iPad, Apple Watch and Mac: the 7 most exciting changes to come

Every June, at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announces the software that will power its devices later this year. Tomorrow I’ll be looking at the best innovations coming to iPhone, but today it’s the turn of Apple’s iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.

Here’s what to look for and which gadgets are compatible.

Apple iPad

1. Manager

Works with 12.9 inch iPad Pro 5e generation, iPad Pro 11in 3rd generation, iPad Air 5e generation

It’s the feature that Apple saved until the end, and you can see why. It’s a simple, efficient and very cool way to multitask on the iPad. Currently we can use neat mechanics like Slide Over and Split View, but Stage Manager is much more intuitive. This means you can have multiple windows on screen at the same time with one front and center and others looking around the corners so you don’t forget them. You can have four live simultaneously, plus four more on an external monitor if one is connected.

It’s a significant update but it needs a lot of power to run well, so Apple has limited it to just three models, all with the same Apple M1 processor on board.

2. There is a Weather app. To finish.

Works with all iPads that support iPadOS 16: iPad (5th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all iPad Pro models.

It only took 12 years, but Apple finally created its own Weather app for the iPad. There have been plenty of third-party apps for the platform, including the feisty and fun carrot, but this one looks fantastic deep down.

It’s got plenty of detail, with a 10-day forecast, hour-by-hour today’s temperature, forecast rainfall, wind direction and more. It’s in the same style as the iPhone app, but the extra space means it’s nicely laid out and very informative. As with the iPhone, the background of each location reflects the current weather: sunny skies in Palma de Mallorca, threatening clouds in New York, splashing rainfall in (sigh) London.

3. Smart Mail Tools

Works with all iPads that support iPadOS 16: iPad (5th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all iPad Pro models.

Once you’ve sent your email, you can call it back, but you have to be quick: you have 10 seconds to change your mind. You can also schedule messages to be sent at the right time. These are two features found in some third-party apps, like the awesome Mailbutler, which can also tell you when your emails have been read. But it’s nice to have those things built in.

Equally important, a new search system will offer more comprehensive results, according to Apple.


apple watch

4. Sleep tracking update

Works with all Apple Watches that support watchOS 9: Apple Watch Series 4 or later paired with iPhone 8 or later and iPhone SE (second generation) or later, running iOS 16.

Apple’s sleep tracking is good, but I always missed other apps’ sleep stages. Now it’s here. So you will be able to see how much deep or REM sleep, for example, was last night. It will also show heart rate and breath rate when you sleep, which is a big step up. And you can contribute to the wealth of sleep knowledge by contributing your sleep stage data to Apple’s Heart and Movement Study, found in the Research app.

5. Workout Updates

Works with all Apple Watches that support watchOS 9: Apple Watch Series 4 or later paired with iPhone 8 or later and iPhone SE (second generation) or later, running iOS 16.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to it. Every time Apple introduces an updated and more specific workout update, it makes it more accurate. This is a good thing, but each time it means fewer calories burned. I prefer to live in ignorance and have an easier training.

Alright, I’m kidding, but you see where I’m coming from.

This time around there are new training views to show more metrics, such as heart rate zones to monitor your training intensity. And the new supported workout type is Multisport. So when you tell him what workouts you’re about to do, he’ll know when you’ve made the switch from running to cycling to swimming. There are also other running updates, offering information on stride length, ground contact time, and vertical oscillation. Measuring all of this just from your wrist is pretty neat.


Apple Macs

6. Continuity Camera

Oh my god, that’s cool. You can use your iPhone’s camera as a webcam. It doesn’t work with all iPhones or Macs, but basically you can plug the iPhone into the back of the MacBook Pro, for example, and it connects wirelessly to the Mac. Suddenly you have a very high quality camera for video conferencing. You’ll look your best on everyone’s screen, so you’re really doing them a favor, aren’t you?

Even cooler, you can share your physical desktop simultaneously, which is handy if you’re comparing material samples, photos, or whatever. The ultra-wide camera comes into play here and adjusts the image, square angles, etc., to make it look the same as what you see in real life.

7. Major updates to key apps

Mail is getting a tweak on the Mac as well as the iPad, and Safari is adding tab groups that let you collaborate with others and see what they’re looking at live. You will also be able to start a Messages conversation or a FaceTime call from Safari. And Messages allows you to edit or recall messages after the event, up to 15 minutes. You can even recover deleted messages for 30 days after giving them the chop.

There’s a lot more to come, so be sure to come back as I’ll keep adding and discussing new features.

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