WWDC 2021 Summary: iOS 15, MacOS Monterey and more


 During a pre-recorded version of the WWDC keynote, Apple presented the iOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, and more. Below is a quick overview of all announcements.

What’s new in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12:

  • FaceTime: microphone settings, spatial audio, portrait mode, and browser support (also on Windows and Android).
  • Share Play: Watch videos or listen to music with friends.
  • iMessage: Photo collages and new sharing options.
  • Live Text: Text recognition in images.
  • Safari: Grouped tabs and browser extensions on any device (including iOS).
  • Notes: More features for collaborating in shared notes.
  • Privacy: mail privacy features, including tracking pixel block.

macOS 12 Monterey

  • macOS 12 will be called Monterey.
  • Universal Control: Control Mac and iPad with your mouse and keyboard as if it were one system.
  • AirPlay to Mac: Use your Mac as an AirPlay receiver.
  • Assignments: Automate workflows on your Mac just like you can on iPhone and iPad.
  • Safari: complete redesign with new tabs bar that colors with websites.

In watchOS 8

watchOS 8 Breathing: New mindfulness functionalities and measuring breathing in your sleep. New watch face: Portrait photos. Weather: Notification before it starts to rain. Find My: Find AirTags from your Apple Watch. Home: Improved app to control devices in your home.

New features in iOS 15

  • New notifications: summaries and extra attention for personal messages.
  • Focus: separate settings for work and private life for, among other things, notifications and home screen.
  • Wallet: Support for keys and access cards.
  • Weather: completely new look and more information.
  • Photos: Retrospects are expanded with more music and image options.

Health: gait stability is measured, view lab results, insight into trends, and share data with family.

Privacy: privacy report for apps, Siri processes your commands locally.

iPad OS 15

  • Homescreen: widgets just like on the iPhone, many apps get new widgets.
  • Multitasking: more possibilities to use multiple apps at the same time
  • Quick Notes: Quickly take notes from any app.
  • Translate: Was already available on iPhone, now also on iPad.

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