If you missed the keynote yesterday on the first day of the WWDC 2021 virtual event running this Friday, you missed the new features, the Apple introduced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and more for its operating systems. Apple warmed up its time machine to bring you back to Monday’s announcement via an official video it posted on Apple’s YouTube channel.
The video, hosted by Serenity Caldwell (well, her Memoji anyway) shows Tim Cook greeting a cheering crowd from Memoji and Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi jumping through a wall. But the real stars of the show were the changes, including an “intuitive 3D redesign for maps” and a new look for Safari across the board.
Live Text looks and sounds like something Google Pixel users would offer, turning written text that was photographed on your iPhone into a digital image that can be emailed, copied and pasted, sent as a message can. If the photographed text includes a phone number, you can tap it to make the call. Apple spruced up FaceTime and added Portrait Mode (bring bokeh to your video chats), spatial audio, and SharePlay. The latter allows users to share video content (like a movie or TV show) or listen to audio content at the same time with their friends from iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac.
Do you always forget your AirPods? This won’t happen with Apple’s new disconnection warnings. Apple is keeping up with its privacy talks as iCloud + keeps your data away from data collectors. And Apple hasn’t forgotten about the upcoming iPad either, with widgets allowed to be placed anywhere on the home screen in iPadOS 15, and the app library will be available for Apple’s tablets with the update.
There’s more of Monday’s session and a preview that reveals what Apple will announce today, including new features for watchOS 8. Those of you who use the Apple ecosystem are counting the days through September that the updates are expected to be published.