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Apple WWDC 2021 Announcements: iOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, iPadOS 15 Launched

WWDC 2021 will premiere iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and new operating systems for iPads and the Apple TV. | June 08, 2021, 00:07 IST
Apple WWDC events are mainly synonymous with upcoming software developments from the company; however, we have seen some notable launches in the past. From the first Intel-powered Mac Pro to Apple HomePod, the event has seen the debut of impressive hardware aside from software announcements. This year, Apple is again rumoured to bring a new MacBook Pro, but with its in-house M1 chipset along with iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12, and more. The event will take place tonight at 10:30 PM IST, and you can watch the event live on Apple YouTube or catch live updates on News18.

Apple WWDC 2021 live event has happened, and we have seen the first glimpses of iOS 15 for your Apple iPhone, iPadOS 15 for your iPad as well as other goodies including the rollout of Spatial Audio for Apple Music and the confirmation of the wider audio feature for Apple TV’s tvOS as well. watchOS 8 has some new stuff, and your new operating system for Macs will be called macOS Monterey, among other things. One key highlight so far has been the evolution of FaceTime – it’s (almost) ready to go after Zoom and Google Meet!

The highlights for iOS 15 include the really cool Live Text feature that can pull out test from your photos, richer search results in Spotlight, an updated Weather app, FaceTime updates including Spatial Audio as well as SharePlay and the new Focus mode and greater notification control. For the iPad, the iPadOS 15 gets widgets with larger sizes that can be put in between apps on the Home Screen, a new App Library that was already available on the iPhone, the new Focus mode as well as Live Text and tweaks to multitasking in case you are using it for work.

WWDC 2021 is where, as it is every year, the company is expected to give us a sneak peek at the future of the software side of things—iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, tvOS, App Store, services, apps and more, and is focused more on the developers and the software roadmap, than consumers. This year however, there is that potential extra edge. While WWDC is not usually the base for new hardware announcements, we could however see a slight diversion from the usual. There is the possibility of some hardware announcements too, including perhaps new wireless earbuds, a new MacBook update and maybe even a glimpse of the augmented reality glasses.

Jun 08, 2021 00:07 (IST)

Okay, so with that, it's a wrap from the consumer end scheme of things. We're into dev speak, and that's our cue to head for dinner. See ya soon in the morning, with more commentary on all the key stuff announced today!

Jun 08, 2021 00:05 (IST)

Safari gets extensions on iOS and iPads. And with that, here's everything macOS.

Jun 08, 2021 00:03 (IST)

It's amusing how excited Federighi sounds about a browser tab bar. It looks nice, sure, but... come on!

Jun 08, 2021 00:01 (IST)

Safari for Mac has a new design with better organised tabs, which also changes colour with different sites.

Jun 07, 2021 23:58 (IST)

Shortcuts come to Mac, which can be custom or preset. That should be useful for power users.

Jun 07, 2021 23:56 (IST)

AirPlay comes to Mac as well. About time, too.

Jun 07, 2021 23:56 (IST)

You can do a file drag-drop directly from an iPad to a Mac, should you want to do so. This is DEFINITELY cool.

Jun 07, 2021 23:55 (IST)

Whoa okay, this is cool. The iPad is now effectively a second MacBook display. You can use the MacBook trackpad and keyboard to operate your iPad.

Jun 07, 2021 23:54 (IST)

It mostly seems like an incremental upgrade. The new focus mode comes to it, and there's tighter Mac-iPad integration with Universal Control.

Jun 07, 2021 23:53 (IST)

The new macOS is called macOS Monterey.

Jun 07, 2021 23:51 (IST)

Here's everything at Home.

Jun 07, 2021 23:50 (IST)

Oh hello, Siri comes to third party devices. Does Apple officially join the smart home battle against Google and Amazon, with this?

Jun 07, 2021 23:48 (IST)

Now, HomeKit. There's Siri queries on HomePod Mini for Apple TV. There's also a 'For All of You' mode on Apple TV. Also, HomePod Mini can work as external speakers for Apple TV 4K. Also, Lossless Audio is coming to Apple TV later this year.

Jun 07, 2021 23:45 (IST)

Here's everything on watchOS 8.

Jun 07, 2021 23:44 (IST)

GIF replies are now on Apple Watch, thanks to watchOS 8.

Jun 07, 2021 23:43 (IST)

Now there's a new portrait mode on Apple Watch. And, there's also a new Photos app on the Watch, if you want to "quickly reminesce".

Jun 07, 2021 23:42 (IST)

The Photos face is the most popular watch face, says Apple.

Jun 07, 2021 23:41 (IST)

watchOS 8 has a new Tai Chi workout, and a new Pilates workout.

Jun 07, 2021 23:40 (IST)

Apple Watch will now measure your respiratory rate, a change in which will most likely indicate a change in your health status.

Jun 07, 2021 23:39 (IST)

I celebrated too early. watchOS 8 has Apple talking more about your health. Specifically, more attention to how you breathe.

Jun 07, 2021 23:38 (IST)

And now, watchOS. FINALLY.

Jun 07, 2021 23:37 (IST)

I think we jinxed it – right as we started complaining about Apple racing along with key announcements, Apple has decided to REALLY tell you that you are most likely unhealthy.

Jun 07, 2021 23:35 (IST)

Apple Health Trends will also tell you if you're paying more attention to your health, all of a sudden. 

Jun 07, 2021 23:34 (IST)

Apple will now also tell you if you might fall while walking. I have at least two friends who will most likely find it useful. Coincidentally, they both use iPhones.

Jun 07, 2021 23:32 (IST)

The clinical trial done by the Johns Hopkins researchers along with a team at Apple apparently helped them reduce cardio-vascular related admissions at their hospital by 52 percent. This isn't an exciting update, but one that's good to hear.

Jun 07, 2021 23:30 (IST)

Apple has made improvements to Health, which we're pretty sure you don't care about.

But, they mentioned bubble tea. I'd like some bubble tea too, please.

Jun 07, 2021 23:28 (IST)

iCloud Plus gets Private Relay, Hide My Email and HomeKit Secure Video added to the suite, at the same cost.

Jun 07, 2021 23:27 (IST)

iCloud now has its own VPN, but Apple calls it Privacy Relay.

Jun 07, 2021 23:26 (IST)

iCloud has a new secure login and trusted/legacy contact feature to add a contingency layer if you get logged out.

Jun 07, 2021 23:24 (IST)

Siri is reportedly getting more on-device data processing, and Apple says that "audio never leaves device". Along with more offline Siri use, this means that your voice data wil not leave your phone. Unless you make online queries of course, and the specific policy here would be interesting to see. Also, this has made Siri much faster.

Apple WWDC 2021 Announcements: iOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, iPadOS 15 Launched