Looking back on another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes all the news from WWDC, the updates for iOS, macOS, iPadOS and WatchOS, Apple’s missing MacBooks, Adobe’s Creative Cloud update and Microsoft’s native macOS apps.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of some of the many discussions that have been going on around Apple over the past seven days (and you can read my weekly recap of Android news here on Forbes).
iOS 15 updates Apple’s approach to instant messaging
Let’s start the WWDC news with the latest version of iOS which updates the functionality of the iPhone. The fifteenth numbered version is based on the privacy changes, but also emphasizes messaging. FaceTime is being rolled out to Windows and Android; Share media from specific apps in real time on a call for an ad hoc watch party; and links via iMessage to specific apps can be displayed in those apps, such as:Connadh shared this message via Duolingo’s Gaelic update“Will be displayed in the Messages app. Apple missed a lot of the messaging and video conferencing onslaught during “work from home” in 2020, so this feels a bit like catching up:
“The update gives you more options for FaceTime video chat, including, yes, finally talking to friends on Android. It also brings new privacy features that keep your email safe and let you know how often apps are on things like your camera and apps Access your microphone. And later this winter, you might even be able to add your driver’s license to Apple Wallet, depending on where you live. “
No more forced iOS updates
Perhaps one of the best news about iOS wasn’t iOS 15, but iOS 14. Back in the day, Apple downgraded older versions of iOS, forcing everyone to the next full version number. Not this time. If you want to stay on iOS 14, you can … and Apple will continue to provide security updates for both versions. Whether this will stick for iOS 14 when iOS 16 is released remains to be seen, but for now this is welcomed by many:
“For Apple, this is a minor shift that usually controls user updates with an iron fist. Users are strongly advised to upgrade, and downgrades are intentionally made more difficult. One of his tactics was to remove the cryptographic signature of older OS versions, which would prevent them from running on retail iOS devices. “
More multitasking for iPad
Next up is the iPad OS, and the march towards “your next computer is not a computer” continues. While there aren’t any major changes, the split view improves multitasking and multi-window support on the screen. Oh, and there are keyboard shortcuts included too. Surely sounds like the tablet is doing its best to become a 2-in-1 PC when you add a keyboard:
“iPadOS 15 retains the general look and feel of the current iPad operating system. The updates in the new operating system are mainly focused on multitasking. The iPadOS 15 widget support is getting a major update. The widgets are larger, more immersive and more dynamic. And the IOS App Library is finally available on the iPad where it streamlines the overall user experience. The feature added to iPhone in 2020 gives the user an organized view of the apps on the iPad.
A quiet year for macOS
MacOS has also added some small additions, while keeping the main building blocks similar to the previous version – I suspect most of the changes are at a lower level to improve ARM support and the emulation of x86 apps. The most noticeable change is the ability to use a Mac’s keyboard and trackpad on your iPad – just move your cursor off the edge of the screen and see it on the other device:
“I hope Universal Control works as well in the real world as it does in this staged demo – and I know that is not safe. But what I like about the feature is that it’s just a clever re-combination of existing technology that Apple already had, “built for other uses.”
Apple’s missing MacBooks
While we didn’t see any new MacBook Pro machines on stage, Apple’s web team may have been caught using the livestream keywords on YouTube with “MacBook Pro M1X”:
“The live stream of the WWDC keynote, discovered by Twitter user Max Balzer, contained the keywords ‘MacBook Pro’ and ‘M1X’ in the metadata. Someone was ready to announce and find the new hardware. And now we know that Apple is Apple ready for the M1X. “
More fitness on the wrist
Finally, WatchOS 8 also made minor changes to the update front that kept the broad features of the environment intact. A number of health-based apps have been updated, including mindfulness and sleep; while tai chi and pilates are added to the workout app:
“The Sleep app will now track your breathing rate and alert you to any potentially alarming changes. Tai Chi and Pilates will be added to the workout apps, while Fitness + will greet fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins and her popular strength and HIIT classes, as well as the new artist.” Spotlight Series workouts. “
Abode’s ARM adventures continue
Outside of the WWDC phase, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign updated to run on Apple’s ARM-based platform. These join the other Creative Cloud apps that are now running on Apple Silicon. I was wondering when will these be ported to Windows 10 on ARM ?:
“While users were able to continue using the tool on M1 Macs during this time, today’s development means a significant increase in speed and performance. Overall, Illustrator users will see a 65 percent increase in performance on an M1 Mac over Intel builds. “- InDesign users will see similar gains, with a 59 percent improvement in overall performance on Apple Silicon.”
And finally …
The update to ARM native code for macOS is also Microsoft’s OneDrive client (Microsoft’s OneDrive blog), while xCloud Gaming is coming to the iPhone in the next few weeks, not via an app, but via the Safari web browser:
“Microsoft wanted to offer the xCloud game platform as an app in the app store, but since Apple guidelines do not allow app stores in the app store, Redmond had to abandon its plans last year.”
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