Apple is conducting its annual developer’s conference for 2021. The conference that began on 7 June, will continue till 11 June for developers. However, Apple made all the major announcements regarding their latest and greatest software in the first couple of hours of the event.
The Cupertino-based tech giant revealed a new iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS Monterey and many new changes in a few of the popular applications including Safari browser.
The iOS 15 introduced new FaceTime that has opened up to Android and Windows. Users on the other two operating systems can now use FaceTime through web links. Other than that, there’s the new Live Text feature that provides functionality similar to Android’s Google Lens. iOS 15 also get a feature called Spotlight for better search, a new Apple Wallet and a new interface on Apple Maps.
iPadOS 15 has finally introduced the Widget Gallery, as the operating has finally caught up with the feature introduced on iOS 14. The Widget Gallery acts as a hub for all widgets for easier access to apps. iPadOS also gets new SharePlay for better integration with macOS.
macOS Monterey, named after a coastal region in California US, will integrate all the new FaceTime upgrades, Focus feature, SharePlay, Quick Note, Continuity, Focus, and more.
The new operating system update has introduced a new Safari that comes with aesthetic updates. For instance, the colour of the tab will match the website. Monterey also introduced something called tab groups. This will help with the management of tabs across various form factors. The macOS Monterey will get Universal Control that will allow the use of a single peripheral like a keyboard or a mouse, with different Apple devices at once.
The watchOS 8 gets upgraded with health tracking features. It can now monitor respiratory rate while sleeping. The Fitness+ service will include new workout modes. Users will be able to use portrait pictures as a watch face.
Developers failed to get a new deal out of Apple regarding the App Store commission. The App Store will, however, provide some new features for better discoverability.
If developers have a new live “event,” they will be able to surface it on a new section called “in-app events”. This section will be highlighted in the App Store.
Tim Cook announced that the developer betas will be made available from 7 June whereas the public betas will be available from next month. The new updates will start landing on devices from this fall.
Highlights of the event:
- The developer betas will be made available from today and public betas from next month
- All the latest software updates will be released on devices this fall, according to Tim Cook
- Tim Cook back on stage.
- If the developer has a new live “event,” they will be able to surface it on “in-app events” that will be showcased in the App Store
- Apple introduces in-app events for better discovery of app-based events
- Apple starts talking about App Store. Developers have been looking for some fundamental changes in store policies
- On iPhone, the tab bar is on the bottom and to view a maximised version, the user will have to hover over the tab bar
- The new tab groups sync to iPad automatically
- The changes made in Tab Groups get synced across different devices
- Safari gets a new update with aesthetic changes and new feature called Tab Groups
- The Mac can be used as a display or speaker via AirPlay
- macOS Monterey will also come with AirPlay to easily sync with iPad or iPhone
- Apple has introduced macOS Monterey which provides better sync with iPad using SharePlay, AirPlay
- WatchOS 8 will now measure users’ respiratory rate during sleep and alert them about any substantial change in their breathing patterns during sleep.
- Apple Watch will also get a Mindfulness feature to help users focus.
- Apple Fitness+ is introducing new series of fitness workouts which will be available later this month
- Apple watchOS introduces new work out modes
- Apple’s watchOS introduced with more functionality with the Breathe app
- Health App will analyse medical results to make it easier for people to understand what the results mean. It will also determine whether the lab results are in range.
- Apple iPhones will now monitor the way you walk to check your stability and gait correction.
- iCloud+ subscription will be sold at the same price as the current iCloud services
- Apple introduces iCloud+ subscription service that can use a special browser for better privacy. The Hide My Email feature also provides deeper encryption to avoid any kind of tracking
- Siri will now be able to react and implement changes to settings without an internet connection
- Apple introduces App Privacy Report which shows privacy details such as third-party domains contacted by an application.
- Privacy is now in focus with better control across e-mail and applications. Tracking pixels in email can be blocked in the Mail app
- Quick Notes can be made on Mac and iPadOS, and “accesssed and edited later” on the phone, btw.
- iPadOS 15 is catching up with the features introduced with last year’s iOS 14. Apple has introduced new Widget Gallery which is a single hub to view all widgets.
- In the iPadOS 15, the users tap on a little three dot that brings down the different windowing options.
- Applications can be set to announce notifications. The AirPods will get a feature called ‘conversation boost’ to help people with mild hearing problems.
- The AirPods will be able to use computational audio allowing users to reduce ambient sound.
- Apple Maps can also render overlapping, complex interchanges
- Drivers will be able to navigate through different types of lanes and providing 3D view for better assistance
- iOS 15 introduces new Apple Maps with better details, night-time mode
- The Apple Wallet will also be able to beep into an office or hotel room with a phone
- Apple Wallet introduced on iPhone and Apple Watch
- Spotlight introduced as a universal search which can search for photos within the phone
- The user just has to point the camera at text, it pops out and you can select it, copy it, and paste it elsewhere. The selection also works on existing photos
- There is a new iOS 15 feature called “Live Text” with features similar to Google Lens. It can be accessed from the camera app.
- Apple has introduced new ‘modes’ such as weekend mode or work mode it treats notifications accordingly. It changes notifications, homescreen
- Apple is opening up an API for developers to use this feature. Brands such as Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO, TikTok, ESPN, NBA, Paramount are already on board
- Apple introduces SharePlay on iOS 15 to let users put Apple Music into a FaceTime call, in sync with people on the call
- Users will be able to make a “FaceTime link” to join a call. And it works on Android and Windows and event the web
- iOS 15 face calls will also allow suppression of ambient noise
- iOS 15 will introduce better Face-time calls by introducing spacial audio for better experience
- Craig takes the stage and dives right into iOS 15
- The presentation begins with Tim Cook taking the stage
- Apple has begun the stream with a colourful play with the famous emojis.
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