Here’s a detailed breakdown of the key announcements from Apple’s WWDC 2023 event, with each announcement having its own title and description for easy reading and navigation:
Apple’s Vision Pro Mixed Reality Headset Apple unveiled the Vision Pro headset at WWDC 2023, a mixed reality device allowing users to engage in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences. The primary interface displays apps over the real world for the wearer, while an external display feature called EyeSight allows people nearby to see the wearer’s eyes through the device. The Vision Pro uses the M2 and a new R1 chip for real-time sensor processing and supports spatial audio through built-in speakers. The device is priced at $3,499 and will be available in early 2024.
VisionOS – Apple’s New VR Operating System The Vision Pro headset will run on a new operating system called visionOS, which allows the device to layer virtual apps and icons atop the real world. The system can be navigated through eye tracking, hand movements, and voice commands.
A Bigger 15-inch MacBook Air Apple announced a new MacBook Air at WWDC 2023 with a 15.3-inch display, a significant upgrade from the previous 13-inch displays. The device is marketed as the “world’s thinnest” 15-inch laptop and offers up to 18 hours of battery life, 500 nits of brightness, and a 1080p webcam. It is priced at $1,299.
Upgrades for Mac Studio and Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra Chip Both the Mac Studio and Mac Pro will receive Apple Silicon-powered upgrades, with the latest versions of the two desktop devices featuring the new M2 Ultra chip. The Mac Studio will come with options for either an M2 Max or M2 Ultra chip, while the Mac Pro will feature only the M2 Ultra chip, as well as the option for PCIe expansion. The Mac Studio starts at $1,999, and the Mac Pro starts at $6,999.
A Mental Health-Focused Journaling App Apple introduced a new app for iOS called Journal. This app encourages users to log their thoughts about recent activities or trips, and it ensures privacy with end-to-end encryption and local storage of logs. The app will arrive later in 2023.
iOS 17 New Features iOS 17 introduced several new features, including a StandBy feature that turns the iPhone’s screen into a smart home-like display when it’s tilted horizontally while charging. Other features include transcription for voice messages, a safety-focused Check In feature for location sharing, a NameDrop feature for sharing contact details, and a revised Siri trigger phrase.
Interactive Widgets for iPadOS 17 iPadOS 17 will feature new interactive widgets for quick access to apps and features from the homescreen. There are also updates for the Notes app, a personalized lock screen, and the addition of the Health app.
macOS Sonoma Visual Upgrades and Game Mode macOS Sonoma will now support widgets on the desktop and new moving screensavers, and it will introduce new features for Safari. A new “game mode” for macOS will prioritize the GPU and CPU while gaming on a Mac and offer lowered audio latency on AirPods. Additionally, Hideo Kojima’s game Death Stranding will be released on macOS.
Widgets for watchOS 10 watchOS 10 will feature widgets that can be browsed for quick information access by turning the watch’s digital crown. Apple is also adding several new watch faces, daylight exposure tracking, cycling features, and trailhead information for hikers.
FaceTime on Apple TV Apple is introducing FaceTime to Apple TV, allowing users to use their iPhones as a webcam substitute via the iPhone’s Continuity Camera. This feature will ensure that the user stays in the frame using Center Stage.