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 or so.
Public betas of iOS 16 and above
As part of WWDC 2022, Apple announced that public betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and HomePod version 16 will be released sometime in July, allowing program members Apple’s free beta software to test software updates before they’re released to all users later this year.
Early beta versions of each update are already available to developers enrolled 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 will start 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 screen, a notch, flatter edges, and new Starlight and Midnight color options alongside Space Gray and Silver. The laptop also features MagSafe charging, an improved 1080p camera, and more.
Apple claims that 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, the MacBook Air can now be configured with up to 24 GB of unified memory, compared to a maximum of 16 GB with the M1 chip. Like the previous model, the new MacBook Air can be configured with up to 2TB SSD.
Back to school
Apple’s annual Back to School Promotion usually kicks off in June or July in the United States, Canada, and some other countries. Last year, the US promotion started on June 17 and offered eligible students and teachers free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model, as well as 20% off AppleCare+ plans.
For 2022, it seems likely that Apple will once again offer free second-generation AirPods with the purchase of an eligible Mac or iPad model.
Apple’s Third Quarter Earnings Call
Apple has yet to announce a date for its third quarter results, but they are usually released in late July each year. As usual, the earnings report will be followed by a conference call where Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri will discuss the financial results, and there’s always a chance they reveal interesting information.
WWDC 2022 “Behind the Design” Interviews
Starting June 27, Apple will share a series of interviews with the app makers who won the 2022 Apple Design Awards. “Get behind the design and learn about our winners’ creative process, challenges, and how they brought their bold and distinctive ideas to life,” says Apple. A complete interview schedule is available on Apple’s website.
Apple Camp is returning to Apple Store locations around the world this summer, with sessions taking place weekly from June 20 through August 31. The free program, designed for children ages 8 to 12 and their guardians, will consist of two-hour sessions in stores and outdoor spaces where kids use products like the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create their own digital comic about protecting and celebrating the planet.
Parents and guardians can register for Apple Camp on the Apple website.