It was a big day for Apple on 7th June, as the tech giant kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (#WWDC21). The massive event brought together a global community of more than 30 million Apple developers under one roof. But that’s not all. Apple’s WWDC21 came with the latest updates and announcements about its OS, including iOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and more!
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Some Notable Updates From WWDC21
- SharePlay allows users to share experiences while connecting on FaceTime on iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You can listen to songs together, watch a TV show or movie in sync.
- FaceTime calls on iPhone, iPad and Mac feel more natural with spatial audio and microphone modes to block out background noise.
- Redesigned Notifications includes a new notification summary on iPhone and iPad. This delivers a collection of them in the morning and evening.
- Apple Maps offers a new way to navigate and explore with rich detail in city neighborhoods, redesigned roads and more.
- Safari, gets a reimagined browsing experience on iPad and Mac. It has introduced a new tab design that lets users see more of the page as they scroll.
- Apple Wallet adds support for additional types of digital keys. So the iPhone or Apple Watch can be used to unlock your car, home, office.
- Shared with You makes it easy to locate and enjoy content that’s shared through Messages, including photos and videos.
Addition features have also been added to the iPadOS 15 (new Home Screen Design), macOS Monterey (Universal Control, AirPlay to Mac) and the watchOS 8 (new Mindfulness app, Portraits watch face). Users will also be able to access a new series of workouts on Fitness+, featuring Jeanette Jenkins.
New Privacy Features
When it comes to privacy, Apple’s always got its head in the game. The new privacy features include Mail Privacy Protection, App Privacy Report and on-device speech recognition.
Apple TV Updates
Apple TV has also come with its own set of brand new updates. Users can now find something to watch with friends and family even more easily, thanks to group recommendations on the Apple TV app. By using Siri on the HomePod mini, you can also control playback on Apple TV and make Personal Requests.
WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge
Every year, the Swift Student Challenge coding contest celebrates the innovation of the next generation of coders and creators. 350 students from 35 countries have been recognized as this year’s winners at Apple’s WWDC21.