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What Apple didn’t announce at WWDC 2021 and why it’s disappointing

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What Apple didn’t announce at WWDC 2021 and why it’s disappointing

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The keynote address for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) came and went. We got what we expected with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12 Monterey, and tvOS 15. We’re getting great FaceTime and Messages updates, Focus, with better iPhone and iPad notifications, health updates, and more. But with all the rumors and leaks floating around before WWDC, one can’t help but feel a bit disappointed in what we didn’t end up getting.

No new MacBook Pros

16-inch MacBook Pro

Source: Rene Ritchie / iMore

I know that WWDC almost always revolves around software, but sometimes hardware is a pleasant surprise. One of the rumors in the weeks leading up to WWDC came from Jon Prosser suggesting that a new MacBook Pro would be revealed.

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Well, we didn’t get it. Those who have been waiting for an M-series chip for the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have to wait a bit longer. Honestly, I was expecting this too, but again, only disappointment awaited us. But seriously, it’s been almost two years since the original 16-inch MacBook Pro debuted; it needs to be updated, right? Once that happens, maybe you can claim the spot as the best MacBook.

And if you were expecting a 14-inch MacBook Pro, well, that didn’t happen either. Although, honestly, I’m not sure why anyone would want a 14-inch instead of the current 13-inch (that’s not much of a difference if you think about it), but it goes back to rumors.

I was expecting to see some colored MacBook Pros, like iMacs, but Poor me – maybe one day.

No food tracking in the iOS 15 Health app

IOS 14 Health App Hero

Source: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

Another rumor that ran before WWDC was that iOS 15’s Health app would include native food tracking, similar to MyFitnessPal. While the Health app got some significant updates in iOS 15, food tracking isn’t one of them, and I’m very disappointed by this.

I had high hopes of keeping track of food because I am currently a diabetic pregnant woman and I have to worry about everything that goes on my lips. If Health had food tracking, it would have made my life so much easier since I wouldn’t need to use a third-party app (and therefore would have to maintain another account).

I prefer to have all my health data in one place, so I was really expecting food tracking. After all, it would have been a perfect pair if the Apple Watch Series 7 had a blood glucose check. But at this rate, I’m also not holding my breath for my blood glucose control to hit Set 7. I sigh at him.

No optimized customization in iOS 15

Iphone 12 Pro Unlock Hero Mask

Source: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

Since iOS 14 gave us some flexibility with customization in terms of theming app icons and widgets, I was really hoping to see a better and more streamlined customization process in iOS 15. Once again, Apple didn’t deliver.

Honestly, with my two biggest wishes for iOS 15 simply abandoned, I can’t help but feel that iOS 15 is a somewhat disappointing update. It brings big changes for FaceTime and some improvements for messaging, but I don’t really use FaceTime if I’m honest. IOS 15 definitely feels like a version of Snow Leopard to me, as it just refines existing features without adding a lot of new ones.

However, I suppose the new Focus feature allows you to add another layer to customize your home screen and notifications, so at least there is that.

WatchOS 8 sleep tracking does not inform you about sleep stages

IOS 14 Health Sleep Tracker

Source: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

While watchOS 8 adds your sleep breathing rate to the things it tracks, it still won’t let you know how well your sleep went in terms of REM, light, and deep sleep stages. This was never a rumor that I was aware of, but it’s still disappointing because so many other health and fitness trackers do just that. The amount of information you get from sleep tracking with the Apple Watch is still pretty minimal, and I was expecting to see some bigger improvements this year.

However, it cannot be denied that tracking sleep breathing rate is helpful. That’s because it can be used to detect sleep apnea and other problems while you sleep.

However, maybe a year we can have a follow-up of the sleep stage.

iPadOS 15 still doesn’t make full use of the M1 chip

IPad Pro 2021 Review

Source: Daniel Bader / Android Central

With the iPad Pro (2021), Apple put an M1 chip inside it, moving away from the A-series chips it was using before. The M1 chip is the same as the Mac M1 chip, but the problem with iPadOS 15 is that it still doesn’t fully utilize the hardware.

Sure, you could technically build, test, and ship apps right from iPadOS 15’s Swift Playgrounds, but that’s about it. With the 1TB and 2TB iPad Pro (2021) models with 16GB of RAM, where is the professional software to harness that power? Apple’s own professional apps like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are still MIA on iPad, even though the latest iPad Pro includes an M1 chip. Seriously, what’s the point of putting M1 on the iPad if iPadOS still can’t get the most out of it?

Honestly, I don’t see much of a reason to upgrade my 2020 11-inch iPad Pro if the iPad Pro M1 won’t be much different with iPadOS 15. As of now, the iPad Pro (2021) remains a half story. said, because iPadOS 15 didn’t complete it.

Were you disappointed by the WWDC keynote speech?

I was definitely excited about the WWDC presentation, but I left a bit disappointed by everything we didn’t get. In general, I feel that these software updates are more refinements, making them like the Snow Leopard versions for each platform, suppose we could use that from time to time. After all, we can’t have huge, game-changing releases every year, can we? Still, maybe we can get a native food tracking and better sleep insights next year, and maybe Apple can make M1 iPads worth buying at some point.

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