Apple this Monday inaugurated its annual developer conference WWDC (for its acronym in English) with an update of its FaceTime video calling service, which equates it to the popular Zoom, and with the introduction of new operating systems that increasingly blur the boundaries between iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The firm headed by Tim Cook has seen FaceTime competitors such as Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams were gaining more and more ground in the midst of the pandemic, and has focused efforts on updating its service with all the capabilities of the competition.
Thus, the company’s renewed video calling platform introduces the possibility of creating links that can be shared with other users, which allows access via the web to those who are not using Apple devices (such as Android or Windows), something that was not possible until now.
In addition, it adds a system of display in “grid” -in which all the participants in the call appear with the same dimensions next to each other-, and the portrait mode to blur the backgrounds automatically.
Another improvement in FaceTime is the inclusion of spatial audio, so that in a video call with several participants, the voice of each of them will sound as if it came from the same place where that person appears on the screen (upper right corner, lower left corner).
Also in relation to sound, the updated version of Apple’s video conferencing platform is capable of detect and eliminate background noise such as construction sites or vacuum cleaners, so that the conversation can be heard as clearly as possible.
The renewed version also includes SharePlay, a tool to listen to music or watch movies and television simultaneously with the rest of the users during a call, trying to take advantage of the popularity that this type of activity has reached with the covid-19.
Aside from FaceTime, the new operating system for iPhone phones, iOS 15, presents improvements in design and privacy, as well as, for the first time, the possibility that users digitize your identity documents and store them in the digital wallet, with which they could access, for example, airports.
Automatic text digitization
The Cupertino (California, USA) firm also announced a tool that recognizes and digitizes the text in photos, so that it allows to automatically convert notes taken by hand or the content of street signs and indicators.
The new function, dubbed “Live Text”, is similar to that already offered by competing companies such as Google and Samsung, which now reaches the hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users worldwide.
To convert the text of a photograph (a purchase receipt or a book page) to digital, simply select the image on the cell phone or tablet and click on it, after which you can copy the words and paste them, for example, into a new document.
This tool, which works through artificial intelligence, can be used in seven different languages -among them, in Spanish- on iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.
Updates for Mac, iPad and Apple Watch
In addition to iOS 15 for iPhone, Apple introduced new operating systems for your tablets (iPadOS 15), smart watches (watchOS 8) and computers (macOS Monterey).
iPadOS 15 has as its main novelty the improved multitasking function, that from now on will make it easier to show the split screen and migrate from one activity to another, while watchOS 8 introduces a new application for the control and monitoring of respiration.
For its part, macOS Monterey increases the compatibility between Macs and tablets, so that it is enough to place the iPad next to the computer so that the mouse cursor and the keyboard begin to operate on both devices.
Also following the logic of reducing the barriers between devices, the new operating system for Mac allows play audio and image content from your mobile on your computer.