WhatsApp is adding contact photos to notifications on iPhone

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WhatsApp contact photos in iPhone notifications
The feature is already in testing.
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A future WhatsApp update will bring contact photos to your notifications on iPhone. The feature, which requires iOS 15 or later, is already being tested among beta users in version 2.22.1.1 of the app.

This is just one of many improvements WhatsApp has started working on for its iPhone app. Others include revamped contact pages, and a Community feature that gives admins more control over their groups.

Zillow now supports SharePlay to make remote house hunting easier

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Zillow now supports SharePlay to make remote house hunting easier
Search for a home over FaceTime with the Zillow app and SharePlay.
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Searching for a new house with someone who’s not right next to you just got a lot easier. The Zillow app on iPhone or iPad now supports SharePlay, so multiple people can look at the same home listings simultaneously on different devices.

Use it with loved ones or your real estate agent.

Home Widget is the HomeKit widget Apple doesn’t make [Review]

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Home Widget review
Home Widget lets you make your own HomeKit widgets.
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With Home Widget, it’s now possible to control your HomeKit accessories directly from your iPhone’s Home screen. Turn on and off lights or even run automated scenes with the quick push of a button. With the new app, you can make a bunch of HomeKit widgets to meet your needs.

I put Home Widget to the test in my smart house. I’m generally pleased with its usability.

Powerful image editor Pixelmator Photo makes jump from iPad to iPhone

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Powerful image editor Pixelmator Photo makes the jump from iPad to iPhone
Pixelmator Photo offers desktop-quality color adjustments, AI-powered tools and batch editing.
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Pixelmator Photo is one of the best photo editors for iPad, and it got even more mobile with an iPhone version debuting Thursday. It offers desktop-level editing tools on a mobile device.

And to celebrate the iPhone launch, the application is half off.

Google adds voice and video calls to the Gmail app on iPhone and iPad

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Gmail adds voice and video calls
Download the update today to start chatting.
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You can now place calls and join remote meetings from right inside the Gmail app on iPhone and iPad.

Google Chat integration, with support for both voice and video calls, has been added in the app’s latest update. But it comes with one big limitation that means you’ll probably still need to keep the Google Chat app.

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2021 App Store Awards
This year's Trend of the Year is "Connection."
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Twitch update brings SharePlay support on iOS 15.1

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You can now join a Twich Watch Party on your iPhone.
Download the update to start enjoying SharePlay streams.
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The newest Twitch update for iPhone and iPad adds SharePlay support on iOS and iPadOS 15.1. The feature allows users to watch synchronized streams together over FaceTime, but all participants must have Twitch installed.

Twitch is one of the first third-party platforms to adopt SharePlay, which made its debut in October after it missed the initial iOS 15 rollout.

Apple Store’s new ‘lists’ feature lets you keep track of things you want

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Apple Store app gets new 'lists' feature
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The latest update to the Apple Store app adds a brand-new “lists” feature that makes it easier to keep track of all the things you want.

You can then share and discuss your lists with in-store Specialists, Apple says — then get a recap of your conversation sent to the app so it’s easy to find later. Lists also make it faster to buy what you want when you’re ready to check out.

Google rolls out big upgrades for Gmail, Meet and Sheets on iOS

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Gmail, Meet and Sheets gets big updates on iPhone and iPad
Enjoy Home screen widgets and Picture in Picture support.
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Google this week rolled out a bunch of rather significant updates for Gmail, Meet, and Sheets on iPhone and iPad that add a number of neat new features and improvements. You can download them from the App Store now.

Gmail now offers a Home screen widget that lets you see your inbox at a glance, while Meet now features Picture in Picture support so you can carry out remote meetings while you continue to do other things on your device.