Apple has kicked off its second virtual WWDC early this morning with a keynote video event featuring all the big new software updates users and developers should expect when iOS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS Monterey launch later this year.
Last year was a major overhaul of the basics, and this year sees a lot of new features big and small spread out across iPhones, iPads and Macs.
FaceTime is getting one of the smoothest systems we’ve yet seen for syncing music or videos remotely, letting you watch together when apart. You will also now be able to schedule a FaceTime call and share it with Android and Windows friends.
AirPods will be able to read notifications, Spatial Audio is coming to AirPods while watching your Apple TV, Siri will be arriving in third-party devices, iCloud is getting VPN and Hide My Email features for free and support for your custom domains for the first time.
And in privacy updates, Mail will now block tracking pixels and Safari will hide IP addresses to make it even harder for you to be tracked without your consent.
Loads more we’ll unpack on this week’s Byteside podcast (yes, it’s back this week).
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