Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote has just finished, so let's take a look at a round-up of everything that Apple announced.
First up was iOS 15. Apple has made big changes to iOS with new features for FaceTime and Messages, new sharing capabilities for content, and more. It is also getting new updates to Maps and big improvements to Notifications, which include a new Focus Mode and a Notifications summary.
Apple also unveiled iPadOS 15, which includes changes to Widgets that will let users put them anywhere on the Home Screen. Apple's iOS 14 App Library is also coming to iPadOS, alongside improvements to the Notes app. The Translate app from iPhone is also coming to iOS, as well as a new Swift Playgrounds app that will let users create and submit apps directly from iPad.
Apple has announced watchOS 8, which includes exciting updates for Health, a new Breathe app, updates to sleep tracking, and more. There are new Workouts, and support for Portrait mode pictures on your Watch Face, using the Digital Crown to adjust depth. Other minor tweaks include GIF sharing from your Watch, multiple timer support, and next-hour precipitation for the weather.
Apple's new macOS Monterey software, includes an amazing new Universal Control feature that lets you control multiple devices like an iPad and iMac with one mouse and keyboard, as well as dragging and dropping content between multiple devices.
Apple made some smaller improvements to the Health app including measurements for things like Walking Steadiness, a new Trends feature, and health sharing between family members as well as the ability to share your medical information more easily with your health provider.
Upcoming privacy changes include opting out of email tracking, and features like Digital Legacy, which will let relatives of deceased family members recover data.
In a huge announcement, Apple confirmed it is bringing Siri to third party accessories, with other HomeKit upgrades as well.
Apple also confirmed that its Spatial Audio feature are arriving on Apple Music from today, Monday, June 7.
Changes to Apple's Home ecosystem include new stereo pairing for the HomePod mini and Apple TV 4K, Home keys, Share play, more HomeKit camera enhancements, and voice recognition wherever Apple's HomePod mini is sold.
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Honestly, I was so bored that I fell asleep halfway through the event and had to read about some of the news later on. Software events are that way, if what they are announcing has no relevance to you, you just tune it out. The only new functions I found interesting are the integration of keys into the Wallet app. Being able to walk up to my car or house and just open the door without having to fumble with keys would be a godsend......as long as the batteries in the new locksets I would have to install still had enough power to function. Pretty much everything else they announced has no relevance to my needs. It was all sharing functions and pandemic-related video conferencing, which as the pandemic is seriously winding down now, become less relevant.
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