iOS 16 will bring Game Center updates, text messaging improvements and more to Apple devices

iOS 16 will bring Game Center updates, text messaging improvements and more to Apple devices

Apple held its annual WWDC keynote today, where the company detailed the upcoming iOS 16 operating system. According to Apple, iOS 16 brings several improvements to the way you’ll use iOS devices to play games, as well as improvements to the way you’ll typically use your Apple devices.

In terms of gaming, Apple shared that Metal – its low-level, low-overhead hardware-accelerated 3D compute and graphics shader API – is being updated to Metal 3, which will improve iPhone gaming capabilities. , iPad and Mac. There will also be a new background download API that will allow you to download games in the background while you do other things in an easier way.

Resident Evil Village will be available on Mac later this year.
Resident Evil Village will be available on Mac later this year.

Game Center is getting an update that will let you share and see the game activity of people on your friends list and make it easier to track and compare high scores. The SharePlay features will now also extend to games to facilitate live gaming with friends. All of these features will be available on all Apple devices, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks and Apple desktops later this year.

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Apple also revealed new games coming to the Mac as well as titles that will be enhanced with its upcoming M2 chips, which are installed in Apple’s new MacBook Air lineup. To introduce the M2 chip, Apple tapped the head of Capcom’s advanced technical research division, Maseru Ijuin, to share some details about Resident Evil Village. Thanks to the chip, Capcom’s latest Resident Evil entry will be coming to the Mac later this year. While the Mac version doesn’t have any exclusive content or Mac-specific additions, Ijuin said Capcom has recently been impressed with Apple’s focus on gaming and said the new Macs “handle what we throw at them effortlessly”. Resident Evil Village is coming to Mac later this year alongside No Man’s Sky, which was also briefly featured. Baldur’s Gate 3 also received a very brief but notable caption.

Apple also revealed new games coming to the Mac as well as titles that will be enhanced with its upcoming M2 chips, which are installed in Apple’s new MacBook Air lineup.

Gaming wasn't the focus of Apple's WWDC 2022 event, but it was well represented.
Gaming wasn’t the focus of Apple’s WWDC 2022 event, but it was well represented.

Of course, Apple spent most of its time sharing other exciting, non-gaming details about iOS 16. Your iPhone’s lock screen gets a major overhaul, with more options customization and live panels that will share real-time updates of your choosing. . Apple used Sports Game Updates as an example, but chances are those panels could also share update details about your favorite mobile games.

Text messaging also receives long-requested updates with the ability to mark text messages as unread, edit text messages, and recall text messages you’ve already sent.

Apple hasn’t shared a release date for iOS 16, but says it will be available this fall for iPhone 8 and later.

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