release date, compatible iPhones, new features, all about the update
iOS 15 has just been unveiled. Apple announces a host of major new features with the update, many of which are reserved for the most recent iPhones. Release date, list of compatible iPhones,… Here’s everything we already know about the iOS 15 update.
As expected, Apple took advantage of WWDC, the annual conference dedicated to developers, to lift the veil on the novelties of the iOS 15 update. The Cupertino giant detailed the novelties of the operating system at length during the presentation opening, broadcast live on the web.
When is the iOS 15 update released?
iOS 15 will not be released for final release until the fall; in the meantime, Apple will offer users to test the update by joining the beta program. Currently, the program is reserved for developers. The iOS 15 beta will open to the general public in July 2021.
Which iPhones are compatible with iOS 15?
All iPhones already compatible with iOS 14 will be able to install the iOS 15 update. The first generation iPhone 6s / 6S Plus and iPhone SE will therefore be able to install the new version of the interface. As always, Apple offers exemplary software support. Indeed, the iPhone 6s were released in 2015!
On the other hand, not all iPhone will be able to benefit from all the new features of iOS 15. Older models, launched before 2018, must be satisfied with a limited version of the operating system. Some new features indeed require an A12 chip at least. If you have an iPhone released before the iPhone XS, you will be deprived of a few features.
What’s new in iOS 15?
Apple adds several new features to FaceTime on iOS 15. First of all, the video and audio call service will soon be compatible with the‘spatial audio. Already added to Apple Music, this Apple technology extends the sound range of an audio track. Thanks to algorithms, FaceTime will now give you the impression that your interlocutors are in the same room as you, in different places.
Apple will also allow share a FaceTime conversation or group via a link generated directly from the app. This invitation link makes it easy to add friends to a conversion, such as on Zoom or Telegram in particular. Surprise: it is also possible to invite users on Android or Windows. FaceTime will then run in a web browser.
The American group also adds a function called “SharePlay” at FaceTime. During a conversation on FaceTime, it will be possible to share music via Apple Music. All the participants of the call will then listen to the chosen song simultaneously. Likewise, Apple allows you to watch a movie or series through Disney + or Apple TV + while on a call with your friends. iOS 15 will also allow you to share the content of your screen during a conference.
The firm has also long lingered on iMessage, the message service integrated into iPhone, iPad and Mac. From now on, photos received via the app are stored directly in the Photos app in the “Shared with you” section. This function, called “Share With You”, will be integrated into other Apple apps. iOS 15 will also allow you to pin an important message in a conversation.
With the fifteenth iteration of its mobile OS, Apple has also reworked the display of notifications on iPhone. With a soberly named option “Focus”, the update will allow customize how notifications are displayed. You can think of the option as an enhanced do not disturb mode. You can choose to let certain types of notifications filter out, for example all work-related alerts. Thanks to its algorithms, iOS 15 will also occasionally show a summary of certain notifications. These summaries will be displayed if the alert is deemed important. Obviously, the iPhone relies on artificial intelligence to study your habits and determine essential alerts.
iOS 15 also embeds a photo application reviewed. Like Google Sens, the iPhone photo app will allow you to identify text in a photo and copy and paste it. Mirroring Lens, the app will use AI to analyze visible elements, and recognizes in particular the breed of a dog or the name of an architecture. Good news, the option will be directly compatible with the French language.
Apple also takes advantage of iOS 15 to improve the Spotlight search bar. From now on, the search bar will also search within texts for photos stored on your iPhone. Obviously, Spotlight is based on the novelties of the camera.
The company also enriches Wallet application, which allows you to store keys, boarding passes or cinema tickets. The app will allow the registration of identity papers (in the United States by the end of the year) and house / office keys.
Apple continues by announcing a new Weather application. Left aside for several years, the app is entitled to a new visual interface that includes more information on weather conditions. Apple Maps Also improves with a handful of visual changes, including detailed 3D maps. At first, France is not concerned.
Apple has also made improvements to Siri. From now on, the assistant will be able to understand and answer a good number of requests without an internet connection, everything will be managed locally. For example, it will become possible to program an alarm or change applications by voice on your iPhone without a WiFi or 4G connection.
The Locate app is evolving. With the iOS 15 update, this default application will make it possible to locate an iPhone in real time even when it is turned off. Devices that have run out of battery or have been turned off by a thief will still be displayed on the map in real time.
Apple has also made changes to its “Move to iOS” app on Android. Apple took advantage of the iOS 15 update to improve its application intended to facilitate the migration between an Android smartphone and an iPhone. “Move to iOS” is now able to transfer photo albums, files, folders and accessibility settings from their Android devices to their new iPhones.
Apple is also launching a program called Digital Legacy. This service will allow users of Apple devices to designate trusted contacts who can access their data after their death. Contacts will have access to much personal data, such as photos, videos or files, but will not be able to access saved passwords and bank cards.
The Cupertino giant also takes advantage of the new version of iOS to add a nail in the coffin of passwords. IPhone users will be able to create accounts on compatible sites without ever choosing passwords. They will rely on FaceID or TouchID instead.
In addition, it will be easier to change your Apple ID password. For the moment, if you fail too many times to connect to your account, it is blocked and you have to call Apple support to regain access. From iOS 15, it will be possible to configure a “recovery contact”, which can send an authentication code in the event of a blockage.
Finally, the firm of Tim Cook evokes new features added to its AirPods with iOS 15. First, the update includes Conversation Boost, an option designed to help people with hearing loss understand what they are talking to. Concretely, the option will isolate and highlight the voice of the person.