Monday, 14 June, 2021

Apple brings FaceTime to Android and Windows (via the web)

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Adrian Cunningham | 08 June, 2021, 03:41

In case you missed Apple's presentation, notifications in iOS 15 will receive a minor redesign, a new Notification Summary feature, an easier way to notify others when you're busy, and a feature to help you focus on what's at hand. At participating healthcare organizations, a physician can review the Apple Health app data that a user chooses to share directly in the electronic health records system.

The biggest new features are centered around communication - specifically how we use texts and video calls to stay in touch - but there are also new notifications tools created to minimise distraction so your deeply disturbing Screen Time report may be slightly less so.

They have revealed that the company plans to take on Zoom by offering FaceTime calls via the Web.

During a call, FaceTime shows other users in an easily viewable grid view and uses the same size tiles for all call participants which makes it simple to identify who is speaking by highlighting their tile. The company has also added voice isolation which ensures that the microphone prioritizes the user's voice during a call and reduces distracting background noises. Apple says that at launch, multiple apps will work with SharePlay such as Disney+, Hulu, TikTok, NBA, ESPN+, Twitch, PlutoTV, and several others.

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"iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app", said Apple in a preview of iOS 15. Your iPhone will also let your contacts know when you have Do Not Disturb activated in Focus, so they know you're not avoiding them - and they'll still be able to send a message through if it's important.

If you want to give your doctor a peek at your stats, iOS 15 will let you share things like heart rate, detected falls, hours of sleep, or exercise minutes.

Apple hasn't yet detailed when iOS 15 will be publicly available, but traditionally the new version of iOS rolls out alongside new iPhones in spring.