Apple is gearing up for WWDC 2021. The annual development event kicks off on June 7. Apple will announce the next iteration of its software like iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, the latest annual update to its software for iPhones and iPads. Some key features have been rumoured ahead of the event.
The iPadOS update will allow users to place widgets anywhere on the screen. The iPad operating system will also come with improvements in the multitasking system to operate multiple apps at the same time.
There have also been reports of a new contextual notification feature, which will automatically silence notifications while you're asleep, but play a sound if you're awake. iPadOS 15 will include improvements to the way users manage multiple apps open at once, in addition to a redesigned incoming notification banner.
Further, iOS 15 notifications modes could soon allow users to set different statuses, like sleeping, working, and more, which would also make notifications behave differently for each situation. We could also see auto-reply features in these new modes.
There are also rumours that the Apple Watch and its software could get new features. The Apple Watch currently can track movement, heart rate, ECG, and blood oxygen levels. The next rumoured step could be to add blood sugar levels.
The Messages app will be given some alterations to make it more of a direct competitor to Facebook's messaging systems. A new lock screen is also being worked on, though elements of that apparently won't be shown this year.
The new iOS 15 updates are expected to feature a stricter control panel that will highlight how apps use customer data, which could work alongside the App Tracking Transparency policies that came with iOS 14.5. In addition, iPadOS could get a boost to make them a better productivity tool, and it is even rumoured that Apple is getting ready to give the Home Screen a new update.
Rumours are rife that a new MacBook Pro in two different screen sizes and a redesigned Mac Mini with a slimmer design powered by an M1X chipset will also be launched at WWDC 2021. The upcoming MacBooks are likely to feature multiple ports and a faster chip alongside other improvement.
According to Apple's latest statistics, 85% of all iPhones are now running iOS 14, with eight per cent still running iOS 13, while seven per cent are still running an earlier version of iOS. This includes devices that are not compatible with iOS 14.
Apple's developer event, WWDC 2021, is scheduled to kick off on Monday, June 7, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (10:30 p.m IST).
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