Apple publishes beta versions for new minor releases, new macOS 12.4 build for M2 Macs

While we're waiting for iOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura and other major platform updates, Apple is still working on new releases for iOS 15 and macOS 12 Monterey. Third beta versions are releases for iOS/iPadOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7, tvOS 15.6 and macOS 12.5.

No corresponding Xcode beta is published though.

Notably, there is also new macOS 12.4 build for M2 Macs. macOS Big Sur gets update that fixes Mail app issues.

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Apple starts WWDC22 with many great announcements for developers

WWDC22 is here! Apple's annual conference started with Special Event day, Keynote, State of the Union and Apple Design Awards.

Apple Developer Center

It actually started on Sunday June 5th. Apple presented its new Apple Developer Center to public. Center provides an opportunity to development teams to participate in workshops hosted by Apple and meet Apple teams while working on interesting projects. Overall, Apple Developer Center brings Apple Store aesthetics to developer-focused venue.

Apple did not provide any announcements on how often it would invite developers to visit Developer Center, but general recommendation is to monitor for emails and news in Developer app.

Keynote

Before going into OS updates, let's mention Apple M2 announcement which is iterates over success of M1. New chip is presented in new MacBook Air with design following recent MacBook Pro principles. New MacBook Air is fan-less and provides full day battery life.

M2 MacBook Pro 13" is also announced with no body changes.

iOS 16

iOS 16 brings many new features including:

  • Personalizable Lock Screen with widgets based on WidgetKit;
  • Live Activities which extends notifications on Lock Screen with realtime updates;
  • Focus mode API for developers – Focus Filters;
  • Live Text API;
  • Shared With You API;
  • Collaboration API to allow easy collaboration start via Messages app;
  • Improvements in Apple Pay, Apple Pay Later, Apple Pay Order Tracking;
  • SharePlay in Messages;
  • Developer mode should now be explicitly enabled on devices to allow debugging or UI automation testing;
  • Simpler way of integrating Siri support – App Intents.

iPadOS 16

iPadOS gets more desktop-like features:

  • M1 iPads will now be able to use Stage Manager – display up to four applications per screen (totaling with 8 apps when connected to external display) at the same time, and resize app windows;
  • Finally iPad gets its own Weather app.

watchOS 9

watchOS 9 brings many features focused on fitness and health including:

  • AFib constant monitoring will help people to monitor their condition and check how their behavior affects it;
  • New monitoring features will help better understand the quality of the workouts and overall fitness progress.

macOS 13 Ventura

macOS also gets attention this year:

  • Continuity camera now allows using iPhone in video conferencing;
  • Also FaceTime calls could be handed off to Mac easily;
  • Stage Manager is here to help with window clutter.

Xcode 14

Xcode 14 focuses on developer performance and adds multiple useful features for developers. Xcode Previews were rebuilt and are expected to run more smoothly.

Frameworks

As always, many existing frameworks get important updates:

  • SwiftUI gets new charts library, new approach for navigation and navigation views;
  • Metal 3 focuses on performance for resources and shaders;
  • Nearby Communications (UWB) improvements;
  • MapKit brings Maps features including Look Around to third-party apps;
  • WeatherKit for weather apps;
  • And many more...

App Store Review Guidelines are updated

2.5.4: Deleted requirement that apps using location background mode include a reminder that doing so may dramatically decrease battery life.
4.2.3: Deleted requirement to include sufficient content in the binary for the app to function at launch.
4.7: Deleted restriction on lotteries or charitable donations in code that is not embedded in the binary.
5.2.5: If your app displays Apple Weather data, it should follow the attribution requirements provided in the WeatherKit documentation.
5.3.3: Deleted restriction on purchasing lottery or raffle tickets or initiating fund transfers in the app.

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New Human Interface Guidelines are published

New Apple Human Interface Guidelines are now unified across platforms, provide links to relevant talks and design resources.

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Some report that macOS 12.3 might “brick” Macs with motherboard replacements

According to forum thread there is an issue with macOS 12.3 affecting MacBook Pro 14" and 16" models which had motherboard replacements.

There is a firmware bug in Mac OS 12.3 that renders the update impossible to install on any 2021 14 or 16 inch MacBook Pro that has had it's logic board replaced.

Apple Developer Forums

Apple Developer Forums: Monterey Beta Bricking 16-inch M1 Pro MacBook Pro

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Apple reports Q1 2022 FY results

During the investor call, Apple reported record-setting results with 11% revenue growth, iPhone taking significant growth in various markets.

Apple estimates 1.8 billion active devices across the world. Might cross 2 billion this year. This includes iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, Apple Watches, Macs and Apple TVs. Individual breakdown for device types was not given though.

Mac sales grew 25% YoY (mostly Apple Silicon), while iPad sales went down 14%. Notably, services show significant grow – 24% YoY.

Apple expects supply chain constraints to be improved in spring.

Topic of "metaverse" was discussed during investor call, no specific details was given though. Tim Cook mentioned that Apple always explores new opportunities and provided estimates on ARKit apps in App Store.

Apple Newsroom: Apple Reports First Quarter Results

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Benchmarks show performance comparison between Intel’s Adler Lake Core i9-12900HK and M1 Max

Benchmarks confirm that new Intel Adler Lake Core i9 chip is actually faster than Apple's M1 Max. By 4 (four) percent.

Geekbench 5 results show that the GE76 Raider with the Core i9-12900HK processor has an average multi-core score of 12,707, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Max chip has an average multi-core score of 12,244. This means the Core i9 processor is around 4% faster than the M1 Max chip in this particular comparison.

MacRumors

Moreover, comparison also show that Intel's chip taking 100 watts with spikes up to 140 watts and spinning cooler fans quite loudly, while M1 Max MacBook takes only 40 watts.

However, it is needed to be mentioned that tests also show that discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti card actually significantly outperforms M1 Max's integrated graphic.

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Apple releases first macOS 12.2 Monterey beta

Just after release of macOS 12.1 Monterey Apple publishes first beta of macOS 12.2.

Notable change in new beta is rewrite of Apple Music app. It is now uses native controls instead of web-like experience.

Some reports are attributing this to internal Apple framework called JET which should allow porting of web apps to use native controls on macOS.

Also Apple Silicon Mac users report smoother scrolling in Safari.

Beta download: Beta Software Download

Release notes: macOS Monterey 12.2 Beta Release Notes (release notes do not show any changes for this beta)

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Apple Silicon Macs are quickly taking enterprise share

Jamf report shows quick adoption of Apple Silicon Macs in enterprise.

In just one year, Jamf customers have deployed one million Macs powered by a chip in the M1 family. Nearly three quarters (74%) of Jamf customers have at least one Mac with M1 managed, with MacBook Air being the most popular model.

Jamf press release

Jamf press release: Jamf Announces it Has Helped Customers Deploy One Million Macs Powered by the M1 Family of Chips

Reference: Apple Silicon Macs seeing quick uptake among enterprise users, Jamf reveals