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iOS 15 guide

Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 15, the next version of its operating system for iPhone users. The company says it designed iOS 15 with four different things in mind. The update was presented by Apple VP Craig Federighi. Here’s what’s new.

FaceTime updates:

iOS 15 includes a handful of new features for FaceTime, including new features to help it compete with services like Zoom.

  • Spatial Audio support
  • Grid view for videos
  • Portrait mode for videos
  • FaceTime links
  • Join FaceTime calls from the web on Android and Windows
  • SharePlay for sharing content during FaceTime, including screen shoaring, music, and more

SharePlay can work with third-party apps and streaming services using an API available to developers. Apple is already working with Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, NBA, Twitch, and more.


Apple has also announced new features for Messages, including new ways to easily access content that people send you. Shared Stacks will bring over content from Messages to the News app and Photos app.


  • Notification summary can be delivered at anytime you choose.
  • When you enable Do Not Disturb, your status will be shown to other people via the Messages app
  • Notification design has been revamped with larger icons for improved glanceability
  • You can set different “Focus” statuses that change your Home Screen, notification preferences, and more.


  • The Photos app now includes a new OCR feature for recognizing text. Apple says the feature uses AI to detect text images automatically.
  • Photos also now appear in Spotlight search.
  • New interactive memories feature


  • Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey is here to talk us through new features in the Wallet app.
  • iOS 15 includes new keys for your home and work in the Wallet app, as well as automatic hotel keys, Hyatt to roll out Apple Wallet support to hotels later this year
  • Identify cards are coming to Apple Wallet later this year, encrypted and safely stored in the Secure Enclave


  • The Weather app has been redesigned with a ton of new data
  • Layout design of the Weather app changes based on the weather in your current location


  • New Apple Maps interface coming to Spain and Portugal today and to Australia and Italy later this year
  • A variety of design updates for Apple Maps to bring a ton more details for cities in commercial districts, buildings, and more.
  • New Nearby Transit features for Apple Maps as well, notifications for when to disembark

Devices compatible with iOS 15

Here’s the full list with every iPhone and iPod touch model supported by iOS 15:

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st gen)
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd gen)
  • iPod touch (7th gen)

Hands-on with iOS 15

Release date

iOS 15 is available now to developers and public beta users. It will be released to the general public in the fall.

iOS 15 Stories Today

iOS 15 Safari: How to change the address/search bar design on iPhone

Apple’s latest iOS release comes with an all-new Safari design that places the address/search bar at the bottom of the screen by default. But you can switch back to the classic iOS Safari design with a top bar. Here’s how to change the iOS 15 Safari address/search bar on iPhone.

iOS 15 Stories September 14

Following its special event on Tuesday, Apple has just announced that developers can now submit their iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 compatible apps to the App Store. System updates will be released for all users next week.

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Announced at WWDC 2021, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 beta have been available to developers and users registered in the Apple Beta Software Program since June. Following Apple’s special event on Tuesday, the company confirmed that iOS 15 will be available to the public on September 20.

However, developers and public beta users can already download the iOS 15 Release Candidate (RC) build.

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After a summer full of beta testing, Apple today officially announced that it will release iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to the public on Monday, September 20. The update includes a handful of new features and changes, such as updates to FaceTime, new Notification changes, and more.

While not mentioned during today’s event, the Apple press release for the iPhone 13 revealed the release date.

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iOS 15 Stories September 9

When will Apple release iOS 15 to the public?

Apple took the wraps off iOS 15 at WWDC in June with beta testing happening since then for developers and the public. With September right around the corner, the official release for the latest iPhone software is close and comes with an all-new Safari, Focus mode, Live Text, redesigned Notifications, Background Sounds, and more. Let’s look at answering the question “when does iOS 15 come out?”

Update 9/14: Apple has shared at its iPhone 13 event that iOS 15 will officially launch on September 20.

iOS 15 Stories September 8

Hands-on: Here’s how iPhone’s Live Text OCR works in iOS 15

One of the handy new features arriving with iOS 15 is the option to quickly recognize text and select, copy, paste, and lookup in both the Camera and Photos app. Let’s looks at how iPhone Live Text OCR works from photos to screenshots and handwriting too.

Microsoft has started testing a new version of firmware for its Xbox One, Xbox Elite 2, and Xbox Adaptive Controllers that should dramatically improve cross-device connectivity and latency. Notably, Microsoft says the controllers now support Bluetooth Low Energy for improved connectivity with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 devices.

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iOS 15 Stories September 6

Ahead of WWDC in June, Apple announced Background Sounds would be coming to iOS to help users find focus, calm, and rest. Now in the iOS 15 beta, the feature is available to test out. Read along for how to use iPhone Background Sounds in iOS 15, what you get, what you don’t, and more.

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iOS 15 Stories September 3

How to install the iOS 15 public beta or developer beta

Ready to test out all the new features arriving with iOS 15 like Focus mode, Live Text, offline Siri, all-new Safari, redesigned Notifications, and more? Follow along for how to install iOS 15 public beta or developer beta.

Update 9/3: If you don’t want to wait until the official iOS 15 release, joining the beta now can be a great option since it’s mostly stable with the 8th build available for the free public or developer program.

iOS 15 Stories August 29

One of the most important features Apple introduced during the WWDC21 keynote in June was iCloud+ with iCloud Private Relay, which is an extra layer of security that protects users’ privacy while browsing the web. Now, according to a Reddit user, this feature is leaking your original address through WebRTC.

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iOS 15 Stories August 25

iOS 15: How to switch to Private Browsing on iPhone with the new Safari

Safari has gotten a major overhaul with iOS 15, and while there are a number of improvements and changes, some features aren’t found where they used to be. Read along for a look at how to switch to iPhone Private Browsing in Safari with iOS 15.

One of the new features of iOS 15 and macOS Monterey is iCloud Private Relay, which is basically an extra layer of security that protects users’ privacy while browsing the web. Although Private Relay has been available since June with the beta versions of Apple’s operating systems, the company is now considering it a “beta” feature, which means that it will no longer come enabled by default.

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As the public release in September approaches swiftly, Apple is continuing its weekly cycle of iOS 15 beta testing today. The company has released iOS 15 beta 7 and iPadOS 15 beta 7 to developers, and they are rolling out now via the Settings app on iPhone and iPad.

Update: Now available to public beta testers as well.

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iOS 15 Stories August 23

Hands-on: Here’s how the all-new Safari in iOS 15 works

One of the major changes arriving with iOS 15 is a totally redesigned Safari. The all-new browser aims to make it easier to use with one hand as it shifts the search/tab bar to the bottom, introduces customizable Tab Groups, new start page, and more. Let’s dive into how the new Safari in iOS 15 works.

The CSAM controversy ought to have been obvious to Apple, but it seems that it wasn’t. Instead, the company was left scrabbling to respond as it came under fire from all quarters.

The question is: What will Apple do now? I have my theory …

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iOS 15 Stories August 21

We are at least one month away from Apple releasing iOS 15 to the public. After a lot of controversies with Safari’s new look, the company has finally managed a way to please most of the beta users. How do you feel about Safari design in iOS 15 now?

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iOS 15 Stories August 20

You probably heard that iOS 15 will need a bit longer to bring some key features announced during the WWDC21 keynote. But still, when it launches next month, there’s plenty to be excited about. Head below for our look at what’s still to come.

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iOS 15 Stories August 18

24 hours after releasing it to developers, Apple is today releasing the latest iOS 15 beta for public beta testers. Apple refers to this as iOS 15 public beta 6, and the audit includes continued changes to the controversial Safari design and more.

Update: Apple is also rolling out a new public beta of watchOS 8.

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iOS 15 Stories August 17

Apple announced iOS 15 in June at WWDC 2021 with multiple new features, including real-time media sharing in FaceTime, a redesigned Safari, Focus mode, and more. However, while iOS 15 will likely be released to everyone next month, there are some features that won’t be available to users on day one.

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Apple has made the decision to delay the launch of its new SharePlay feature in iOS 15. The new feature will be available in a later update to iOS 15, Apple says, and will not be included in the initial public release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey.

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Apple has just released the sixth beta of iOS 15 for developers, and while we don’t know exactly what has changed with this update, the company has confirmed that iOS 15 beta 6 brings another redesign to Safari. This time, the company seems to have reversed some of the changes made to the iPhone version of Safari.

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iOS 15 Stories August 16

Apple introduced a major photography upgrade to iOS in 2019 with Night Mode on the iPhone 11. Extremely low light shots that would otherwise be lost to the limits of small camera sensors instantly became shareable. Except, some shots aren’t so post-worthy with Night Mode applied to the camera…

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iOS 15 Stories August 11

With the iOS 15 announcement at WWDC 2021 in June, Apple revealed that the next version of its operating system comes with a new feature to prioritize the 5G connection over Wi-Fi on compatible devices. Now the company has released a new tool for developers to allow them to test this new feature with their apps.

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iOS 15 Stories August 10

Apple has announced multiple new features for AirPods users with iOS 15, which includes Conversation Boost for AirPods Pro and true Find My support for the first time. While Apple mentioned that users will be able to locate lost AirPods with Precision Finding, iOS 15 will also link AirPods with your Apple ID to ensure that you can easily find them anywhere.

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