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Top stories: WWDC 2022 schedule, new Apple Watch Pride Bands, and more

It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US, and that means the WWDC conference is right around the corner and anticipation builds for what we might see in the opening speech. Software updates given, but will we see any new hardware?

Other news this week included the annual release of the new Pride-themed Apple Watch headphones, iPhone 14 Pro rumors, and Sony’s latest headphones competing with AirPods Max, so read on for all the details!

Apple shares WWDC 2022 schedule starting with Keynote

One of the most exciting times of the year for Apple fans is fast approaching, with WWDC now less than two weeks away.

Apple WWDC 2022
Apple this week shared a schedule for WWDC, which will begin with the keynote on Monday, June 6 at 10 a.m. PT. At the week-long developer conference, Apple is expected to preview its latest software, including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

WWDC will be an online affair again this year, but some lucky developers have been randomly selected to attend a special day at Apple Park on June 6 to tour and see the main video in person.

New Apple Watch Pride Edition bands are now available

In celebration of Pride Month in June, and in support of the LGBTQ+ community and equality, Apple this week released new Pride Editions of the Sport Loop and Nike Sport Loop for $49 each.

2022 Pride Apple Watch Bands
A new Pride watch face is also available for Apple Watch Series 4 or later. The colored threads of the watch face move as the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch is rotated, the screen is tapped, or the wearer’s wrist is raised.

Upgrading iPhone 14 Pro screen refresh rate can allow permanent display

Display industry consultant Ross Young this week shared his predictions that the ProMotion screens used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be able to drop to a refresh rate as low as 1 Hz. This upgrade could pave the way for an always-on display and/or longer battery life.
Beyond iPhone 13 Feature 2
The Apple Watch has featured an always-on display since the Series 5 was released in 2019, allowing the watch and other items on the screen to be viewed at any time.

iPhone 14 Pro highlights multiple design changes

Speaking of the iPhone 14 Pro, leaker Jon Prosser and graphic designer Ian Zelbo have shared some brand new renderings of what the iPhone 14 Pro is expected to look like, reflecting a number of design changes rumored about the device.

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side by Side Black
In addition to the much-discussed shift from the “hole and grain” design for the front camera and Face ID, the offerings include a larger camera array that requires changing the corner radius of the entire device for a short, rounded look.

Comparison of Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 headphones and AirPods Max

Last week Sony introduced an updated version of its popular noise-canceling headphones, so we picked a pair to compare them to AirPods Max to see which headphones are better.

WH 1000XM5 vs AirPods Max
Sony’s new WH-1000XM5 headphones are $399 in the US, while AirPods Max retails for $549. Watch our video for a comparison of headphones to see which one is the best value and check out our full review of the latest Sony cases.

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