WWDC 2021 took place two months ago but many of us are still trying to absorb all the new technologies and improvements introduced this go around. We’ll start with reviewing some of the big announcements and then dive into some particular technologies. Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference took place in online fashion again this year from June 7th to 11th.
WWDC 2021 Big Announcements
One of Apple’s main focuses was connectivity. This was demonstrated with FaceTime improvements such as SharePlay. SharePlay and the Group Activities API allow users to share experiences inside apps such as movies, TV, music, and other media. This may not have been too much of a surprise considering the increase in virtual meetings over the past year.
iOS 15 features include improvements in Messages for sharing and new Memoji. Notifications were redesigned with contact photos and larger app icons. There is now a Notification Summary too. Maps have been improved to explore cities in more detail. Safari has a new tab bar design. Live Text unlocks useful information in images so you can make calls, send emails, and look up directions. There were many more new features and improvements introduced but these were some of the main ones.
iPadOS 15 allows widgets on the home screen along with new larger sizes for widgets. App Library is now on iPad. Multitasking is easier to use with new features and controls such as keyboard shortcuts. Quick Notes allow jotting down notes easier with system-wide use. Swift Playgrounds bring the possibilities of learning code and building real apps with SwiftUI. iPadOS also has the improved FaceTime, Notifications, and Maps as iOS.
tvOS 15 saw connectivity improvements with SharePlay, audio updates, new HomeKit support for security cameras, and easier sign in using an iOS device.
watchOS 8 makes staying connected with others easier than ever. You can see your photos, control your home, start your car, and view your ID. There are additional improvements for Messages, Mail, focusing, and work outs.
macOS Monterey has various improvements throughout including FaceTime, Messages, Safari, Notes, and many more.
With over 200 sessions covering topics on all Apple platforms, there was plenty of help to continue to create innovative apps. Here were some highlights broken down by frameworks.