Two services that were previously only available on Apple devices will also be available to users of technology from other providers. On the one hand, manufacturers of home appliances will be able to integrate the Siri voice assistant. Amazon is already taking this path with its Alexa assistance software and Google with its assistant. On the other hand, users of Android smartphones and Windows computers will also be able to dial into Facetime video chats in the future. For this purpose, users will also be able to be invited to a Facetime chat via a link – as is common with the Zoom video conferencing service, for example.
Facetime got a far-reaching update in the presentation at the start of Apple’s WWDC developer conference on Monday. With the help of the app, you will be able to listen to music and watch videos together without interrupting the chat. The function will be available for the Disney + streaming service, among others, but also for the Tiktok video app. For example, you can watch the same program with friends who are in different places using the Apple TV box and talk about what’s going on. Apple also improves on Facetime with the suppression of ambient noise and a portrait mode with a blurry background.
In a sensational innovation, Apple allows Mac computers and iPad tablets positioned next to each other to be operated with a mouse and keyboard as if it were a device without having to specifically connect them. The group calls the function “Universal Control”.
Siri can do without an Internet connection for speech recognition in the future. Previously, the recordings were sent to the Apple servers for processing and back again. The detection directly on the device increases data security on the one hand, and makes the software faster on the other. If users actively agree, Siri will continue to send anonymized data to the Apple cloud in the future so that the service can be further improved with machine learning. Other data protection features include blocking tracking pixels in emails. Senders of advertising, for example, use this technology to find out whether and where an e-mail has been opened.
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In addition, Apple will secure data transmission for customers of its subscription services with additional encryption. The “Private Relay” function is part of a new iCloud + subscription and is supposed to shield the transmitted data better than conventional VPN services. In contrast to a classic VPN service (“Virtual Private Network”), however, customers cannot select a virtual location, for example in order to be able to watch streaming content from Germany that is actually reserved for viewers in the USA.
The health functions of Apple devices are constantly being expanded. In future, the iPhone and Apple Watch will be able to analyze a user’s walk in order to warn them of an increased risk of falling. In the USA, Apple is cooperating with medical institutions so that the health application “Health” can display and interpret current laboratory results directly in the app.
The new functions ensure that various elements of Apple’s ecosystem are more closely interlinked, commented long-time industry analyst Gene Munster on the announcements. That makes it easier to use the products. Apple traditionally makes the new operating systems available in autumn. However, the functions are already being presented so that developers can integrate them into their apps in good time.
While Apple is breaking new ground with some functions such as “Universal Control”, the company is trying to catch up with Google with voice recognition in photos on the iPhone. The Internet company has been using the Google Lens service for a number of years.