The tech giant added an interesting feature. Apple Watch can unlock a user’s iPhone when this person is wearing a mask. The company added this feature since its latest phones rely on Face ID, which does not work when a user is wearing a mask.
There is another interesting feature as well. The company’s Siri voice assistant no longer defaults to a female voice when people set up their new phones. Instead, they can choose from one of four default voices when they configure their phones. It includes two new Black American voices in English male and female, as well as a new male voice.
From now on Apple’s voice assistant will also announce calls through AirPods or CarPlay while driving, people can also answer the call. This builds on an existing feature, which lets Apple’s voice assistant read you, your text messages through AirPods.
Apple, news, and video games
The tech giant is also making changes to its Podcast as well as Apple News apps. Podcasts, which in May will support subscriptions to channels customers want to pay for, has new cover art. It also comes with a new Saved Episodes for listening later, new preferences for offline and syncing across devices such as Mac and iPad. Thus, customers can access downloaded episodes on other devices and improved search functions.
Apple News also comes with an improved search, a redesigned Apple News+ tab that helps users to manage magazines they downloaded.
The company’s new software update offers Bluetooth support for new Microsoft Xbox Series S/X and Sony PlayStation 5 controllers. This means people with new systems can play games with controller support on their phones and iPads. The new feature is especially useful if a user is playing Microsoft’s Xbox Remote Play or its new Xbox Cloud Gaming Service.