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M2 MacBook Air, macOS Ventura, and iOS 16 WWDC recap on the AppleInsider podcast

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On this special episode of the AppleInsider podcast, your host discusses the Apple Silicon M2 processor in the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, improvements to iOS 16, power features coming to iPadOS, and macOS Ventura.

Apple kicked off its WWDC keynote with updates coming to iOS 16.

In the new operating system, users will be able to customize their iPhone Lock Screen with widgets, weather data, Activity rings, and more. New fonts and custom wallpapers per Lock Screen will also be available this Fall. Messages also received notable features, including undo send, editable iMessages, and the ability to mark message threads as unread.

Apple Maps will gain multi-stop routing, with users able to add up to 15 points of interest. In addition, routes can be built on the Mac and sent to iPhone for navigation. Apple Wallet continues to expand its features, including Apple Pay Later, allowing shoppers to pay for a new product in four interest-free payments. Apple also improved Family Sharing onboarding for child accounts and redesigned the Home app in iOS 16.

Apple's watchOS 9 update brings four new Apple Watch faces, but no third-party custom faces yet. Additional health features are coming to running workouts where users can track atrial fibrillation over time, and Sleep tracking will now display Sleep Stages in the Health app.

The company also announced the next generation of Apple Siliconwith the M2 chip. The M2 now supports up to 24GB Unified Memory, 6K displays, and improved performance over the M1. The first machine to use the M2 is the redesigned MacBook Air. With a similar design to the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air uses MagSafe charging, features two Thunderbolt ports, and a Liquid Retina display with a notch. The MacBook Air starts at $1,199, with the previous M1 MacBook Air still for sale at $999.

In addition, macOS Ventura was announced with improved Mail features like undo and scheduled send. In addition, Apple announced Stage Manager, a new window management tool for macOS, and Passkey, which will allow users to create logins without a password. Passkey will be tied to a user's device using biometric authentication.

New Continuity features on macOS include FaceTime handoff across Apple devices and the ability to use iPhone as a webcam natively. When mounted to a monitor, the user's iPhone can simultaneously show the head of a user and a new top-down Desk View shot using the Ultrawide camera.

The keynote ended with updates to iPadOS, including the new Stage Manager features with windowed apps and proper external display support. Apple also teased a new app called Freeform, allowing multiple users to collaborate with mixed media, documents, and links across devices.

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