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 “Far Out” Event Prediction/Wish List Results

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

Yesterday Apple held their “Far Out” event and I had made some predictions and here are the results.

Four new iPhones, with no iPhone mini

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus arranged in a semi-circle

There were four new iPhones, the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. You can still purchase an iPhone 13 mini for $599.

Always On Screen for some, if not all, iPhone 14 models

This one was correct, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max both have an Always-On display. The display will be able to be reduced down to 1Hz to save battery.

iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in Deep Purple
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in Deep Purple

No new iPads and no new Macs

Both of these were correct, because there were no iPads nor any Macs at this event.

New Apple Watch Series 8

There is an Apple Watch Series 8, which is very similar to the Series 7, but does include Crash Detection and a new thermometer designed for recording differences in temperature.

Apple Watch Series 8 in Midnight with a Midnight Band
Apple Watch Series 8 in Midnight with a Midnight Band

New Apple Watch SE

This is also correct, with the introduction of the 2nd Generation Apple Watch SE. The 2nd Generation Apple Watch SE is available to order and will begin arriving September 16th.

Apple Second generation Apple Watch SE
Apple Second generation Apple Watch SE

Possible Apple Watch Pro

This was half-right, because there is the Apple Watch Ultra, not the “pro”. It is the Apple Watch Ultra. You can order it today and it will be available beginning September 23rd.

Apple Watch Ultra with its bands
Apple Watch Ultra with its bands

Second generation AirPods Pro

There is a pair of second generation AirPods Pro. You can order them starting September 9th and they will begin arriving September 23rd.

2nd Generation Air Pods Pro
2nd Generation Air Pods Pro

Recap

I think I got every single one of them correct, which is not likely to happen again in the future. You can read my recap of all of the announcements at the “Far Out” event.

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