Apple just wrapped up its WWDC 2021 keynote and it was packed with news and announcements, including our first looks at iOS 15, the new macOS Monterey, major improvements to FaceTime, and more.
Our live blog features moment-by-moment commentary on what Apple has announced from Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn. But if you just want to know the show’s big tickets, we’ve got you covered here.
Apple has announced iOS 15, which brings improvements to FaceTime such as spatial audio, a new “SharePlay” feature that lets you virtually share media with people on FaceTime, updates to Messages, a new look for notifications, the ability to use different “Focus configurable statuses, updates to Reminders in Photos, a redesign of the weather app, and much more.
Apple’s new SharePlay feature lets you watch or listen to content virtually with others. Apple is also introducing a SharePlay API so that other developers can build apps that support the feature.
Apple’s new Live Text digitizes text in your photos, allowing you to copy and paste text from a photo, for example, or call a phone number that’s in a photo. Apple says it uses “on-device intelligence” for the feature.
Apple’s Wallet will soon allow you to store your ID in digital form (in participating US states), which you will then use as identification at US airports.
With iPadOS 15, Apple lets you add widgets to the home screen and access the app library, which debuted on iPhone last year with iOS 14. Apple also introduces improvements to multitasking, with new controls that make it easier to manage your apps, and you can build apps with Swift Playgrounds.
Apple announced new privacy-focused features at WWDC, including Apple Mail blocking tracking pixels with Mail Privacy Protection and Safari hiding IPs. Apple is also introducing a new section in its settings called the ‘App Privacy Report’.
Apple lets Siri process voice requests on the device, meaning audio isn’t sent over the internet, and Siri can accept many requests when offline.
Apple is introducing a number of new health-focused features, such as the ability to share health data with your family and healthcare providers.
Apple is making some new changes to AirPods, such as making it easier to find them on the Find My network and the ability to announce your notifications.
Apple’s iCloud is getting a new private relay service and the ability to create burner emails called “Hide My Email.” These will be part of a new iCloud Plus subscription, which will be offered to current paying iCloud users at no extra cost.
Apple’s upcoming watchOS 8 has new health features, including a new Mindfulness app, improvements to the Photos watch face, and more.
Apple is letting third-party accessory makers add Siri to their devices, Apple announced at WWDC. The company showed it in its presentation on an Ecobee thermostat.
Apple’s next major macOS release is called Monterey. A big new feature is the ability to use the same mouse and keyboard on your Mac and your iPad. Apple’s Shortcuts app is also coming to the Mac. And Monterey adds improvements to FaceTime, SharePlay, and Apple’s new “Focus” states coming to Apple’s other software platforms.
Apple redesigns Safari on the Mac with a new tab design and tab groups
Apple is redesigning Safari with a new look for tabs and tab groups. And on iOS, the tab bar is at the bottom of the screen, making it easier for you to reach your thumb. Web extensions are also coming to iOS and iPadOS.
Apple brings TestFlight to the Mac to help developers test their apps
Apple has announced that it will let developers use TestFlight to test their apps on the Mac. The company also announced Xcode Cloud, which allows you to test your apps on all Apple devices in the cloud.