Alongside iOS 16, Apple is also expected to announce iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 at WWDC 2022. Starting with the operating system for iPads, it should retain most of the notable features of iOS 16, but with some tweaks and changes to adapt for larger screen sizes. Rumors also suggest that Apple is working on porting Xcode, Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro to its tablets, so it will be interesting to see if that will happen this year with iPadOS 16.
As for macOS 13, there’s increasing pressure from Mac users to bring Universal Control to Apple’s desktop operating system, so it will be interesting to see if that will happen this year. Apple could also replace Launchpad with the iOS App Library, as well as introduce the ability to create Time Machine backups directly to iCloud. The final software-related announcement that could come through at WWDC 2022 is the rebranding of HomePodOS to homeOS as Apple looks to introduce more IoT devices in the future.
In terms of hardware, rumors suggest that Apple could introduce a new iMac Pro at the event to replace the discontinued 27-inch Intel-powered model. The aging Intel-powered Mac mini and the Mac Pro could also get refreshed with M-series chips and other new hardware. Apple’s rumored mini-LED monitor could also make an appearance at the event, although recent reports suggest that it has been delayed until October. There are also rumors about M2-powered MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, so it will be interesting to see if they’ll be announced at WWDC or Apple‘s dedicated hardware event later this year.