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Here are the devices eligible for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8 update
by Anmol Mehrotra
At their annual developer event, Apple announced new updates for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. All the updates come with new features, improvements and thanks to Apple's track record, they will be available for all the recently launched Apple devices.
Starting off with iPhones, Apple announced the iOS 15 update for iPhone owners. The new update brings Live text to photos, photo memories, new wallet features, notification improvements, and FaceTime support for Windows 10 and Android. Here is the list of devices that will be eligible to get the new iOS 15 update:
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max iPhone X, iPhone XR iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus iPhone SE (first and second generation) iPod Touch (seventh generation) Moving on to iPadOS 15, the new update brings improvements to widget, new multi-tasking improvements, Auto translate and more. You can head down to check out the full list of eligible devices:
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first, second, third, fourth and fififth generation) iPad Pro 11-inch (first, second and third generation) iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth generation) iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation) iPad Air (second, third and fourth generation) Next up is the macOS Monterey update. The update brings new features and improvements to the first party apps as well as a new focus mode. It also includes a new Universal Control feature allowing users to move seamlessly between Apple devices. Here is the list of devices that will support the new macOS update:
iMac (late 2015 and later) iMac Pro (2017 and later) Mac Pro (late 2013 and later) Mac Mini (late 2014 and later) MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later) MacBook Air (early 2015 and later) MacBook (early 2016 and later) Lastly, Apple also announced the WatchOS 8 update for Apple Watch owners. The new update brings health features including a new Mindfulness app, new fitness routines, respiratory rate monitor and more. You can check out the list of eligible devices below:
Apple Watch Series 3 Apple Watch Series 4 Apple Watch Series 5 Apple Watch Series 6 Apple Watch SE Apple will be dropping the Developer beta later today and it will be available for all the eligible devices. However, we do not recommend installing the Developer beta right away as it could have bugs and issues that are yet to be ironed out. The Cupertino giant will be releasing a public beta soon which will be followed by a global update roll out for all the eligible devices later this year.
By Abhay V
Apple announces iOS 15 with notification improvements, new FaceTime features, and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
Apple today took to the stage at its WWDC conference and the first of the announcements is iOS 15. The company started off talking about FaceTime, announcing that it is bringing spatial audio to the video conferencing service. The app is also adding what the company calls noise isolation, helping silence background sounds to amplify users’ voices.
The firm also announced FaceTime links, bringing the ability to send meeting invites to users on not just iOS, but also Windows and Android to join FaceTime calls via the browser. Another new addition is SharePlay, a feature in FaceTime that allows users to share their device screens, watch content on streaming platforms, or listening to music together. The firm is also introducing APIs for streaming platforms to add support for SharePlay
Next up is Shared with you, a way to share news items and other types of content right with other users easily. These items can also be pinned in iMessages. The firm is adding support for apps like Podcast, Apple Music, Apple TV, and more for Shared with you.
Notifications are getting a major update with the addition of Notification summary. iOS 15 will summarize notifications from non-important apps to reduce clutter on the lock screen. Users will be provided the choice to select contacts and apps that can break through and display complete notifications. Notification summary uses “on-device intelligence” to tweak these summaries.
However, users can choose to turn on Do Not Disturb to block all notifications or choose the apps and contacts that can bypass the restrictions to serve notifications, thanks to Focus. Focus will also allow for adding relevant widgets with information on the home screen.
Next up is Live Text for Photos, a Google Lens-like feature that allows users to detect content from across the OS like text and look them up on the web. Users can also lookup locations from pictures, recognize characters in images, and more. Live Text works not just with images, but also with the web, and across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.
There are updates to a bunch of apps as well, with the first being Spotlight. Apple is adding support for Photos in Spotlight, allowing users to search for images right from the home screen. The company is also adding rich information in Contacts, bringing information from services like Find My into the contact’s cards. The firm is also adding specialized cards for celebrities.
In the list of Google-inspired features, there’s the Memories feature in Photos. iOS 15 will create interactive memories based on users’ images using its on-device machine learning. It will also let users interact with the memories by adding or removing images and choose what shows up, add music, and more.
Other app improvements include added capabilities to the Wallet app that allows for storing government-issued identity cards, allowing users to carry a digital copy of their IDs. The firm is also expanding the use of Wallet as a lock or access system by leveraging the UWB technology in iPhone. These include car keys, hotel access cards, and more.
The Weather app is being redesigned with a bunch of new information, with a background that adapts to the current weather situation. Lastly, the Maps app is receiving some improvements such as a an improved design and added details for commercial buildings and more. There is also a new Nearby Transit feature and the ability to the app to notify users when it is time to disembark from public transport.
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Apple announces new accessibility features across its products, sign language support
by João Carrasqueira
Apple is launching a new support service called SignTime, which provides live sessions with agents using sign language, along with a range of accessibility-focused improvements that are making their way to various Apple products and services later this year.
Starting with SignTime, it's a new support service launching on May 20, next Thursday, and it allows users with limited speaking or hearing abilities to get help from Apple support teams more easily and over the phone. The service is accessible from their web browser for pre-booked sessions, but Apple Stores will also offer the ability to start remote SignTime sessions without booking ahead of time. This will initially be available in the United States, United Kingdom, and France, in their respective sign languages, but more countries will be supported later on.
On to software features, there's a lot coming later this year. Starting with the Apple Watch, there's a new feature called AssistiveTouch, which lets users navigate the interface using just one hand: the one that's wearing the watch. Using its hardware sensors, the Apple Watch will be able to detect gestures like clenching your fist or pinching, which translate to moving a cursor or changing focus to a different object on the screen. You can see it in action below.
Over on the iPad, Apple is adding support for eye tracking using external devices in the MFi program. Additionally, the firm is adding support for bi-direction hearing aids in the MFi program, making it easier for those with hearing disabilities to take calls more easily. Apple is also adding the ability to recognize audiogram results in Headphone Accommodations, so sounds can be tailored for the user's needs.
Moving on to VoiceOver, Apple's voice control tool, the company is making it possible to explore images with it. For example, if you have a picture of a table, such as a receipt, you can use voice to navigate the table by row or column, including support for headers. VoiceOver will also be able to describe a person's position and other objects in a picture, giving users a better idea of what the image is showing.
Apple is also adding new features like Sound Actions for switch controls, meaning you can make sounds like a click or pop to toggle certain software switches or buttons. New display and text size options are also coming and can be configured on an app-by-app basis, and Memoji are getting new customization options to account for users with oxygen tubes, cochlear implants, or soft helmets.
Though it's not necessarily an accessibility feature, Apple also announced Background Sounds, a new feature that plays relaxing background noises such as rain, ocean waves, and more, to help users stay calm and focused. It can also help drown out other, more distracting noises that might be happening around the user.
All of these features are coming later this year, presumably as part of the next major updates for each of Apple's operating systems.
Outside of these new features, Apple also announced a bunch of initiatives for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Apple Fitness+ is highlighting training sessions for all kinds of users and Time to Walk is getting a rebrand to 'Time to Walk or Push' to account for wheelchair users. Other Apple services like the App Store, Apple TV, Apple Books, and Apple Maps, will all be providing content by and/or tailored to users with disabilities.
By Usama Jawad96
PlayStation Remote Play now supports DualSense on iOS devices
by Usama Jawad
Sony's PlayStation Remote Play allows you to stream your games to other devices such as PCs and handsets, allowing you to pick up where you left off across multiple platforms. The feature was announced back in 2015 and supports PS5, PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. Previously, mobile devices only offered Remote Play with the DualShock 4 controller. This changes now as Sony has rolled out support for the PlayStation 5's DualSense on iOS devices.
As of now, iOS 14.5 or above is required to pair a DualSense controller with an iPhone via Bluetooth. Other requirements such as having a minimum of 5MB broadband internet remains the same.
IGN tested the DualSense controller with an iPhone and noted some issues with support. For example, haptics seemingly do not work with Sony-published titles such as Astro's Playroom and MLB The Show 21. Similarly, while Adaptive Triggers function, haptics once again fail in Remedy's Control. Moreover, the headphone jack and the built-in speaker don't seem to be working yet either. It's unclear when and if these issues will be fixed. In a sort of a disclaimer at the bottom of its product page, Sony has cautioned that "availability of DualSense features such as audio output and haptic effects vary when using remote play on PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad; some features may not be available."
While Remote Play does not provide support for DualSense on Android devices at this point in time, it's likely that this support will be rolled out sooner rather than later. In the meantime, if you have a compatible iPhone and a DualSense controller, you can give Remote Play a shot by downloading the application from the App Store here.