Apple’s WWDC super summary: a smarter and more personalized iOS 15 is here, but this new Mac feature is brighter!

"Good Morning, and welcome to WWDC". With this greeting, Cook officially opened the prelude to this year's WWDC (Apple Developer Conference).

After 31 years of development, today's WWDC is no longer an obscure and esoteric pure technology conference, but a technology Spring Festival Gala that ordinary consumers can understand and look forward to. Yes, there are two Apple Spring Festival Gala.

The theme of this year's WWDC is the same as an album by the British rock band Yuck, titled "Glow and Behold", which means "seeing shine".

Judging from the content released at this conference, the brand-new iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and other operating systems, fully upgraded interconnection operations, and smarter information pushes are indeed "shining", but there are also year-round flowers. A similar feeling, after all, the themes of WWDC in recent years are almost all detailed and interconnected.

Smarter and more personalized iOS 15

At the WWDC conference last year, Apple brought new features such as widgets, new list views, and App Clips to iOS 14. To some extent, it is the most changed update since iOS 7.

According to Apple's latest public usage rate statistics, iOS 14 has a coverage rate of 90% among the iPhones launched in the past 4 years. This directly reflects the popularity of iOS 14.

And iOS 15 has been heavily upgraded in the long-awaited text extraction, global translation, simulated access card and other functions, and it also brings an interesting "focus mode". I believe that the motivation for users to upgrade will not be lost on iOS. 14, after all, it's so versatile and greedy with all kinds of Android next door for many years.

1. Two social apps update

Let's first look at FaceTime, which most people don't use. The first important feature is more comfortable and realistic spatial audio effects. When multiple users chat online in the same room, the voice of each user will be optimized according to its position on the screen. The virtual sound field created sounds as if we are talking in the same room. Every time we talk about spatial audio, we have to look forward to Apple's AR equipment. Now, it still does not appear.

The second upgrade is the microphone. iOS 15 provides two modes: voice highlight mode and wide spectrum mode. The former can use machine learning to reduce environmental noise and enhance human voices. The latter will capture all the surrounding sounds, which can be understood as the original sound without noise reduction after the call. After all, some people still want to listen to the sea breeze you have blown, imagining that they are embracing you.

The third point is the new portrait mode, the effect is the same as in the camera app, and it can now also be used in video calls.

The fourth point is the enhancement of the sharing function. Users can create call links and share them anytime, anywhere. Whether you are an Android user or a Windows user, you can join the session via a link.

In short, we can understand that now FaceTime is more like Zoom or Tencent meetings, and is more suitable for online meetings.

The most useful new feature that Ai Faner thinks in this part is SharePlay. It allows users to share music, video, and screen during a FaceTime call. You can also work across devices, such as using Apple TV to project to a TV. Of course, remember to think twice before sharing the screen. This is the scene of many "social deaths".

In addition to FaceTime, the information app also ushered in an upgrade. For example, the new simulacrum, which allows users to express themselves with multi-color headwear and clothing. The newly added picture stacking function allows you to browse the photos sent by the other party in the form of a gallery in the information app. When browsing articles and listening to music, you can quickly share with others through the icon of the information app.

2. Focus mode is online

In order to let your work and life not disturb each other, iOS 15 has played a new trick on the information notification.

Users can customize the current status, such as Do Not Disturb, Work, Life, etc. iOS 15 will be pushed intelligently according to the user's status. For example, if you choose the work mode, it will definitely give priority to displaying corporate WeChat pushes, and choose to ignore short video live game pushes. It is worth mentioning that the interface of the notification list has been optimized. The icon of the avatar is bigger.

In addition, iOS 15 can use algorithms to organize the summary of the push, so that users can see the content of the notification. The more important the information in the notification list, the higher the position, to prevent users from missing important information.

We call this part, Apple knows that you love to play with mobile phones too much, and think of ways to make you play less on mobile phones, but in fact, you will not play less on mobile phones because of this feature.

3. Live text and real-time translation are here

iOS 15 has made significant progress in text recognition. When taking a photo or viewing a photo in the gallery, the system can automatically recognize the text in the picture. Users can select and query relevant text information at will, and can drag and copy text in photos.

This function currently supports 7 languages, including Chinese.

This is a small step for Apple, but this step has killed a lot of OCR recognition software. In addition, Lao Luo, who has been working hard in the live broadcast industry, saw this feature and wondered if he would think of the "Big Bang" feature. He failed to change the mobile phone industry, but it may have affected Apple.

Along with the live text comes system-level real-time translation. Systems such as iPadOS and macOS are all adapted. Seven languages ​​including English, Chinese, and French are supported.

4. Better to use focused search

In iOS 15, users can quickly find photos using focused search. You can search by person, location, text and other information. It seems that Apple also knows how hard it is to find pictures that old iOS users have accumulated for a few years.

In addition, the search results page has also been optimized and upgraded. For example, when searching for a movie star, the related representative works and other information can be automatically sorted and displayed in the focused search.

5. The photo app is smarter

Relying on constantly evolving algorithms, iOS 15 brings the "memory" function of the photo album app to the next level. Users can customize the memory function, including music, animation, themes, and so on. The system can also automatically match the appropriate song, rhythm and presentation effect according to the content and style of the photo.

We can understand that Apple made a low-profile version of the cut.

6. Wallet app can add access card

iOS 15 allows users to add electronic keys to their wallets. In other words, the analog access control card function generally supported by Android flagships may now be implemented on the iPhone.

In addition, hotel door cards and ID cards can be added to the wallet app, and the data is encrypted and stored safely. Apple Pay also supports the addition of bills such as park tickets to take paperless transactions a step further.

7. Weather and map upgrades to help you explore the world

To help users better explore the world, iOS 15 optimizes the design of weather and map apps. The data and page layout of the weather app have been completely redesigned, including animation effects for different weathers and so on. It also supports full-screen high-definition weather maps, and temperature and precipitation animations are very intuitive.

The update of the map app has not yet covered China. Maps of some overseas cities support viewing altitude, landmarks, road details, etc. The newly-added bus mode can help users find nearby bus stops as soon as possible.

8. More beautiful and powerful Safari

The updated Safari has a brand-new tab bar design, which maximizes the use of screen space. Users can also slide the tab bar at the bottom to switch web pages directly, which is very convenient.

The new version of Safari allows users to customize the saving and organization of tags, and automatically synchronize changes across all device platforms. Users can also install extensions for Safari on iPhone just like using a Mac.

9. Health App Update

iOS 15 brings some new features to health apps, allowing users to share data with medical teams, indicators for assessing fall risk, and trend analysis. In addition, you can share health data with family members, so that people who care about you can understand your physical state the first time.

The new feature also allows users to understand the health trends of their bodies. Through machine learning, the health application can analyze the changes in the user's heart rate, respiratory rate and other health indicators. When a change in the health trend is detected, it will push relevant notifications to the user.

Although there are many people who don’t care about the "health" app, it has to be said that for Apple Watch users, its value is greatly underestimated. I suggest you take the time to spend 10 minutes and set it up for yourself and your family. This may be the most valuable 10 minutes of life.

10. More complete privacy protection

The topic of privacy is mentioned in almost every press conference. The application privacy report of iOS 15 allows users to intuitively see which applications are using private data and make adjustments.

In the mail application, the user's IP address will be automatically hidden. The recipient will not be able to view your location. Of course, you can't check whether and when the recipient has opened the sent mail.

In addition, Siri adds a voice recognition function. By default, conversations sent to Siri will be processed locally on the device and will not be uploaded to the cloud. This also means that Siri can perform many tasks when there is no network connection.

11. The iCloud+ service was launched, and a new digital heritage plan was added

Apple launched iCloud+ subscription service at this WWDC. Simply put, after subscribing to iCloud+, users can use iCloud dedicated relays, allowing users to browse the web in a safer and more private way.

In addition, iCloud+ can generate a random email address for the user and forward it to the user's inbox. Therefore, when filling out forms online or registering new users, you do not need to enter your real email address.

The iCloud+ package includes three plans: 50 GB of storage space and a HomeKit security video camera (RMB 6 per month); 200 GB of storage space and up to 5 HomeKit security video cameras (RMB 21 per month); 2 TB of storage space Storage space and unlimited HomeKit security video cameras (RMB 68 per month).

Regarding iCloud, Apple also brought a special feature-the "Digital Heritage Project", which supports adding heritage contacts to the account. When the user unfortunately passes away, users who are set as heritage contacts can apply for access.

Well, this feature is great, but to be honest, I don't want to let others know that I have several GB of Yui Aragaki photos after I get married.

After introducing the main features of iOS 15, Apple immediately introduced the new features that the new system brings to AirPods, which can be boiled down to three points.

One is the enhanced dialogue. Using computational audio and beamforming microphones, AirPods can achieve clearer conversations.

The second is to notify and broadcast. AirPods can automatically read time-sensitive notification content.

The third is to optimize the search function. If the AirPods are lost, it will automatically send out a Bluetooth signal, and the passing iPhone will recognize it and upload it to iCloud, and go directly to the user's "search app". It sounds the same as the principle of AirTag. In addition, AirPods has added a drop reminder function, which can send a notification to the iPhone to remind the AirPods that the user may be dropped.

The above are the main new features of iOS 15. Surprisingly, the models supported by iOS 15 are basically the same as iOS14. iPhone 6s and the first generation iPhone SE can also be upgraded. The developer preview version will be pushed today, and the public beta version will be released in July. The official version will be updated after the autumn conference.​​​​

iPadOS 15, further release productivity

In April, Apple brought the most powerful iPad Pro in history, equipped with the M1 chip that was just "taken off" from the Mac.

People are lamenting the powerful hardware of the new iPad Pro, but they also have a little question: how to make use of the more productive value of this expensive screen? Two months later, Apple finally gave the answer.

New desktop controls

The new desktop of iPadOS is the first to catch your eye. A new feature of iPadOS is the ability to add newly designed desktop widgets on the desktop. The addition of these personalized controls allows the large iPad screen to be better used on the main screen. Show more information more directly.

For example, you can add contacts, Apple TV, game center, and other controls that are specially adapted to the large-scale design of the iPad, and you can freely set a desktop dedicated to themes such as games and movies.

Larger desktop components such as photos and folders allow more efficient use of the desktop space, which also reduces the application space.

Application library

In order to better categorize and organize applications, iPadOS 15 has added the page of the application library. When you scroll to the last page, you can enter the application library. The application library will be intelligently classified according to the type of application, which is convenient for you to find. This is very familiar. ?

Split screen operation

Split-screen operation is one of the most exciting features of iPadOS 15. Under the full-screen application window, click the split-screen button at the top of the window to enter the split-screen mode. At this time, you can return to the desktop and select any application to open on the same screen. Each application occupies half of the screen.

The multi-screen function does not stop there. When you need to focus on operations such as reading emails, you can open the emails in the form of a central window, and you can smoothly browse emails and notes without leaving the split-screen view.

Swipe down the message at this time, the message window will be saved in the thumbnail bar below, and you can quickly switch, add and close windows at any time.

When you combine different applications to form a split screen, switch to the multitasking bar, and your application combination will be maintained and recorded. You can also drag the application to create a new split screen view, which is better than the traditional Multitasking is more convenient.

And these operations can also be achieved with shortcut keys with the help of the iPad's Magic Keyboard.

Memo that supports quick notes

Taking notes with memos should be one of the most frequent operations when you use iPad, and iPadOS 15 has made a lot of improvements for memos, making notes ubiquitous.

The first is the quick note function. You can use your finger or Apple Pencil to call out the memo window at the corner of the screen to quickly record any flash of inspiration including handwritten notes, connections, Safari highlights, notes, etc. .

And quick notes also support multi-device synchronization. For example, when you make a note on a certain text in Safari, when you browse again, a thumbnail of the quick note will appear, bringing you back to the content you have browsed before.

Swift Playground

Swift Playground, as its name suggests, is a programming "playground" where you can freely learn and practice Swift programming skills. Apple says this is the best and easiest way to learn programming.

Through Swift Playground, all programming operations are visualized, helping people to more intuitively perceive the meaning behind each line of code. When building an application, the code can be previewed in real time in the sidebar, and the application can be run in full screen to test the code.

You can access the entire SwiftUI resource library to make development easier, and you can submit it directly to the App Store after completion. This greatly reduces the barriers to programming. As long as you are interested in developing programs, Swift Playground is a good opportunity to get started. It also makes iPad Pro a programming tool anytime, anywhere, with new possibilities.

The appearance of iPadOS 15 with a more complete software ecology seems inevitable. It means that the hardware level of the iPad has finally passed the threshold of maturity. It is time to get rid of the "large iPhone" and solve the inaccessible problems of mobile phones and computers.

The compatible models of iPadOS 15 are shown in the figure below:

The update of iPadOS 15 is a bit of an unexpected meaning. We all expect it to make the iPad look like a Mac, but Apple still makes the iPad an iPad. Apple gave the new iPad Pro an excellent processor, screen, memory and peripherals, but it is still a large iPhone. In this pot, iPadOS is back.

macOS Monterey, the interconnection operation is too bright

The macOS Big Sur released last year is undoubtedly a critical turning point for macOS.

This not only means that it has made a huge breakthrough in design, but also because the release of the M1 chip has accelerated the integration of macOS, iOS and iPad OS, and how to stably and accelerate the transition to a new ecosystem of multi-platform integration has fallen. On the shoulders of macOS 12.

The new version of the system is named Monterey

The name of macOS 12 is Monterey, which is derived from Monterey, California, a city with a strong atmosphere of art and culture.

macOS Monterey is not significantly different from the previous major version in terms of interface and icon design. New functions or features such as the new version of FaceTime, information, Safari browser, focus mode, and real-time text introduced above are all reproduced in macOS Monterey.

What is more worthy of our attention is that Monterey has brought new changes in multi-device interaction, which Apple calls Universal Control.

Universal Control, it smells like distributed operation

Putting MacBook and iPad Pro together, through Universal Control, you can use a mouse to operate the two devices at the same time. You only need to draw the cursor out of the MacBook, and the cursor will seamlessly move to the iPad Pro. At this time, not only can you use the mouse In the above operation, the keyboard and touchpad can also operate the iPad Pro.

What’s more interesting is that Universal Control is not limited to multi-screen operations. You can create a painting on iPad Pro, click on it and drag it directly out of the screen, and you can transfer the file to your MacBook or even another iMac. Universal Control realizes Seamless switching and collaborative work between multiple devices.

This is probably the most amazing feature in the entire WWDC. Although this scene seems familiar in other places, the disappointment of the iPadOS part has been compensated here. There is indeed a feeling of green stocks turning red for many years.

AirPlay to Mac, giving Mac more opportunities to play to its strengths

AirPlay can now be shared to Mac devices. You can use a larger screen and larger speakers to get a better audio-visual experience than a mobile phone. Mac can even be used as an auxiliary speaker for you to create a multi-channel audio space.

So, doesn't Apple plan to sell HomePod?

Add shortcut

If you want to count the functions that you can’t use back on iOS (provided you can use them), the shortcut must be counted as one. Now the shortcut has finally come to macOS. You can call the shortcut on the Dock bar, menu bar, Finder, and even Siri. , To automate complex things to save your precious time.

For example, making personalized emoticons, automatic split-screen applications, automatic classification of downloaded files, fast mass posting, etc., you can still create personalized shortcuts at will, after all, no one knows better than you how to "lazy" and more comfortable.

After creating the instruction, it is also very convenient to share the instruction through the community or other methods to help others "slacken".

Safari design changes

"Safari is great, but I prefer Chrome."

Don't worry about sending a good person card to Safari. At today's WWDC conference, Safari ushered in a completely refactored design, which became more beautiful and easier to use.

After Safari is updated, a new tab bar design is adopted, and the buttons have been greatly simplified, which not only looks more compact, but also automatically picks up the main color of the page, so that the window and the web page are integrated, and it looks more immersive.

A label group function has been added to the side Safari, where you can categorize and save the complicated label pages, and you can also drag and drop directly to the email to share with friends. The label does not stay on the label bar, but becomes The pages can be moved and stored one by one, just like the pages of a book.

And the tag group supports seamless synchronization between multiple devices. Changes on any device can be synchronized to all devices in time. Perhaps this time you can really put down Chrome and try the very hard work of Safari.

The models supported by macOS Monterey are shown in the figure below:

watchOS 8, healthy life goes a step further

Raise your wrist, who do you want to see besides time?

The updated photo watch face of watchOS 8 should be the most exciting feature of this update. It supports you to add photos of your favorite friends and family as the background of the time, and will adopt the iPhone portrait mode when cropping, and let you through blur The face you like becomes the absolute protagonist of the dial.

At this time, scroll the crown, you can also see the dynamic changes of the face and background, which is full of playability.

Breath app upgraded to “Mindfulness''

Inhaling following the animation of the watch, and then slowly exhaling it, is becoming an important way for many to relieve stress. Mindfulness is an upgraded version of the original breathing app. It adds more beautiful and decompressive meditation animations, making the one-minute soothing time more dreamy and comfortable.

And after mindfulness, Apple Watch will also record your meditation time and your average heart rate at this time, so that the connection between the body and mind is strengthened.

sleep tight

watchOS 8 can use the sleep app to record your breathing rate during sleep, that is, the rate of breathing per minute, analyze your sleep quality based on the stability of the data, and track trends to help you understand your sleep quality and overall health Happening.

Rich fitness functions

watchOS has added two new popular physical trainings-Tai Chi and Pilates. Apple said that the two new trainings can help people meditate during exercise and help people explore peace of mind while exercising. Now there is one more reason to buy Apple Watch for the elders.

The subscription service Fitness+ has launched a new set of physical training courses, and has compiled a sports playlist for each set of physical training, so that you can listen to dynamic music during exercise.

watchOS 8 requires an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 14 or later, and one of the following Apple Watch models:

·Apple Watch Series 3

·Apple Watch Series 4

·Apple Watch Series 5

·Apple Watch SE

·Apple Watch Series 6

summary

At the 2018 WWDC conference, Apple announced the Marzipan project, which aims to help developers easily port iOS applications to macOS and reduce the cost of developing multi-platform applications. It is regarded as a big move to open up the ecosystem of iOS and macOS.

And the Universal Control (continuous interoperability function) brought by this year's WWDC, obviously makes the connection between macOS and iPadOS even further. Users can think of the iPad as a touchable PC that works with Mac.

It can be said that every time Apple opens a WWDC, multiple systems such as iOS, iPadOS, macOS are more closely connected. This can be seen whether it is the addition of universal Control, AirPlay to Mac, or the update of features such as HomeKit.

Of course, it's not just Apple. Many technology companies, such as Google and Huawei, have made the seamless connection between various systems and devices an important goal in the next few years.

Back to the conference itself. Even without the release of new hardware, new systems such as iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have made this year's WWDC interesting enough.

So what is the experience of the new system? Is the connection between different devices smooth and easy to use? We will announce it for everyone in the hands-on experience later, so stay tuned.

Higher, higher.

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