Apple held its WWDC 2023 keynote on June 5, unveiling a slew of new software for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. It also unveiled the 15-inch MacBook Air, M2 Mac Studio, the new Apple silicon Mac Pro, and of course, the Apple Vision Pro headset.
Apple's developer betas are available free to everyone, which means you can download iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS Sonoma, and tvOS 17 right now. New Macs are arriving in the next few weeks, and that marvelous headset is coming next year.
Here's everything Apple announced at WWDC 2023.
Everything revealed at WWDC 2023
At WWDC 2023, Apple unveiled new versions of key OS platforms: iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and the next version of tvOS. Hardware from the show included a new 15-inch MacBook Air and a new Mac Pro (2023) with new Apple silicon including the M2 Ultra chip... and of course the Vision Pro VR headset.
WWDC 23: When was WWDC 2023?
WWDC takes place from June 5 to June 9, with a special in-person event on the opening day.
And the most exciting stuff happened on the first day: Apple unveiled iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, and watchOS 10, among some other goodies at its keynote. Tim Cook introduced us to new hardware as well, notably the Vision Pro headset and some new computers running a powerful new version of the M2 chip.
The event runs for a few days after, but this is really for developers to try and get the best out of their apps and Apple’s software, and as such, Apple announced it was making available developer betas of the software immediately.
The Keynote began at 10 am PT and was followed by Apple's State of the Union at 1:30 pm PT.
After Apple's exciting announcements, the Apple Design Awards celebratedthe "creative artistry and technical achievements of Apple's developer community." The event starts at 6:30 pm PT.
WWDC 23: iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and other software
But beyond the basics, Apple is putting nearly all of its 2023 effort into its rumored Vision Pro headset at the expense of its mobile and Mac software. This means we saw fewer new features this year, although the new versions are not without their plusses. But the VR hardware and its accompanying software clearly took center stage.
There were a few big iOS leaks in the run-up to the show. There have been concepts of what iOS 17 might look like, as well as some rumors and rumblings to its extra features – expect a new smart display mode for nightstands, and more features within the Fitness and Wallet portions of the OS.
WWDC 23: 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac Studio, Mac Pro
Last year, we got to see Apple's new M2 MacBook Air, one of the company's best MacBooks in recent memory. Hardware isn't a mainstay at WWDC, and Apple doesn't always unveil new products. But lately, it looks like that rule has been changed -- and new Macs made an appearance, as did new chips and a little thing in the shape of a headset.
As much as we'd have liked to see M3 with the 3nm process at WWDC, it was not to be. But Apple did announce a new version of the M2 chip, an Ultra version that is essentially two M2 chips smooshed into one.
And of course, another new product stole the show at WWDC: Apple entered its first brand new product market since it unveiled Apple Watch, with the heavily rumored launch of Apple's own VR headset. Read on to find out more.
WWDC 23: Apple Vision Pro and visionOS
Apple Vision Pro, the company's long-rumored VR headset, was unveiled at WWDC. The worst-kept secret in all of tech, Apple VR was finally revealed at WWDC 2023. Introducing Apple Vision Pro the result of years of work and R&D from the Cupertino company (5,000 patents!) and the first truly new product from Apple in years — and perhaps its most ambitious venture to date.
Apple Vision Pro is an augmented reality headset with straps and an external battery pack that can capture photos and videos, show movies, and more. It's a fully 3D interface with no controllers, and it features stunning control of apps in the space around you, even casting shadows on the real world.
Apple Vision Pro will cost an eye-watering $3,499 and is coming to the US early next year.
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