Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 15, the next version of its operating system for iPhone users. The company says it designed iOS 15 with four different things in mind. The update was presented by Apple VP Craig Federighi. Here’s what’s new.
Federghi says that iOS 15 was created with these four focuses:
Exploring the world
iOS 15 includes a handful of new features for FaceTime, including new features to help it compete with services like Zoom.
Spatial Audio support
Grid view for videos
Portrait mode for videos
Join FaceTime calls from the web on Android and Windows
SharePlay for sharing content during FaceTime, including screen shoaring, music, and more
SharePlay can work with third-party apps and streaming services using an API available to developers. Apple is already working with Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, NBA, Twitch, and more.
Apple has also announced new features for Messages, including new ways to easily access content that people send you. Shared Stacks will bring over content from Messages to the News app and Photos app.
Notification summary can be delivered at anytime you choose.
When you enable Do Not Disturb, your status will be shown to other people via the Messages app
Notification design has been revamped with larger icons for improved glanceability
You can set different “Focus” statuses that change your Home Screen, notification preferences, and more.
The Photos app now includes a new OCR feature for recognizing text. Apple says the feature uses AI to detect text images automatically.
Photos also now appear in Spotlight search.
New interactive memories feature
Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey is here to talk us through new features in the Wallet app.
iOS 15 includes new keys for your home and work in the Wallet app, as well as automatic hotel keys, Hyatt to roll out Apple Wallet support to hotels later this year
Identify cards are coming to Apple Wallet later this year, encrypted and safely stored in the Secure Enclave
The Weather app has been redesigned with a ton of new data
Layout design of the Weather app changes based on the weather in your current location
New Apple Maps interface coming to Spain and Portugal today and to Australia and Italy later this year
A variety of design updates for Apple Maps to bring a ton more details for cities in commercial districts, buildings, and more.
New Nearby Transit features for Apple Maps as well, notifications for when to disembark