Apple will hold a kickoff keynote event for WWDC 2021 on Monday June 7. Like last year, WWDC 2021 will be an online-only event that will run through June 11.
WWDC 2021 is Apple’s annual worldwide developers conference to engage with Apple engineers through engineering sessions and developer forums. This event provides developers an opportunity to have access to the future versions of Apple’s software and operating systems.
Here’s what went down today at WWDC 2021 Keynote: (updated June 7)
iOS 15 is Here
Apple announced some major updates and additional features to existing functions. The themes of the update are centered on staying connected, finding focus, using intelligence and exploring the world around in brand new ways.
- Staying Connected
FaceTime is set to make video calls become natural, comfortable and lifelike. First, through spatial audio that makes FaceTime call sound like you are sitting in the same room. Videos will be displayed on a grid view of same size-tile and to make the capture more beautiful, portrait mode is ported into FaceTime, which is inspired from iPhone’s stunning photos.
Apple is poised to compete with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet with two additional features that enables FaceTime to be more of a collaboration tool – Facelinks; which you can send even to Android users, and Shareplay; intends to create shared experience where you can listen to music together, watch movies together sharing playback controls, and share screen on a meeting.
- Finding Focus
iOS 15 will have new tools to help you focus on what matters most and find work-life-balance. Notifications will have a fresh new look with larger icons for apps and contact photos for messages. Notification summary is also introduced to arrange them according to priority and category.
LiveText will help you discover more about your photos. It recognizes text on photos and allows you to select and use it accordingly. LiveText currently understands 7 languages including English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
- Exploring the World
Wallet is set to replace your physical wallet and keys. Apple started with cars keys using ultra-wide band technology, which will now include keys to unlock your house, apartment or flat. Moreover, the wallet is bringing in your identity cards to your iPhone. Simply scan your ID and it will turn your identity information into digital form. Maps were also enhanced to help with accurate navigation when driving and commuting on participating cities.
Widgets is added on iPadOS 15, which can be placed among the apps on your home screen, making it easier to access your information. App Library is also coming in this new release to organize your apps. This can be added right into the dock to easily access frequently used apps.
Multi-tasking is a major update added on iPadOS 15 allowing you to work on two apps at the same time through Splitview. iPadOS 15 has added more powerful ways to organize and capture your information using Notes. Mentions are now recognizable in Notes for collaboration purposes and tags to easily search for relevant information.
Apple announces their new operating system on Mac, the MacOS Monterey. This introduces Universal Control, allowing you to use a single mouse and keyboard to work across your devices. You can move, drag, and drop files between your Mac and iPad devices. Additionally, Apple unveils AirPlay to Mac and can leverage on SharePlay.
Safari got a redesigned Tabs that camouflages with the site to look like it is part of the page. They also created Tab groups to organize your searches into one place for easy reference. Safari Extensions are also made available on iPad and iPhones.
There is just so much to look forward to at WWDC 2021. More stuff will probably unfold tomorrow until June 11. Keep updated with Trend Micro!