Unsurprisingly, Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday was packed with announcements, headlined by a first look at the upcoming Vision Pro headset, as well as some new Macs and the usual bunch of OS updates.
Check out our recap of Monday’s keynote, our report on our hands-on time with Vision Pro, and a special edition of The MacRumors Show podcast taped at Apple Park, and read below for details on the week’s biggest announcements.
Apple introduces ‘Vision Pro’ headphones and visionOS
After years of rumors, Apple finally announced its long-awaited AR/VR headset at WWDC this week. It’s called Vision Pro and it’s set to launch in the US in early 2024 for a staggering $3,499.
Vision Pro will allow you to interact with applications as if they were floating in the air. The headset runs on a completely new operating system called visionOS and can be controlled with both your eyes and hands. The headset has an Apple Watch-like digital crown for switching between virtual reality and augmented reality, along with an external battery.
Check out our Vision Pro roundup for more on the headset.
Apple announces iOS 17 with new ‘StandBy’ view and more
Apple introduced a preview of iOS 17 this week. The update will be released publicly later this year for the iPhone XS and later, and is currently available in beta to anyone with a free Apple developer account.
iOS 17 includes many new features, including a standby mode while an iPhone charges in a landscape position, interactive home screen widgets, improved autocorrect, a Journal app, swipe to reply in the Messages app, and more.
iPadOS 17 was also announced with a customizable lock screen and more.
Apple introduces new 15-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip
The long-rumored 15-inch MacBook Air is finally official. The laptop is powered by the M2 chip and is equipped with six speakers, compared to four on the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Apple is already accepting orders for the 15-inch MacBook Air, and the laptop will begin reaching customers and launching in stores on Tuesday, June 13. Pricing starts at $1,299, and the 13-inch model with the M2 chip now starts at $1,099.
macOS Sonoma introduced with desktop widgets and more
macOS Sonoma is the name! The latest version of the Mac operating system will be available later this year and has a handful of new features, including desktop widgets, Apple TV-like screensavers, a new game mode, Safari improvements, and more. .
macOS Sonoma is currently available in developer beta and will likely be released to the public in October like macOS Ventura and macOS Monterey were.
Apple introduces new Mac Pro with M2 Ultra chip and more
Apple this week updated its Mac Pro desktop tower with the new M2 Ultra chip, which features a 24-core CPU, up to 76-core GPU, and support for up to 192GB of memory. Apple says the new Mac Pro is up to 3 times faster than the fastest Intel-based Mac Pro.
Apple also updated Mac Studio with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra chips. The two new Macs are available to order now and will launch on Tuesday, June 13.
Apple announces watchOS 10 with widgets, redesigned apps and more
Another software platform unveiled by Apple this week was watchOS 10, which includes several new features for Apple Watch, including redesigned widgets and apps that take advantage of Apple Watch models with larger screens like the Ultra.
tvOS 17 was also introduced. In particular, the update expands FaceTime to Apple TV with the help of a wirelessly connected iPhone or iPad camera.
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