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What does WWDC 2021 mean for Small Business?

August 16, 2021

What does WWDC 2021 mean for Small Business?

The recent Apple Worldwide Developers conference saw a vast sweep of updates and innovations across the entirety of Apple’s product range. Most of the updates are aimed at improving user productivity, as well as communications. In particular Facetime on non-Apple devices is a huge leap forward, and new “Live Text” text recognition feature is almost magic. Here are the updates you need to know about and some of the big takeaways for small business:

 

Highlight Features for Small Business

FaceTime:


The past year has been turbulent flexibility has become a necessity in every aspect of life. The pandemic has changed how we connect and interact with others. Video calling becoming a staple of daily life for many people. In response to this, Apple iOS 15 has updated to FaceTime to handle this new reality.
Several key features of this update include:

The introduction of Facetime links:

 Non-Apple users can now join FaceTime calls, removing the need for third-party software regardless of the variation of device type used in a workplace. 

Voice isolation:

This new feature allows users to block out unwanted background noise when talking on a single speaker or capture all the sound in a room.


Focus:

The reality of the world of modern technology is; the world is at our fingertips. It is a blessing and a curse; advances in information sharing have reduced our ability to stay focused on the task at hand.
To help combat constant distraction, Apple has created a new feature; Focus. Using customisable settings, Focus allows users to filter the apps and contacts accessible to them during certain times during the day, changing the displayed apps to match location and time. The possibilities of this feature are vast if setup well, giving users the ability to be in the present and focus on the task at hand rather than trying to be mentally everywhere at once.

Notification Summary:

Tied to Focus, Notification Summary is another feature for maintaining sanity in our information-saturated world.
This feature allows users to determine where and when they read notifications from apps and users. Notification summary ensures greater control over the information reaching a device without shutting out important information.

Live text:

For many, whiteboards and paper notes act as a primary means for group collaboration and brainstorming. While there are many advantages to this tried-and-true method of collaboration, recording and deciphering the writing left on a whiteboard is often a tedious process. 

With the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple introduced a solution to this problem with the introduction of Live Text.

 Using advanced artificial intelligence Live Text isolates and digitises words within a picture taken on an iPhone or iPad, separating them from the other content in the photo. Allowing the user to select the text and copy it into a writing document or call a phone number contained within the photograph. If used to its full potential, this feature will streamline collaboration and note-taking and remove some of the hassles along the way.

Software Updates: 

iOS 15:

What devices can take this update?

iOS 15 will be available on the iPhone 6S onwards.

Highlight features:

  • Updates to FaceTime.
  • Live Text and Focus;
  • Improvements for maps. 

 

iPadOS 15:

What devices can take this update?

  • iPad 5 Onward
  • iPad Mini 4 Onward
  • iPad Pro Onward
  • iPad Air 2 Onward

Highlight features:

  • Improvements to multitasking.
  • Updates to FaceTime.
  • The introduction of Live Text
  • Focus and Universal Control.

 

macOS Monterey:

What devices can take this update?

  • MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
  • MacBook (early 2016 and later)
  • Mac Mini (late 2014 and later)
  • iMac (late 2015 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)

Highlight features:

  • Universal Control;
  • Improvements to Safari tabs,
  • Focus. 

 

 

Reflections:

Although WWDC 2021 did not see any announcements of new products. The latest OS updates standardise many features across devices and enhance user experience with improvements to existing features such as FaceTime. It is easier than ever to connect and stay on track if we can only use the full potential of what they offer.
If you would like to know more about what WWDC 2021 means for your business or how New Gauge Digital can optimise your use of Apple products, send us a message at:
https://www.newgaugedigital.com.au/pages/contact-us





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