At the WWDC 2021 Apple was all trying to kill

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Illustration: Gizmodo – For all of Apple’s original innovations, there are as many ‘new’ features which seem inspired by other tools, apps and even operating systems, so that loyal developers wonder about their own products as they are no longer needed.

We welcome you to Apple’s eighth annual survey of everything that Apple wants to kill when you go through this crime scene investigation attentively.

Zoom (and Other Video-Conferencing Apps)

It is difficult to imagine a tool that was more useful during the past year than video calls and conference apps (soap and hygiene devices aside).. We’ve all been working for countless hours on Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet, and many of us have changed to Apple’s FaceTime to chat with our family at home. Grandma and Grandpa were easy to use, but to date, it has been too easy for business use. FaceTime is about to become a genuine zoom rival with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, with new Audio Isolation features that enhance voices when background noise is drained and that create and schedule links to FaceTime calls in advance. More important, Windows and Android users are also able to participate in FaceTime calls via a web interface.

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It can be an awful challenge to navigate the public transport system in a town you never had to before. You have not only to understand what trains or buses you want to take, but when you can get there to the destination you want. This is the reason why there are such applications as Citymapper, which work for metro, bus and commuter trains. However, on iOS 15, Apple includes similar features in Maps in its ongoing attempt to persuade iPhone users not to use Google Maps. You will also get advanced warnings as to how far you are in the vehicle you are driving, and directions to go when you’re back on the road. You’ll not only see your vehicle progress updated in real time.

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Workouts for the Peloton Artist Series

Nothing can motivate you to practice like a perfect soundtrack and your favorite artist, on which the artist series has collaborated: a set of workouts in which the whole soundtrack is centered as part of an official partnership with one individual musician. Apple will soon be introducing a new Artist Spotlight Series which offers full-length workouts from a single artist with Fitness+ and with the support of the company’s massive music streaming service. The first thematic training will take place in the Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez music catalogues.

The iPhone and iPad have been compatible with wireless keyboards for years, making it easier to enter the text and making it a genuine tool for productivity. This resulted in the establishment of multi-device keyboards and mouse that could move fast through an easy toggle switch to control different devices – like your laptop, phone and tablet. MacOS Monterey makes such accessories unnecessary for Apple users with a new feature called Universal control. A single mouse and keyboard or trackpad can be used, with the cursor jumping to a different device screen, to control not only multiple devices, but all at once. Furthermore, the feature allows files to be easily draggled between Apple devices, making it easier to share documents with iOS and MacOS devices.