WWDC 2021: Apple unveils latest updates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and more
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WWDC 2021: Apple unveils latest updates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and more

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Today, at its 2021 WWDC virtual event, Apple released the details of its new operating systems, including iOS 15. Here are some of the most significant features for photographers and videographers.


iOS 15

Apple started its event out showcasing new and improved features for iOS 15, its next-generation mobile operating system. While Apple’s improvements are far more comprehensive than what we’ll cover here, here are the photo-related updates.

The first new detail Apple showed off is what it’s referring to as ‘Live Text.’ In essence, this new feature will use on-device machine learning to scan photographs and use optical character recognition (OCR) to pull phone numbers, names and other text from images, which can then be highlighted and selected like any other text. The feature supports seven different languages at launch.

In addition to text, on-device machine learning will also be able to recognize other objects in images and provide additional information within the Photos app and elsewhere. A few examples include the ability for iOS 15 to display more information about the breed of a dog or a type of flower in an image.

Photos Memories

Apple has also improved its ‘Memories’ feature in Photos app. Now, music from your Apple Music library can be played alongside your photos and videos. Also, a new ‘Memory Mixes’ feature will let you change the ‘feel’ of the montage to better fit the visuals. Apple says the feature will match music, speed and even image editing to match the ‘Mix’ you choose.


Widgets: Can now place on homescreen, larger photos/files widgets

App Library is now on iPad, also on dock permanently

Multitasking: Multitasking menu menu on top that makes it easier to split screen and switch,

Shelf makes it easy to control different windows of app

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