September 30, 2022
We sat through Apple's product launch disguised as a dev event so you don't have to

WWDC Apple opened its 33rd annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday with a preview of upcoming hardware and planned changes in its mobile, desktop, and wrist accessory operating systems.

The confab consists primarily of streamed video, as it did in 2020 and 2021, though there is a limited in-person component for the favored few. Apart from the preview of Apple’s homegrown Arm-compatible M2 chip – coming next month in a redesigned MacBook Air and 13″ MacBook Pro – there was not much meaningful innovation. The M2 Air has a full-size touch ID button, apparently.

Apple’s software-oriented enhancements consist mainly of worthy but not particularly thrilling interface and workflow improvements, alongside a handful of useful APIs and personalization capabilities. Company video performers made no mention of Apple’s anticipated AR/VR headset.

Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the keynote address with an overview of Apple’s efforts to engage with, support, and educate the company’s developer community, now numbered at 34 million people.

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