Every thing Apple unveiled this week: iOS 15, FaceTime upgrades and extra


This story is a part of Apple Occasion, our full protection of the most recent information from Apple headquarters.

Apple’s annual WWDC occasion is synonymous with software program — particularly, updates to the brawny platforms that energy the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, residence safety cameras and extra. Consider it as a sneak peek on the new instruments your gadgets will be capable to do, and as a summer time buildup to the autumn occasion when Apple is anticipated to unveil the iPhone 13 and extra.

True to type, Apple revealed upgrades to a lot of its working methods, most notably iOS 15. Apple additionally launched MacOS Monterey, beforehand referred to as MacOS 12, together with WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15. (The rumored HomeOS, nevertheless, did not make an look.) Developer betas of all Apple OS upgrades are accessible now, however most of the people should anticipate public betas to start out in July, with extensive releases possible coming someday this fall.

In Apple’s large keynote tackle, with CEO Tim Prepare dinner on the helm, the iPhone-maker additionally unveiled some new tips for present merchandise comparable to FaceTime, iMessage and Apple Maps, a slew of new well being options, updates to Siri and AirPods, and a brand new iCloud Plus service with enhanced privateness controls. Here is every part Apple introduced at WWDC 21.

Put together for the Apple betas

[11:48 a.m. PT]

Apple’s iOS 15, iPadOS 15, WatchOS 8 and MacOS Monterey are all accessible to builders in the present day, following the corporate’s development of releasing the brand new software program to builders instantly after its bulletins.

Apple mentioned the general public beta can be made accessible in July, with a full launch deliberate within the fall.

Apple: Do not forget all of the arduous work we do

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The previous yr, Apple’s been beneath a whole lot of strain from regulators and lawmakers involved about its rising monetary and trade energy. In a lawsuit with Fortnite maker Epic Video games, was compelled to defend its App Retailer and the as much as 30% fee it expenses for a lot of in-app purchases.

We weren’t anticipating Apple to straight reply to every part that is been occurring, however the firm did take a pair minutes throughout its WWDC presentation Monday to remind folks of all of the know-how it makes accessible to builders. That features the sound isolation, scanning applied sciences and the Swift programming language.

“We created Swift and all of those different applied sciences and frameworks for one motive, that can assist you construct the very best apps, and one of the best place to find these apps,” mentioned Susan Prescott, Apple’s head of developer relations.

Apple additionally talked up new options to its App Retailer, saying it will create a brand new “in-app occasions” function that can be on the App Retailer homepage. Apple mentioned in-app occasions may even be constructed into App Retailer search, a brand new App Retailer widget for iPhones and iPads, and on the product web page for an app within the retailer.

Lastly, Apple introduced a brand new function known as Xcode Cloud, designed to assist check apps throughout a number of gadgets. Apple mentioned as soon as a developer uploads their code to the corporate’s servers, it will routinely be examined throughout a number of gadgets, after which may be made simply accessible to beta testers. 

Revamped Safari

[11:36 a.m. PT]

Apple’s on-Mac internet browser has all the time been a second-banana to Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, even when Apple claims it is sooner and has higher battery life.

In MacOS Monterey, Apple mentioned it is remodeling Safari by making it sleeker to have a look at, and including extra sync options between gadgets. Tabs synchronize between gadgets, Apple mentioned.

And on the iPhone, Apple mentioned it is transferring the tab bar to the underside of the web page, slightly than the highest. Apple mentioned this makes it simpler to succeed in and use.

Apple’s additionally bringing Safari’s desktop app extensions to Safari on the iPhone and iPad. Apple mentioned extensions can share code throughout an iPhone, iPad and desktop, making them simpler to develop as nicely. 

MacOS Monterey, the following large replace

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It could sound like a damaged document by this level, however for those who look by means of the checklist of options for Apple’s subsequent main Mac software program replace, a lot of them are those you heard about on iOS 15. Fast share, for instance, and the brand new FaceTime options. Apple’s new Focus function is there too, after all.


Apple’s additionally constructing a brand new “Common Management” function into its Macs to assist management its iPads. The way in which it will work is fairly easy, all you need to do is transfer the mouse cursor to the aspect of the display, and it will begin controlling the opposite machine. Apple mentioned lower/copy/paste works too, so you’ll be able to take one merchandise from one Mac and convey it to a different.

And Apple mentioned Common Management works throughout a number of gadgets, so you’ll be able to drag a picture throughout an iPad, MacBook and to an iMac all on the identical desk, if you’d like. 

Extra Siri extra locations

[11:22 a.m. PT]

Till now, Apple’s voice assistant has solely been accessible on its iPhones, iPads, Macs and HomePods. Now, Apple mentioned, it will work with accomplice firms to make Siri accessible on their gadgets too. So, for instance, in case your sensible thermostat has a microphone and speaker, the corporate will be capable to add Siri to it.

Apple mentioned it is protecting all Siri communication in your house, so every part will work collectively slightly than needing to have an web connection. 

Greater well being push

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A pair years in the past, Apple added a function to the Apple Watch to name for assist for those who fall. Now, it mentioned the Well being app will establish what your chances are to fall sooner or later. Apple mentioned the brand new datapoint, known as “steadiness,” is scientifically validated, and based mostly on the way you stroll all through the day. And in case your chance of falling rises, Apple mentioned it will ship an alert to warn you.

Apple’s constructing different options to assist decode well being information into its Well being app. The corporate mentioned it is constructing “tendencies” into its Well being app, exhibiting whether or not you are extra (or much less) energetic. It is also constructing extra useful data into the labs part of its Well being app. So, for instance, the following time you get a blood check, the Well being app will clarify what every datapoint means and whether or not it is inside anticipated ranges.

Apple’s additionally including a option to share well being information with your loved ones. The corporate mentioned folks will now be capable to share well being information with different iPhone customers, and provides them entry to no matter chosen information you need. Apple mentioned this can be notably useful for households with aged folks and children.

Apple mentioned all this information is encrypted and cannot be learn by Apple. 



iCloud Plus for privateness

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Apple’s including a brand new service providing to its lineup, this time targeted on privateness. The brand new iCloud Plus is designed to assist obscure your data from the net.

For instance, now it will create obscured e-mail addresses so that you can assist preserve firms from spamming you. And it is making a “relay” system, which hides your data as you surf the net. Apple mentioned if you use its relay system, it will ship web site visitors by means of two relay methods, obscuring your data even from Apple.

Apple mentioned these options can be constructed into iCloud for a similar costs it expenses now. So for many individuals, it is already inbuilt when it launches possible later this yr. 

Privateness, privateness, privateness

[10:56 a.m. PT]

Apple’s more and more pushed privateness as a option to stand out from its rivals. In iOS 15, Apple mentioned it will start obscuring IP addresses of its customers — that means that firms will not be capable to use your web tackle to establish and monitor you.

Apple mentioned its IP obfuscation can be on the Mail App and Safari, but it surely’s a great wager it will broaden.

Apple additionally mentioned it will inform you each time an app makes use of different options of your iPhone. So, you would possibly see for instance what number of occasions an app accessed your digital camera, microphone or tackle ebook.

And Apple mentioned it will begin monitoring different web sites and providers that apps ship information to. So, you will see which promoting firms an app connects with, for instance. 

Construct apps on the iPad

[10:48 a.m. PT]

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app began as a option to educate folks find out how to code. However now, Apple’s making it attainable to construct apps too.

Apple mentioned that with iPadOS 15, folks will be capable to write code, try it out and even submit apps to the App Retailer — all inside Swift Playgrounds.

Apple nonetheless hasn’t gone the following step of including its Xcode developer instruments to the iPad, however that is positively a transfer towards that. It will be fascinating to see how builders really feel about it.

Apple revamps iPad multitasking with cabinets

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Because the iPad’s turn into extra highly effective, it is gotten simply that rather more computer-like. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless extra iPhone than Mac.

Although Apple is not going to push the iPad extra into Mac-world, it’s revamping the best way multitasking works. With iPadOS 15, Apple mentioned it is including a “cabinets” function, which can present open “home windows” inside an app. So, in an e-mail app, the cabinets may very well be your open emails or draft messages.

Apple mentioned this’ll make multitasking a lot simpler on the iPad. We’ll see. 



Revamping iPad widgets

[10:40 a.m. PT]

Final yr, with iOS 14, Apple added widgets to its iPhone’s homepages. This yr, Apple’s doing that with the iPad too.

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The iPad-based widgets have a different feel too, of course. Apple said its newest widgets can be larger, making it easier to interact with them.

Apple’s also adding its “App Library” feature to the iPad. But unlike the iPhone, where you have to swipe many times to the right to get there, Apple’s adding the “App Library” to the bottom dock. 

Find My AirPods

[10:37 a.m. PT]

Apple’s AirTags supplied a brand new option to monitor gadgets, however in the case of Apple’s personal equipment, the corporate’s taking it a step additional. The corporate mentioned AirPods will now ship out a “bluetooth beacon” in order that Discover My community gadgets may help you discover AirPods for those who’re not close to them. Here is how you could find your lacking AirPods.

And within the case of AirPods Professional, the Discover My app will show you how to pinpoint their location similar to they do with AirTags.



Apple mentioned it is including a “separation alert” to the AirPods as nicely, sending a notification to your telephone for those who depart your AirPods behind. No phrase but on whether or not they’ll present pet canine eyes for those who’re going out for the night and the AirPods really feel left alone at residence. 

Higher maps

[10:39 a.m. PT]

Since launching in 2012, Apple Maps has been making an attempt to tackle Google Maps and its Waze app. This yr, Apple says it is revamping what Apple Maps appears like, with extra colourful visuals and extra element like exhibiting pedestrian walkways and switch lanes within the map as you are driving.

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Apple’s also adding augmented reality to its walking directions in its Apple Maps. This is something Google’s offered for a couple years, but it’s another way Apple’s hoping to catch up. 

Better Wallet

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Apple’s Pockets app has all the time felt like extra promise than actuality. However with iOS 15, Apple’s pushing its Pockets app additional — bringing company keycards and driver’s licenses to its app. That is proper, you’ll be able to carry your ID in your iPhone. Whether or not you need to or not is one other situation, however Apple says it will be encrypted and that the US TSA is already engaged on methods to simply accept it in airports.

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Apple says you’ll be able to scan in your driver’s license just by snapping a photo in the Wallet app. Here’s hoping my real-world Wallet’s days are numbered. 

Live Text

[10:30 a.m. PT]

Apple’s increasing its synthetic intelligence know-how in iOS 15, and probably the most dramatic means is with one thing it calls “Reside Textual content.” What it does is routinely understand what you need to do with textual content on the net for those who click on on it, or for those who maintain up the digital camera on a white board.

Apple mentioned Reside Textual content works with its photographs app too, attaching its routinely generated picture tags to its device-wide highlight search function. So you’ll be able to seek for “seashore” on Highlight and it will present you photographs there too, not simply within the photographs app. 

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Fixing notifications

[10:22 a.m. PT]

Many people live in an avalanche of notifications on our telephones, and Apple says it is engaged on methods to repair that. The largest change is one thing known as “focus” — which lets you resolve which apps can ship you notifications at particular occasions. And you’ll create a house display to match it too.

So, for instance, a “work focus” would permit e-mail and messages apps to ship you notifications, however preserve Fb quiet.

“Focus is a brand new option to match your machine to your present mindset with focus,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software program engineering, mentioned. “All you need to do is select what you need to deal with. You’ll be able to carve out time in your day for work or your private life.” 

Share, share away

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Apple’s spent years experimenting with sharing photographs, movies and music. In iOS 15, Apple mentioned it is constructing in new options to “share” a video or tune within the Messages app. Individuals will be capable to share a tune in Spotify, for instance, and take heed to it with associates on the identical time.

Apple mentioned it is also working with Disney Plus to allow you to watch films too. 

And for those who obtain hyperlinks in a Messages dialog, now Apple will routinely add them to a listing in its Information app.

Apple brings FaceTime to non-iPhone customers

[10:14 a.m. PT]

FaceTime is already a preferred function on Apple merchandise, partially because of the truth that it is inbuilt by default. It additionally affords end-to-end encryption, one thing that is helped it stand out from SMS. This yr, Apple’s planning a bunch of modifications for it in iOS 15. 

The largest change is that FaceTime will work on the net, permitting folks to take part in video chats in the event that they’re utilizing a non-Apple machine. The way in which it really works is that FaceTime customers can share a hyperlink to their associates, which they then click on on after which they will be dropped at a webpage that appears much like the FaceTime app on an iPhone. 



It is not FaceTime for Android, but it surely’s Apple’s restricted means of constructing FaceTime extra open.

Apple head of software program Craig Federighi, mentioned the corporate’s additionally including options to make it simpler to take part in calls. One is named sound isolation, which cuts out background noise. One other is “spatial audio,” which is Apple’s time period for encompass sound. On this case, folks will sound like they’re coming from totally different elements of a room, based mostly on the place their FaceTime tiles are proven.

Lastly, Apple’s including a “portrait mode” to video — so you do not have to have a look at everybody’s soiled socks within the background.

Tim Prepare dinner kicks off WWDC

[10:06 a.m. PT]

Apple’s CEO began his keynote speech for Apple’s largest developer occasion by speaking about what Apple’s been doing to draw extra folks to tech. He famous that final yr, almost 25 million folks watched WWDC totally free on-line (although he did not supply any comparable information from 2019).

He additionally famous how Apple’s internet hosting entrepreneurs, and supporting black and feminine builders.

“We’re dedicated to being a power for change as we search to make the world a greater place stuffed with alternative for all of us,” he mentioned. 

Let’s get this social gathering began

[9:48 a.m. PT]

It is half-hour till the beginning of WWDC and our dwell present, with hosts Iyaz Akhtar, Claire Reilly, Lexy Savvides and Patrick Holland, has begun.

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