As we get closer to the September 14 Apple event, which is reported to be when the company introduces the iPhone 13, we can expect to see the release date of the newest iOS. If Apple publishes iOS 15 next week, you may be able to download it very quickly.
However, after its debut at WWDC, iOS 15 has seen several adjustments. Safari’s new look has essentially been rolled back to iOS 14, while additional features like SharePlay and Universal Control are now scheduled for a later version.
However, this does not imply that iOS 15 is a release to avoid; in fact, it is just the contrary, with improved privacy options, a new weather app, and much more.
Safari has a new design.
Since its debut at WWDC, this makeover has seen numerous iterations. While the user interface underwent significant revisions, strong user feedback resulted in a final redesign that is a hybrid of what came before and what has been polished in the months after WWDC.
The address bar will be near the bottom by default, making it much easier to grasp with your thumb, and swiping left or right on the address bar will move between any open tabs. However, if you want Safari to look the same as it always has, you can return it to its previous location.
There’s also a redesigned home screen with a wallpaper that can show any open tabs on your other Apple devices due to iCloud, as well as any website suggestions.
Tabs have also been improved in Safari on iOS 15. Tab Groups allow you to access a collection of your favorite websites at once, allowing you to stay up to date on the newest news without having to open a new tab and browse to the page. These are also synchronised across your Apple devices in the same way that individual tabs are, allowing you to open the same groups on your iPad.
Using Focus to Improve Your Workflow
You may be at work or attending an event when you do not want specific notifications to alert you to anything. This is where Focus rethinks how apps notify you when you want them to. You may program distinct Focus moments so that when you arrive at a specific location or open a specific app, the appropriate Focus is activated, allowing you to read or accomplish a project in a curated manner.
This feature is also applicable to Messages, so if someone sends you an image, it will be delivered to your smartphone but not as a notification. Focus will notify the recipient that you are busy, but if it is urgent, they can circumvent this and deliver it with a notification.
These Focus settings apply to all of your Apple devices, so any notifications will be muted at specific times of the day if necessary.
You may also configure Focus to modify your home screen when a specific scenario is enabled. This may bring other apps to the forefront that you will most likely utilize throughout that time period.
With LiveText, you may copy text from a photo.
You can be on vacation and want to go to a restaurant, but the menu is in a language you don’t understand. By taking a photograph of this on iOS 15, LiveText can determine what text is in the image and offer to translate it for you.
LiveText is a feature that may be applied to all of your previous images, as well as while you’re holding your iPhone up to an object in real time.
This is a major focus for Apple, and there are numerous new features in iOS 15 that demonstrate this.
There is an App Privacy Report that provides an overview of the installed apps on your iPhone that have used specific hardware functions such as the camera or microphone, as well as whether an app has attempted to use any personal data.
When you send email with iOS 15, your IP address is masked, so receivers don’t know whether their email was opened or deleted.
iCloud+ is another major addition in iOS 15, as is Hide My Email, which allows you to construct a random email alias to protect yourself from spam, similar to the Sign in with Apple function that debuted in iOS 12.
There’s also a Private Relay function that can disguise your IP address when browsing in Safari, but it won’t be available until iOS 15 is released.
Weather has a new day.
Following the acquisition of Dark Sky in 2019, the Weather app is undergoing a significant revamp for iOS 15. On the main screen, there are now notifications for rain, thunderstorms, and snow, as well as new animations for all weather changes.
There is now a second window that may display you considerably more data about your current location or other locations, including the timing of sunsets and sunrises, as well as the likelihood of rain in the next hour.
The weather app also has maps, so you can check the forecast in different regions to monitor the status of air quality, precipitation, and temperature.
iOS 15 supported devices
Prepare for a surprise. If your iPhone can run iOS 14, it can also run iOS 15. That comes as a bit of a surprise, given speculations previous to the release of the iOS 15 developer preview stated that the iPhone 6s and original iPhone SE were on their way out. This means that you’ll be able to run iOS 15 on hardware that debuted in 2015.
Here’s the list of supported devices according to Apple:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (original model)
- iPod Touch (seventh-generation)
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
And, of course, the iPhone 13 series will ship with iOS 15 pre-installed.
Please keep in mind that not all functions will operate with every compatible iPhone. An A12 Bionic-powered iPhone or later is required for features that demand a lot of brain processing. We’ve compiled a list of which devices will and will not work with.
If you’re concerned about iPad compatibility, keep in mind that Apple separated its phone and tablet software several years ago. Many of the features we’ll discuss here are included in iPadOS 15, as well as other iPad-specific tweaks that will be known to iOS 14 users (widgets on the home screen to give just one example). Check out our iPadOS 15 beta hands-on for more information on the software.