On Monday, June 07 2021, Apple officially introduced its newest operating system, iOS 15. This was introduced by Apple at the Worldwide Developer Conference 2021 (WWDC) 2021. With the arrival of iOS Here are 15 of the latest features that you can experience as an iPhone user.
Now for the iPhone series that get the latest iOS 15 update, it is from the iPhone 6s series and above, meaning that previous iPhone series such as iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus etc will not be able to use this iOS 15.
Meanwhile, Apple is also updating iPadOS 15 which will target several iPad models such as iPad mini 4 and above, iPad Air 2 and above, iPad 5th generation and above, and all iPad Pro models.
So which iPhone and iPad series are getting this iOS 15 update?. Launching from Apple.com, here’s a complete list of iPhone and iPod touch models that support the iOS 15 update:
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Just to remind you again, iOS 15 further improves the performance of the iPhone. Some of the new features embedded in iOS 15 include FaceTime video calls, SharePlay features, notification features, maps features, weather features, wallet features, SIRI features, and others.
New iOS 15 Features
The Spatial Audio feature is now available on FaceTime. But what’s interesting is that Apple provides the ability to drown out surrounding noise so it doesn’t interfere with conversation.
In addition, users can create FaceTimelinks to invite friends to chat. Not only for Apple users, Android or Windows users can join by opening the link via their browser. Apple guarantees that all of these processes are secure.
It’s even more exciting with the SharePlay feature that lets us share screens, listen to music and watch movies with friends during FaceTime calls. Not only Apple services, this sharing capability can be used by third-party applications, some of which are TikTok and Disney+.
Messages in iOS 15 features new ways to share content like pictures, music, podcasts, Apple News articles, and more. Users can pin shared content to the front more easily.
To help users stay focused while doing other tasks, Apple is adding a lot of features to minimize the amount of distraction that can occur. Now comes the Notification Summary which displays a summary of the notifications they can give their users whenever they want, combining all the most important items into one message.
In Focus, there are modes that can be set for different situations. This feature can be activated depending on where the user is located. For example, the Fitness mode configured for the user while at the gym.
In an effort to help users deal with large amounts of written information, Apple is bringing Live Text. This is the automatic optical character recognition feature of the Camera app. Users can point the camera at text on a board, sign, or page, and Live Text makes it available to select, copy and paste elsewhere.
Taking advantage of machine learning, this feature is not limited to the Camera app. Live Text can be used to practically scan images, including previously captured photos and web images. This new feature includes support for seven languages, and can recognize objects and scenes.
Photos can now appear in Spotlight search results. In addition, they also improve contact search, complete by indicating whether they have activated Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. Many new cards have been included, featuring information for actors, movies, and other types of content.
Users can add songs in Apple Music in Memory, so that it can accompany photo slides to be more interesting. Apple provides Memory Mixes which allow users to edit the resulting Memory, to improve it in various ways.
In its iOS 15 update, Wallet gained the ability to use the app as digital identification at airports across the United States. After scanning a driver’s license or ID from a number of states, we will be able to use it as a digital ID with TSA, and other services. iOS 15 also includes a new lock feature for home, hotel and work in the Wallet app.
Weather now features a completely new design. There are high-res in-app maps, and new background animations. Apple also brings changes to the display based on conditions.
Maps provides a much more detailed 3D and globe view of cities. There are new road details to help drivers and more information in the Transit view.
Maps automatically follow users during transit routes and can remind you when to get off, and offer more detailed directions.
iOS 15 introduces more privacy controls to help protect user information. With on-device speech recognition, Siri request audio is now fully processed on iPhone by default, which can significantly improve performance.
Email Privacy Protection stops the sender from knowing if an email has been opened, and hides the IP address so that the sender cannot learn a user’s location or use it to profile them. The App Privacy Report offers an overview of how the app has used the access it has granted to your location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts in the last seven days, and which other domains you’ve contacted.