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At hisOn Monday, Apple unveiled the latest versions of its main operating systems: , , and . While these updates include some highly anticipated new features – like the ability for , and dual screen controls for – some notable, rumored features were not implemented, at least this time. We also , like New or MacBook Pros.
Here are some of the software features we thought might but might not show up at Monday’s event.
Extended display support for iPads with monitors
While Apple ““so that you can turn your Mac keyboard and trackpad or mouse into one, too , it’s not the same as expanding your iPad to your desktop or other attached display, which would be a more impressive productivity boost. But perhaps it signals that a major shift in this direction may be on the horizon.
Improved battery life or innovations with low power consumption for Apple Watch
Although WatchOS 8 adds a number of new features, an improvement in the battery life or the energy-saving mode is still missing – , especially if you wear it overnight to keep track of your sleep.
New iPadOS functions for M1 iPad Pros
ApplesDrastically improved tablet performance and battery life. But the iPad still runs the same operating system – and largely the same apps – as any other iPad. We thought we might see some interesting new upgrades in iPadOS 15 for iPad Pros that take advantage of the M1 chip, but that wasn’t the case.
Apple presented it at WWDC last year, the ability to add virtual car keys to your Apple Wallet that allow you to open and unlock your car using your iPhone’s NFC chip. While iOS 15 adds the ability No CarKey updates were mentioned in your Apple Wallet.
Game-changing FaceTime features so it can rival Zoom
iOS 15 includes a fewVideo chat service including , a grid view, portrait orientation, and the ability to plan calls in advance and invite those who come with from their browsers. A new feature called You can also watch shows and listen to music with others through FaceTime. While these are great upgrades, they come more than a year after they would have been most useful during the pandemic, and don’t add anything groundbreaking that would make FaceTime a real competitor to the industrial mammoth how better cross-platform options (and of course ).
More tapback options in iMessage
While iMessage received several upgrades in iOS 15, including, we haven’t seen any new tapback options, so we have the same message reactions we already have (heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, ha ha, exclamation point or question mark).
Redesigned iPhone widgets
While the widgets of the iPhone in iPadOS 15 finally found their way onto the iPad, iOS 15 did not receive any new widget options such as more customization and interactivity.
More exercises in the Breathe app
The popular oneis getting an update with a new animation to help you focus and a “reflex” mode that asks you to think about something and improve mindfulness. But it won’t involve different types of breathing exercises.
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