetings, but getting rid of passwords may be one of the most appreciated.
Apple has released a slew of software upgrades, including the ability to edit iMessages, modify locked iPhone displays, measure fitness, and manage email. The Lock Screen in iOS 16 gets the largest makeover yet, with new features that make it more attractive, personal, and useful. Apple / Courtesy Last week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference included editing iMessages, recalling a sent message, and the probable end of passwords.
An overview shows row upon row of people and giant screens as people gather for the June 6, 2022, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
<br/><br/><br/><br/>Apple Worldwide Developers Conference attendees watch the unveiling of iOS 16, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, at Apple Park.<br/><br/>Courtesy / Apple Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in Cupertino, Calif., this week showed off new versions of operating systems for the Mac, iPad and iOS. There are plenty of features to go over in the weeks and months to come, as the new software will not be released until the fall, but I wanted to highlight two new features that stood out to me.
Here are some of the highlights using pieces from tech writers across the country. We’ll look at more updates in later Tech Savvy articles like a new option to buy things with Apple Pay Later and pay in installments, ways to prioritize and filter email to keep track of important messages or follow ups, upgrades to Apple Maps, revamped fitness tracking and a way to track medications, options to personalize the iPhone lock screen, shared cloud photo library for families, but here is a glimpse at some of what’s coming.
The best camera I own is inside my iPhone 13 Pro Max. In the new MacOS Ventura, you’ll be able to use iPhone cameras with your Macintosh computer in video conferencing apps like FaceTime, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The Mac and iPhone make a wireless connection to bring the phone’s cameras into your videoconferencing apps. The Camera Continuity feature also works with Center Stage, which is technology to keep you centered if you move around when you are speaking on camera. It can only follow you a bit to the left and right, but it is pretty slick.
Apple is first to release a feature called Passkeys, a new sign-in method that is end-to-end encrypted. Apple says Passkeys is stronger than common two-factor authentication and can also work on non-Apple devices. Instead of entering a password, users can use a device like a phone or computer as the primary authentication device using Face ID or Touch ID. Of course, it will take more than just these big three tech companies to make passwords go away, but it is good to see them all pulling in the same direction.
Finally, if your phone has an ultrawide lens, there is a wild feature called Desk View, which provides an overhead view of the desk in front of your keyboard. This is similar to the overhead view provided by some cars in their backup cameras. Camera Continuity might be a niche product for Apple users, but I love the flexibility it offers. The Passkeys feature is one that most of us will be using in the next three years, so prepare to say goodbye to having to remember all those passwords.
“In addition, SharePlay is coming to Messages, making it possible to enjoy synced content like movies or songs and shared playback controls all while chatting in Messages,” the news release said. But don’t think the opportunity to edit and unsend messages will be without limits. According to Fox Business, the edit and unsend feature will only be available for 15 minutes after a message is sent. To Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, the new iOS 16 update will give Apple users a different spin on how they experience their phones.