Vergecast WWDC: iOS 15, spatial audio, macOS Monterey, and more

Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where co-hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn discuss the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories.

This week, Nilay and Dieter bring in Verge editors Alex Cranz and Chris Welch to discuss all of the announcements from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference that took place this week — from a preview of iOS 15 to the introduction of spatial audio on Apple Music to a new drag-and-drop feature between the Mac and the iPad.

You can listen to the full discussion here or in your preferred podcast app.

Links from this week’s episode:

COVID-19 hospitalization rates in adolescents went up during March and April
Where did the COVID microchip conspiracy theory come from anyway?
The pandemic might cut down e-waste but widen the digital divide
Apple WWDC 2021: the 15 biggest announcements
Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC 2021
The best features of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that Apple didn’t announce onstage
Apple’s Siri will finally work without an internet connection with on-device speech recognition
Watch Apple’s Siri blaze through requests with on-device processing
You’ll soon be able to use your iPhone as ID at the airport
Apple adds welcome privacy features to Mail, Safari
Apple’s iCloud Plus bundles a VPN, private email, and HomeKit camera storage
With iCloud Plus, Apple’s privacy promise is paired with an upsell
Apple’s privacy-focused Private Relay feature isn’t coming to China
Apple Music’s spatial audio is sometimes amazing but mostly inconsistent
macOS and tvOS are getting spatial audio support with the AirPods Pro and Max
Apple Music begins rolling out lossless streaming and Dolby Atmos spatial audio
Apple introduces Siri for third-party devices
macOS Monterey lets you run Shortcuts and share files between Macs and iPads
Apple may have done the coolest drag and drop demo ever
How Universal Control on macOS Monterey works
FaceTime is coming to Android and Windows via the web
Apple is building video and music sharing into FaceTime
Apple announces watchOS 8 with new health features

Apple’s new health features bring new focus to elder care technology
Apple lets users see family members’ Health data
Apple announces iPadOS 15 with homescreen and multitasking improvements
Microsoft announces Xbox TV app and its own xCloud streaming stick
Facebook plans first smartwatch for next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor
Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds announced / review
Google’s first folding Pixel is apparently still on track for a 2021 reveal
Clubhouse and its clones have an accessibility problem
Biden revokes Trump bans on TikTok and WeChat


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