Topic Briefing | “Meaningful changes everywhere despite the lack of hardware” WWDC 2021 Overall Review

The headline of the WWDC 2021 ‘Prospect’ article was the ‘M1X MacBook Pro’ equipped with next-generation Apple silicon. Of course, it is clear that WWDC is a ‘software’-oriented event for developers, but hopes for the M1 upgrade and the fact that the MacBook Pro is a developer-oriented device combine to make WWDC the best event for the next-generation MacBook Pro to appear. there was

However, at this year’s WWDC, the next-gen MacBook Pro, or any hardware, was not revealed. Next-generation operating systems for iPhone, iPad and Mac were the main characters. Thanks to this, in a Macworld survey asking how they feel about the WWDC keynote, the overall response was lukewarm, with 37.1% of respondents saying ‘It was okay, but not great’, and 27.1% saying ‘Where is the hardware?’



Still, a closer look reveals significant changes. First of all, with iOS 15, FaceTime finally started supporting Windows and Android. A call must start with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, but you can make a video call with someone who doesn’t have an Apple device by sharing a link. Additionally, the ability to store state-issued IDs or store car and house keys in the wallet has been added.

In iPadOS 15, the widgets and app libraries that appeared in iOS 14 were applied, and multitasking became more intuitive. What drew the most attention was the evolution of Swift Playground, which was a coding education app using Swift UI, that could be developed directly in the app and submitted to the App Store. Of course, there was nothing groundbreaking enough to make full use of the iPad Pro equipped with the same M1 processor as the Mac, but it seems that the iPad may be the starting point for the development of a full-scale development tool.
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An eye-catching feature in MacOS Monterey is ‘Universal Control’. This feature is also linked to iPadOS 15, allowing you to control both devices with a single mouse and keyboard when working on an iPad and a Mac at the same time. It is expected to relieve the inconvenience of using the iPad as a secondary monitor.

In addition, Apple gave the iCloud paid plan the name ‘iCloud+’ and added several features. In particular, iCloud Private Relay, which allows users to hide their identity when surfing the web on Safari, is attracting attention. In addition, a function to create a virtual email address by hiding the real email address, such as when registering on a shopping site, is also provided free of charge in iCloud+.

Finally, Apple unveiled an Object Capture tool that helps you easily create virtual 3D models of real-world objects, and announced that it will embed Matter, a new smart home standard, into HomeKit. It is a factor that makes us look forward to the emergence of AR glasses and new smart home devices in the not-too-distant future.

Overall, it was an event with little surprises, but the opening of FaceTime, Swift Playgrounds allowing app development and submission, Universal Controls for higher productivity, and Object Capture to facilitate AR app development are significant changes within the Apple ecosystem. expected to bring [email protected]


Source: ITWorld Korea by www.itworld.co.kr.

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