Apple has made official the arrival date of the new iOS 15, the company’s iPhone operating system update. The new OS version will be available for all supported models from September 20, 2021.
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Today (20), therefore, is the big day and compatible cell phone owners will be able to install iOS. The update is available from 2 pm, American time, and will be sent automatically to enabled devices. Remember that checking the system update menu after two in the afternoon this Monday can speed up the process.
In the system announcement event, greater emphasis was placed on the features of the platform itself. There have been significant improvements in issues related to notifications, privacy, and interface designs, macOS Big Sur-inspired look, new Health and accessibility app features, and performance improvements.
According to Apple, the focus of the new iOS 15 are the four topics:
- stay connected
- find focus
- use intelligence
- explore the world
The P2RIC prepared a list of the major changes confirmed during the launch event of the new Apple operating system.
iOS 15: What’s New in Notifications
One of the main innovations is the change in how the user will deal with notifications: a new menu with personalized and more complete options will be available. These functions will make it possible to set various statuses to determine how the system handles notifications whether the user is driving, at work or during non-working hours.
For example: when sleeping, all audible and vibrating alerts will be turned off, connections will be disabled and economy mode will be turned on to save battery power.
If you prefer, you can also customize the status, making the solution simplified and with more possibilities than the existing in iOS 14/iOS 14.5. If you don’t want to be interrupted by personal WhatsApp messages at work, but need to use the Business version, just create a specific configuration that blocks the first one and authorizes the second one.
Interestingly, this mode uses location to suggest changes. Upon arriving at the gym, for example, he may recommend that notifications related to physical activities be kept, while all others are omitted. That way, you would be able to concentrate better on training.
The most interesting part of all this is the connectivity: all devices will be synchronized with these new settings. So if you choose to restrict Facebook notifications between 9 am and 7 pm, this same setting will apply to your Apple Watch and iMac if they all share the same account.
iOS 15: Improved FaceTime
FaceTime will now have several improvements to make conversations even more immersive and effective. The Spatial Audio technology, already present in Apple Music, is now available for voice and video conversations, providing a differentiated quality for calls.
The app brought a feature called Voice Isolation to allow you to cancel out the background sounds and focus on the speaker’s voice. Even in noisy public environments, the microphone will only search for the person who is closest to the device’s microphone, which will improve the quality of the conversation.
Another key innovation is FaceTime’s chat link: it can be sent to anyone and accessed from other devices, including Android and Windows devices (both via browser).
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Also, the addition of SharePlay can work with third-party applications and streaming services using an API available to developers. Apple already works with Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok and Twitch, among others. This will allow people to make video calls to watch a new episode of their favorite series together or watch a basketball game together.
iOS 15: more privacy features
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An announced new feature is a tracking blocker for emails. With just one selector, it will be possible to restrict this type of silent tracking in the Mail app. This way, the other party will not be able to know if you opened the email, nor the day, time or place where it happened.
An app called App Privacy Report will show you a report of everything programs installed on your iPhone have accessed in the last seven days, including photos, location, camera and other data. This should reveal what kind of information the apps have access to to allow more user awareness of their online privacy.
The Privacy Report will also be applied to Safari to show how the app has acted in protecting the user’s online security, such as blocking trackers used for advertising purposes and to monitor user behavior.
iOS 15: Messages reworked
Apple plans to increase the pool of active users on the Messaging app, which is currently only popular in the US and a few countries. The iMessage feature, an instant messenger supported only across Apple devices, will act more as a social media to compete directly with WhatsApp and Telegram .
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The Messaging app will now include new ways to easily access the content people send you. The Shared Stacks function will take the images downloaded from this program to the News and Photos applications.
iOS 15: Photos Smarter
One of the coolest additions to the new iOS are new features that land in the Photos app. Now it has a new OCR feature to recognize text in images. Apple promises that the system’s artificial intelligence can identify all types of text to enable the user to select and copy what is written.
Photos now also appear in Spotlight search for easier finding. Instead of the filename, a thumbnail shows what it looks like. And an interactive memory feature was introduced, with the possibility of reviewing events such as a presentation on canvas, with background music that adapts to the system and other cool options.
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iOS 15: More Detailed Apple Maps
Another new feature of the new system is a visual redesign of Apple Maps. It now shows streets in much more detail such as crosswalks, boulevard widths, reliefs and turnarounds. There is also more information about buildings, commercial regions, historical monuments and more.
New public transport features are also present, such as notifications when to disembark. A feature built into the camera will allow you to use augmented reality to locate your location: just point it and the app shows you which place you should go to get to your destination.
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This new Apple Maps interface was already present in some countries, such as the US, and now arrives in Spain and Portugal this Monday — Australia and Italy should receive the novelty by the end of this year.
iOS 15: More realistic weather
Another visual addition to iOS 15 was the Weather app. In the layout part, it shows dozens of background combinations depending on the weather of your current location. If it’s too hot, the background will show a sunny day and a blue sky, but in case of torrential rain the appearance will leave everything gray and streaked on the screen.
In addition to the revamped look, the app will feature a ton of new new data such as pollution level, wind speed, atmospheric pressure and more.
iOS 15: iCloud +
iCloud, Apple’s cloud data-sharing service, has also gained intelligence-related functions. The service will allow the connection of home security cameras in an unlimited way, without the video recording harming its storage.
It also introduces some privacy features like Private Relay . This new feature works like a VPN to route internet traffic through two streams in order to mask who is browsing and where the data is coming from.
Hide My Email also comes with the new feature and allows you to create one-time email addresses that will be forwarded to your real account. This way, you can provide a specific email to receive junk email from unreliable services or services that regularly send spam. Apple already offers a similar feature through Sign In With Apple, but this looks like an improved function.
iOS 15: Health and Accessibility app
The new iOS 15 accessibility features were already anticipated by Apple in May, so there were no surprises in this segment. The focus here is on making the iPhone more accessible for people with physical, visual, hearing and cognitive impairments, with sensors that detect eye tracking, hand movement — through the Apple Watch, with heart sensor help to detect subtle movement — and enhancements of VoiceOver.
Voice will also be an ally for new system commands, such as screen display settings, customizing Memoji and changing text size, and can be adjusted for those with speech difficulties or limited mobility.
The Health app also brought new features aimed at those who want a healthier life. The main novelty might be the long-awaited food tracking, whose function is to help the user to have more adequate meals, with greater control over calories, an intake report and healthy food recommendations.
iOS 15: Fitness+
With a focus on more health, driven by the sedentary lifestyle of the pandemic, Apple re-introduced its app aimed at performing physical exercise. Fitness+ will use iWatch as a monitor to track daily activities such as your heart rate, steps and calories burned.
Apparently, there will be several types of content for those who want to have a healthier life, such as Yoga, localized gymnastics, Pilates, stretching and more. The Fitness + app will be available for iPhone, iPad, iWatch and Apple TV, with the possibility of a free trial subscription per month and official arrival in Brazil.
The new system from Apple also arrives adapted to the larger screens of iPads. Apple was very excited about this update, which may have been impacted by impressive data on its tablet sales growth — three times more than Chromebooks and six times more than Android tablets.
Center Stage was the main innovation: a suite of applications for editing photos and videos, with a focus on social networks such as TikTok. The interesting part is the integration between these apps, as a real multimedia center for audiovisual adjustment.
The system will focus on adjusting widgets, Quick Notes (for quick notes) and the possibility of splitting the screen into parts to run different contents on the same display. Check out the in-depth article prepared by the p2ric team about iPadOS 15:
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iOS 15: Which iPhones Will Get the Update
New iOS updates tend to include a long list of older generations, ensuring the durability of iPhone models released a few years ago. According to Apple, devices compatible with iOS 15 are as follows:
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
After eight beta versions and a lot of back and forth, Apple finally released iOS 15 officially. What did you think of Apple’s news on the new iOS? Are you excited to download it? Leave your opinion in the comments below.