Everything You Need To Know About Apple’s Announcements At WWDC21

Apple’s (AAPL) Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off on Monday with a keynote showing off new operating systems for all of its hardware. Here’s everything you need to know.

iOS 15

Apple officially unveiled iOS 15, which was built around four pillars: staying connected, finding focus, using intelligence, and exploring the world. Here’s what you need to know about the next big iPhone update:

  • FaceTime: Apple’s seriously stepping up its video chat game. Grid View and Portrait Mode are coming, as is support for Spatial Audio. You can also send links or share your entire display with “SharePlay,” which allows for third-party app integration via API. Apple said they’re working with Disney, HBO, TikTok, Twitch, and more. Another nice new feature: you can join FaceTime calls from the web on Android or Windows.
  • Health: A new metric, “Walking Steadiness,” warns you that you might fall… before you fall. Apple will also present trends for your health data with more trackable metrics than what’s available on your Apple Watch. With telehealth seeing a big boost due to the pandemic, being able to share Health data with your doctor is a great new feature (and you can now share between families, too).
  • Maps: More detail in cities, especially around buildings and commercial districts. Commuters’ lives will be easier, too, as new transit features will let you know when to hop off a train or bus.
  • Messages: “Shared Stacks” helps keep you organized by combining content from your Messages, News, and Photos apps.
  • Notifications: You can now choose when your iPhone delivers a notification summary. Toggling Do Not Disturb mode on your phone lets your contacts know you have it enabled, which is cool (and a bit creepy).
  • Photos: Apple is using AI to detect text in images automatically with a new OCR feature. Photos will now appear in Spotlight search, too.
  • Siri: Siri is now available offline, which means the experience should be faster and more responsive.
  • Wallet: You can now store keys for your home and office in your Wallet, as well as hotel keys (which Hyatt will roll out later this year).
  • Weather: New look, same great taste. (Also: lots of new data.)
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