5 must know software updates and features from WWDC21 for Apple device users
"Apple’s big event WWDC21 kicked off on Monday, and will run till Friday, June 11"
Apple’s big event WWDC21 kicked off on Monday, and will run till Friday, June 11.
The tech giant announced major updates and new updates and features on its softwares and the world is buzzing right now. The annual event is being held virtually due to the pandemic. There have been huge updates in the iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, MacOS and more.
Let’s take a look at some must know updates for Apple device users:
iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more. Notifications have been redesigned, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps.
Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what a user wishes to focus on at a certain time. Safari features a completely new design. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and give more focus to a webpage's content. The Maps app now offers a new 3D view in cities with significantly enhanced details, showing buildings, pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, and more.
iOS 15 brings voice isolation and Spatial Audio to FaceTime calls so that voices appear to sound as if they are coming from where the person is located on the screen.
The company is bringing FaceTime to Android and Windows through the web. This also means that FaceTime is all set to take on the likes of Zoom, Teams, and Google Meet alternatives. iOS users would be able to share a link to a FaceTime meeting with users with non-Apple devices. Apple has also added features like the schedule call option, which takes on Zoom. This means that iOS 15 will allow you to schedule a FaceTime video or audio call with a bunch of friends, regardless of what device they are on. Other features announced for FaceTime include the all-new SharePlay, which will let you watch a movie or listen to a song or see gameplay in sync with your friends.
Apple announced a new feature called Live Text, which will digitize the text in all your photos. This unlocks a slew of handy functions, from turning handwritten notes into emails and messages to searching your camera roll for receipts or recipes you’ve photographed. With Live Text, for example, you can tap on the text in any photo in your camera roll or viewfinder and immediately take action from it. You can copy and paste that text, search for it on the web, or if it’s a phone number call that number. Apple says the feature is enabled using “deep neural networks” and “on-device intelligence,” with the latter being the company’s preferred phrasing for machine learning. It stresses Apple’s privacy-heavy approach to AI, which focuses on processing data on-device rather than sending it to the cloud.
The new iPadOS has lots of the features of that iPhone operating system, but with a few extras that make the most of the tablet form factor. With iPadOS 15, Apple introduced several new features to the Home Screen. It’s now possible to add widgets wherever the user wants on the Home Screen. In the bottom right corner, users can finally find the App Library, introduced with iOS 14. Swiping all the way to the last page also opens the App Library.
Another feature announced with iPadOS 15 is Focus. With this function, users can select what kind of notifications they will receive while working or having some personal time. If a user selects “Do Not Disturb” or “Work” in a device, all other Apple devices will follow the same settings. The new Notification Center uses machine learning and your Focus settings to better show relevant notifications throughout the day. The notification icons are now bigger and clearer.
Apple has introduced powerful new privacy protections in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, which help users better control and manage access to their data. These features represent the latest innovations in Apple’s legacy of privacy leadership, as the company has continually expanded its commitment to privacy and encouraged change across the industry with features like App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Nutrition Labels on the App Store.
In the Mail app, Mail Privacy Protection stops senders from using invisible pixels to collect information about the user. The new feature helps users prevent senders from knowing when they open an email, and masks their IP address so it can’t be linked to other online activity or used to determine their location.
With App Privacy Report, users can see how often each app has used the permission they’ve previously granted to access their location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts during the past seven days. With on-device speech recognition, the audio of users’ requests is processed right on their iPhone or iPad by default. This addresses one of the biggest privacy concerns for voice assistants, which is unwanted audio recording. For many requests, Siri processing is also moving on device, enabling requests to be processed without an internet connection, such as launching apps, setting timers and alarms, changing settings, or controlling music.
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