This week's WWDC will be held virtually for the second year in a row. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
June 7 (UPI) -- Apple unveiled a range of software updates Monday to kick off its Worldwide Developers Conference, including new editions of operating system platforms for iPhone and Mac computers.
The WWDC is an event where developers get insight about the future of Apple products and how technology changes may impact how they build apps and games. It was held virtually for the second year in a row.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company leaders provided first looks at several dazzling new features for the updated versions of iOS, MacOS and WatchOS for Apple Watch, they did not reveal any new hardware products, including a hoped-for new MacBook Pro.
The day's biggest reveal was the functionality features included in the new MacOS 12, nicknamed Monterrey.
One new feature called Universal Control allows users to work with the same keyboard and mouse simultaneously on a MacBook and an iPad without any special set-up. The feature allows an instant connection in which users can, for instance, search on both devices or transfer files between them.
Apple also rolled out new features for its latest iPhone platform, iOS 15. There, the most significant change pertained to its FaceTime app, which has been updated with spatial audio and voice isolation to decrease ambient noise.
Last week, Apple announced that 350 Swift Student Challenge winners from 35 countries and regions will be among the attendees of the WWDC.
The winners demonstrated coding and problem-solving skills by submitting an original Swift playground to earn a spot.
"Every year, we are inspired by the talent and ingenuity that we see from our Swift Student Challenge applicants," Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing, said in a statement.
"This year, we are incredibly proud that more young women applied and won than ever before, and we are committed to doing everything we can to nurture this progress and reach true gender parity."
The WWDC runs through Friday.