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Watch live: Apple unveils new iPhone software, flagship M2 processor

Apple unveiled updates to its iPhone operating system as was as a new flagship processor chip Monday during its annual World Developers Conference. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
Apple unveiled updates to its iPhone operating system as was as a new flagship processor chip Monday during its annual World Developers Conference. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

June 6 (UPI) -- Apple introduced its new iPhone operating system, dubbed iOS 16, its new flagship processor and a Macbook Air computer utilizing the new chip Monday during its annual World Developers Conference.

The first big announcement unveiled by the tech giant following live introductory remarks by Apple CEO Tim Cook was iOS 16, which includes significant upgrades for iPhone, especially in its lock screen mode.

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Under the changes, notifications on the lock screen will move to the bottom of the screen so they don't obscure the background photo, as well as a new "Focus" feature allowing users to choose how to filter notifications appearing on the lock screen -- for instance, opting to allow only work-related or personal messages.

Another major change affects iPhone's iMessage function, under which users can now edit and unsend messages and use SharePlay with recipients to watch or listen to media simultaneously.

Apple also officially introduced its new flagship "M2" processor, which will succeed the long-standing M1 chip now used in Mac computers and iPads.

Like the M1, the new processor has eight CPU cores but will perform about 18% faster. The M2 has two more GPU cores than its predecessor, providing a 35% boost in performance.

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Its first appearance is in a refreshed version of the MacBook Air computer, also rolled out Monday. The new 13.6-inch laptop sports a thinner and lighter design and comes in several colors, including silver, space gray, starlight and midnight. The new MacBook has two Thunderbolt ports.

The conference, which will run through Friday, could also give participants a sneak peek at its rumored RealityOS, which would bring together a mixed reality wearable headset that allows for both virtual reality and augmented reality.

The meeting is also expected to talk about updates to iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

The conference started at 1 p.m., EDT.

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