Everything Apple tried to kill at WWDC 2021

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For as many original innovations that Apple introduces on its various software platforms, there are just as many “new” features that seem to have been inspired by other tools, applications and even operating systems, leaving the developers loyal. wonder what will happen to their own products now that they are no longer needed.

If you read this crime scene investigation carefully, we welcome Gizmodo’s eighth annual roundup of everything Apple’s trying to kill.

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Zoom (and other video conferencing applications)

It’s hard to imagine a tool (soaps and disinfectants aside) that was more useful during last year’s pandemic than video calls and conferencing apps. We all spent countless hours on Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet at work, and then many of us switched to Apple’s FaceTime to chat with family at home. Its ease of use made it easy for grandma and grandpa to figure it out, but to date it was too simple for business use. With iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey, FaceTime is poised to become a real rival to Zoom, with new audio isolation features to enhance vocals while drowning out background noise, and the ability to create and schedule links to FaceTime calls in advance. More importantly, Windows and Android users can also participate in FaceTime calls through a web interface, so that they are no longer dependent on Apple hardware.

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Citymapper

Navigating the transit system in a city you’ve never been to before can be a tall order. Not only do you need to decide which trains or buses to get on, but when to get off to get to your desired destination. That’s why apps like Citymapper, which works as a satellite navigation system for subways, buses and commuter trains, exist. But in iOS 15, Apple is incorporating similar functionality into Maps in its continued quest to convince iPhone users not to use Google Maps instead. You will not only see the progress of the vehicle you are driving in real time, you will also receive advanced warnings indicating when you should get off and then directions to where you need to go once you are back in. the street.

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Peloton Artist Series Workouts

Nothing can motivate you for a workout like the perfect soundtrack and your favorite artist, that’s what Peloton has capitalized on with their Artist Series collaborations: a workout series where the entire soundtrack is centered around a single musician as part of an official partnership. . With Fitness +, Apple is aiming for Peloton’s success, and with the help of the company’s massive music streaming service, it will soon introduce a new Artist Spotlight series where workouts will feature entire playlists from a single artist. The first thematic training sessions will be based on the musical catalogs of Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lopez.

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Multi-device keyboards and mice

IPhone and iPad have been compatible with wireless keyboards for years, making typing easier and helping turn both devices into real productivity tools. This led to the creation of multi-device keyboards and mice that could quickly switch between controlling various devices – like your laptop, phone, and tablet – with a simple toggle switch. With macOS Monterey, a new feature called Universal Control will make these accessories unnecessary for Apple users. A single mouse and a single keyboard (or trackpad) can be used not only to control multiple devices, but all at the same time, with the cursor moving over the screen of another device. The feature goes one step further and makes it easy to drag files between Apple devices, streamlining the way iOS and macOS devices share documents.

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