WWDC is always a big event for software announcements. Occasionally, there are key hardware revelations too, and it definitely delivered in this respect – including some of those we previously predicted.
Here, we’ll talk you through the most important hardware updates, and throw in some software-related ones too.
Rumours have been circulating for a while, but the M2 processor is finally here. This second-generation chip supports up to 24GB of memory, and easily trumps the M1 processor with an 18% faster CPU, a 35% more powerful GPU, and a 40% quicker Neural Engine.
The 8-core GPU is the standard (four high efficiency and four performance), but you can opt for up to 10 cores – two more than the M1 chip. Plus, it has a better media engine with a higher bandwidth video decoder, supporting 8K H.264 and HEVC video. You’ll find this M2 chip in the brand-new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro
Along with the M2 processor, the fresh MacBook Air has an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU. It can be configured with 2TB of SSD storage, alongside 24GB of unified memory, giving it a battery life of up to 18 hours.
There’s an increased screen size too – its Liquid Retina display is 13.6 inches with 500 nits of brightness. The design is completely fanless, and there’s a MagSafe connector, two Thunderbolt ports, and the standard headphone jack. Its Magic Keyboard has full-size function keys (like the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros), plus a Touch ID button.
In comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Pro update is a bit disappointing: the new M2 processor is the only change. Yet the chip upgrade does mean that the updated 13-inch device can brag up to 20 hours of video playback (on a single charge!), and a 50% higher memory bandwidth.
At the time of writing we are expecting these new machines in July but Apple have not provided an exact date or even when Apple resellers can promote them. If you would like to receive information on the new M2 Macs please just sign up here.
As for software revelations, these came in abundance. For starters, there’s the introduction of Ventura, which is MacOS 13. This has a number of handy features including the Stage Manager tool, plus the ability to use an iPhone attached to the Mac’s screen as a clip-on premium webcam.
iPadOS 16 was another big announcement – and it has identical new features to Ventura to bring it more in line with the macOS. You can now resize windows and move them around (improving multitasking and productivity), plus there’s a better display to enhance its second screen functionality. iOS 16 was also revealed, with refined lock screen capabilities and WatchOS 9, which has become more competitive through a bunch of health upgrades.
tvOS 16 wasn’t explicitly announced at WWDC. However, eagle-eyed Apple enthusiasts have discovered that developers can download a beta version – new features include enhancements to its cross-device connectivity.
Cash flow support through leasing
Whilst we didn’t see an updated Mac mini or 27-inch iMac at WWDC 2022, these could be released at an event in the autumn. In the meantime, you may wish to get your hands on one of the devices Apple did announce.
Their website says these will be available in July 2022, but given the existing supply chain issues, Apple may offer a limited supply initially. We anticipate that it won’t be full steam ahead until the end of the third quarter.
When the releases do arrive, your cash flow might prevent you from making a purchase – but with Lease Loop, this doesn’t have to be a concern. With us, you can spread the cost over time, plus, you’ll be supported beyond the lease term, as we love to help our clients’ businesses grow.
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