The Weekly App Roundup : Sony moves into AR Audio, Safari’s touch up, and more

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We are back with another weekly roundup! This week we will be covering Sony's move into the augmented reality (AR) audio world, Safari getting a touch up on iOS devices, and the rollout of Apple's promised Universal Control feature!اضافة اعلان

Sony partners with Niantic for the "Auditory AR" experience

Sony teamed up with Niantic to develop new technologies, specifically earbuds, which would allow you to enjoy AR with sound.

Niantic, the company behind games like Ingress, Pokemon Go, and Pikmin Bloom, focuses on AR apps for mobile devices. However, AR is currently predominantly presented in a visual format. So, in order to make AR games more immersive for players, Niantic and Sony are collaborating to develop and market audio AR.

Sony stated that they would integrate their spatial sound technology into Niantic's games, starting with Ingress. Ingress's auditory AR will be compatible with Sony's new LinkBuds wireless earbuds, which will allow you to hear both the real and the virtual world for a "never off" wearing experience.

So for people who play their games with the sound turned off because they don't want to be shut off from the real world, now, thanks to LinkBuds, you can play Ingress while remaining completely aware of your surroundings.

Thanks to an inbuilt V1 processor and something called "Adaptive Volume Control," which optimizes sound to your surroundings, you will be able to hear conversations with high-quality sound.

Safari gets a minor paint job 

Apple's Safari browser for iOS devices looks like it will be receiving some new improvements, including code changes in its WebKit, which is the browser engine that keeps everything running smoothly in the browser's background.

An update that might allow users to override "the system color scheme with a per-website choice" has been discovered by 9to5Mac — an organization well-known for providing the most up-to-date and accurate information on everything Apple — according to the site.

The description sounds a lot like setting up a custom option for some of your frequent websites so that they always utilize dark mode or light mode, independent of the time of day or what the rest of your system is using.

If true, this will be a nice change, considering that it allows you to customize your dark or light settings based on your preference for the specific website.

Another change is how pop-up advertisements will function in the browser since the update will prevent them from using system-level modal pop-ups that appear similar to iOS notifications. Again, while these sorts of advertisements are not prevalent, they may be deceiving and frustrating, which is why we were pleased to learn that Apple is working to combat them through software upgrades.

Of course, none of the modifications that 9to5Mac has discovered are certain to make it to actual customers' computers. However, it is reasonable to believe that Apple is at least testing them and intends to release them in the future.

Apple's Universal Control feature commences slow rollout 

Apple also revealed a new feature for MacBooks and iPads dubbed Universal Control at WWDC 2021 last summer. Universal Control enables you to utilize a single mouse and keyboard to travel between Mac and iPad for a seamless experience, with no setup necessary. You may drag and drop material across devices, and your mouse will move across all of their screens as if they were connected.

The iOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 software upgrades — both of which are currently in beta — have finally made Universal Control available for testing.

The much-anticipated feature is currently available for testing in the iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 betas.

Apple had planned to deliver Universal Control last fall, but it missed the deadline. It's currently anticipated for this spring, and the fact that it's accessible in beta is a solid sign that it will be released shortly, potentially alongside the public release of iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3.

Although Apple stated that no setup is necessary, your Apple devices will probably need to be registered to the same Apple ID and connected to the same network. We are also anticipating that the option to disable Universal Control will be tucked away in your Continuity Settings.

We will make sure to keep you updated as we learn more.

Overall, this is a killer feature that Apple users are bound not just to love but actually use on a day-to-day basis.

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