Notes from Apple’s iPhone 14 Infomercial September 2022

Apple held its biggest event for the year today, another pre-recorded infomercial unveiling the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro MaxApple Watch Series 8, SE 2022, Apple Watch Ultra, AirPods Pro. Once again Apple also removed any pretense of concern for the public, their workers, and the press, or any sense that they understand the ongoing pandemic by inviting people to attend in-person. During the WWDC infomercial at least one member of the press got COVID on the way to California when that was also held in-person and suffered long-lasting effects despite being vaccinated. Photos of today’s in-person attendees depict plenty of people indoors in a crowded theater who aren’t wearing masks and I hope that there is not a repeat of what happened at WWDC but this is definitely how you make that happen. The entire presentation is viewable remotely, but people attending in-person may get time hands-on with the products and get to keep their jobs since the entire western world has decided that thousands of weekly deaths and long-term infections and suffering are now acceptable while any countries deciding to stop work during a pandemic are not acceptable. Death and suffering cannot hinder capital and its product launches. Workers at Apple may have access to the best testing equipment but everyone else doesn’t. Free testing programs are wrapping up left and right. But hey, here are some shiny new products!

Apple Watch Series 8

Tim Cook opened the pre-recorded infomercial with a pre-recorded collection of people who have Apple Watches and had their lives saved by them being able to access services that aren’t available to anyone who is too poor to have an Apple Watch.

Jeff Williams continued by introducing the new Series 8 Apple Watch. Deidre Caldbeck continued the introduction. As rumored, a temperature sensor is in the Series 8 Apple Watch. Caldbeck and then Sumbul Desai said this was primarily for women’s health and would detect women’s cycles retroactively. Desai continued at length to say that is very important to track cycles and said that Apple would take privacy seriously and encrypt health data end-to-end.

Continuing the depressing discussions of accidents, health, and now accidents again, Caldbeck returned to talk about a new feature called Crash Detection that would use new and upgraded motion sensors the Apple Watch Series 8 to detect car accidents.

Low Power Mode is another new feature Caldbeck introduces to extend the battery life of Series 4 and up Apple Watches.

New colors are available for the Series 8 Apple Watch, and new cheaper and more expensive bands.

Series 8 is $400 or $500 for cellular models. Orders today. September 16th delivery or general availability.

Apple Watch SE 2022

Apple Watch SE gets updated with a new design and what sounds like a plastic back case. Apple Watch SE also has almost all of the same sensors, but not quite.

Up until today Apple was still selling the Apple Watch Series 3 that won’t receive the update to WatchOS 9, coming soon. No upgrades were mentioned to the processing power of the Series 8, so most likely this is still using a variation of the same SoC that has been in place for years now. Modern Apple Watches aren’t slow, so that isn’t a huge issue, but it is worth mentioning.

$250, orders today, September 16th delivery or availability.

Apple Watch Ultra

Heavily rumored for the past month or so is this new more expensive Apple Watch Ultra that a presenter returned to say is primarily for people who do real extreme stuff like long-distance hikers. The new design is chunkier, has a more protected display, the rumored new side button in bright orange but customizable in software, a bigger crown with bigger grooves that might be easier to access, cellular by default, a bigger battery that Apple promises delivers 36 hours of battery life or 60 hours using a “coming later this fall” extended battery mode. Bigger and more speakers, better microphones. Of course it also has special bands (designed to be extra flexible for fitting over special equipment) and even a different method of attaching them so compatibility is likely out of the window. 49mm size only.

Another presenter promised that the Apple Watch Ultra would have more accurate GPS support, a special siren, and more water resistance than the other models of Apple Watch.

An obviously rich CEO of an outdoors company I’ve never heard of called Huish was introduced to talk about their special app for the Apple Watch Ultra that is designed for divers to provide them with information while diving and afterwards.

There are plenty of these kinds of special outdooring watches by Garmin and other brands.

$800. Orders available today. Delivers September 23rd.

AirPods Pro 2022

More rumors were accurate. There’s also new AirPods Pros today. New H2 chip with an “incredible upgrade to performance” and longer battery life (6 hours claimed 30% more and 6 more hours with the new case) and upgrades to the built-in speakers. iOS 16 adds personalized spatial audio features, a claim of 2x active noise cancellation performance. There’s also a new extra-small ear tip size. Transparency modes are supposed to be improved as well. The stem is still on these AirPods Pro and improved with more control features. There’s finally a speaker on the case to find the whole case using the Find My app, and a lanyard strap hole.

$250, orders on September 9th. September 23rd delivery.

iPhone 14 & iPhone 14 Plus

As rumored, a larger display option is now available but that’s the only big change this year, 6.7 inches and your good old 6.1 inch size. The Plus name returns for the larger model. As rumored, the SoC is a modified A15 chip from last year. Your performance cores, your efficiency cores, yadda yadda. Performance has been terrific for years. Still just two camera sensors on the back, but they are slightly improved. Low-light performance is said to be improved. Video stabilization, improved with Action Mode. No ProMotion on the display, that still seems to be only available for the Pro models.

As always, Apple shows off professional photography using these devices that’s out of reach for most people.

The SIM tray is gone, as rumored. E-SIM only. You won’t be able to physically move the SIM card from another device to this one or physically take it away when you want to move on. Apple claims that this will be a good security feature for if the iPhone is lost or stolen, but it will make it difficult if the iPhone is broken.

I’m glad that you don’t have to buy a “Pro” model to get a larger size.

Both 14 models also have the car crash detection feature.

Emergency SOS via Satellite is a long-rumored new service that Apple has put in place to put iPhone 14 users in touch with emergency services. Launches some time in November for US & Canada. Service is “free” for two years after buying an iPhone 14 device.

$800 for the 6.1” and $900 for the 6.7” Pre-orders on September 9th. Shipping dates are September 16th for the smaller model. October 7th for the larger model. As rumored the smaller iPhone Mini is gone.

iPhone 14 Pro & iPhone 14 Pro Max

The sensors on the front are now behind the screen in the rumored capsule shape at the top of the screen that Apple is calling the Dynamic Island instead of the notch. Apple says that animations in the operating system will expand out of the capsule area and it can also display background activities like sports scores, music, timers. The display sizes match the base iPhone 14 at 6.1” and 6.7”. The screen is supposed to be smarter about lowering the refresh rate and has the rumored always-on display to dim the screen and just show certain smaller pieces of information alongside parts of the background wallpaper when locked and not in-use.

The iPhone 14 Pro models get an A16 SoC, as rumored. The performance, both in speed and efficiency for power saving are claimed to be very good. Speed hasn’t been a problem for years but it’s gonna be fast, there is no reason to doubt that.

The iPhone 14 Pro models also get the rumored 48 megapixel camera sensor that groups pixels together (Apple calls this a “quadpixel sensor”) but usually spits out 12 megapixels in effect, just with claimed performance improvements for the resulting photos using groups of the pixels in the sensor. Ultra-wide is still 12 megapixels but otherwise improved. Flash is improved. Low-light performance is of course improved. Amusingly most of this was leaked so long ago that I listened to a podcast last week that explained in detail not only how the iPhone 14 Pro models would have the 48 megapixel camera, but also how it would process the images from the camera and still produce a 12 megapixel image.

Battery life still gets claimed “all-day battery life.”

Of course all the satellite stuff and other features of the base iPhone 14 are there.

$1000 for the 6.1″ Pro, $1100 for the 6.7″ Pro Max. Pre-orders start on September 9th, available on the 16th.


I can’t overstate just how stupid it is for these events to be pre-recorded while still gathering people indoors, in-person, mask-optional! That’s even more audaciously dumb when almost every device shown off was advertised for its supposed safety features and coated in greenwashing about the recycled parts and programs for capturing devices to recycle them. Green things need to happen at a regulatory level to lower Apple’s impact on the world and prevent COVID from spreading. The products announced today were not so exciting as to make the resulting infections of in-person attendance acceptable. I’m fortunate that I can stay home and write about this.

Almost everything matched the rumors. It’s good that the Apple Watch Series 3 is no-longer for sale but dumb as hell that Apple was still selling it until today when it won’t receive WatchOS 9. The new Ultra watch is fine, I’m glad it exists for anyone who is rich enough or professional enough to need it. As always, the professional photography and videography are, I believe, a bad way to show off the features of the upgraded camera sensors. Give me a birthday party with a cake as the sole lighting source. A selfie in a bathroom. There are a dozen ways to show off the improvements by both regular people and the (no joke) stunt camera shots where the actor and videographer are on wires.

More than anything else, however, the overall theme of the day was about expanding “you need this or you will die” from just the Apple Watch to every device. Car crash detection, heart rate sensors, temperature sensors. The entire bit is played out and expanded to a point where it is ridiculous and I was glad to see others talking about how ridiculous it is. 


OBS Studio 28.0 Released with HDR, Native Apple Silicon Support & Lots More

If you stream video and audio online in 2022 you’re probably using OBS Studio. It’s free and open source software to stream to Twitch, YouTube and plenty of other services that have been created and gone out of business in the decade that OBS has been around. Today OBS Studio 28.0 came out with native Apple Silicon support on Macs since 2020 with M1 and M2 chips, the start of support for HDR (mainly on Windows, unfortunately), and lots more including a major update to the appearance of OBS.

I stream every day on Twitch and using an Intel version of OBS Studio on a Mac through Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer for running Intel binaries on Apple Silicon has been alright, but native support for the M1 hardware in my laptop I’m on will mean OBS runs more efficiently and is potentially less likely to kick on the fans. Unfortunately, one of the biggest features for Apple Silicon users, more support for hardware-based encoding, is still waiting for macOS Ventura which won’t be out until later in the year.

OBS Studio 28.0 is free directly from the developers for Windows, macOS, and Linux,  at A lot of things changed in this release so I recommend reading the full release notes here and note that some plug-ins may need to be manually updated to support Apple Silicon. The OBS project has a guide for OBS Studio 28.0 plugin compatibility here and you may want to check for and backup installed plugins in these locations. Note that for the first few hours after this release the download link for macOS on still points to the Intel (x86-64) version of OBS Studio. You may need to download the Apple Silicon (arm64) download directly from the bottom of the release notes page on GitHub.


XScreenSaver Turns 30

Jamie Zawinski noted the 30th anniversary of XScreenSaver’s version 1.0 release with the original USENET post and more bits of fun trivia although he notes that version 1.0 of XScreenSaver is missing. XScreenSaver must be one of the longest continually updated software projects out there, it has great stuff from the past like your flying toasters and almost everything else including more modern screen savers that reference things like one of our current pandemics.

The main competitor to XScreenSaver in the screen saving space was After Dark by Berkeley Systems but that was a commercial software  package for Macs and Windows computers hasn’t been updated since 1996 although you can emulate old versions and I was surprised to find out you can buy modern macOS versions of three of the After Dark screen savers. Even more surprising is that if the Wikipedia page for After Dark is to be believed, Microsoft may own the rights to After Dark after Activision is acquired.

XScreenSaver is a free download for macOS, X11-based Linux systems, iOS, and Android. XScreenSaver is unavailable for Windows.


Everything Announced at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference Infomercial 2022

Every year Apple starts their World Wide Developer’s Conference with a keynote, It’s been a pre-recorded infomercial with solely online sessions for the past two years. This year Apple changed it up and while most of the event was pre-recorded, some developers and journalists were invited to attend an in-person viewing of the pre-recorded video. Encouraging people to travel during a deadly pandemic is not a wise thing when hundreds of people are dying each week and thousands more are getting infected with a potentially deadly or long-term disease.


iOS 16

Lock Screen Customization, Notifications, Focus Mode Switching

The way iPhones look when they’re on but the screen is locked is changing in iOS 16 according to Apple’s Craig Federighi. Federighi showed off the new functionality using a portrait mode photo where his children appeared in the foreground, in front and slightly above the time on the lock screen, and the blurred background of the photo remained in the background behind everything. Pressing and holding on the screen let Federighi go into an editing mode to choose a new style or pick out other customization options like a font for the time and date or adding and removing widgets. Like with Apple Watch faces, users can store their customized iPhone lock screens to pick between them later on. Federighi also said that developers could use the WidgetKit API to add information from their apps. Given the grousing I’ve heard from developers about limitations in the current widget system, I’m curious how well that ends up working out.

Federighi also highlighted changes to the way notifications appear on the lock screen, with new notifications fanning out from the bottom of the screen and a new API called Live Activities that lets developers put information into something that sure looks a lot like a widget instead of a constant stream of notifications. Examples included a basketball game with a scoreboard replacing endless notifications about the game’s score, Uber notifications replaced by a live progress tracker, a Nike workout meter, and a music player that can expand to let the album art take up more of the lock screen.

The Focus modes introduced last year are also getting updated to include lock screen and home screen selections, and focus filters that go into apps to filter out messages, websites, mail, and calendar events according to Federighi. He said that users would be able to swipe between the lock screens to choose their focus mode.

Messages in iOS 16

Messages updates were next from Federighi with the ability to edit and undo sending messages, as well as marking messages as unread. A press release from Apple clarified that messages can only be edited or undone for 15 minutes after they’re sent and they’re recoverable for 30 days after they’re deleted. Presumably only from the sender’s side of the conversation? This feature sounds like it would be easy for people who are making mistakes to abuse it.

Federighi also said that the Shared with You feature that surfaces photos and links and other things shared in messages would get an API for developers to hook into.

SharePlay Apps and Messages

The SharePlay feature that lets users watch videos and do other stuff together during video calls is also getting updated to let users get into a SharePlay app directly from the video call screen or find more apps that support SharePlay. It’s also getting added to Apple’s Messages app so it seems like users don’t need to be on a call to watch a show together, which would be an improvement. My family has enjoyed using SharePlay when it’s available, but we would usually mute the call and turn off the camera because it wasn’t necessary to be on a call at the same time.

Dictation Improvements

Federighi had Robby Walker introduce improvements to the dictation feature on the iOS keyboard with a demonstration that showed the on-screen software keyboard remaining in-use for edits during dictation instead of being covered up by the voice interface as it is today with iOS 15. Walker demonstrated selecting text and then using their voice to replace the selected text, and dictating with automatic punctuation. Currently you have to dictate the punctuation by verbally saying “period” or “exclamation mark” to get a . or !

Walker also said there would be a new API for developers to work with SiriKit and Shortcuts called App Intents.

Live Text scraping added to Videos, Translation Improvements, Other Detection Improvements

iOS 15 got the ability for the operating system to scrape text from images, iOS 16 is adding videos. Walker said you would have to pause the video to do this and showed it working on a code sample. I wonder how well that will work as video quality degrades over slower connections and with user interface elements blocking the text. Some apps also reject Apple’s video player and I suspect those just won’t work at all.

Walker also said that it would be easier to quickly do things with text in images and videos like translations and showed an updated Translate app from Apple that lets people translate using a camera in the app.

It is can be frustrating to try and select an image instead of the text in the image in iOS 15, so I hope that gets ironed out in iOS 16.

Speaking of image selection, Walker demonstrated selecting the subject of a photo with a long press and dragging just the part of the image that shows the subject out of the photo by selecting a dog and dragging the dog without the background into a message.

Walker implied that some or all of these features would also come to Apple’s other operating systems.

Wallet Stuff: ID & Keys, Tap to Pay, Apple Pay Later, Order Tracking

Corey Fugman talked about Apple’s work in putting drivers licenses and ID cards into the Wallet app, which is only in Maryland and Arizona for now but said that 11 other states are working on it. Fugman said that some apps would be able to access the ID to verify the user’s age for something like an alcohol purchase. It would only let the app know if the user was over 21 instead of their specific age.

Fugman said that Apple is trying to make digital keys a standard so that keys can be shared to other operating systems but they would be shareable between Apple users first.

Fugman talked about how iPhones can “…starting this Month…” do Apple Pay with a tap-to-pay feature without needing other hardware.

Apple Pay Later is a buy now pay later service that extends credit lending to every day purchases by spreading the cost out over a period of time with preset increments. These services are being pretty widely exploited and rightfully criticized for their usurious nature by advertising no interest but of course making their money on buyers who fail to meet the timeline of repayment and usually charging a fee to merchants for the availability of the service under the pretense of enabling customers to buy things they would otherwise be unable to afford. So instead of owing just a credit card bill every month you could owe money to dozens of lenders for smaller purchases through different apps and bills. Fugman said this feature would require no additional integration for developers.

Apple Pay Order Tracking was introduced by Fugman to track where orders are at. They’ve really got a shit sandwich here of stuffing usurious garbage into the middle of things that people might fall asleep through.

Maps Updates

Federighi said that new map features are coming to 11 more countries later this year, I still can’t get bicycling directions on O?ahu.

Maps is getting multi-stop routing according to Meg Frost. MapQuest from 1996 probably had this but it does look like Apple has thought out the feature by setting up Siri to help and being able to plan and store these routes. The Maps app will integrate more with stored digital transit payment cards and let you know how much a ride will cost or remind users if they need to reload a card before a ride.

Frost also said that developers would get better map access through MapKit and more developer stuff later this year.


Rubie Edmondson was introduced to talk about sports stuff and reiterated previously mentioned features like the live activities scoreboard and said that the Apple TV app would display those scoreboards on the lockscreen.

Edmondson also boasted about Apple TV +’s Friday Night Baseball which isn’t great because it locks baseball games that would otherwise be broadcast for free locally behind yet another paywall. If you’ve already subscribed to Major League Baseball’s MLB TV service, too bad.

The News app is getting a My Sports section with sports-specific news from your chosen teams.

Family Sharing Updates

Craig Federighi said that Apple will be making it easier to create children’s Apple ID accounts, manage their parental controls and screen time, and set up new devices.

iCloud Shared Photo Library is a new feature that Federighi said would make it easier for families to share photos. There are so many flaws with the current photo sharing systems so this could be great, especially if the photos remain at their full quality. The camera app is also getting a toggle to immediately share photos to a shared library and there’s a feature to automatically share images taken when someone else who is in the shared photo library is nearby. That seems like a potentially broken feature but sure.

Federighi said everyone who has access to the shared library can edit, remove, and add photos so get ready for a relative who thinks they’re funny to edit in cartoon faces to your important family photos. Federighi even showed an edit going from color to black and white which is a perfect example of how destructive changes like this can be. 

Safety Check

Katie Skinner introduced the Safety Check feature specifically with the idea that it would be useful for revoking access to some functionality like privacy permissions and location data when people are escaping abusive situations. It looks useful but it’s especially important to remain skeptical about Apple’s motivations and what they’re providing when they’re talking about functionality like this that is ostensibly to help people in terrible situations. I hope Safety Check does exactly what it promises.

Home & CarPlay

Corey Wang talked about Smart Home garbage like the Matter standard for home stuff to communicate with each other and showed a redesigned Home app that categorizes devices or just lets you browse through the entire list of devices in one long list separated by rooms.

Emily Schubert introduced new changes to CarPlay to add support for more screens, customizable gauge clusters, calendars, music, and widgets to the new screens, bringing truly distracted driving to a whole new level. Vehicles running this next generation version of CarPlay are to be announced late in 2023 which feels like a long way away for Apple to be announcing anything but I suppose they need the developer components in sooner which means they might have been impossible to avoid talking about. 

iOS 16 Odds & Ends

Federighi returned to talk about Spatial Audio improvements that would scan your ears to tune Spatial Audio features for you. I turn off Spatial Audio immediately because it sounds like garbage simulated surround sound to me.

Quick Note is also coming to iOS. when it was previously only available on macOS and iPadOS. It still works very differently in both operating systems and is pretty inconsistent. I am glad to see Quick Note getting improved instead of being dumped into the pile of “marketing named feature we once talked about and then never updated.”

watchOS 9

Kevin Lynch appeared in a fitness studio to talk about new features coming to WatchOS 9. Lynch brought up “…four new watch faces” and then showed off a remade Astronomy watch face (are remakes new?), a Lunar calendar watch face, a bizarre watch face called Play Time by an artist named Joi Fulton that has odd characters for numerals, and Metropolitan another weird watch face with a font for the numerals that stretches if you turn the crown. Why is it version 9 of WatchOS and developers still cannot ship their own watch faces? Lynch went on to say that more of the older watch faces are getting “rich complications” which is Apple speak for updating the older software to match current functionality.

Using Siri will no-longer takes up the whole Watch screen with that interface, there will be banner notifications, and active apps get pinned in the app switcher.

The Podcasts app on WatchOS 9 is getting discoverability functionality to find and subscribe to new podcasts as well as letting kids use the app when their parents permit it.

Developers are getting new APIs for the share sheet (the thing that pops up when you tap on a box with an arrow pointing up and out of it) and the photo picker that lets users select images. Callkit will let developers manage VoIP calls on the Apple Watch.

Craig Bolton showed off new metrics and custom workout modes on the Apple Watch to help runners and other exercise types. Routes will be automatically saved for repeat comparisons and there are new workout types for automatically switching between cycling, swimming, and running for example.

Remarkably, Apple’s Fitness app has been locked out for everyone who doesn’t have an Apple Watch, Bolton said that with iOS 16 users could finally use the Fitness app without an Apple Watch to see stuff that iPhones can track without other hardware accessories and the results from other fitness apps. I’ve been pretty annoyed that the health benefits of the Apple Watch are unavailable to anyone who can’t afford it. I know that sounds ridiculous, but health should not be a luxury and it’s good more people could benefit from some of these features.

Dr. Sumbol Ahmad Desai announced updates to Apple’s Sleep app in watchOS 9. Desai said that the updated app would monitor which stage of sleep users are in and said users could optionally plug this data into a research study that Apple is running to help better understand sleep.

Desai also talked about heart health and atrial fibrillation and said that watchOS 9 would track that data over time.

Finally, Desai said that watchOS 9 and the Health app in iOS 16 would include medication tracking and warn users about potential drug interactions through manual medication entry and scanning labels.


Johny Srouji introduced the M2 second generation of Apple’s processors, re-emphasized Apple’s focus on energy efficiency alongside performance and went over the specs of the base M2 chip. A “second-generation 5 nanometer” process, 20 billion transistors 25% more transistors than the base model of M1, a memory controller that supposedly has 100 gigs per second of bandwidth (50% more than the M1) and up to 24 GB of memory alongside the M2 chip when the M1 was limited to 16 GB. Surprisingly, Srouji admits that the M2 base chip still has less performance than the biggest mobile chips from Intel (without mentioning them by name) but promises “almost 90%” (the chart shows 87%) of the peak performance at less power. The graphs Apple are showing are ridiculous with “Relative performance” on the vertical y axis and “Power consumption” on the x axis. What is “Relative performance”? Who knows! I don’t doubt that these are powerful, efficient chips, but they need better graphs. The one good part of this graph is that Apple says what the competitor’s laptop is in the fine print, it’s the MSI Laptop Prestige 14Evo with Core i7-1260P and 16 GB of memory.

Srouji said that the base model of M2 could have two more GPU cores to make 10, two more than the M1, for a claimed 35% more GPU performance. Once again we got a silly “Relative performance” chart comparing GPU performance against Intel’s integrated graphics processing, very strange.

New versions of the secure enclave and neural engine, and more video performance for 8K rounds out the M2 package.

2022 MacBook Air

Kristin White introduced a redesigned M2-based MacBook Air for 2022 which dumps the wedge shape in favor for thinness and the big round feet from last year’s MacBook Pro lineup, gets a MagSafe plug that is interestingly color-matched to the four colors of MacBook Air (last year’s MacBook Pro’s MagSafe plugs are all silver), only has two thunderbolt ports, but keeps the audio jack. White claims the new 13.6” display to be Liquid Retina and it has a notch for the webcam which is 1080p and Apple says it has twice the resolution and twice the performance in low light as the previous Air. The performance Apple demonstrates with this webcam is literally unbelievable because it is a professionally lit shot with natural seeming light that does not at all match what I’ve seen from the same camera on the 2021 MacBook Pro. These webcams Apple ships aren’t terrible for laptop webcams but they are garbage compared to the cameras on the iPhone lineup.

White also said that speaker quality is improved and this I am willing to believe, Apple’s audio quality from their recent laptops has been surprisingly good. The microphone, well there are limits to how good they can get but at least fan noise won’t be a problem because there are no fans in the 2022 MacBook Air.

White showed off a smaller power adapter that has two USB-C ports, a separately available 67 watt power adapter could also fast-charge the new MacBook Air. White claimed this would bring the Air up to 50% capacity in thirty minutes.

$1200 for the lowest priced MacBook Air with 256 GB of disk space, 8 cores of CPU and GPU, 8 GB of RAM and a 30 watt USB-C power adapter.

$1500 for the step up that has 512 GB of disk space, 2 bonus unbroken GPU cores for 10 total and a 35 watt dual USB-C port charger.

Interestingly, the M1 MacBook Air is still hanging on with the old design and 256 GB of disk space at $1000 on Apple’s website, for now.

2022 MacBook Pro 13″

No redesign for the 13” MacBook Pro which differentiates itself from the Air by costing a little more, having fans and the old Touch Bar OLED replacing the F-Row, and a little more battery life.

$1300 for the base model of 13” MacBook Pro that has 256 GB of disk space, 8 Cores of CPU and 10 Cores of GPU, 8 GB of RAM, and nothing else to write home about.

$1500 for the step up model that just ups the disk space to 512 GB.

I have no idea why this 13” model of MacBook Pro exists, except to make up for the fact that the 14” MacBook Pro models start at $2000.

What a strange situation.

macOS Ventura Stage Manager & Spotlight

Craig Federighi demonstrated new features coming to macOS Ventura like Stage Manager that seems to replace fullscreen windows with a centered window and puts other windows off to the side. Federighi said this would help manage situations where there are a lot of applications with open windows. Apps could also be grouped together in the demo with a few visible windows stacked and overlapping in the center of the screen. Finally, Fererighi demonstrated accessing files by clicking on the desktop to hide the currently active application and dragging the files into one of the open app windows on the left side.

Spotlight on the Mac is also getting updates to quickly glance at the contents of search results by using the quick look feature of macOS with the space key, and search for images in the photo library, files, and on the web or search the contents of images using the live text feature. Federighi showed off starting a timer and running Apple’s Shortcuts scripts from Spotlight and showed how informational search results about shows, music, and other topics, would be improved in Ventura with more detail. Federighi said that these new Spotlight features were also coming to iOS and iPadOS with Spotlight on iOS 16 being accessible by tapping on the dots at the bottom of the home screen.

Mail in macOS Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16

Mail is mercifully, finally, getting an undo send option for a few “moments” after hitting send when your brain finally processes the typo it made, according to Darin Adler who also introduced other new features in Mail. Scheduled sending. Follow-up suggestions looks awesome, it suggests replying to emails if you haven’t gotten a response. Remind me does what it should do and reminds you to check in on a thread later on. Adler also said that search is improved in basic ways by checking for typos in the search query, search suggestions, and other improvements.

Safari on macOS Ventura

Shared Tab Groups will let friends and family share groups of browser tabs and collaborate on them. I love tab groups but they are one of the least reliable features in the current versions of macOS. I routinely have trouble opening new tabs where they are instantly closed and renaming tab groups is often impossible. There seem to be a lot of others with the same issues online.


Adler introduced the Passkeys feature that replaces passwords with crytpographic data that is encoded with Touch ID or Face ID and synchronized across Apple devices. There has been a bit of talk about this lately under the “Fido alliance”  that Adler said includes Google and Microsoft so that Passkeys work on Android and Windows. Adler admitted that the “…transition away from passwords will be a journey.” which is an understatement but I hope it works because passwords are impossible for most people to manage safely and there are so many situations where passworded accounts are the ideal method right now due to sharing logins among teams or family members. 2 factor seemed great, until so many companies went towards text messages as the second factor which are easy to compromise due to telecom companies being completely garbage at security.


Craig Federighi boasted about Apple’s gaming performance which is incredible because from the perspective of myself and other game developers I speak with, Apple does just about everything they can to push away game developers.

Metal Improvements

Jeremy Sandmel introduced new features to Apple’s Metal rendering API in Metal 3. Did you know that Nvidia and AMD both have upscaling pipelines that are becoming more widely adopted? Apple has heard about that too and Sandmel introduced MetalFX Upscaling. No Man’s Sky was demonstrated and Sandmel said it is coming to the Mac “later this year.”

Sandmel then introduced a Fast resource loading API that Apple didn’t waste any time creating a marketing name for. “This really is a new day for gaming on the Mac.” says Sandmel. The Apple Silicon transition started two years ago and Steam still doesn’t have a native version of the desktop client. Why hasn’t a dump truck full of money and engineers backed up to Valve’s headquarters to make it happen? Why isn’t there a reasonable gaming computer available from Apple? Apple doesn’t care about gaming on the Mac.

The next game Sandmel said was coming to the Mac is Resident Evil Village. It’s great but it came out last year. No Man’s Sky is six years old. A Capcom representative took over to say that the MacBook Air manages at 1080p and the Mac Studio does well at 4K.


Federighi returned to talk about the Continuity features of Apple’s operating systems handing off FaceTime calls between devices, which is good, before introducing Continuity Camera to let Macs use the iPhone’s better camera systems. Federighi demonstrated the feature with Johnnie Manzari and Manzari showed how Continuity Camera includes a bunch of features to blur the background and do other tricks but the one that was the most impressive was a desk view that added in a second camera perspective using the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone to give an overhead view of Manzari’s desk. I use software from Elgato called Epoc Cam to use my iPhone’s cameras with the Mac and it is terrible software that crashes and only runs at 30fps. There are a bunch of other competitors out there that also do this and I honestly hope Apple’s version works well because some of the popular competitors have impressive business models like Reincubate’s Camo that’s either $5 a month, $40 a year, or $80 for a “Lifetime license” all of those prices are ridiculous.

Belkin is supposed to be offering stands to hold iPhones above Macs later this year.

iPadOS 16

Federighi reiterated all of the previously announced features in iPadOS 16 before mentioning that Apple is finally shipping their stock Weather app on iPad OS. It took them 12 years.

After acquiring and starting to sunset the fantastic DarkSky weather app and it’s API, Federighi also mentioned an API for developers called WeatherKit.

Federighi demonstrated new collaboration features with a team working on a document at the same time and discussing it with shared tabs over a video call. The features are also promised to come to Apple’s other platforms.

Freeform for iPadOS, macOS, and iOS

Elizabeth Reid showed off an upcoming app called Freeform that looks a lot like Apple’s Notes app and the semi-defunct Paper app from Fiftythree, except focused on collaboration and creative thinking for diagramming and sharing ideas on an ever-expanding canvas.

The Return of the Return of Game Center

Federighi talked about gaming features again like a revamped Game Center interface which has been stuck inside of the Settings app for a long time now and SharePlay gaming to let you play with friends with something that looks a little bit like streaming the game. It wasn’t clear what was going on in the short background video.

Desktop-class apps on iPadOS 16

Federighi said that apps on iPadOS are getting more features from their macOS counterparts like customizable toolbars and new APIs for developers.

Display Scaling on iPadOS 16

A higher resolution option for apps to show more stuff? Great.

Stage Manager & External Display Support on iPadOS 16

Fedrerighi demonstrated iPadOS 16 with overlapping windows managed by Stage Manager on an iPad and on an external monitor. Federighi said that with an iPad and an external monitor there can be eight apps running simultaneously on the iPad.


I’m pretty happy with most of these updates. It’s great that the iPad might finally be a little closer to a real computer with overlapping windows but that improvement is as impressive as the usurious work to add buy now pay later functionality to Apple Pay is disgusting. I cannot imagine any good outcomes that could come from setting up people for failure like that except for potentially doing it in a less evil way than companies like Klarna and Afterpay and that isn’t worth doing. Buy now pay later services should be regulated out of existence.


Atlanta Apple Store Workers First to File With NLRB

Ian Kullgren writing at Bloomberg Law:

Workers at an Apple Inc. store in Atlanta became the first in the U.S. to file for a union election Wednesday, setting up a battle between organized labor and a Silicon Valley titan.

The proposed union includes 107 workers at an Apple store in Cumberland Mall in northwest Atlanta. The group filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday after it had collected signed cards of support from 70% of eligible employees, said Derrick Bowles, a Cumberland Apple store worker and member of the organizing committee.

This is fantastic news. The more the merrier.