APPLE’S annual Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off Monday with a two-hour keynote address announcing all the new updates.
While the beta versions of these updates will be made available to developers starting today, they won’t hit the public until the fall.
What did Apple announce at WWDC 2021?
Apple says the App Store has 600 million weekly visitors.
The tech giant is working to give tools to encourage developers to work using Apple phones and computer products.
The newest version of iPhone’s software unveils updated to the Wallet, FaceTime, and Health apps among others.
The updated Wallet app will expand the functionality to allow for corporate badges and keys to get into hotels or houses with smart homes and U.S. IDs.
FaceTime calls will now be supported on Windows and Android products and will have portrait mode to blur backgrounds, and a grid view to speak to several people at the same time.
A new shared with you feature saves links that people sent you putting them in one place so users can easily access them later.
The tech company announced new iPad software called iPadOS 15.
It introduces new ways to rearrange iPad apps, add widgets to the home screen, and allows access users to download the App Library feature which was previously only available on iPhones.
A new interface allows users to easily multitask by putting two apps side by side on the screen.
And a fun new feature on the Translate app will allow iPad users to speak into the microphone and have the discussion translated on-screen in real time.
The most recent version of the software has several new features and updates to the Apple watch.
The new watch face allows photos taken in portrait mode as the background.
Users can now write text with their fingers and send them directly on the watch.
There is also a new Mindfulness app which displays quotes or other inspirational meditation-adjacent phrases called Reflections.
One of the new features that developers are most excited about is the ability to use the same mouse and keyboard across a Mac or an iPad.
The Universal Control will allow an iPad or second Mac computer to be used as a second screen.
Several new Shortcuts have also been included to the Mac interface.
Apple Maps will be stepping up its maps software with new 3D data.
It will be expanding to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia later this year.
It introduced a tool to turn photos into 3D models, which will be important for augmented reality and online commerce.