Wow, FaceTime now works on Android, sort of..

Cheryl Sanders
June 8, 2021

Apple changed the name of its paid iCloud storage service to iCloud+ and added privacy features.

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, known as WWDC21 is on tomorrow (8th June) and for Australian's on the east coast, kicks off at 3AM, thanks global timezones.

A developer preview of iOS 15 is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, and a public beta will be available to iOS users next month.

For iPhone users specifically though, iOS 15 will launch in line with the next iPhone, expected in late September. As you'd expect, it appears that the best FaceTime experience will be on Apple hardware, but it not being exclusive to iOS and macOS is a big deal. Have you ever wanted to call your friend on FaceTime from your iPhone, but they don't own an Apple device, so you couldn't?

With the updates coming later this year, you'll be able to email or share a link to anyone.

The upside is that this means Android and Windows users can now join FaceTime calls for one-on-one or group video chats. Further, you can also watch movies or videos together.

IPadOS 15 will also bring updates to Swift Playground allowing apps to be developed right on the iPad itself, auto-translation with voice dictation, and numerous updates announced to iOS today including improved notifications, Maps updates, SharePlay, Focus, and status sections for those times when you want your iPad to be just a multimedia device again. The update will make Siri considerably faster and, in some cases, allow it to function without a WiFi or data connection.

Copy that text and paste it into an email or message as if you typed it all out. The takeaway here is that it works even with web and Android through the browser.

While the focus is always on the announcements from the keynote at the start of the week, the conference runs all week and offers developers the opportunity to engage with one another, and directly with Apple engineers for guidance on building innovative and platform-differentiating apps and games.

The company also introduced new "app privacy reports", which will surface more detailed information about how third-party apps are using the app permissions they've been given.

Apple said users will be able to scan state-issued ID cards in participating U.S. states and the cards will be encrypted in a user's digital wallet, where the company now offers the ability to store credit cards and transit cards in some USA cities.

In Australia, several states already have a digital Drivers Licence, so we're hoping they allow the quick sharing of ID from within an authorised app into the Apple Wallet.

Also on the privacy front, Apple said it was updating its email apps to block senders using trackers that detect when an email is opened.

iPhone's new operating system will bring Spatial Audio, voice isolation, Grid View, SharePlay, and Portrait Mode to FaceTime.

Siri's speech-recognition capabilities can happen on-device beginning with iOS 15.

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