Apple announced iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 at its WWDC 2021 keynote earlier this week. The new operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Macs, and Apple Watch will be to be had in autumn 2021. There are dozens of new features here, including upgraded FaceTime, improved Focus modes, and better use of on-device intelligence that allows for offline Siri, and Live Text, which is analogous to Google Lens. macOS Monterey brings Universal Regulate that lets you drag and drop in combination with iPadOS 15. And watchOS 8 rebrands the Breathe app as Mindfulness, and bumps up what you’ll be able to do with the Wallet app.
Host Akhil Arora speaks with Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo on this week’s podcast episode of Orbital to find out what’s most interesting approximately iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 — except a slew of privacy announcements, mainly with iCloud+.
Instead of giving any prominent interface-level changes unlike iOS 14, Apple seems to have designed iOS 15 more like a follow-up. FaceTime now comes with spatial audio, toughen for Portrait bokeh-style blur mode, and allows users on Android and Windows to enroll in video calls as mannered. There could also be a feature called SharePlay to let users share videos, music, and even their screen with friends over FaceTime. You’ll be able to watch Apple TV+, Disney+, and Twitch with your friends for example.
Excluding the new FaceTime experience, Apple has introduced an improved Photos app with Memories. Additionally, there’s Share with You that works across the system to spotlight satisfied such as articles, music, and photos shared in message conversations. The aim here could also be to take on the likes of Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp by giving an enhanced integration with the local Messages app.
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iOS 15 also has a better Focus feature to filter out notifications and apps that don’t seem to be useful at a specific point of time. You’ll be able to customise a couple of Focus modes and Apple will memorize from your behaviour to make suggestions too. Outdoor of the machine learning part, the experience is relatively very similar to how some old Nokia phones allowed users to set distinctive notification alerts for their contacts or set specific profiles for different sets of people.
Apple also showcased features such as widgets and quick paper money on iPadOS 15 to cause newer productivity experiences for iPad users. With Universal Regulate, to be had on macOS Monterey, users can use the same keyboard and mouse setup concurrently and seamlessly across their MacBook or iMac in addition to an iPad.
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Outdoor of all that, Siri now has offline toughen to give a better fight to Google Assistant. Speaking of a higher fight, Apple also gave us a glimpse of how it is planning to grow its voice assistant except its in-house hardware and bring it to third-party connected devices via HomePod.
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