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macOS Monterey stars, iOS 15 lets you 'connect' and more: WWDC 2021 as it happened

We've got everything on the new software from Apple, including macOS Monterey

iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iPad OS on stage with Tim Cook
macOS Monterey was the most popular launch at WWDC 2021
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Apple's WWDC 2021 is done and dusted, and while the developer's conference is set to last the majority of this week we've heard all about a bunch of new software.

macOS Monterey was one of the stars of the show, with the new name coming to replace Big Sur as the new Mac operating system. It was Universal Control, where you can use a MacBook or iPad as a second or third screen just by placing them next to each other, that stole the show for us, but we saw new tweaks and design upgrades to Safari (with a new, simplified layout), Shortcuts finally coming to the macOS ecosystem (and replacing Automator) as well as things like Quick Note, which came to iPadOS 15, landing as well.

iOS 15 was the update that many will have been clamoring to hear about, given it'll affect many different devices across the world. It'll come with big FaceTime improvements (with FaceTime even coming to Android), such as background blur and spatial audio, offer far more ways to see links, photos and music that your friends send through Messages as well as work on devices all the way back to the iPhone 6S. That's all the way back to phones from 2015.

iPadOS 15 was an odd update - it seemed to bring more things like widgets to the homescreen, which was already there in the iPhone's iOS 14 from last year. The App Library appears, as well as getting a place in the dock at the bottom of the iPad's display, and things like Quick Note allow you to jot something down using the Apple Pencil from anywhere in the device.

It wasn't the biggest change for the iPad operating system, but it did enhance some multi-tasking features we're looking forward to trying out.

If you were excited about watchOS 8, it's best not to be. It was a very quiet update, with things like Apple's depth-perceiving Portrait images making their way to the Photos watchface, new ways to help you be more mindful during the day and monitoring of your respiratory rate during sleeping.

Given last year, sleep tracking was built into the Watch for the first time, this was a rather underwhelming change.

As expected, we didn't hear anything about upcoming products like an iPhone SE 3,