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iOS 15 offers a huge amount of new features, enhancements and enhancements. FaceTime comes with more Zoom-like features, including links that allow Android and Windows users to participate in a FaceTime video call through a browser. You can receive less important alerts on your phone and receive them as a summary of notifications. Live text is basically Google’s version of Google Lens. You can watch videos and listen to music with friends by calling FaceTime. Messages can collect and organize links and content so you can view them all at once when you choose. You can even add a driver’s license to Apple’s Wallet app.
Upgrades in iOS 15 fit into four main themes: keeping in touch, finding focus, using intelligence, and exploring the world. Apple’s quick dynamic visualization on Monday was a contrast to the sober reality around Apple’s iOS and App Store lately. Over the past year, Apple has respondedat home and abroad. The company started and new ad tracking controls, resulting in a . Apple is also waiting , one of the largest developers of iOS applications.
The iOS 15 developer version will be available for download today, with the public beta launching this summer.
iOS 15 adds support for FaceTime for Android, Windows
One of, Apple’s video and audio calling app. Over the past year, many of us have relied on video calls to keep in touch with friends and family and to collaborate with colleagues. Apps like Skype and Zoom became the norm, while FaceTime suffered from its limitations. iOS 15 makes FaceTime a bit more like Zoom, while retaining some of its oddity.
Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federigi, said the goal of updating FaceTime in iOS 15 is to make it feel more natural and comfortable to use. You can now schedule FaceTime calls and create connections in advance. Links to FaceTime can be accessed on Apple devices or through a browser on Android phones and Windows computers.
FaceTime’s video interface gets a major overhaul with a new web view. Gone are the tiles of any size, replaced by a clean grid of squares of the same size of all your callers. The web view makes it easy to see who’s talking at a glance. FaceTime in iOS 15 adds portrait mode. Like the iPhone’s portrait photo mode, which sets you apart from your background, FaceTime turns the background of your video call into a pleasant artistic blur.
There are also new tools to improve the sound. FaceTime in iOS 15 supports surround sound during a conversation and makes your friends and family sound more natural, giving the effect of being in the room with you. Your microphone becomes smarter and can isolate your voice or expand its pickup to capture all the details in your environment. Apple showed a video of two people calling with FaceTime. Behind one of the men was a child using a leaf blower. When voice isolation is activated, the sound of the sheet fan disappears. (I don’t know how many people would give their child a leaf blower, let alone use it indoors, but it was a fun example.)
Watch movies, listen to music through FaceTime on iOS 15
Another new feature of FaceTime is called SharePlay, which allows you to share your screen, music, or videos in a video call. For example, if you’re on a FaceTime conversation, you can play a song in Apple Music and listen to it while talking to friends and family. The 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 a SharePlay API to their apps, so maybe there’s hope that YouTube will accept that?
Watching video via FaceTime can also be shared on your Apple TV. SharePlay really does seem to add a wealth of multitasking and service integration when you’re talking to FaceTime.
Messages get a new design and the content is more organized
Messages get a visual change and become more organized. In a conversation thread in iMessage, photos are displayed in a new collage design or, when there are many, in a stack of photos. You can swipe through the photo stack from the stream view only, or tap to open all photos in a separate screen.
Another new feature called Shared with You, which takes videos, music and links to stories shared by people in Messages and organizes them in a new section for the application. For example, if a friend sends you a link to an Apple News story via iMessage, it is automatically added to the Shared with You tab in the Apple News app. The section not only shows the link, but also who shared it with you. When you touch the person’s name, you return to that place in your Messages conversation with him.
Shared with you also brings photos that are shared with you in Messages in your Photos app. Obviously, the Photos app will only import the ones you’re interested in. Screenshots and memes will not be added.
Shared with You works in the following applications: Apple Music, Apple News, Apple TV, Safari, Photos and Podcasts. You can also pin a message, link, or content to be promoted in Shared with you and displayed in search.
iOS 15 repairs notifications, adds tools to help you focus
Your iPhone notifications are redesigned to help you handle all your phone’s alerts. Notification Summary is a new feature that allows you to plan when to deliver minor notifications. He can prioritize which ones are most important and bring the rest together for morning delivery (or whatever time you choose). Siri can now automatically read time-sensitive messages when you don’t have your phone with you. For example, if you order food delivery and it arrives, Siri can read the notification via the HomePod or your Apple Watch.
You can also use the new Focus tool in iOS 15 to help you focus on certain things when using your phone. For example, if you’re at work, you can choose to receive notifications only from colleagues for apps like Mail, Calendar, or Slack. Other settings for the Focus tool include Do Not Disturb, Personal, and Sleep, which you can plan to turn on when you set to bed.
Live text allows you to digitize and interact with the text of your photos
Live text in iOS 15 uses artificial intelligence to find text in photos or through the camera viewfinder on your iPhone. You can copy and paste the text, or if it’s a website, you can open the link. Sounds like Google Lens.
In the Photos app, Live Text automatically generates photo tags for its Spotlight search feature across the device. With a new search feature called Visual Lookup, you search for the word “beach” and iPhone will show all photos that have a beach or were taken on the beach. This seems like a huge improvement when it comes to searching your photos, and can help the Photos app catch up on the detailed photo searches you can do in Google Photos.
Add your driver’s license to Apple Wallet in iOS 15
The Wallet app in iOS 15 allows you to add corporate key cards and driver’s licenses. Apple says it is working with TSA on ways to take it to US airports. This is due to the ability to carry credit and debit cards, transit cards and car keys (for phones equipped with Apple’s U1 chip for ultra broadband).
Everything else in iOS 15
There are so many things in iOS 15. It’s fun for people like me to delve into features and try out ones that have never had time on the screen, such as new Memoji sticker outfits. I will update this article when I find more.