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With better search on iOS, Apple keeps beating Google at its own game

With better search on iOS, Apple keeps beating Google at its own game

I'm a little angry. No, scratch that, I'm very angry. Whenever Apple introduces improvements to Spotlight on iPhones and iPads, I have vivid PPSSD (post-personal-search stress disorder) and remember the glorious years when we had a decent on-device search solution on Android. Then it was gone and Google, the search company to end all search companies, pretended nothing happened, that it was never there, and whoever really wanted a central search solution on their phone?

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As a Mac user, it's getting harder and harder to stick with Android

As a Mac user, it's getting harder and harder to stick with Android

I've been a Mac user since early 2008, months before the first Android device was announced and three years before I bought my first Android phone. I felt like an outlier for a while, until I started meeting more like-minded people: Mac users who couldn't fathom the idea of iOS on their phone and chose Android instead. Just here on Android Police, six other colleagues straddle the ecosystem barrier and strive for a cross-platform digital existence like me. But every year at WWDC, Apple takes it upon itself to lure us in, and it's getting harder and harder to resist the temptation.

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Apple is going to let you stay on older versions of iOS longer

Apple is going to let you stay on older versions of iOS longer

One of Apple's biggest strengths has always been the long-term software support offered for its family of devices. Case in point: the iPhone 6s that was released back all the way back in 2015 will still get the latest version of iOS later this year. But more than just bringing so many users access to the latest software, Apple's decided to start offering a meaningful choice, and all devices receiving iOS 15 will soon have the option to stay on iOS 14 without skipping important security patches.

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iOS 15 brings drag-and-drop file support to the iPhone

iOS 15 brings drag-and-drop file support to the iPhone

Apple can't highlight every change to iOS during its annual WWDC keynote, and that means some really cool features often get left out of the spotlight. If you're a power user with an iPhone handy, a popular iPad-exclusive feature is finally coming to your device. Apple is adding drag-and-drop support for files and photos to iOS 15, so you can quickly move content across all of your apps.

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iCloud won't try to charge you for switching to a new iPhone anymore

iCloud won't try to charge you for switching to a new iPhone anymore

Switching to a new phone is challenging enough, and that's before you're prompted to pay upfront for cloud storage to move your files over. Thankfully, Apple is making a big change to its setup process. Starting with iOS 15, you no longer have to pay for extra storage to upload your iPhone's backup to the cloud.

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Apple Watch to discover magic, beauty of multiple timers

Apple Watch to discover magic, beauty of multiple timers

Time is relative. Sometimes 10 minutes can seem like forever, but other times it's the blink of an eye and that pot you have in the kitchen is boiling over. Setting timers can prevent that, but what if you need more than one? That wasn't an option on the Apple Watch until now. At WWDC, Apple casually mentioned that multiple timers are coming to its wearable.

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Apple's iOS 15 Wallet app will get you through TSA checkpoints with digital IDs

Apple's iOS 15 Wallet app will get you through TSA checkpoints with digital IDs

Apple Wallet started out with support for credit cards, but it's been expanding to support things like airline tickets and transit passes. In iOS 15, Apple is aiming to finally make your wallet obsolete. You'll be able to store your credit cards, keys, and even your ID all in the Wallet app. Apple says the ID scanning feature is even going to be supported by the TSA.

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Your HomePod minis can now be your TV speakers

Your HomePod minis can now be your TV speakers

Nobody wants redundant home audio equipment. Speakers take up space, but in the age of near-ubiquitous smart speakers, a lot of them just sit around in our homes doing a whole lot of nothing. Damn lazy speakers. With an upcoming update, your HomePod mini will finally be able to start pulling its weight around the house. Maybe it'll even get a job.

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iMessage in iOS 15 wants to be a hub for everything you share with friends

iMessage in iOS 15 wants to be a hub for everything you share with friends

iMessage is one of the best messaging clients available today — as long as you and your friends are deeply invested in Apple's ecosystem. As part of iOS 15, iMessage is getting several new features, including photo collages, new ways to share content with your friends, and full support for SharePlay.

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Apple wants to turn your mom into a 2-factor key

Apple wants to turn your mom into a 2-factor key

Getting locked out of any account is annoying. Getting locked out of your iCloud account can be downright infuriating. Apple makes resetting your password rigorous if you've enabled its more robust account protections, but today, it announced a new way to avoid a potentially catastrophic loss of digital access to your data.

Trusted Contacts will allow you to select a number of persons in your iCloud contacts to act as human two-factor authentication keys. If you're locked out of your iCloud account, you can choose a trusted contact to get in touch with, who will then be able to relay you a 2-factor code to get back in.

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