While the summer months following WWDC are often a relatively quiet time of year for Apple, there are still a few notable items on the agenda leading up to July. Below we’ve rounded up six things to expect from Apple over the next six weeks.
Public betas of iOS 16 and more
As part of WWDC 2022, Apple announced that public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod software version 16 will be released sometime in July, allowing members of Apple’s free beta software program to try out the software updates before they are released to all users later this year.
The first betas of each update are already available for developers registered in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 per year.
Launch of the new MacBook Air
Apple said the new MacBook Air with the M2 chip will be available in July, but the company has yet to announce exactly when orders will begin. Pricing starts at $1,199 in the US, and the MacBook Air with the M1 chip remains available for $999.
The new MacBook Air has been redesigned with a larger 13.6-inch display, a notch, flatter edges, and new Starlight and Midnight color options alongside Space Gray and Silver. The notebook also features MagSafe charging, an enhanced 1080p camera, and more.
According to Apple, the M2 chip has an 18% faster CPU, 35% faster GPU and 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip. With the M2 chip, MacBook Air can now be configured with up to 24GB of unified storage, compared to a maximum of 16GB with the M1 chip. Like the previous model, the new MacBook Air can be configured with up to 2 TB SSD.
Back to school support
Apple’s annual Back to School campaign typically kicks off in June or July in the United States, Canada and select other countries. Last year, the US promotion began June 17 and offered eligible students and educators free second-generation AirPods and a 20% discount on AppleCare+ plans with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model.
For 2022, it seems likely that Apple will again offer free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad model.
Apple’s third-quarter earnings conference call
Apple hasn’t announced a date for its third-quarter results yet, but they’re usually released in late July each year. As usual, the earnings report will be followed by a conference call where Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri will discuss financial results, and there’s always a chance they’ll share some interesting information.
WWDC 2022 behind the design interviews
Beginning June 27, Apple will be sharing a series of interviews with the developers of apps that won the 2022 Apple Design Awards. “Get behind the design and learn about the creative process, the challenges faced by our winners and how they brought their bold and distinctive ideas to life,” says Apple. A full interview schedule is available on the Apple website.
Apple Camp returns to Apple Stores around the world this summer, with sessions taking place every week from June 20th through August 31st. The free program, designed for kids ages 8 to 12 and their guardians, consists of two-hour in-store and outdoor sessions in which kids use products like iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create their own digital comic book about the world to create protection and celebration of the planet.
Parents and guardians can register for Apple Camp on the Apple website.