Apple has introduced a brand new app known as Freeform for iPad, iPhone, and Mac, and it’s meant to be a brand new type of collaboration expertise. Freeform offers you a big whiteboard that may be shared with different customers, and it permits everybody to work on totally different elements of the board on the similar time. Sure, it’s just about Apple’s model of Microsoft Whiteboard, which does virtually precisely the identical factor.
In Freeform, boards can change into as giant as you need them to be, supplying you with loads of area to brainstorm concept or collect info in a single place. Freeform helps all types of content material, together with textual content, Apple Pencil inking, photographs, sticky notes, and extra. It’s a clean canvas, and you may add virtually something to it, making it good for collaborating on varied sorts of duties.
As you collaborate with others, you may transfer round freely, however you too can faucet another person’s image to leap instantly to the place they’re, so it’s simpler to share what you’re engaged on at that second. Freeform additionally integrates with FaceTime calls, so you may see and listen to your coworkers whilst you’re engaged on the whiteboard. That’s one benefit the service has over Microsoft Whiteboard. Whiteboard does have an app for Groups, which may be seen as equal, however you must be utilizing Groups with a piece or faculty account to have all these options. Groups for private use doesn’t assist apps in the identical means.
Freeform is simply one of many many collaboration options Apple introduced right this moment. The corporate launched new updates for Mail, Messages, and Safari on the iPad to make collaboration and sharing simpler.
Whereas many of those options look like introduced as a part of iPadOS 16, Freeform is an app coming to iPhone and Macs as effectively, and it’s coming “later this yr”. When Apple confirmed off Freeform, it mentioned it was a “sneak peek”, which suggests it would arrive in some unspecified time in the future after iPadOS 16 launches.