Apple introduced iOS 15 at WWDC. The design hasn’t changed much, except for notifications, which are now much clearer and have clearer icons for easier routing. Notification aggregation has been improved, and they are prioritized by artificial intelligence, which is governed by user habits, time of day and time of application use. Urgent notifications always arrive instantly.
Notifications are now more visible, have prominent icons, and are filtered and displayed by status. Of course, urgent notifications are always displayed immediately.
In iOS 15, Apple expanded Do Not Disturb mode to specific scenarios. The function is called focus and it provides profiles for different situations, whether you are driving, working, sleeping or doing a specific activity for which you create a specific situation. The phone then prioritizes viewing of mode-related content, apps, and widgets and, if necessary, filters out unwanted alerts that can distract you. The advantage is that your focus mode can be shared with your loved ones through iMessage, so they know before sending a message that there is not a good time to communicate at the moment.
Focus is new modes that customize iPhone settings and notifications for specific situations. Setting status will be shared with those closest to them through iMessage.
A significant improvement has been made to FaceTime, which now offers a spatial audio surround sound, where, for example, during a conference call, you hear the audio coming from where the speaker icon is. You can now turn on portrait mode for a video call, which blurs your background. Also new is customizable noise cancellation, which allows you to filter out unwanted sounds during a call.
FaceTime video calls will feature spatial audio, noise filtering, in addition, it will be possible to make calls via the browser and friends using Android / Windows via the link
FaceTime finally saw the ability to create a link to a group FaceTime call that you can share with friends. With it, via FaceTime, you can now use Android, Windows or other platforms with just a web browser, as other apps do.
Calls have also been expanded to share content and activities that Apple releases on SharePlay. SharePlay allows you to share your existing music or video with your caller’s contacts simultaneously, so you can enjoy the same content together, no matter how far you are. In addition to Apple Music and TV+, the feature will also be available for Disney+, HBO Max, Tik Tok, Twitch, and other services.
SharePlay allows you to share music, watch videos, or other content with callers simultaneously.
However, engagement is much stronger across all apps. You’ll see your friends’ shared playlists on Apple Music, listen to conversations and content like your friends on Podcasts, and the Shared with Me section in Photos has been improved, where you can now share galleries that now create memorabilia enhanced with Apple Music-themed music. You can also find a selection of content that interests your loved ones in Safari or Apple News.
iOS 15 has also been expanded to include images that can now recognize text in an image that can be copied or searched for on the web. It can also search the images for the Spotlight search engine, which will help you find specific information on your phone faster. In addition to text, images can identify animals, some objects, but also some famous personalities or artists.
AI can now work with text in photos, or even search photos, and even celebrities, for example
The Safari browser has received a new design, which has moved the top URL entry bar to a floating window at the bottom, which also disappears when you scroll so it doesn’t take up space on the screen. New in the iPhone browser is also support for Safari add-ons, which should also share the same code with the macOS version.
Safari will be redesigned and supported by extensions.
With iOS 15, Apple is pushing the security level even further. The system will not only monitor the data accessed by your applications, but will also display their access list in a clear table so that you can restrict the rights of these applications if necessary. Linked to this is the new iCloud+ service, which will provide safer web browsing, email masking, or secure HomeKit videos.
In iOS 15, you can see what data your apps access. With iCloud+, you can browse the web or hide your email more securely.
Other interesting functions have been added to the system, but unfortunately they will not be available in the Czech Republic yet. For example, Apple Maps has been redesigned thanks to new 3D graphics and displays more details, including road crossings. In selected cities, there is a new AR mode for navigation. Unfortunately, we still have to take the opportunity to upload our ID or driver’s license to Apple Wallet, which will only work in the US for now.
Enhanced maps contain more details, including pedestrian crossings, moving buildings, or augmented reality navigation. However, like the virtual citizens of Apple Wallet, we will not see this news in the Czech Republic yet.
Of course, iOS 15 also includes a lot of little things that didn’t have much space during the keynote. For example, the Health app, which can use your iPhone to reanalyze your steps, including walking speed and stability, has been improved and allows you to share health data with specific contacts, which can be useful for children or the elderly, for example. example. The weather app has also been redesigned, and notes for adding hashtags, tagging people or reviews with edit history by other users has been improved.
Other mobile applications have also been redesigned.
Apple iOS 15 is available in its first developer beta starting today. The public beta will arrive in July, and the full version will be available in the fall, likely with the launch of the new iPhones. What is pleasing, however, is the backward compatibility of the system with older hardware. Apple iOS 15 will be supported from the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE (1st generation) for all newer models.