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Apple also showed these IDs being used to share with services like the TSA which will be used when passing though United States airports.

Other privacy updates are meant to make it more hard for third parties to track what's happening within apps.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held online again this week for the second year running due to COVID-19, and kicking the event off as always were Apple's executive team speaking to developers around the world about what's new, what's changing, and what to expect from the next operating system for all Apple devices.

In a message to developers who have accused Apple of inconsistent app review guidelines and an unfair playing field, the company took pains to say it has paid them $230 billion since the App Store launched in 2008 and that 600 million people visit it weekly.

The company also showed off watching video from its Apple TV+ streaming service, where the video was synced in real time between call participants. The enhancements will also be offered on iPadOS 15 and the new macOS Monterey update. The company is making Siri more private, too, keeping the processing of such key tasks as launching apps, setting alarms and changing settings on the device itself rather than sending it to the less-secure web.

In the Mail app, Apple is adding a new feature to prevent tracking pixels from functioning. The Split View now provides quick access to the Home Screen so you can more easily open the right app. The Walking Steadiness feature uses sensors to monitor the risk of falling.

Within Apple Wallet, Apple is keen to include your ID or drivers licence. It will now be possible to beam video, presentations and music from an iPhone to the Mac using AirPlay.

This also works in your photos, allowing you to find text within your photos via search, and even highlight and copy that text. Ditto the new notifications and privacy features. Conversation Boost will amplify the voice of someone standing in front of you. They'll also get an Announce Notifications feature that reads users their alerts and shopping lists.

The company also introduced a new way to track where third-party services apps send data, and said its Siri voice assistant will no longer need to connect to Apple's servers to respond to some requests. The recent iPad Pro refresh with an M1 chipset didn't solve much, pairing Apple's super-powerful chip with a limited OS, but the upcoming iPadOS 15 update is set to fix at least some software issues.

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