Apple rolls out sharing tools for FaceTime, new health features, and Siri for home hardware

Highlights from Apple’s latest Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

June 9, 2021

Source: Apple / The Verge

Apple’s 5-day Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off on Monday. Here are some notable updates from Apple’s keynote, per The Verge:

  • SharePlay: Ever FaceTime someone but have nothing to talk about (we been there)? Well, now you can watch or listen to content (e.g., Netflix, Spotify) with someone instead of chatting.
  • iPhone as ID: The iPhone’s digital wallet will be able to store digital IDs, which can then be used as traveler verification for airports in some US states.
  • New watchOS: The new operating system for the Apple Watch will update health features, including a Mindfulness app and a respiratory measurement tool. Separately, Apple will let users share select health data with family members and doctors.
  • Siri in your home: Apple’s voice assistant Siri will be made available for select 3rd-party home hardware makers.
  • One keyboard, 2 devices: The macOS will let people use the same mouse and keyboard across their MacBooks and iPads.

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