While the summer months that follow WWDC While it’s often a relatively quiet time of year for Apple, there are still some notable items on the agenda through July. Below, we’ve rounded up six things to expect from Apple over the next six weeks.
Public betas of iOS 16 and more
As part of WWDC 2022, Apple announced that public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod software version 16 will be released sometime in Julyallowing members of Apple’s free beta software program to test out the software updates before releasing them to all users later this year.
The first betas of each update are already available to developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Programwhich costs $99 a year.
New MacBook Air launch
Apple said the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip will be available in July, but the company hasn’t announced exactly when orders will begin. Prices start at $1,199 in the United States and the MacBook Air with the M1 chip will remain available for $999.
The new MacBook Air has been redesigned with a larger 13.6-inch display, a notch, flatter bezels, and new Starlight and Midnight color options in addition to Space Gray and Silver. The notebook also features MagSafe charging, an improved 1080p camera, and more.
Apple says the M2 chip has an 18% faster CPU, a 35% faster GPU, and a 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip. With the M2 chip, the MacBook Air can now be configured with up to 24 GB of unified memory, compared to up to 16 GB with the M1 chip. Like the previous model, the new MacBook Air can be configured with an SSD up to 2 TB.
Back to school promotion
Apple’s annual Back to School promotion usually launches in June or July in the United States, Canada and select other countries. Last year, the US promotion started on June 17th and offered eligible students and educators free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model, as well as 20% off AppleCare+ plans.
For 2022 it is seems likely Apple will once again offer free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model.
Apple’s third quarter earnings call
Apple has not yet announced a date for its third quarter results, but they are usually released at the end of July each year. As usual, the earnings report will be followed by a conference call where Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri will discuss the financial results, and there’s always a chance they’ll reveal interesting tidbits.
WWDC 2022 “Behind the Design” Interviews
Beginning June 27, Apple will be sharing a series of interviews with app makers who: won 2022 Apple Design Awards† “Get behind the design and learn more about the creative process and challenges of our winners and how they brought their bold and distinctive ideas to life,” Apple says. A full schedule of interviews is available on Apple’s website†
Apple Camp is return to Apple Store locations around the world this summer, with sessions taking place every week from June 20 through August 31. Designed for ages 8-12 and their caregivers, the free program consists of two-hour in-store and outdoor sessions in which children use products such as the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create their own digital comic book about protecting and celebrating the planet.
Parents and guardians can register for Apple Camp on Apple’s website†
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