Apple continues its cadence of yearly releases. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura are packed with a slew new features.

The biggest change for iOS is the new customizable Lock Screen complete with widgets. For iPadOS and macOS there is a new window management feature called Stage Manager. Health gets some improvements with new medication tracking, including scheduling and notifications. If you use Photos there is now a new Shared Photo Library option.

Sometimes you need to quickly escape a situation. If that is the case the new Safety Check feature will quickly remove access to your apps, location, and Apple ID account.

For those who like to run there are new measurements as well as ways of racing against yourself with a new Race Route function. If you like to compete in Triathlons, you can use the new Multisport exercise to seamlessly move between sports.
For developers is a whole new WeatherKit Framework that utilizes the existing Async/Await features, and has a REST API. SwiftUI, Apple’s Swift-only UI framework, continues to evolve with a whole framework of its own, Swift Charts.

These topics are just some of the topics covered in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura. The information contained within provides details about all of the new features of each operating system and has something for everyone, no matter what level of expertise.

Apple Announces September 7th “Far Out” Event

Watch the September 7th, 2022 "Far Out" event

Today Apple sent out invitations to various people in the media about an event happening on September 7th. There were two different invitations sent out, one for an in-person event and another for streaming. The fact that there are two different invitations being sent out indicates that this might be a similar to the World Wide Developer Conference keynote where a selection of press and developers were able to attend the keynote in person.

In Person Invitation to the September 7th, 2022 "Far Out" Event
In Person Invitation to the “Far Out” Event
Streaming Invitation to the September 7th, 2022 "Far Out" Event
Streaming Invitation to the “Far Out” Event

This event will begin streaming at 10 am Pacific Time on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022. Typically, Apple has Tuesday events, but September 5th is Labor Day in the United States, so it will be on Wednesday the 7th.

As with all other events this one has a theme, “Far Out”. It has also become standard that there is an Augmented Reality experience when you visit the Apple Events page.

This event’s AR object is a star field that you can zoom in on and view. Music will also play if you zoom in far enough.

Augmented Reality object for September 7th, 2022 "Far Out" Event
Augmented Reality view for the “Far Out” event

It is likely that Apple will announce the new line up of iPhones as well as any new Apple Watches. It is not likely that we will see any new iPads given that Apple confirmed that iPadOS will be released later in the fall.

As is the case with all Apple’s events I will have a recap of what was announced sometime after the event, as well as my predictions, sometime before the event.