Apple introduced its new 2021 mobile operating systems – iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and WatchOS 8

The innovations introduced with iOS 15 will, for the first time, extend FaceTime calls beyond Apple devices.

Apple unveiled the latest versions of its mobile operating systems as expected at its WWDC event over the network today. iOS and iPadOS are already on their way in their fifteenth version and WatchOS is already reaching its eighth revision.

iOS 15 brings with it, among other things, updated notification settings, sharing features, FaceTime changes, various machine learning features, and updates to device security. The behavior of notifications has been changed to make it easier for users to find notifications that are important to them. To this end, normal application notifications and communications application notifications are separated, in addition to which non-communication application notifications are compiled into a single notification summary that seeks to show the applications of most interest to the user first.

It’s also easier to mute notifications appropriately, as Apple has brought a variety of spaces to work, your time, and sleep, among other things, as a friend of the traditional Don’t Disturb mode. Between these different modes, you can choose which applications pass notifications and which do not. For both these focus-assisting modes and communications app notifications, Apple also uses machine learning, which learns from user habits what the phone is likely to expect at some point.

Apple is also using machine learning for a new Live Text feature that recognizes text from photos. In addition to making it possible to copy text from images or even make calls directly to the phone numbers shown in the images, the feature is also integrated into the operating system-wide Spotlight search. For example, in iOS 15, a user can search for their images using keywords that appear in the background of the images.

FaceTime, meanwhile, Apple, for the first time in its history, expanded out of Apple’s own ecosystem. With the new link invitation feature, it is possible to invite anyone to a FaceTime call, allowing the user to join the conversation via an Internet browser. With this, calls are also available on Android and Windows devices.

Regarding sharing, FaceTime supports a new SharePlay feature that allows you to share videos and music in real time during a call. Thus, users can watch a movie or TV series together remotely or, for example, listen to music.

Privacy has been upgraded to iOS 15 by Apple, moving Siri’s speech recognition in many respects entirely within the phone. In addition to improved security, this also improves the speed of operations, according to Apple, as speech does not have to be sent to the Internet, but the phone is able to analyze it immediately. In addition, Apple has introduced Mail Privacy Protection, which prevents email senders from finding out the recipient’s IP address or even information about whether the email has been opened.

In addition to these, Apple also updated many of its applications, including bringing 3D City Views with terrain to Maps, importing ID cards to Wallet, and updating the look of Weather. For the time being, however, the changes to the map application and the Wallet application are largely beyond the reach of Finns, as, for example, the addition of identity cards is currently only working in some US states.

Understandably, iPadOS also gets security fixes, but more specifically, the innovations just brought to iPad include support for widgets directly on the home screen, pull-out shortcuts, more versatile multitasking features and keyboard shortcuts, and support for Swift Playgrounds, which lets you encode apps directly on iPad.

In addition to widgets, the iPad’s home screen was given the option of a separate app menu previously seen on the iPhone, eliminating the need to place all apps directly on the home screens. To make multitasking easier, Apple has added a new top-down multitasking menu that lets you easily take apps to different modes. Keyboard users, on the other hand, are able to use new shortcuts to navigate within multitasking with iPadOS 15.

Swift Playgrounds, on the other hand, takes iPad even closer to computers, as it’s an app that lets you encode apps using the Swift interface. Self-created apps can also be tested directly on the iPad in full screen, in addition to which you can share them in the App Store directly from the app.

WatchOS, on the other hand, comes with new training programs in its eighth version that focus specifically on Mindfulness – including Tai Chi and Pilates. The breathing app has also been revamped with new graphics, in addition to which Quotations have been introduced to help calm down. The focus modes for work, sleep, and leisure familiar from iOS 15 are also included in WatchOS 8, and the mode set from one device automatically switches to all devices using the same Apple ID.

In addition to calming down, WatchOS 8 also comes with improvements to sleep monitoring, as the revamped sleep monitoring app also monitors sleep-time respiratory rate and can alert you to changes if necessary.

There have also been many other minor changes and upgrades to standard applications in all three operating systems. In addition, updates to the wallet app for iOS 15, for example, will naturally also affect the operation of the WatchOS wallet app. You can read more about all the operating system upgrades in the source links below.

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