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This article was published on June 7, 2021


All the new iOS 15 features coming to your iPhone

Coming to your iPhone later this year

All the new iOS 15 features coming to your iPhone
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Apple hosted its second all-virtual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in two years. And as always, iOS updates were one of the main talking points of the event.

Here’s a look at all iOS 15 features the company announced today at the event:

  • Apple is introducing spatial audio to facetime to make you feel like you’re sitting in the same room as the other callers.
  • A new voice isolation feature will separate your voice from background noise. And wide spectrum mode will let your mic pick everything around you.
  • Facetime will also have portrait mode to blur your background.
  • You can now schedule calls with Facetime Link, and your friends join in from web and Android.
  • SharePlay will let you listen to music and watch movies or videos together on apps such as Disney+, TikTok, HBO Max, or Hulu.
Apple SharePlay
  • Apple’s News app will have a “Shared with you” section that’ll pick up articles your friends share with you via iMessage.
  • Apple Music and Photos also picks up content your contacts shared with you in your iMessage conversation.
  • Shared with you also works with Safari, Podcasts, and Apple TV.
  • New notifications will have larger icons for apps and larger pictures for contacts.
  • A new notification summary to catch up with notifications from your apps at your own time. However, notifications from people won’t show up in this.
  • As rumored earlier, you can set up profiles such as home and work. Under these profiles, you can set up custom apps and contacts that can get through you when a particular profile. These notification permissions will be reflected across all your devices.

                                     iOS 15 new notifications

  • A new Live Text feature lets you scan and copywritten text anywhere — something Google Assistant does pretty well.
  • You can scan your existing photos to look for information such as the breed of a cat or a location of a restaurant.
  • Spotlight search will now allow you to search for photos and even text within them.
Photos search in Spotlight search
  • Memories in the Photos app will now let you sync music from Apple Music to create clips.
  • Apple Wallet will let you add keys to your home and hotel room and sign-in cards to your office.
  • The company will let you add government-issued IDs in selected states in the US.
Apple Wallet ID
  • Apple’s new version of Maps is coming to Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Australia later this year.
  • The driving mode has details such as biking lanes, turn, and bus lanes.
  • Now you can scan buildings to give you transit directions in AR — just like Google Maps.

iOS 15 will roll out later this year.

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