Perhaps a little stranger is the integration between Apple Music and the Photos app. When you open the Photos app and navigate to the For you tab, you’ll be greeted with a new version of Memories – this feature automatically generates a mini-movie of specific trips or events and automatically chooses a relevant song from Apple Music (but only if you have a music service subscription) . You can personalize the movie as you watch it by increasing the beat, changing songs, changing filters, or swapping frames. It’s not far from a Google Photos feature introduced in 2018, but Apple gives you much more control with the integration of music here.
Safari is now easier to use with one hand. The URL bar is now located at the bottom and it hides as you scroll to maximize your screen space. You’ll notice that Safari looks a lot more like the interface of macOS or your iPad on the new tab page – there are your favorite websites, your reading list, and content shared with you. You can easily browse the tabs and group them together. And finally, for the first time, Safari extensions are coming to iOS. These are available through the App Store, but don’t expect every extension you use on a computer to be present just yet.
Speaking of travel, the improved version of Apple Maps launched by the company last year is now rolling out in four new countries: Spain, Portugal, Italy and Australia. Apple’s map data becomes even more detailed in iOS 15. You’ll find more street-level detail in shopping districts, elevation information in cities, and custom designs for landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. As you drive, Maps now displays road junctions in 3D so you have a better idea of which lane you need to be on. These features will also arrive on CarPlay later in 2021.
If you’re using public transportation, Maps will tell you when to get off, and if you’re not sure which direction to head once you get off the bus or outside the metro station, just point your phone at the buildings in front. you to have the one from Apple. augmented reality is leading the way. It’s similar to AR Live View in Google Maps.
Shared with you
Items that your friends share in Messages are now in a new “Shared with you” section in some apps. For example, if someone shares multiple photos from a trip you’ve been on, those images will reside in the new Shared with You section in the Photos app. If you receive a news article, you can find it in a Shared with you section in Apple News. The idea is to give you another chance to see what your friends and family have sent, in case you haven’t.The new Shared With You sections are available in Apple Photos, News, Podcasts, Safari, TV and Music.
When using Spotlight, the search bar that appears when you swipe your finger across the home screen, you’ll notice a new design with more details when you search for contacts, celebrities, and movies. Moreover, you can search your photos and use it to install new apps. You can now easily access it directly from the lock screen, simply by swiping down on the screen.
With the Apple Health app, you can now share your health data with family members or caregivers. This way, they can easily keep tabs on metrics and receive notifications for any unusual trends over time. There is also a new gait stability measure that regularly analyzes your risk of falling.
You can also store your Covid-19 test results and vaccination records in the app. If the specific medical location or vaccine supplier does not support this feature, you can download the record using a QR code or browser and store it in the Health app to access it at any time.
This new service is available to anyone already subscribed to iCloud without price change. It adds the ability for you to generate one-off burner emails when you sign up for a web service; Extends HomeKit Secure Video Support; and adds a feature called iCloud Private Relay (currently available in beta with a final release coming soon), which encrypts all internet traffic leaving your device so that no one can see your data, much like a VPN.
Other new features
There are tons of other features in iOS 15. Here are a few more that stand out.
- ICloud backup: You can temporarily back up your data to iCloud, even if you don’t have enough storage, to transfer your data to a new iPhone.
- Weather application: Apple bought the popular Dark Sky weather app last year, and it looks like we’re finally seeing the fruits of that acquisition now. The Weather app has a new design, with more detailed graphics, a background that more accurately adapts to current weather conditions, and access to high-resolution weather maps.
- Messages: Rather than scrolling through a long message of multiple photos, iMessage now neatly organizes many images (sent simultaneously) into a stack that you can browse. To view them all at once, you can also tap the collage icon.
- Visual search: Just like Google Lens, you can point the camera at landmarks, plants, pets, or books, and get information about whatever you’re looking at.
- Mail privacy protection: This feature prevents senders from seeing if you have opened an email and hides your IP address and location.
- Siri: Talking to Siri in iOS 15 is more secure than ever because your audio never leaves your device. You can control a variety of functions on the device without an internet connection, like asking Siri to turn on dark mode or set an alarm, and it will work much faster.
Apple showcased the majority of the new features available in iOS 15 at its global developer conference last summer, but not all of them are available at launch. Below are a few that have been delayed.
With SharePlay, you’ll be able to share movies, music, and your screen with anyone you use FaceTiming with. Want to listen to a new album with your friend at the same time? You can import songs from Apple Music. Maybe you want to watch a movie with your long distance partner while video chatting? Easy. You can stream the movie to your TV at the same time to watch it on the big screen.
Apple initially retired the feature in August just before its beta 6. In an email to those with Apple developer accounts, the company confirmed that SharePlay will be “disabled for use in their initial versions” and that it “will be released to the public in software updates later this fall.”