Apple is set to announce major software changes for its electronics at its annual WWDC developer conference. The event will begin on Monday and will last until June 10. As well-known Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman (Mark Gurman) reports, citing sources in the company, in particular, software changes for the iPad will make the tablet more like a laptop than a smartphone. iPadOS 16 will use an updated interface that makes it easy to see which apps are currently open and easily switch between tasks. In addition, users will be able to change the size of windows on the screen; as well as on a regular computer; as well as get new ways to work with multiple applications at the same time.
For the iPad accounts for about 9% of Apple’s sales annually, in recent years this figure has increased slightly. At the same time, users have long demanded an interface that is more similar to the one used in the OS for laptops. What’s more, the new iPads use the same M1 chipset that powers some of Apple’s laptops, so it shouldn’t take too much effort to turn tablets into laptop-like designs.
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The updated iPad interface will be one of the major changes to be part of the conference. Software changes for iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV are coming. The changes will allow developers to build better apps and allow Apple to generate even more revenue; now earning more than $20 billion annually from the App Store.
In iOS 16, Apple also plans a number of changes, including the appearance of widgets on the lock screen, new audio and “social” functions will be added to the integrated messenger. macOS will update system settings, and Apple Watch will change the “watch faces”, will be revised fitness features and power saving mode – now the watch only shows the time when the battery is low.
Software changes will help promote new hardware as well. In the fall, the company intends to introduce four new iPhone 14 models; an updated iPad Pro, three new Apple Watches and several Macs with M2 chipsets.
Although the software will be official on June 6, the release of the software will most likely take place only in the fall; and will be coincide with the release of new Apple electronics. However, beta versions will be available to developers as early as next week; and beta test versions for a small number of users will take place in the next month.