Orbital
Orbital
Jun 11, 2021
WWDC21: iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8 and more
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iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and iCloud+ — they are all official. Apple unveiled the next iteration of software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch at its developer conference earlier this week, alongside a range of new and improved apps and services.

Gadgets 360 reviews editor Jamshed Avari and deputy reviews editor Roydon Cerejo join host Akhil Arora to discuss all things WWDC 2021.

Read: iOS 15 with new FaceTime, iMessage, sharing, Focus, and privacy features announced

We talk about why iOS 15 isn’t as major an upgrade as previous builds. It’s focused on the core and system apps, with a new notifications summary, new customisable Focus modes, Live Text à la Google Lens, and spatial audio and SharePlay in FaceTime.

Read: macOS Monterey 12 with Universal Control, Shortcuts announced

All of that is available in iPadOS 15 as well, which further benefits from a widgets system akin to iOS, and Universal Control with macOS Monterey that allows for drag and drop across Apple systems.

Read: iCloud+ with new privacy features, unlimited HomeKit video cameras support announced

And oh, then there’s iCloud+ that offers wide-ranging privacy — system-wide VPN and email address masking — at existing iCloud prices. Lastly, we touch upon the rest, including new India-specific features, watchOS 8 with Mindfulness app and improved Wallet, and Siri on third-party devices (with a catch).

Read: watchOS 8 with Mindfulness app, sleep respiratory rate tracking, Portrait watch face announced

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Chapters

  • Intro (00:00)
  • iOS 15 (00:23)
  • New Focus and notifications (02:12)
  • Offline Siri! (07:25)
  • Live Text (08:37)
  • AR directions (11:14)
  • Better FaceTime (13:05)
  • Memories improved (16:42)
  • iCloud+ (18:12)
  • iPadOS 15 (21:15)
  • Universal Control with macOS Monterey (24:22)
  • Third-party Siri (27:07)
  • watchOS 8 (28:30)
  • What’s new for India? (31:20)
  • Things we missed (32:02)
  • Outro (34:31)
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