5 Major Software Updates Coming to Apple Devices in 2022

Apple recently held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where it previewed significant changes to its software for smartphones, tablets and computers. For Apple, developer conferences like WWDC are an opportunity for Cupertino to showcase how its software will change later this year when it’s officially rolled out to consumers around the world. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and WatchOS 9 brought significant changes, including high-end iPads to better multitask and turn iPhones into web cameras with their Macs. Of all the new software features coming to Apple’s hottest products, here are the top five details that will transform your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and the Apple Watch in a better way.

Undo or edit messages afterwards

One of the important but less talked about new features of iOS 16 is the ability to edit and send iMessage you’ve recently sent. Correct. If you use Apple’s Messages app a lot, you can edit a message after it’s been sent or unsend a message. Basically, users have up to 15 minutes to unsend or edit a message. What’s not clear is whether it only works for users of the Messages app or whether it also works when you message someone who has a android device. According to Apple, you can recover deleted messages for up to 30 days on iOS 16.

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A new lock screen and widgets

Your lock screen — the screen you open countless times a day to check notifications and time — takes on a personality of its own. Android smartphones have had a customizable lock screen for years. But for iPhone users, customizable lock screens are a new concept. Finally, users can apply different styles and fonts and other information at a glance. Think mini widgets that show weather, activity, alarms and more. Just like on the Apple Watch, you have to long-press the screen to navigate through different lock screen options and find the best settings for you. In addition, users can create custom lock screens based on when they are at work or at home.

iPhone as a webcam on a Mac

Forget the Camo app to use your iPhone’s high-resolution camera as your Mac webcam. With iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, Apple has made it easy to turn your iPhone into Mac’s webcam. It is called a continuity camera. Perhaps the best part? Your Mac will automatically recognize when your iPhone is nearby. You don’t need to wake it up or even unlock it. It just automatically connects to your Mac. Continuity Camera works with FaceTime, Zoom, Teams, Webex, and other popular video conferencing apps. Another feature called Desk View shows a bird’s-eye view of your desk by using only the iPhone’s ultra-wide-angle camera and image processing. It’s a brilliant way to create unboxing videos. Continuity Camera will roll out as a feature when macOS Ventura and iOS 16 roll out this fall. It will be available for any Mac that can run macOS Ventura.

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Say hello to the all-new iPadOS

For a longtime iPad user, Apple’s tablet feels grown-up and the new iPadOS 16 is exactly what the iPad needs right now. With iPadOS 16, the iPad behaves more like a Mac. A new feature called Collaboration makes it easy to interact with people in Office apps like Pages so they can indent and start editing the main document. Like google documents. Another feature called Freeform is an app that allows users to interact with a virtual whiteboard. It has been redesigned to work together and has support for Apple Pencil. Freeform is due out later this year. But that is not everything. For iPads with the M1 chip, Apple is adding support for external displays. When a monitor is connected, those supported iPads can run up to eight apps simultaneously.

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Track Medication on Apple Watch

One of the most useful features of watchOS 9 is the new Medicines app that easily keeps track of what medicines you take and when to take them. You can add them manually or take a photo to quickly add them to the app.

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It is also possible to set schedules to know when to take their medications. The app provides alerts if your medications have critical or serious interactions, though that feature is limited to the US for now.

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