This week’s Apple headlines; all the news from WWDC, the updates to iOS, macOS, iPadOS, and WatchOS, Apple’s missing MacBooks, Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and more…

Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this weeks Apple Loop includes all the news from WWDC, the updates to iOS, macOS, iPadOS, and WatchOS, Apples missing MacBooks, Adobes Creative Cloud update, and Microsofts native macOS apps.
Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).
iOS 15 Refreshes Apples Instant Messaging Approach
Lets start off the WWDC news with the latest version of iOS that will update the iPhones feature set. The fifteenth numbered version leans into the privacy changes, but also stresses messaging. FaceTime will expand out to Windows and Android; sharing media from certain apps in real time on a call for an ad-hoc watch party; and links through iMessage to specific apps can appear in those apps, such as Connadh shared this news story about Duolingos Gaelic update showing up in the news app. Apple missed much of the messaging and video conferencing rush during 2020s work from home, so this feels a bit like catching up:
“The update will give you more options for FaceTime video chat including, yes, finally talking with friends on Android. It also brings new privacy features that help protect your email and show you how often apps access things such as your camera and microphone. And later this winter, you may even be able to add your drivers license to Apple Wallet, depending on where you live.”
BRAZIL – 2021/06/08: In this photo illustration the iOS 15 logo seen displayed on a smartphone. … [+] Apple has started its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), an information technology conference, where it presented the iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 and watchOS 8. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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No More Forced iOS Updates
Perhaps one the best nits of news on iOS was not about iOS 15, but iOS 14. Previously Apple would depreciate the older versions of iOS and force everyone on to the next whole version number. Not this time. If you want to stay on iOS 14, you can and Apple will continue to provide security updates to both versions. Whether this remains in place for iOS 14 when iOS 16 is released remains to be seen, but for now this will be welcomed by many:
“This is a bit of a departure for Apple, which has typically controlled user updates with an iron fist. Users are strongly encouraged to upgrade, and downgrades are made deliberately difficult. One of its tactics has been to remove the cryptographic signing of older OS versions, preventing them from being run on retail iOS devices.”
(The Register).
More Multitasking For iPad
iPad OS up next, and the march towards your next computer is not a computer turning into a computer continues. While there are no major changes, the Split View improves multitasking and multiple window support on the screen. Oh and there are keyboard shortcuts included as well. Sure sounds like the tablet is doing its best to become a 2-in-1 PC when you add a keyboard:
“iPadOS 15 retains the overall look and feel of the current iPad operating system. The updates in the new OS are mostly centered around multitasking. The iPads widget support gets a big update with iPadOS 15. The widgets are larger, more immersive and dynamic. And, iOSs App Library is finally available on the iPad, where it tweaks the overall user experience. The feature, added to the iPhone in 2020, presents the user with an organized view of the apps on the iPad. ”
A Quiet Year For macOS
MacOS also picked up some small additions while keeping the main building blocks similar to the previous version – I suspect that most of the changes are at a lower level to improve ARM support and the emulation of x86 apps. The most visible change is the ability to use the keyboard and trackpad of a Mac on your iPad – just swish the cursor off the edge of the screen and see it on the other device:
“I hope that Universal Control works as well in the real world as it did in this staged demo and I know thats no sure thing. But what I like about the feature is how its just a clever recombination of existing technologies that Apple had already built for other purposes.”
(The Verge).
Apples Missing MacBooks
While we didnt see any new MacBook Pro machines on stage, Apples web team may have been caught out, with the livestream keywords on YouTube featuring ‘MacBook Pro M1X:
“Spotted by Twitter user Max Balzer, the livestream of the WWDC keynote included the keywords MacBook Pro and M1X in the metadata. Someone was ready for the new hardware to be announced and searched for. And now we know that Apple is ready for the M1X.”
More Fitness On The Wrist
Finally on the update front, WatchOS 8 also picked up smaller changes keeping the broad strokes of the environment intact. A number of the health-based apps have been updated, including Mindfulness, and Sleep; while Tai Chi and Pilates are added to the Workout app:
“The Sleep app will now track your respiratory rate and alert you to changes that may be alarming. And Tai Chi and Pilates will join the Workout apps while Fitness+ will welcome fitness coach Jeanette Jenkins and her popular strength and HIIT classes, along with new Artist Spotlight Series workouts.”
Abodes ARM Adventures Continue
Outside of the WWDC stage, its worth noting the update of Adobe’s Illustrator and InDesign to run on Apples ARM-based platform. These join the other Creative Cloud apps now running on Apple Silicon,. I wonder when well see these ported to Windows 10 on ARM?:
“While users have been able to continue to use the tool on M1 Macs during this period, todays development means a considerable boost in speed and performance. Overall, Illustrator users will see a 65 percent increase in performance on an M1 Mac, versus Intel builds InDesign users will see similar gains, with a 59 percent improvement on overall performance on Apple Silicon.”
(Adobe Blog).
And Finally…
Also updating to ARM-native code for MacOS is Microsofts OneDrive client (Microsofts OneDrive Blog), while xCloud Gaming will be coming to iPhone in the next few weeks, not via an app but through the Safari web browser:
“Microsoft wanted to offer the xCloud Game platform as an app on the App Store, but since Apple policies dont allow app stores inside the App Store, the Redmond had to scrap its plans last ye”
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