Following on the heels of countless other tech giants and startups, Apple is developing an interactive whiteboard app. It’s called Freeform and will be available on iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura later this year.
Free Form is essentially a note-taking app with collaboration features and built-in FaceTime integration. Users can add their own notes, drawings (with Apple Pencil support on iPad), and more right in the Freeform session, as well as items like photos and links. While they are working, they can see each person’s cursor. Changes are reflected in the corresponding group thread in Posts.
The trend of using interactive whiteboard apps started before the pandemic (see below). white board), but accelerated during this as workers shifted to remote and hybrid installations. Startups like Figma have launched new digital whiteboard tools in recent months, as have officials such as Box as well as Increase.
It’s unclear if Freeform will be released as part of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, which are slated for release this fall. Hopefully this will clear up as the week progresses at WWDC.
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