Apple previews iOS 15 with enhanced productivity and privacy features, will grace 20 devices this fall including iPhone 6S and iPhone SE 1st gen
Apple unveiled its latest iOS iteration, iOS 15 at WWDC21. iOS 15 brings quite a few changes to enhance productivity and communication. Most of iOS 15's changes seem to be app-centric with little UI changes, which is a good thing.
Prominent among them is Focus — a feature that filters notifications and apps based on preset modes including Personal, Work, and Sleep apart from Do Not Disturb. A Focus preset, built-in or custom, selected on one Apple device automatically syncs with other Apple devices. Users can also customize their Home Screen to show only apps relevant to a particular Focus preset.
iOS 15 also brings a new notifications experience that includes app icons and contact photos. Apple said that iOS 15 uses on-device intelligence to understand which notifications are a priority and arranges them first. The same on-device intelligence also powers features such as Live Text, new Spotlight search, and integration of Memories with Apple Music to offer song suggestions for personalizing photos.
Apple also showed off improvements coming to the Maps app. The new update offers enhanced navigation and details for neighborhoods, commercial districts, elevation, and landmarks along with a new moonlit glow night mode. In select cities, Maps also offers a 3D driving experience, and users can now hold up their iPhone to deliver directions in augmented reality.
The Wallet app is getting a new update too. Wallet already supports digital car keys and now gets Ultra Wideband support, which means users simply need to walk to their vehicles to unlock them without having to actually remove the iPhone from the pocket. Wallet can now also store home keys, hotel keys, etc. and soon, driver's license and state IDs.
Other features include updated FaceTime experiences that are also coming to iPad and Mac (and also to Windows and Android devices via the web), SharePlay, a redesigned Safari browser, Mail Privacy Protection, App Privacy Report, new Weather and Notes apps, and more.
Developer builds of iOS 15 are now being seeded with a public beta expected next month. The public release of iOS 15 will arrive this fall for 19 iPhone models starting from the iPhone 6S including iPhone SE 1st gen and iPhone SE 2nd gen along with the iPod Touch 7th gen.