Apple WWDC 2021 live updates: iOS 15 announced

That is a wrap

Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner stated that the brand new beta software program will probably be out there for builders and early adopters within the coming month, and they are going to be launched to the general public within the fall.

Thanks for tuning in. — Kif Leswing

Apple says App Retailer has 600 million weekly guests, updates product pages

Apple has paid $230 billion to builders because it launched, the corporate stated. 600 million folks go to it per week.

Apple will enable builders to take care of a number of product pages to check which graphics and textual content works finest to realize prospects. Apple will even market key apps on the App Retailer via a brand new function referred to as Occasions.

Apple’s App Retailer guidelines and charges have been below intense scrutiny from builders and lawmakers. It is the one manner for most individuals to put in apps on an iPhone. — Kif Leswing

Apple introduces device to show pictures into 3D fashions, which will probably be essential for augmented actuality

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Apple’s convention is designed to offer instruments to builders to encourage them to work on Apple telephones and computer systems.

One of many largest new applied sciences introduced on Monday permits builders to show 2D pictures right into a 3D mannequin. Apple’s instance was a sneaker. This permits customers to take a bunch of pictures on the iPhone after which convert them right into a mannequin that can be utilized in augmented actuality apps.

The power to create fashions rapidly will probably be essential for on-line commerce — one instance was furnishings vendor Wayfair — however will even be a necessary device for constructing AR experiences and apps. Apple is engaged on digital and augmented actuality in its Know-how Growth Group, however has not introduced a {hardware} headset. At the moment, Apple’s AR merchandise are software program options within the iPhone and iPad. — Kif Leswing

Apple pronounces MacOS Monterey, which may share a mouse and keyboard with an iPad

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The most recent model of MacOS, is called Monterey after the scenic seaside city in California’s central coast. It has new options that enable customers to make use of the identical mouse and keyboard throughout a Mac or an iPad.

The mouse cursor can transfer backwards and forwards between the iPad an a Mac laptop computer or desktop, turning the iPad into functionally a second display screen. It even works between Mac computer systems. The function is known as Common Management.

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iOS units can even beam their display screen to a Mac laptop via a function referred to as AirPlay.

Apple added a bunch of recent Shortcuts to the Mac interface. Shortcuts is an automation app for energy customers.

Apple’s Safari browser additionally received a redesign with new options together with tab grouping and tab bookmarking.

— Kif Leswing

HomePod mini will be capable to request exhibits on TV, work as stereo TV audio system

Apple is additional integrating its HomePod Mini with Apple TV and different units.

This fall, you’ll ask your HomePod mini to play one thing on Apple TV. So, you possibly can say, “Hey Siri, play CNBC on Apple TV,” for instance. Customers will even be capable to use the HomePod mini to play stereo sound from their TVs, a function that was initially restricted to the unique and now-discontinued HomePod.

Lastly, Apple stated it is going to let third-party equipment faucet into Siri. It confirmed an instance the place a thermostat answered a Siri request, for instance. It stated, for privateness, these requests are routed via a HomePod.

— Jessica Bursztynsky

Apple pronounces WatchOS 8, with Mindfulness app and portrait photograph watch face

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Apple revealed the most recent model of its Apple Watch software program, WatchOS 8, on Monday. It features a new watch face that may use a photograph taken in portrait mode because the background.

Apple has additionally added a brand new function permitting customers to jot down textual content with their fingers to ship in messages straight on the watch.

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WatchOS 8 contains an up to date Breathe app, which guides customers via a quick respiration train.

It additionally features a new app referred to as Mindfulness, which may present quotes or different inspirational meditation-adjacent phrases referred to as “Reflections.”

Apple’s Health+ service for the iPhone will even achieve a number of new exercises. — Kif Leswing

The iPhone can now monitor to see in the event you’re strolling regular

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Apple says its expertise inside iPhones can measure consumer steadiness, stability, and coordination, and warn customers in the event that they’re extra in danger to fall. The metric Apple is synthesizing is known as strolling steadiness. If the consumer has an elevated danger of falling, Apple will ship you a notification.

Apple’s well being app can retailer medical data. Apple’s well being app will even embrace further particulars about what numerous well being metrics, like ldl cholesterol, imply. Apple has constructed new options interfacing with well being file firms, permitting Well being app knowledge to be shared with their medical doctors. One other function permits customers to share well being knowledge with buddies or household.

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Apple will even notify customers about long-term developments of their well being knowledge.

— Kif Leswing

Apple pronounces iCloud+, new privateness options for on-line storage subscribers

Apple introduced a service referred to as iCloud+, which incorporates further options for on-line privateness. It is included within the present iCloud costs, Apple stated.

Probably the most important function is Non-public Relay, which routes internet visitors via two separate server to masks who’s utilizing the web and what they’re searching, like a VPN.

iCloud+ additionally has a function referred to as Cover My Electronic mail, which permits customers to make use of a placeholder electronic mail handle when signing up for brand spanking new options. Apple has additionally added further video options for good house cameras that retailer footage on iCloud.

Apple pronounces new privateness options

Apple is beefing up its privateness safety.

The corporate stated it is rolling out tracker-blockers in its Mail app, which can assist disguise your IP handle, location and prevents senders from seeing if and once you open an electronic mail. It is also hiding IP handle from trackers in Safari.

Apple can also be including an App Tracker Report part to settings, the place customers can see how usually apps use data in final seven days and discover out third occasion domains app is contacting.

Lastly, Apple stated that Siri will help offline speech recognition, which suggests it is extra non-public but in addition quicker, since some instructions will not need to be despatched to the cloud first. So, you are able to do issues like say “Hey Siri, begin a timer for 10 minutes” and it will begin the timer immediately.

— Jessica Bursztynsky

Apple says Siri is utilized by 600 million units worldwide every month

Apple does not usually give stats on how broadly used Siri is used, however Apple stated on Monday Siri is utilized by 600 million units per thirty days. — Kif Leswing

Is the iPad a pc but?

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I can not inform you what number of WWDCs I’ve sat via the place Apple claimed it is beefed up the multitasking capabilities of the iPad in an effort to make it perform extra like an everyday laptop computer.

And Apple did it once more at present. (See Kif’s earlier weblog entry for extra particulars.)

However none of these updates matter if app builders do not benefit from these options. Traditionally, it has been troublesome for Apple to steer builders to take the iPad severely as a pc substitute, which is why the tablets are nonetheless largely used for consumption, not creation.

It is manner higher than it was once. In reality, I take advantage of my iPad greater than I take advantage of my MacBook nowadays. However there’s nonetheless a protracted approach to go for the iPad to catch as much as the MacBook.

There’s a neater resolution although: Simply put a touchscreen on the MacBook. Please. — Steve Kovach

Apple pronounces new iPad software program referred to as iPadOS 15 that allows you to do extra directly

Apple introduced new iPad software program referred to as iPadOS 15.

IPadOS 15 contains new methods to rearrange iPad apps, put widgets on the house display screen and the App Library function, previously iPhone unique, that robotically organizes apps.

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Apple additionally launched a brand new multitasking interface that makes it simpler to place two apps facet by facet on the iPad display screen.

The Apple notes app has been up to date to raised interface with different apps. One function, referred to as Fast Notes, lets customers jot notes utilizing the Apple Pencil, a stylus.

A brand new model of the Translate app for iPads permits customers to talk and have the dialogue translated on-screen in actual time.

Apple’s app for studying how you can code, Swift Playgrounds, can now construct full apps, which might be submitted to the App Retailer Apple stated. — Kif Leswing

Apple’s AirPods headphones can now be used to enhance listening to

A brand new function coming to AirPods referred to as “Dialog Increase” helps folks higher perceive who they’re speaking to in actual time in a busy atmosphere. Customers can even alter ambient background noise ranges to assist enhance audio. Siri will even quickly learn essential notifications, if you would like it to, as a substitute of simply incoming calls and messages. — Kif Leswing

Apple Maps will get large new replace with extra metropolis particulars and 3D fashions

Apple is updating its maps software program with new 3D knowledge. It now contains turning lanes and different highway circumstances. It’s increasing to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia later this 12 months, Apple stated.— Kif Leswing

Apple pronounces iOS 15, latest model of iPhone’s software program

Apple’s senior vice chairman accountable for software program, Craig Federighi, introduced iOS 15, the most recent model of the iPhone working system. This software program usually releases for many customers alongside new iPhones within the fall, however builders and early adopters can begin utilizing it earlier, usually throughout the summer season.

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  • FaceTime enhancements, together with 3D audio, portrait mode to blur backgrounds, and a grid view to talk to a number of folks on the identical time. Apple will even enable customers to ship hyperlinks to schedule particular person FaceTime calls, like Zoom hyperlinks. Customers can even share their screens or music, via a brand new software program function referred to as ShareTime.
  • FaceTime calls are additionally now supported on Home windows and Android via a browser, the primary time that FaceTime has been supported throughout platforms.

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  • An iMessage redesign, which incorporates options that turns messaged pictures into galleries.
  • A brand new function referred to as “shared with you” saves hyperlinks that folks despatched you and places them in a single place so customers can handle them later. It really works with Apple Music, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple TV and Apple Information. Customers can pin essential messages that includes content material.
  • Redesigned notifications, together with a function that collects customers’ notifications right into a customized abstract, ordered by precedence. Notifications from folks will proceed to look on the lock display screen so they will not be missed.

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  • Customers who’ve turned on “don’t disturb” or a brand new “focus” mode could have their standing shared with different customers, like an away message.
  • Focus mode can disguise any apps that you do not wish to distract you.
  • Digicam enhancements, together with a function referred to as Dwell Textual content that may robotically determine and scan textual content in pictures.
  • Apple’s machine studying will even be capable to determine components in pictures, equivalent to location or whether or not there is a pet within the scene. Apple’s system search, Highlight, will search these components.
  • A function referred to as Recollections will use machine studying to mix pictures into related galleries or animations and generally add music from Apple Music.

Pockets and keys

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  • Apple can also be updating increasing the Pockets app performance to incorporate company badges in addition to keys to get into inns and homes with good houses.
  • Apple can also be going to help scanning U.S. IDs, equivalent to driver’s licenses, into their pockets. Apple says it’s only supported in some states for now, and the TSA will settle for the credential.
  • Apple’s Safari browser on the iPhone can now help the identical extensions that the desktop model of Safari does. Apple additionally redesigned the tab interface.

Pockets and keys

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In case you thought Fb was offended with Apple earlier than at present…

The slew of recent communication options Apple introduced for iOS 15 on Monday are positive to have Mark Zuckerberg’s blood boiling over at Fb headquarters.

In impact, these new options construct a closed-off social community for Apple, letting you share Apple Information tales, Apple Music tracks and even maintain FaceTime video chats with non-iPhone customers.

Zuckerberg has already stated he considers Apple a significant competitor due to iMessage. Now Apple is constructing out much more social options natively into iOS. And, after all, Apple will be capable to promote the privateness of those social options, not like Fb. –Steve Kovach

Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner kicks off WWDC

Tim Cook dinner at WWDC21 on June seventh, 2021.

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After a brief comedy video specializing in software program builders, Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner has kicked off the present from the corporate’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. He got here out on stage to a digital crowd of avatars. — Kif Leswing

Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg needles Apple forward of its convention

Fb CEO, Mark Zuckerberg (L) and Apple CEO, Tim Cook dinner


Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg needled Apple hours earlier than its WWDC convention was scheduled to kick off.

In a brief submit on his Fb web page, Zuckerberg introduced a brand new Fb function enabling customers to tip social media personalities. He stated Fb is not charging till at the least 2023, and when it does, it is going to take lower than the 30% charge Apple prices iPhone apps utilizing in-app purchases.

“To assist extra creators make a dwelling on our platforms, we will hold paid on-line occasions, fan subscriptions, badges, and our upcoming unbiased information merchandise free for creators till 2023. And after we do introduce a income share, it is going to be lower than the 30% that Apple and others take,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Apple’s developer convention this 12 months takes place at an unsure time in Apple developer relations. Apple wants laptop software program firms to make apps for its platforms, which in flip makes its merchandise extra engaging to customers.

WWDC is geared toward getting these software program makers enthusiastic about Apple. However Epic Video games, Fb and different corporations have complained that Apple’s App Retailer guidelines are too stringent and its 30% charge for digital purchases is simply too excessive. — Kif Leswing

Apple’s internet retailer stays on-line

Apple has traditionally taken down its on-line retailer for a number of hours throughout an enormous launch, signaling thrilling new merchandise being added and constructing hype. However on Monday, the shop was nonetheless up quarter-hour earlier than WWDC was scheduled to kick off, suggesting no new main merchandise. — Kif Leswing

Apple ought to deliver Mac options to iPads at present

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I hope to see Apple deliver a few of the software program options from MacBooks to iPads at present.

The most recent Macs and iPad Execs run on the identical M1 processor, so there’s sufficient energy on the high-end iPads for operating apps in a number of home windows, such as you would on a conventional laptop, and help for utilizing an exterior show for any app.

A report from Bloomberg over the weekend instructed we’ll at the least see enhancements to iPad multitasking, so it looks like my want is at the least believable.

Apple has up to now stated it sees iPads and Macs as completely completely different units with completely different use instances, so I do not count on a whole merge of the working methods. — Todd Haselton

The Apple-developer love fest is over

In regular instances, WWDC is a love fest between Apple and the builders who hold its massively worthwhile App Retailer chugging alongside.

However this 12 months goes to be completely different. The disputes over App Retailer charges between Apple and big-name builders like Spotify have spilled into the general public view in latest months. That is particularly obvious with the authorized battle between Apple and Epic Video games. The 2 firms went via a three-week trial final month, and the choose’s determination within the case might alter the facility dynamics between Apple and app builders.

Up to now, builders remained quiet about their complaints with Apple’s App Retailer guidelines, lest they draw the ire of Tim Cook dinner and firm and danger their entry to the App Retailer. However because of teams just like the Coalition for App Equity and the general anti-Huge Tech sentiment in Western governments, builders now really feel emboldened to make their complaints recognized.

I am most to see how Apple makes use of this 12 months’s WWDC to spotlight the advantages it will possibly provide builders whereas nonetheless defending one among its huge revenue facilities, the App Retailer. — Steve Kovach