Apple just released iOS 15, their latest version of the iPhone operating system, and it’s packed with new features. Whether you’re updating your phone or getting a new one, these are the top features to check out when you first turn on your new phone or tablet. And if you want to make the most of your device right away, here are some ways to do that as well!
With iOS 15, you can now create custom shortcuts. This means you can now automate tasks that you normally do manually. For example, you can create a shortcut to send a message to your spouse when you leave work. To do this, simply create a new shortcut and add the steps needed to complete the task. Then, whenever you want to run the shortcut, just tap the shortcut icon and it will automatically perform the steps for you.
iOS 15 brings some major changes to ARKit, the software that powers Apple’s augmented reality experiences. With iOS 15, ARKit will be able to detect people and their approximate location, allowing for more realistic and interactive AR experiences. Additionally, Apple is introducing a new ARKit+ which will allow developers to create even more immersive AR experiences. Finally, with iOS 15, your iPhone will be able to automatically switch between light and dark mode based on the time of day. If you don’t want this feature, it can be turned off in Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors. When enabled, the phone’s color scheme will change from black backgrounds and white text to white backgrounds and black text at night.
As with all previous versions of iOS, there are many improvements across other apps such as Photos or Safari. For instance, when viewing a website in Safari, tapping on an image will now bring up that image full-screen within Safari itself (a la using an actual photo viewer). Speaking of photos, users who have iCloud Photo Library enabled will see improved syncing with thumbnails appearing almost instantly after taking a picture rather than waiting for them to upload first.
There are also lots of enhancements coming to Siri and Spotlight Search, but these only apply if you have certain devices like the iPhone 6S or newer models running iOS 11. You can read about those features in our review here. But what does this mean for Android? Simply put, nothing good. Apple has created a formidable mobile operating system that offers better privacy protection, speedier performance, superior navigation and design quality—in addition to being available on a variety of devices ranging from iPhones to iPads.
Android has been struggling for years to improve its OS against the mighty competition posed by iOS 15—to no avail so far. Now Google is bringing out Android O later this year and hoping that it’ll do better against its rival in terms of reliability and user experience–and provide better interoperability with third party hardware like wearables.
With iOS 15, you’ll be able to take advantage of new features like Measure, which allows you to quickly and easily get measurements of objects around you using your iPhone’s camera. Plus, your iPhone will be getting a few new looks with the update, including a refreshed Home Screen and revamped Control Center. Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 15! – Are you ready for some more?
- There are three main updates coming in iOS 15
- First up is something called Measure that can help measure anything from an object on a table to the size of your room
- Next up is an updated Home Screen that includes an all-new App Store, and redesigned icons for Messages, Mail, Maps, Music, Notes and more
- And finally we have revamped Control Center
- Which now gives you one place to access all your most important settings – Simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to find things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb and more
- Speaking of Control Center… these icons will now rearrange based on what you use the most
- One other big change is Apple Pay. You can now use it without having to type in your card information or enter a security code each time
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- To use Apple Pay with iOS 15 just hold down the side button until you feel haptic feedback or see Paying at the top of your screen
- Once this happens either double tap it or drags it across the fingerprint scanner to complete payment – Another interesting feature coming in iOS 15 is Raise to Wake
- Whenever you pick up your phone it will automatically light up the screen and show any notifications you might have received since last viewing it
- And if you’re looking for even more details on what’s happening with your battery life, then good news! We’ve got something special for you too. All of our iPhones are now equipped with Low Power Mode so they last longer than ever before
iOS 15 introduces a new feature called Screen Time. With Screen Time, you can see how much time you spend on your iPhone and set limits for yourself. You can also see which apps you use the most and set limits for them. Screen Time will help you manage your time better and make sure you’re using your iPhone in a healthy way. You’ll get notifications when it’s time to switch to another app or when it’s time to put down your phone.
All of this data is private, and only accessible by you – there are no third-party ads or share data that could compromise privacy.
We think this is an important update because of its potential impact on our mental health; we need tools like Screen Time to build healthier habits so we can have more fulfilling lives offline too!
In iOS 15, notifications will be more interactive and customizable. You’ll be able to see more information at a glance, and you can even respond to messages directly from the notification. Plus, you can now group notifications by app, so you can keep your home screen tidy. And if you’re in need of some downtime, you can set a schedule for when apps should send notifications.
If any of this sounds familiar, it’s because Android’s been doing it for years. It’s nice to see Apple catching up with its competitors in this area. I’m looking forward to playing around with these new features as soon as I get my hands on a beta version of iOS 15.
Changes in FaceTime
iOS 15 brings a host of new features to FaceTime, including the ability to share your screen with other callers, use Portrait Mode for more flattering video chats, and take advantage of Spatial Audio. You’ll also be able to use FaceTime links to join group calls from Messages and Calendar. As for what will change on your iPhone, FaceTime will now take up less storage space thanks to improvements in compression.
But if you’re looking forward to sending audio messages or making group FaceTime calls via Messages or Calendar, you’ll need an iPad or iPod touch because these functions are not supported on the iPhone. Another feature that’s not available on the iPhone is the automatic detection of smiles so that they can be used as Animoji – this could potentially come at a later date, though.
When viewing shared content, Apple has tweaked Safari so that it remembers where you left off when scrolling down. And Photos has been updated with some powerful new editing tools for tweaking RAW images before sharing them online.
It’s not all about changes though; there are plenty of new things coming too. Apple Music has been overhauled and split into three apps – one for music, one for podcasts, and one for video content (previously housed within iTunes).
The Maps app has been redesigned too; it looks cleaner than before and comes with a host of new navigation features such as lane guidance during turn-by-turn navigation. And there’s even support for Apple Pay in the Maps app so that you can make payments without leaving the app.