WWDC 2021

watchOS 8 adds multiple timer support but Apple Watch still needs iPhone for offline Siri

watchOS 8 adds multiple timer support but Apple Watch still needs iPhone for offline Siri

Apple's offline Siri support won't be offered as a standalone ability on the Apple Watch, it appears, though watchOS 8 is shaping up to include much-requested features like multiple timers. Siri's ability to work even when you don't have a network connection was one of the highlights of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the new software coming to iPhone and iPad, at WWDC 2021 today.

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iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS, watchOS 8 Dev Beta release date today

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS, watchOS 8 Dev Beta release date today

Each of the major operating system updates revealed today at WWDC 2021 were announced with Developer Beta release dates right out the gate. Each of them, including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and an update for tvOS, will all be released today for developers in a Developer Beta. You will need to be a developer signed up with Apple as a developer to attain and run this software safely.

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Safari overhaul includes tab groups and web extensions on mobile

Safari overhaul includes tab groups and web extensions on mobile

Apple has unveiled its next evolution in Safari, the company's browser found across Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The browser is getting a sleek new design, as well as new features that'll make it easier to manage tabs, find what you're looking for, and view content without unwanted intrusions. Apple has big plans for its browser, including the arrival of web extensions for iPhone and iPad users.

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Apple reveals new App Store features to win over mutinous developers

Apple reveals new App Store features to win over mutinous developers

Apple is adding a number of new features to the App Store, amid controversy around the cut it takes of developer income and its focus on privacy. The company already put app-makers on notice earlier today at WWDC 2021, with the launch of App Privacy Reports that show just what sites and services are secretly sharing your data in the background.

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MacOS Monterey introduced with Universal Control, AirPlay to Mac

MacOS Monterey introduced with Universal Control, AirPlay to Mac

It's not a WWDC keynote without an update for macOS, and that's what Apple gave us today when it introduced macOS Monterey. The next version of macOS will have many of the features that were announced for iOS 15 and iPadOS today, but Apple took the time to preview two new features for macOS: Universal Control and AirPlay to Mac.

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Apple Smart Home updates tap Apple TV, HomePod, Matter integration

Apple Smart Home updates tap Apple TV, HomePod, Matter integration

This week Apple took their Home category out a whole new door. They revealed that they'd be allowing HomePod mini to pair with Apple TV 4K. Apple added Apple TV controls to HomePod (Hey Siri, watch Ted Lasso). They expanded the ways in which Siri can be used with Apple TV. Apple promised that their smart home universe would be easier to use, better together, and will have a focus on privacy.

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Apple’s watchOS 8 packs meditation, tai chi, portraits, and GIF support

Apple’s watchOS 8 packs meditation, tai chi, portraits, and GIF support

During its WWDC 2021 keynote today, Apple has introduced the changes coming to its Apple Watch wearable with watchOS 8. The next version of the wearable software will bring a number of refinements and new features, including more robust messaging capabilities, the option to set dynamic portraits as a watch face, new fitness options like tai chi and mindfulness-based activities, and more.

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Soon your Apple TV 4K can use HomePod mini as its speakers

Soon your Apple TV 4K can use HomePod mini as its speakers

Apple is enabling the ability to use HomePod mini speakers for your Apple TV's audio, echoing a feature that originally was offered only on the original HomePod. The ability to connect HomePod to the Apple TV and use it instead of your TV's speakers was an easy route to getting an audio upgrade.

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Siri is going to get much more useful in iOS 15

Siri is going to get much more useful in iOS 15

iOS 15 is bringing a number of privacy updates along with it, but among the most useful is heading to Siri. Apple confirmed today that Siri will be getting on-device speech recognition in iOS 15. Not only is this a big move for privacy as it regards Siri, but it also looks like it's going to be a big step forward on the usability front as well.

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iPadOS 15 update taps iPad multitasking upgrade, home screen mods

iPadOS 15 update taps iPad multitasking upgrade, home screen mods

There's a new update coming to iPad devices this year called iPadOS 15. This update will allow the user to access new controls and control the home screen of the iPad in ways not available before now. One of the most essential features that's been available to desktop computers for decades and is coming to iPad here for the first time is - windows for apps.

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Apple adds tougher privacy tools and launches iCloud+ subscriptions

Apple adds tougher privacy tools and launches iCloud+ subscriptions

Apple is increasing the stakes in its big privacy push, extending anti-tracking systems to apps as well as websites, and shutting down so-called "invisible pixel" tracking in emails. It's part of an ongoing war on data sharing - or, more accurately, data sharing that happens when users aren't aware it's taking place - which has set Apple at odds with some heavyweights in the tech world.

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Apple Wallet will soon hold digital IDs and UWB keys

Apple Wallet will soon hold digital IDs and UWB keys

With the introduction of iOS 15, it seems we're getting some major updates to Apple Wallet as well. There's no doubt that most of us have heard of ultra-wideband an increasing amount over the last couple of years, and now Apple is indicating once again that soon Apple Wallet will support ultra-wideband keys. On top of that, Apple Wallet will soon be able to hold a copy of your ID too, and you'll never guess what one of the first organizations to support digital Apple Wallet IDs will be.

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