- iOS 15 includes revamped Notifications, Maps, and Safari and FaceTime updates
- Apple’s new software update rolls out to Apple phones on the iPhone 6S and newer
- The Cupertino tech giant last week revealed its latest flagship device, the iPhone 13
Apple has released its new software update, iOS 15, today, complete with a generous array of features for Maps, Safari, FaceTime and more.
The new update, which came out in June, includes the capability of FaceTime with Android and a new Live Text tool that can recognize handwriting from photos.
There’s also a new look at notifications, including contact photos and larger app icons, to make them easier to identify.
Today’s release of iOS 15, as well as iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 for tablets and smartwatches, comes ahead of the release of iPhone 13 this Friday.
The latest flagship phone from Apple was revealed by the tech giant last week.
Instead of being limited to newer devices, iOS 15 runs on all Apple phones from the 2015 iPhone 6S and newer.
iOS 15 includes FaceTime capability with Android, a new Live Text tool that can recognize handwriting from photos, and a new Safari experience
iPhone users can install the update by going to the Settings app on their device, before tapping on General and then Software Update.
Here’s a look at some of the most exciting updates coming with the new OS.
FaceTime is included in Apple’s new iOS 15. got the biggest upgrade with
Apple’s iOS 15 brings the biggest update to FaceTime.
It includes 3D audio, which is like surround sound but multiplied.
Portrait mode is coming which blurs the background making the user stand out.
SharePlay will let users watch movies, listen to music or search the web simultaneously via FaceTime.
The update also added features that pit FaceTime against Zoom.
Users can now send a videoconference link along with a schedule and access number.
The chat box is also arranged in the form of a grid for better viewing.
Most notably, iOS 15 is revamping FaceTime with new features aimed at engaging users in a better way.
Improvements include 3D audio, Portrait Mode that blurs the background to make the subject of the call more prominent, and a Grid view, which shows people in equal-sized tiles on a FaceTime call.
Users can also watch and listen to the same movies and music with friends through a new update called SharePlay.
SharePlay allows users to enjoy the same movie or music over FaceTime using just their iPhone or iPad.
The feature is compatible with Apple TV and Apple Music, as well as Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Twitch, TikTok, and other content.
Keep up FaceTime conversations while watching TV shows and movies, listening to music, or sharing your screen with SharePlay, says Apple.
‘It’s a whole new way to experience family and friends no matter the distance.’
Even with iOS 15, FaceTime is supported on Windows and Android devices through a browser, rendering it the first time that Apple’s proprietary video calling platform is available on other platforms.
In other words, FaceTime users with an iPhone can send friends and family a link to connect over FaceTime, whether they’re using Windows or Android.
Another new feature called Live Text is very impressive – it is able to recognize and scan text captured in photos.
It lets users convert handwritten notes into emails, for example, as well as copy text and find it online.
Apple says: ‘Live Text intelligently unlocks the rich and useful information in images, so you can make calls, send emails or get directions with just one tap on the highlighted text in the photo’
Apple says the feature is enabled using ‘deep neural networks’ and ‘on-device intelligence’.
‘Text is now fully interactive across all your photos, so you can use functions like copy and paste, lookup and translate,’ Apple says.
‘Works in Live Text Photos, Screenshots, Quick Look and Safari and Live Preview with the camera.’
Apple has also equipped iOS 15 with a new feature called Focus, which hides apps that usually distract users.
Focus lets users decide how notifications will appear on their devices and can automatically filter notifications based on what they’re doing.
Notifications will also look a little different after iOS 15 downloads – they’ll have pictures and larger icons. It’s part of Apple’s new Focus feature that lets users decide how notifications appear on their iPhone or iPad.
This includes times when certain notifications will pop up, such as reminding them while working or allowing them on the go.
Apple describes a single ‘focus’ as a category about which users can choose to receive notifications. For example, if they have selected a ‘Fitness’ focus, they will receive updates from their fitness-themed apps.
“Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to focus or move away,” Apple says.
‘Choose a focus that allows only the notifications you want – you can work while in the zone or enjoy a distraction-free dinner.’
Maps in iOS 15 guides you to your destination with step-by-step directions you can view in augmented reality
It looks like Apple is hoping to win back some iPhone users who have started using Google Maps.
A new Apple Maps for iOS 15 includes ‘incredible new details’ for streets, neighborhoods, trees, buildings and more.
There are new details such as filter lanes, crossings and bike lanes, as well as street level approaches on the approach to complex interchanges.
A new dedicated driving map, meanwhile, helps users see current incidents and traffic conditions at a glance.
Finally, step-by-step instructions can be viewed in augmented reality. In other words, holding an iPhone with Maps open will indicate the road you want to go down when you follow the directions.
In the meantime, a redesigned Safari experience includes: New tab bar at the bottom of the screen…