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Software Updates Announced At WWDC 2021: macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, And Various Others

Apple has announced various software updates at the WWDC 2021. WWDC which is also known as Worldwide Developer Conference is all about the software that Apple launches. However, Apple does introduce some hardware at the WWDC, but this time the conference has been only about software.

In this article, we will be discussing the software updates that were announced at WWDC 2021.


iOS 15

iOS 15

The very first software announcement that we saw at WWDC 2021 was iOS 15. The iOS 15 will bring new features to iPhones such as Facetime Spatial audio, portrait mode blurs for Facetime Users, SharePlay, meeting links for schedule calls, voice isolation, and various others.

Moreover, there will be a new iMessage app, which introduces an in-app browser. You can view shared content with chat bookmarks, and various other things.

The update will bring grouped notifications, which will group all the important notifications as well as notifications that are not important. Moreover, there will also be a slack-like notify anyway feature, new focus mode controls, and various others and various other features.

iOS 15 introduces Live Text, which brings in the image to text conversion. This feature uses the neural engine of Apple to convert images to text. Photos memories another feature introduced with the iOS 15. This feature brings in intelligent music recommendations depending on the memories you view.

Spotlight search is also better now. Moreover, it does show better results with offline as well as online queries. Wallet app is also introduced with the iOS 15 which has support for UWB keys to BMW cars, smart locks, hotel keys, and various others. The weather app and the map app are also updated with a new look.


macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey is the next big update that was announced at the WWDC 2021. macOS Monterey is introduced with various new features and applications. Firstly, you will see a new Safari browser. The Safari browser will have a new tab design.

Moreover, there will also be an automation feature that will be labelled as shortcuts. Using this feature, users will be able to automate the set of tasks that they use most on the OS.

Quick Note is also a new feature in the new macOS Monterey. You get Focus mode, which will be integrated across all your devices. There will be other features as well such as the new FaceTime, SharePlay, ‘Shared with you’ section, AirPlay, Live Text, and the privacy feature on iCloud+.

Moreover, if you use Macs as well as iPad, then now you will be able to use your Mac’s keyboard and mouse with your iPad.


iPadOS 15

iPadOS 15

The next big update that Apple announced at WWDC 2021 is the new iPadOS 15. The update brings new keyboard shortcuts, a new dock bar design, and various others. With this update, iPads are now more focused on making multitasking for the users much easier.

The home screen of the iPad will be more organized. There will be widgets that can be placed within the home apps. Users will also be able to group the apps.

Other features introduced with the iPadOS 15 are the Safari browser with web extensions, SharePlay, QuickNote, FaceTime, LiveText, optimized Translate app, and a new Spotlight search.


watchOS 8

watchOS 8

watchOS 8 is also introduced at the WWDC 2021. It integrates a new Wallet feature. The new home app allows you to control smart home devices from your watch. Apple has added Tai Chi and Pilates workouts to the watch.

The ‘Breathe’ app is now the ‘Mindfulness’ app. The new Mindfulness app brings in an enhanced breathing experience.

Users will also be seeing new modes tracking sleeping respiratory rates in the watch. watchOS 8 comes with portrait watch faces. Users will also be able to send scribbles and GIF responses using their watch. The update also brings in more fitness-related content, a Music app with a new UI, multiple times, and various other features.


Other Updates Announced At WWDC 2021

Apple also announced various other software updates at the conference. Siri will now come to a third-party smart home device by the end of this year. Homepod mini can now be used external speakers for Apple TV 4K.

There are certain privacy features introduced by apple, such as mail privacy protection, iCloud ‘Private Relay’ VPN service, app privacy report, on-device processing of Siri voice queries, a secure paste of text data, masking IP of email and browser, and various other privacy features.


Final Words

Apple did announce some of the major software updates and features at the WWDC 2021. Apple, like always is concerned about the privacy of the users, and they introduce various privacy features to provide a reliable experience to users while in their ecosystem. Do let us know what are your thoughts about the software updates announced at WWDC 2021.


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Anurag Jain

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