Apple announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and watchOS 8 at its keynote for WWDC 2021 earlier this week. The new operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Macs and Apple Watch will be available in autumn 2021. There are dozens of new features here, including an updated FaceTime, improved focus modes, and better use of on-device intelligence, the offline Siri. and Live Text, which is similar to Google Lens. macOS Monterey offers Universal Control, which you can use in combination with iPadOS 15 to drag and drop. And watchOS 8 renames the Breathe app in Mindfulness and expands the possibilities of the wallet app.
Host Akhil Arora talks to Gadgets 360 Review Editor Jamshed Avari and Assistant Review Editor Roydon Cerejo about Orbital’s podcast episode this week to find out what’s most interesting about iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 – aside from one Lots of privacy announcements, mostly with iCloud +.
Instead of making noticeable changes at the interface level, unlike iOS 14, Apple seems to have designed iOS 15 more like a sequel. FaceTime now offers spatial audio, support for portrait-bokeh-style blur mode, and allows users on Android and Windows to join video calls as well. There’s also a feature called SharePlay that allows 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.
Aside from the new FaceTime experience, Apple introduced an improved Photos app with reminders. Additionally, there is Share with You, which works throughout the system to highlight content like articles, music, and photos that are shared in message conversations. The aim here is also to take on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp by enabling 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 are not useful at any given time. You can customize multiple Focus modes, and Apple will learn from your behavior to provide suggestions as well. Outside of machine learning, the experience is similar to some old Nokia phones that allowed users to set different notifications for their contacts or specific profiles for different groups of people.
Apple also showcased 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.
Introduced iCloud + with new privacy features and unlimited support for HomeKit video cameras
That being said, Siri now has offline support to better combat Google Assistant. Speaking of better combat: Apple also gave us an insight into how it plans to expand its voice assistant beyond its in-house hardware and bring it to connected third-party devices via the HomePod.
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