Apple announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 during its WWDC 2021 keynote earlier this week. New operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch will be available in fall 2021. There are dozens of new features here, including upgraded FaceTime, improved focus modes, and better use of on-device intelligence that enables Siri offline; and Live Text, which is similar to Google Lens. macOS Monterey brings the universal control that lets you drag and drop in combination with iPadOS 15. And watchOS 8 renames the Breathe app to Mindfulness and expands what you can do with the Wallet app.
Host Akhil Arora chats with Gadgets 360 Editor Jamshed Avari and Associate Critics Editor Roydon Cerejo on this week’s podcast episode of Orbital to find out what’s most interesting about it. iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 – aside from a slew of privacy announcements, mostly with iCloud +.
Instead of making significant interface changes unlike iOS 14, Apple seems to have designed iOS 15 more like a follow-up. FaceTime now comes with spatial audio, support for Portrait bokeh style blur mode, and also allows Android and Windows users to participate in video calls. There is also a feature called SharePlay to allow users to share videos, music, and even their screen with friends through FaceTime. For example, you can watch Apple TV +, Disney + and Twitch with your friends.
Along with the new FaceTime experience, Apple introduced an improved Photos app with Memories. Additionally, Share with You works system-wide to highlight content such as articles, music, and photos shared in message conversations. The goal here is also to tackle Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp by offering improved integration with the native Messages app.
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iOS 15 also has a better Focus feature for filtering out notifications and apps that aren’t useful at a given time. You can customize multiple focus modes, and Apple will learn from your behavior to make suggestions as well. Outside of the machine learning part, the experience is somewhat similar to how some older Nokia phones allowed users to set separate notification alerts for their contacts or set particular profiles for different groups of people.
Apple also introduced features like widgets and Quick Notes on iPadOS 15 to bring new productivity experiences to iPad users. With Universal Control, available on macOS Monterey, users can use the same keyboard and mouse configuration simultaneously and seamlessly on their MacBook or iMac as well as on an iPad.
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Apart from all that, Siri now has offline support to better combat Google Assistant. Speaking of a better fight, Apple also gave us a glimpse of how it plans to expand its voice assistant outside of its in-house hardware and bring it to third-party connected devices through HomePod.
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