一文看尽苹果WWDC22主题演讲：软硬交织 新形态MacBook Air终现身
自苹果宣布芯片转移计划以来，2年时间已到，但自研芯片的推进脚步显然没有变慢，从M1的口碑爆棚，到M1 Pro、M1 Max、M1 Ultra的接连发布就可以看出，苹果的芯片升级节奏非常稳定，M2做为M1的迭代，在这个时间点出现，也算顺理成章。
这次的全新MacBook Air，真的是完全新，用更贴近14、16寸Pro机型的模具，取代了之前Apple一代经典楔形设计。屏幕采用刘海设计，进一步把显示面积提升到了13.6英寸，支持P3广色域以及10亿色彩、原彩显示，最高500尼特亮度，由于产品定位和轻薄设计的缘故，mini LED技术只能属于Pro，但对于色彩表现、屏幕观感，MacBook的屏幕从来都是第一梯队。
MacBook Air依旧采用无风扇设计，内置全新的M2处理器，官方宣称续航时间可达18小时，随机附赠30W充电器，采用MagSafe 3磁吸充电，如果使用67W充电器则支持30分钟达50%的快速充电。
在新设计下，MacBook Air提供四扬声器系统，提供支持杜比全景声以及空间音频播放的功能，键盘区域依旧采用经典设计，支持Touch ID以及压力触控板，前置提供1080p级别FaceTime摄像头，带来更清晰的视频通话体验。
同时今年WWDC也将经典的13寸MacBook Pro更新了M2芯片，其余配置与之前保持不变，最高可以带来20小时续航，并内置风扇，提供更多性能释放。13寸MacBook Pro统一搭载8核中央处理器+10核图形处理器芯片，256GB硬盘版本售价9999元，512GB硬盘版本售价11499元。
全新的MacBook Air以及13寸MacBook Pro，外观设计、屏幕体验、输入体验、续航水平都保持了Mac一贯高水准的同时，M2芯片的加入又提供了更多性能表现的可能，让这两款产品坐稳苹果MacBook笔记本的入门金线，面对最广泛的人群来讲，这两款产品足以满足绝大多数用户。
值得注意的是，这次iOS的更新最早的机型兼容到了iPhone 8系列，曾经的钉子户iPhone 6s、iPhone 7系列无缘新系统，而iPad Touch则被彻底写进历史。总的来说，iOS这次升级变化不大，但却是针对提升效率的一次精雕细琢。
再看iPad OS，前面提到的iOS功能除了锁屏的变化都有加入，还有针对家庭共享功能的丰富，以及终于在iPad中原生引入了天气app，而针对M1芯片的iPad Pro和iPad Air，还有更多额外的小灶功能，满足大家对iPad生产力的进一步想象。
而针对游戏性能的优化，也是苹果首次单独拎出来讲，Apple芯片的加入让Mac有了更高标准的游戏表现，全新macOS内置Metal 3引擎，可以让更高帧率的复杂场景渲染更为迅速，同时Metal 3还新增了资源快速加载API，使得游戏加载时间大大缩短。在发布会上，也首次找来了卡普空这样的游戏大厂，带着3A大作前来站台，看来苹果是有意想要扭转Mac不太能玩游戏的刻板印象。
现在游泳、自行车、跑步这三个铁人三项项目，也支持通过传感器自动切换，在运动过程中，不必停止下来切换运动，而是Apple Watch会自动改变，想必这个功能之后也会支持更多运动。同时新增加用药App，可以与iPhone结合一起管理你的用药，提醒吃药，睡眠app也可以监控更多数据，可以说，Apple Watch对于健康的监控依旧面面俱到。
It has been 2 years since Apple announced the chip transfer plan, but the pace of self-development of the chip has obviously not slowed down. From the popularity of M1 to the successive releases of M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra, we can see that Apple’s chip upgrade rhythm is very stable. M2 as an iteration of M1, it is reasonable to appear at this point in time.
M2 is built using a second-generation 5-nanometer process, carrying more than 20 billion transistors, 25% more than M1; unified memory has also been increased from M1’s highest 16GB to 24GB, while reaching the memory bandwidth of 100GB/s, which is 50% higher than M1; and it is another improvement over M1 in terms of multitasking capacity and performance release.
This time M2 uses an 8-core CPU plus up to 10 cores of graphics processors, and a 16-core neural network engine. It is officially announced that the processor performance is 18% higher than that of M1, and the graphics performance is 35% higher than M1.
Quite bright spot is, this time added a high-performance media processing engine and ProRes video codec, you should know that the M1 chip is compatible with the H265 format in place, excellent processing speed, but for the more common H264 video, the lack of follow-up Pro series of media processing engine, resulting in some weak capacity, this time M2 also made a supplement.
It is important to know that the two self-developed chips without suffixes M1 and M2 exist as the basis of the entire chip sequence. now the complement of M2 in memory specifications and media processing capabilities is to further enhance the entry ability of Apple self-developed chips. Correspondingly, in the face of the 10,000-yuan MacBook model in the wider market, the capability will also be improved accordingly.
It’s a brand new MacBook Air.
This new MacBook Air is really completely new, with a mold closer to the 14-inch and 16-inch Pro model, replacing the previous Apple generation of classic wedge design. Screen using bangs design, further raised the display area to 13.6in, support P3 wide color gamut and 1 billion colors, original color display, up to 500nit brightness, due to product positioning and frivolous design, mini LED technology can only belong to Pro, but for color performance, screen look and feel, MacBook screen has always been the first echelon.
The MacBook Air still uses a fanless design with a brand new M2 processor, officially claims to have a battery life of up to 18 hours, comes with a 30W charger, uses MagSafe 3 magnetic charging, and supports up to 50% fast charging for 30 minutes with a 67W charger.
The whole machine weighs 1.24kg and is 1.13cm thick, which still lives up to the name of Air and is the most frivolous existence in the MacBook camp. In addition to the MagSafe 3 interface, the side of the fuselage also provides two Leili 4 interfaces and a 3.5mm interface, which is basically consistent with the previous generation, which is enough for mobile office.
Under the new design, MacBook Air provides a four-speaker system that supports Dolby panoramic sound and spatial audio playback, the keyboard area still uses the classic design, supports Touch ID and pressure trackpad, and the front provides a 1080p FaceTime camera for a clearer video call experience.
The new MacBook Air is available in silver, starlight, dark gray and midnight. The price of the 8-core CPU + 8-core GPU model is 9499 yuan, and the price of the 8-core CPU + 10-core GPU model is 11899 yuan, along with a 35W dual-port USB-C power adapter.
At the same time this year WWDC will also update the classic 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 chip, the rest of the configuration remains the same as before, up to 20 hours of battery life, and built-in fans to provide more performance release. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU chips. the price of the 256GB hard disk version is 9999 yuan and the 512GB hard disk version is 11499 yuan.
The brand-new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, the appearance design, screen experience, input experience and battery life all maintain the consistent high level of Mac, while the addition of M2 chip provides more possibilities for performance, so that these two products sit firmly on the entry line of Apple MacBook notebooks. In the face of the broadest range of people, these two products are sufficient to meet the vast majority of users.
IOS 16 Mel-elaborate for efficiency improvement
After all, it is WWDC, the hardware steals the limelight again, and the software still retains the program. The closely watched iOS starts with the lock screen, bringing a new style similar to the Apple Watch portrait dial, with depth of field, as well as a variety of custom color styles and clock styles, as well as supporting the fixed display of common widgets on the lock screen for quick preview.
On iOS 16, multiple lock screens are supported, and each lock screen can specify a focus mode to better distinguish between work and life. In addition to the traditional push notification, the real-time activity function is also introduced, and the ongoing movement and the takeout being delivered can show the progress in real time and remain on the lock screen, maximizing the efficiency of the lock screen.
For information app,iOS 16, it also adds secondary editing and withdrawal of messages, and focuses on improving the dictation function of the iOS keyboard. This time, in the dictation state, the keyboard can be retained to switch between voice and typing input status at any time, and the efficiency is also improved. At the same time, it also supports voice input emoji directly.
In this generation of iOS, the more important update is the addition of the new CarPlay car, CarPlay will not be a simple UI displayed on the car’s interactive screen, but Apple will be jointly customized by some car companies, using CarPlay to take over your dashboard and central control system, you can view all the information of the car without exiting CarPlay, and CarPlay also provides an upgrade of the times for the increasingly intelligent car cockpit.
It is worth noting that the earliest models of the iOS update are compatible with the iPhone 8 series, the former nail households iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 series miss the new system, and iPad Touch is thoroughly written into history. Overall, iOS’s upgrade has not changed much, but it is a meticulous effort to improve efficiency.
IPadOS 16Murray M series chip models take off
If you look at iPad OS, the aforementioned iOS functions have been added in addition to the changes in the lock screen, as well as the rich functions for family sharing, and finally the native introduction of weather app in iPad, while iPad Pro and iPad Air for M1 chips have more additional small cooker functions to meet your further imagination of iPad productivity.
On M1 series models, macOS’s front-stage scheduling function has been introduced, which can freely adjust the size of the multi-task window and quickly switch multi-tasks in the sidebar to meet the high-load multi-task work experience. At the same time, iPad can be connected to an external monitor, this time not just to mirror the screen content, but to create an extra desktop space that can handle work content at the same time as iPad, contributing to productivity.
For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it also supports a new color reference mode to provide creators with a more accurate color representation, and now supports resizing the screen so that your iPad page can display more content and improve the efficiency of the application. At the same time, officials announced that a new collaborative App will be launched later this year to further enhance iPad’s performance in office and productivity.
All in all, the update of the M1 model of iPadOS 16 meets everyone’s imagination of iPad productivity of 90%. Although the degree of freedom is still not on a par with Mac, for users who use iPad for office work and creation, the efficiency of today’s system has been greatly improved compared with the previous generation of systems. Instead of the M1 model, it is also more clearly positioned on entertainment, learning and large-screen experience, giving users a clearer reason to buy.
MacOS Ventura– introduces cross-device calls
In the new macOS, the front-stage scheduling function is also introduced, which is a good way to improve work efficiency for messy window management, and the interaction is unified with iPad, which is loved by users. At the same time, macOS also supports all the new features of information, email and family sharing mentioned earlier.
The highlight of macOS lies in cross-device calls. For example, through the continuous interworking camera function, Mac computers can now directly call iPhone cameras for video calls. With the help of iPhone cameras, any Mac computer can achieve the function of characters in the play. At the same time, due to the powerful computing power of iPhone, background visualization and portrait lighting effects can be directly invoked. Using iPhone’s ultra-wide-angle lens, you can also achieve a table perspective. Simulate the overshoot effect, increase the angle of the video possible.
For the optimization of game performance, it is also the first time that Apple has mentioned it separately. With the addition of Apple chip, Mac has a higher standard of game performance. The new macOS has a built-in Metal 3 engine, which can render complex scenes with higher frame rate more quickly. At the same time, Metal 3 also adds new resources to quickly load API, which greatly shortens the game loading time. At the press conference, for the first time, a game manufacturer like Capcom came to the platform with a 3A masterpiece, and it seems that Apple is deliberately trying to reverse the stereotype that the Mac is not very good at playing games.
WatchOS 9 Murray-Health monitoring is still comprehensive
Finally, there is the watchOS 9 on your wrist, each generation of watchOS updates will bring a routine new dial debut, this time has a metropolitan dial, happy hour dial, a new astronomical dial and moon phase dial, while the portrait dial supports the use of your cats and dogs to bring depth of field.
In addition to looking at the time, of course, Apple Watch is most concerned about your health, now in physical training, support the reality of the heart rate range, and the watch will also use sound and vibration to remind you of interval changes in real time, while you can customize physical training to make your watch training more targeted to you.
Now swimming, cycling, running, these three Triathlon projects, also support automatic switching through sensors, in the process of movement, do not have to stop to switch movements, but Apple Watch will automatically change, presumably this function will support more sports later. At the same time, the new drug App can be combined with iPhone to manage your medication, remind you to take medicine, sleep app can also monitor more data, it can be said that Apple Watch for health monitoring is still comprehensive.
This year’s WWDC, it can be said that Apple has been pleasantly surprised beyond the usual practice. The emergence of the M2 chip proves that the chip transfer plan is steadily moving forward step by step, and the newly designed MacBook Air is a perfect escort for the M2 chip. From the appearance to the inherent upgrade, it can be said that Apple is still making great strides forward at the hardware level.
At the system level, Apple has long passed the stage of functional complement, and now it is more carefully crafted, everything about efficiency, all about the experience of details, the introduction of a function, a new way of presentation, although it will not let users feel the qualitative change, but imperceptibly improve the comfort of use, so that the system itself becomes more understanding of users.
A soft and hard intertwined WWDC also reflects that Apple continues to build its own ecological barriers through the mutual cooperation of software and hardware, firmly controlling users in their own ecology, constantly changing and cycling.