iOS 15

iOS 15 is a genius and has some really powerful new features

Apple announced the next generation of its flagship iOS operating system at WWDC 2021. The iOS 15 upgrade brings some powerful new features that elevate the experience of being connected. iOS 15 includes updates to FaceTime, new Focus features, updates to the Wallet, Weather, and Maps app, and a major update to iMessage and a lot better on-device intelligence. The new update though did not a UI revamp like a lot of people were expecting.

FaceTime and SharePlay

FaceTime Apple’s video calling/conferencing app got some major updates. FaceTime now supports Spatial Audio making you sound more natural and dynamic. The video calling app also adds new modes that let users separate their voices from the background, allowing the conversation to be a lot more clear and noise-free. iOS 15 also adds a new portrait mode to FaceTime which blurs the background and brings focus on the person.

iOS 15 Facetime

SharePlay allows users to share experiences in real-time with those who matter. Users can now live share music from the Apple Music app, watch movies and tv on the Apple TV+ app, or sharing your phone screen to share from other apps and websites, all in real-time sync so you can enjoy the content together. Apple also released a SharePlay API allowing third-party apps to be used with FaceTime.

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Apple also now allows iPhone users to FaceTime their friends, family, and colleagues who use Android and Windows Devices using their web browser. (Note android and windows devices can not start a FaceTime call, they can only join one using the link shared to them)

New Notifications

Notifications on iOS have been a bit messed up earlier but Apple now claims to have made it a lot better.iOS 15 brings new redesigned notifications which now will have contact photos for people and larger icons for app notifications.

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Using on-device intelligence in iOS 15 notifications are arranged based on priority with messages from people notified at the top, and notifications that aren’t as important being added to a notification summary that can be read when you are free. These notifications are based on how and how much users react to an app.

A redesigned Safari experience

Safari now gets a one-hand usage-friendly UI that brings all the controls and also the Address bar at the bottom of the screen. This new bottom tab bar floats over the bottom when required and hides into a compact UI when not. Users can now swipe on the tabs bar towards left or right to go to the next or last tab. While on the latest tab swiping towards the left will open a new tab. The start page also is now customizable and users can save Tab groups which can be accessed through all their devices.


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iOS 15 brings a new system-wide filter that Apple calls Focus. Focus allows users to focus on notifications and apps based on what the user is doing. This feature works through iCloud on every Apple device. This feature uses on-device intelligence to allow notifications only from people and apps that are important at the moment.

Maps, Wallet, and Weather

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Apple Maps in iOS 15 contains a significant amount of detail about cities, lanes, and over and under ways which can now be viewed in 3D with a beautifully designed 3D world. The Navigation UI shows a 3D view of the surroundings giving a better understanding of turn lanes, medians, bike lanes, crosswalks, etc.

Apple Wallet adds support for New Keys for a lot of third-party companies like Walt Disney World, Hayaat Hotels, etc along with car keys which were added last year. The wallet app can now also legally hold your IDs like Driver’s Licence in the participating US States.

The iOS 15 Weather app also gets a major UI revamp with new background animations and a lot more weather data that can be easily accessed and viewed in the Weather app.

On Device Intelligence, Live Text, Offline Siri, improved spotlight, and more.

Apple has always been promoting on-device intelligence unlike Google and others who keep pushing cloud-based processing.

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This genius iOS 15 allows the photos app to treat text in photos like traditional text, allowing users to directly select and copy text from photos. Users can also lookup about things in their surroundings using just the camera app and the crazy Apple Neural Engine.

Spotlight Now uses intelligence to search photos by location, people, scenes, or objects. Spotlight can also find text in photos and videos using Live Text. Spotlight search now also can search images on the web, and all-new rich results for actors, musicians, TV shows, movies, and music. Contacts in spotlight also get results from recent conversations, shared media, and location if they have shared it using Find My.

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The photos app now integrates with the Apple Music service to create beautiful memories with perfect music from apple music, the on-device intelligence adjusts the pace of the memories to match the beats in the playing music.

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