Apple introduces iCloud folder sharing and trackpad support for iPads and iPhones, features that should give users increased productivity.
Apple has updated its iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch / Apple TV, offering some of the features we’ve been talking about for weeks, including iCloud folder sharing, iPad trackpad support, and more.
It could be argued that the update is an increase in productivity, especially since it includes support for features that should be quite useful for remote workers, namely iCloud Folder Sharing and trackpad support for iPads.
It is a major update that offers a number of key improvements:
- Share iCloud folders.
- IPad and trackpad support for iPads.
- Universal application purchases.
- Mail toolbar enhancements.
- Keyboard shortcuts for photos.
- We control CarPlay.
You also get support for the newly introduced Beats Powerbeats 4 headphones and a selection of nine new Memoji stickers.
Mac users receive screen time limits (useful for remote workers trying to keep their lives under control) and Apple Music lyrics in real time. And recently played Apple Arcade games now appear on the Arcade tab, making it much easier to play them on all your Apple devices.
What is iCloud folder sharing?
Undoubtedly, the bookmark feature in this release, iCloud Folder Sharing, means that you can share entire folders of documents, pictures, and other digital stuff with others. Easy to use, the feature was originally announced at WWDC 2019 (Apple could have had trouble ensuring consistent performance, making iCloud Drive a Dropbox replacement for the rest of us).
What is iPad and trackpad support for iPads?
I wrote a full article about this feature; Trackpad support basically means that your iPad becomes an even more efficient (and more flexible to use) MacBook replacement. It gives you a new cursor design that highlights the application icons on the home screen and the Dock and application buttons and commands.
What are universal app purchases?
Remember the old days when you had to buy an iOS app and a Mac app using two separate app stores? It still does, but now (it’s possible) you have to pay a one-time fee for the privilege, because universal app purchases allow developers to make both apps available at a bargain price.
What’s the new email toolbar?
The new email toolbar is a great improvement over a small issue. People complained that the delete and reply controls were too close in iOS 13, which led them to accidentally delete the emails they wanted to keep.
The update puts a space between the two and adds new Folder and Compose buttons. Business users will want to know that replies to encrypted emails are automatically encrypted when you set up S / MIME for this.
What are the new CarPlay controls?
You now receive support for third-party navigation applications and in-dash call controls when you’re on a call through the Phone app or any (compatible) VoIP application that supports CarPlay.
Is there anything else?
Do you mean beyond the usual list of repaired problems? Of course. You’ll find a new Shazam It shortcut that you can use to identify a playable song, a few new keyboard shortcuts if you’re using Photos and Audio Playback for USDZ files.
What about the Apple Watch?
Apple has also updated the Apple Watch to watchOS 6.2. It supports in-app purchases on the device and provides ECG support for Chile, New Zealand and Turkey. The company has also introduced tvOS 13.4, which improves family sharing.