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. On Monday during an online keynote for , Apple’s annual The company has previewed iOS 15, the next major version of the software for the iPhone. It’s a sequel to last year’s iOS 14 and will be released in full this fall and should be on its debut. .
iOS 15 brings a ton of new features, improvements, and customizations. FaceTime is bigger with zoom-like features. This includes a link that allows Android and Windows users to join FaceTime video calls through the browser. You can give your phone a series of less important notifications and send them to you as a notification summary. Live Messages is Apple’s version of Google Lens. You can watch videos and listen to music with friends over FaceTime calls. Messages can collect and organize links and content so you can watch them all at once, however you want. You can also add your driver’s license in Apple’s Wallet app.
The upgrade in iOS 15 breaks down into four main themes: Stay Connected, Find the POI, Use Intelligence, and Explore the World. Apple’s fast, feature-rich preview on Monday contrasts with the sober reality. Around Apple’s iOS and App Store at the end of last year, Apple has responded.at home and abroad. company launch and new controls for ad tracking, which led to . Apple waits which is one of the largest app developers for iOS.
The developer version of iOS 15 is available for download today. A public beta will be released this summer.
iOS 15 Adds FaceTime Support for Android, Windows
one of, Apple app for video and audio calls in the past year Many of us use Hangouts to keep in touch with friends and family and collaborate with colleagues. Apps like Skype and Zoom have become the norm, while FaceTime suffers due to iOS 15 limitations, making FaceTime very similar to Zoom. up while still being weird
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said the goal with the iOS 15 update to FaceTime is to make it feel more natural and comfortable to use. You can now schedule FaceTime calls and create links in advance. FaceTime links can be accessed on Apple devices or through a browser on Android phones and Windows computers.
FaceTime’s video interface has been overhauled with a new grid view. Random size tiles are gone. Replace it with a similar sized table of all your callers. The grid view provides a quick glimpse of who is speaking. FaceTime in iOS 15 adds Portrait Mode. Like portrait mode for photos on iPhone, which separates you from the background, FaceTime turns the background of your video calls into a beautiful blur.
There are also new tools To improve audio too, FaceTime in iOS 15 supports surround sound during calls. and make your friends and family sound more natural. by giving you the effect that they are in the room with you Your microphone is smarter and can isolate your voice or amplify it to capture all the details in your surroundings. Apple shows a video of two people having a FaceTime call. Behind one person there is a child blowing a leaf. When Sound Isolation is enabled The sound of the propeller will disappear. (I don’t know how many people would give their child a blow dryer. Let’s just let them use it in their homes. But it’s a fun example.)
Watch movies, listen to music via FaceTime in iOS 15
Another new FaceTime feature, called SharePlay, lets you share your screen, music, or videos through a video call. For example, if you’re using a FaceTime call, you can play music in Apple Music and listen to it over a call with a friend. and your family This feature works with Apple Music, as well as video content from Apple TV Plus, TikTok, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Hulu, among others. Developers can add the SharePlay API to their apps. So there may be hope YouTube uses this.
Watching FaceTime videos can also be shared to your Apple TV. SharePlay adds a wealth of multitasking and integration when you’re in a FaceTime call.
The text has been redesigned and the content is more organized.
Text has been overhauled and more organized. In iMessage conversation threads, images will be displayed in a new collage format or when there are many in piles of photos. You can swipe through piles of photos from the thread view, or tap to open them all on a separate screen.
Another new feature called Share with You brings videos, music, stories to connect people who have shared with you in messages and organize them in new tabs for related apps. Apple News via iMessage. The link is automatically added to the Shared with you tab in the Apple News app. It will also show you a joint link. When you tap on that person’s name You will be taken back to that location in the message conversation with them.
Share with You also works in the Photos app. And bring photos shared with you in Messages to your Photos app. Obviously, the Photos app will import what you are there or what interests you. Screenshots and memes will not be added.
Share with You works in the following apps: Apple Music, Apple News, Apple TV, Safari, Photos, and Podcasts. You can also pin text, links, or content and have it elevated to share with you and show up in Search.
iOS 15 Overhaul Notifications Add tools to help you concentrate.
Notifications on your iPhone have been revamped to help you manage all your phone’s notifications. Notification Summary is a new feature that lets you schedule when insignificant notifications are sent. They can prioritize which is the most important. and bundle the rest for morning delivery. Siri can now automatically read scheduled messages when you’re away from your phone. For example, if you order a delivery and the item has arrived, Siri can read notifications. through your HomePod or AppleWatch.
You can also use the new Focus tool in iOS 15 to help you focus on certain things when you’re on your phone. You can choose to have only colleagues notified for apps like Mail, Calendar, or Slack. The focus tools are “Do Not Disturb,” “Private,” and “Sleep,” which you can schedule to turn on when you set your bedtime.
Live Text lets you digitize and interact with the text in your photos.
Live Messages in iOS 15 uses artificial intelligence to find text in photos or through your iPhone’s camera viewfinder. or if it is a website You can open the link. It sounds a lot like Google Lens.
In the Photos app, Live Text automatically creates a photo tag to the device-wide Spotlight search feature. With a new search feature called Visual Lookup, you search for the word “beach” and your iPhone will show you pictures with the beach or taken at the beach. This seems like a big improvement in your image search. And it might even help the Photos app keep track of the detailed photo searches you can do in Google Photos.
Add Your Driver’s License in Apple Wallet in iOS 15
The Wallet app in iOS 15 lets you add corporate keycards and driving licenses. Apple says it’s working with TSA on ways to accept them at US airports. This comes with the ability to carry credit and debit cards. Fare card, car key (for phones equipped with Apple’s U1 chip for ultra-wideband)
Something else in iOS 15
There’s a lot in iOS 15 for people like me. Digging deep into the features Go deeper and try the never-screen time hats like the new set for Memoji stickers. I’ll update this article as I find out more.