THE WWDC is one of Apple’s main events and brings developers the main news of upcoming operating systems from Apple. The Cupertino giant announced the iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12 Monterey is the new iCloud+. Check out the main information about the releases, which will be available soon for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
iOS 15 separates work and play on the iPhone
Apple’s mobile operating system received good news at WWDC 2021. One of the main features of iOS 15 is the Focus mode, which should help users filter notifications and hide distractions during work hours, or even avoid using desktop apps. work in the rest period.
The notifications center also received news: app icons are larger, and communications alerts feature the sender’s profile picture prominently. The system is able to filter messages by priority and groups notices with less urgency to be displayed in a timely manner.
FaceTime with Spatial Audio and SharePlay
FaceTime received improvements in iOS 15, and now has a grid view similar to Zoom or Google Meet. The voice and video call application gained noise isolation mode and spatial audio, which allows a better experience when calling with many people.
Another novelty that makes FaceTime more universal is the possibility of sending links to calls, allowing even Android and Windows users to participate in calls via VoIP.
To bring more comfort to those who communicate over a distance, the new SharePlay feature should make it easier to share movies, series and music during FaceTime calls. You can, for example, sync the display of a Disney+ or TikTok content or track to Apple Music while chatting with friends.
On iOS 15, the Photos app has received several enhancements that bring it closer to Google Photos, which has had the end of free unlimited backup. The Memories feature now makes compilations more interactivity and syncs with Apple Music songs, as well as improvements in the editing process.
In addition, the new Live Text feature allows text recognition in photos using artificial intelligence. The tool is also capable of performing other visual searches and identifies art, books, nature, pets and tourist attractions.
iPadOS gains widgets and improvements in Notes
The new iPad operating system has most of the features of iOS 15, but the tablet version has some new features dedicated to the product. The first is the support for customizable widgets, something that has been available on the iPhone since iOS 14.
The update also brings support for the application library, which is a boon for anyone looking to clear the home screen with little-used icons. New multitasking features have arrived on the iPad, and Shelf mode lets you create combinations of apps to be accessed simultaneously quickly.
Another new feature on iPadOS is the Notes app, which has the ability to create quick notes from any app. The translation app will land on the tablet – and no, it wasn’t this time that Apple released a calculator for the iPad. 🤡
watchOS 8 has new Mindfulness app for Apple Watch
Apple Watch is Apple’s flagship health product, and the watchOS 8 update includes the Mindfulness app, which should help users find focus in breathing sessions lasting from one minute. The system will also measure breathing during sleep through the accelerometer and new modes for Pilates and Tai Chi.
The watchOS 8 has improved support for photo displays, and images with portrait mode now display the watch with depth of field. The Photos app has been improved, and communication through Messaging has increased with the new support for emojis and GIFs.
Apple Focuses on Security and Launches New iCloud+ with VPN
Apple always makes a point of showing itself as a responsible company regarding user privacy, and has announced features that can improve the security of its customers: the new systems now create a report stating which permissions were accessed by third-party applications in the last seven days .
The iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 email app has also been redesigned and now protect the IP address and device. The update will anonymize incoming emails with automatic read confirmation, widely used by email marketing companies, online stores and newsletters.
Another important new feature is iCloud+: it will have a kind of encrypted VPN to make web browsing through Safari anonymous, which is very useful when using public Wi-Fi networks. The service will also have the option “Hide My E-mail”, which generates unique addresses that redirect to the user’s inbox – a good idea to use in registrations and newsletters.
iCloud+ will be available at no extra cost to users of paid cloud service storage plans – starting at R$3.50 per month in the 50GB package.
macOS 12 Monterey has Universal iPad and Mac Control
Version 12 of macOS is called Monterey, and brings interesting new features in Continuity mode. The new Universal Control function lets you use a Mac computer to control an iPad or other nearby Mac: just move the mouse cursor or trackpad towards the neighboring device and the system will automatically recognize the multi-screen operation.
The Shortcuts app is no longer exclusive to iOS and iPadOS and has gained its own version on the desktop system. It should replace the old Automator, with support for automatic import of automated tasks.
In addition, Safari received new features in the interface, which is now more compact and groups the address bar with navigation tabs. Some features of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 will also be available in Monterey, such as Focus mode and SharePlay.
iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS 12: availability
Apple’s new operating systems bring many new features to users of the apple ecosystem, but it’s good to remember that WWDC 2021 is a developer-oriented event.
Updates will only be available to end users during the northern hemisphere spring in mid- September to October 2021. Anyone who wants to venture out ahead of time can participate in the public beta starting in July.