iOS 15 brings a host of new features to several generations of iPhone (6s and above), so it’s time to dive in and look at the features that make it stand out.
iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.
Also, in iOS 15, notifications have been redesigned, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps. To reduce distraction, a notification summary collects notifications together for delivery at an appropriate time and arranges notifications by priority.
Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what a user wishes to focus on at a certain time. iOS will suggest a Focus for different occasions, such as work hours or winding down for bed, using on-device intelligence, but users can also create a custom Focus. When a user’s Focus is blocking incoming notifications, their status will be displayed to others in Messages. When a Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to other Apple devices.
The Maps app now offers a new 3D view in cities with significantly enhanced details, showing buildings, pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, and more.
There is a new city-driving experience with added road details and improved Transit features, such as pinned favorite lines, notifications to disembark, and AR walking directions.
This is a welcome update that will make the Maps app more enjoyable and accurate, and maybe soon, will be better than apps like Waze or Google Maps even outside of the US.
Also, Safari has now a completely new design.
There is a new, compact tab bar that floats at the bottom of the screen so users can easily swipe between tabs.
Tab Groups allow users to save tabs and easily access them at any time across devices. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and give more focus to a webpage’s content.
Which devices will work with iOS 15?
The big question each year for those who own older iPhones is whether they’ll cut this time around. iOS 14 was generous, in that all devices that could run iOS 13 were eligible for the upgrade, and despite rumors to the contrary, it’s the same this time around too.
So, if your iPhone is running iOS 14, it’ll run iOS 15 later this year. For clarity, the following devices will support iOS 15:
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro
2020 iPhone SE
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (1st generation)
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
iPod Touch (7th generation)
Another app that received a huge update, and became way better on iOS 15 is FaceTime. Apple wants to make FaceTime calls feel more natural and comfortable especially those big group chats so he’s bringing special audio support to the video calling platform.
One of the updated FaceTime app futures is that now you can share music at an amazing quality and you can even play a movie while talking on FaceTime with your friend or friends, and the movie we play with no lag and zero delay.
And what I think is amazing is that you now can even share your screen. This is how you do it: during the FaceTime call, tap on the “Screen Share” button at the top right corner of the new controls panel. Next, tap on “Share My Screen“. Your iOS 15 device will ask you for confirmation whether you want to share your screen with others on the call.
This is the biggest update FaceTime got and I can say that now I prefer FaceTime more than Zoom or Microsoft Teams for video conferences, and because now it’s available even on android through a web version it can even be used for online classes.
Another app that received a nice update is Messages. It wouldn’t be an iOS update without a new Messages feature or two.
First up, we’ve got a new collage design within your message threads, showing stacks of images in a nice pile. You can swipe through each in the thread, or you can tap on the pile to expand and view each in more detail.
The other big feature is Shared With You integration, which collects content recommendations from friends in the Messages app and brings them into different apps. There is a new Shared With You section in the News, Music, Photos, Safari, Podcasts, and Apple TV apps, filled with content that friends and family have shared with you in the messages app.
It’ll even save sent photos and videos to your Photos app automatically, indicated with a conversation bubble icon in the Library view, but Apple says it’ll only save important content and not random screenshots and memes.
Do Not Disturb
There’s also better integration with Do Not Disturb, letting your contacts know when you’ve got DND enabled.
There’s also a new option to override the setting and notify you anyway, handy if the message is important.
There is an option to Feature Less to let Photos know that you would prefer to see less of a specific date, place, holiday, or person across Featured Photos, the Photos widget, Memories, and highlighted in the Library tab.
In iOS 15, Photos features a richer Info pane to view information about the photo, such as the camera, lens, and shutter speed, the file size, or who sent a Shared with You photo in Messages.
It is also possible to view and edit all of the content from a Memory in a bird’s-eye view, and a Watch Next section suggests related memories to watch.
There are 12 Memory looks that add mood by analyzing each photo and video and applying the correct amount of contrast and color adjustment for a consistent look. There are also new Memory types, including additional international holidays, child-focused memories, trends over time, and improved pet memories, including the ability to recognize individual dogs and cats.
The Photos app contains a considerable update to Memories, which now features a new design, integration with Apple Music, a more interactive interface, and Memory looks.
The Photos image picker, including in the Messages app, now allows you to select photos in a specific order for sharing.
People identification features improved recognition for individuals, and it is easier to correct naming mistakes in the People album. You can also edit the date taken or location, add a caption, and learn about items detected by Visual Look Up.
Memories will suggest songs based on your Apple Music listening history that synchronize with videos and photos for a more personalized experience. Third-party apps can also offer simpler selection workflows when you grant access to specific content in the Photos library.
Apple also says that the initial sync of iCloud Photos on a new device is faster in iOS 15.
From now on, in iOS 15, the Wallet app will support additional types of keys, such as office, home, hotel room key cards.
The Wallet app is also expanding its support for car keys, using now Ultra-Wideband to unlock, lock, and start your car without having to take your iPhone out of your pocket.
Ultra-Wideband also gives precise spatial awareness, meaning that iOS will stop you from locking your car while your iPhone is inside or start your vehicle when your iPhone is outside.
Wallet now supports remote keyless entry controls, allowing you to lock or unlock your car, honk your horn, preheat your car, or open your trunk.
Starting later in 2021, customers in participating states in the U.S. will be able to add their driver’s licenses or state IDs to the Wallet app. According to. Apple, the Transportation Security Administration is working to enable airport security checkpoints as the first place customers can use their digital Identity Card in Wallet. Safari also supports adding multiple passes to Wallet in one action instead of having to manually add one pass at a time.
The Weather app now features more graphical displays for weather data, a full-screen map, and a dynamic layout that changes based on outside conditions.
Apple has redesigned the Weather app’s animated backgrounds to more accurately reflect the sun’s current position and precipitation conditions. There are also notifications to highlight when rain or snow starts and stops.
In iOS 15, the Health app has a new sharing tab that allows users to share their selected health data with family or caregivers.
Lab results have been enhanced with descriptions, highlights, and the option to pin results for quick access. COVID-19 immunizations and test results can be stored in the Health app using a QR code from a healthcare provider.
The Health app also adds Walking Steadiness as a new metric to help manage fall risk. Health can now detect Trends, drawing users’ attention to meaningful changes in personal health metrics.
The Find My app introduces new abilities to help locate a lost device that has been turned off or erased using the Find My network.
A family member or friend who chooses to share their location with you will now continuously live-stream their location to provide a sense of direction and speed.
Apple is adding Find My network support to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, and there is a new Find My widget for an at-a-glance look at locations. There are also new Separation Alerts to notify a user if they leave an AirTag, Apple device, or Find My accessory network behind in an unfamiliar location.
Notes in iOS 15 feature user-created tags to conveniently sort and categorize notes in new ways. There is a Tag Browser to tap combinations of tags and quickly view tagged notes.
There are also new custom folders that automatically collect notes based on tags. For shared notes, it is now possible to mention other users to notify one another of updates, and an all-new Activity view shows the recent edit history.
See also: iOS 15 Tips & Tricks – You Will Actually USE !
These are all the features that iOS 15 is bringing to us this fall!
I hope that you found this to be useful! 🙂