WWDC 2021 followed in the footsteps of last year’s conference, as it was held entirely online for the second year in a row, from June 7 to June 11. If the event had been hosted in person, it would have attracted thousands of people to Silicon Valley. During Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, the company unveiled updates to a number of its operating systems, including iOS 15. The following are the WWDC 2021 Day 1 announcements:
Apple also released MacOS Monterey, formerly known as MacOS 12, as well as WatchOS 8 and iPadOS 15. Apple also unveiled iOS 15, a significant update that adds a plethora of new capabilities to the iPhone experience.
iOS 15 is said to make FaceTime calls more natural, give SharePlay for shared experiences, let users focus and be in the moment, and add more intelligence to photos and search to quickly access information with new techniques to handle notifications. With addition, in the next edition of Apple’s tablet OS, users will be able to add widgets to their tablet’s Home Screen. Users will also be able to use widgets to replace the entire app grid. According to Apple, Safari will be redesigned to be more streamlined and incorporate more device sync features. The iPhone and iPad will have access to Safari’s desktop software extensions. Extensions can exchange code between iPhone, iPad, and PC, making development easier.
“Swift and all of these other technologies and frameworks were designed with one goal in mind: to enable you to develop the greatest possible apps and to provide the greatest location to find them.”
–Susan Prescott, Apple’s head of Developer Relations
In addition, Apple’s Macs will gain a new “Universal Operate” capability to help them control their iPads. It will work in a simple fashion; simply move the mouse pointer to the side of the screen, and it will start running the other device.
More highlights from the WWDC 2021
Apple also announced watchOS 8, a new wearable operating system with major new capabilities, on Day 1 of WWDC 2021, making the world’s most advanced wearable operating system even more crucial for people to be healthy, active, and connected. Apple showed off new privacy tools that give users more control and management over their data. Apple has continued to widen its commitment to privacy and promoted change throughout the industry with features like App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Nutrition Labels on the App Store, and these features reflect the newest advances in Apple’s heritage of privacy leadership.
Apple also unveiled new tools and technologies targeted at helping developers create more engaging app experiences and making high-quality app development even easier. Xcode Cloud combines the numerous processes and tools required to design, test, and deploy apps using sophisticated cloud services, allowing individual developers and teams to be more productive and provide excellent products to their customers.
- Apple previews new iPad productivity features with iPadOS 15
- iOS 15 brings new ways to stay connected and powerful features that help users focus, explore, and do more with on-device intelligence
- Apple advances personal health by introducing secure sharing and new insights
- watchOS 8 brings new access, connectivity, and mindfulness features to Apple Watch
- Apple advances its privacy leadership with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8
- Apple introduces new developer tools and technologies to create even better apps