8 June 2021
Apple kicked off its second annual all-virtual developer conference with a keynote that outlined new updates to its software for iPhones and other devices. Apple is facing legal and regulatory threats to its control over its App Store, a so-called "walled garden" that produces substantial profits for the company. Apple's new MacOS software, dubbed Monterey, supports what Apple calls "universal control," which lets people use one mouse and keyboard to control an iMac desktop computer, MacBook laptop and iPad at the same time.
Apple also rolled out new features aimed at protecting its users' data, including an App Privacy Report that which apps accessed their location, photos, camera, contacts and other data. Apple is introducing more privacy features to its paid iCloud plans, including a way to hide your email address, encrypt video, and a "Private Relay" feature of Safari that encrypts data from the web browser similar to a VPN.
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