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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.

Messages

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.

Notifications

  • 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.

Photos

  • 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

Wallet

  • 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

Weather

  • 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

Maps

  • 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

Don’t like the new Safari on iOS 15? Here’s how to go back to the old design

iOS 15 launches this week and brings with it a lot of new features including Live Text, Focus modes, a new Weather app, FaceTime enhancements as well as more features like FaceTime screen sharing coming later this year. However, one of the more drastic changes is to Safari. Apple has dramatically redesigned the layout of Safari, as well as adding new features like Tab Groups. However, if you don’t like the new UI, you can go back. Here’s how.

iOS 15 adds personalized recommendations to ‘Listen Now’ tab in Podcasts

With the iOS 15 launch today, there’s plenty to be excited about. One of the things is new personalized recommendations in the Podcasts’ Listen Now tab.

The final versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are here. After three months of previewing Apple’s upcoming operating systems for the iPhone and iPad, here’s whether you should update or not.

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Weather Line creator Ryan Jones and his team have released a huge update to their popular flight tracking app, Flighty. The app has just been updated to version 2.0, and it includes a ton of quality of life improvements to make traveling more fun and less stressful. The update includes several new visual enhancements like a 3D globe view and easier one-handed use. There are also all-new features like proximity radar, ground radar, and live-streaming.

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One of the flagship new features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is the redesigned Safari web browser. While the highlight of the new Safari is its user interface, it also gains compatibility with more powerful, Mac-like browser extensions. Now that iOS 15 is available to download, there are plenty of extensions hitting the App Store, and we’ve put together a list of some to try out.

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Popular password manager 1Password is out today with its big iOS 15 update. Coming with the release is full iOS Safari integration that offers the most seamless experience yet. Along with full 1Password access right in Safari, the new features include 2FA autofill, Smart Password generation, the full desktop experience for iPad, and much more.

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Apple just released iOS 15 to all users. After three months of testing and some features delayed, the company is also revealing what security issues it’s fixing with the latest version of its iPhone operating system.

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Here’s how to install iOS 15 on iPhone

Ready to use 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 on iPhone.

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, although iOS 15 is now available to all users, some of the features announced at WWDC have been delayed to a future update.

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After eight betas spread out over three months, Apple today officially released iOS 15 to the public. If you have an eligible iPhone, you can download and install iOS 15 right now. In this hands-on video walkthrough, I showcase and discuss my top iOS 15 features that everyone should know about. Be sure to subscribe to 9to5Mac on YouTube for more iOS 15 content in the coming days and weeks.

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Apple today released iOS 15, the next major update to the iPhone and iPod touch operating system. Before you update to iOS 15, make sure you have a compatible iOS device.

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After a summer of beta testing, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are officially here. You can head to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad now to update and access new iOS 15 features such as Focus, Home screen widgets on iPad, FaceTime upgrades, and much more. Head below as we recap the best new features in iOS 15.

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MacStories publishes comprehensive iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 review

Federico Viticci at MacStories is back at it again with another incredibly in-depth look at Apple’s latest iOS and iPadOS releases. This year, Viticci takes a detailed look at iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, which he describes as a “quieter release for even stranger times.”

Apple took the wraps off iOS 15 at WWDC in June with beta testing happening since then for developers and the public. With September 20 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 9/20 10 am PT: iOS 15 is now officially available for all users.

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Algoriddim announced today that it has integrated ShazamKit with djay, its Apple Design Award-winning DJing platform. The universal app is one of the first applications to harness the capabilities of Shazam’s audio recognition, available on iOS 15.

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After three months of testing iOS 15, we’ve been discovering almost daily new features coming to the Apple devices. While iOS 15 supports iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 6s, there are some features exclusive to the iPhone XS or newer coming today.

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Carrot Weather is out with a great update to go along with the launch of iOS 15 that includes a host of new features and improvements. Headlining the release are themes and SF icon sets to further customize your experience, XL iPad widgets including forecast and maps, time-sensitive and critical Notifications, and much more.

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Apple has offered a very basic Find My AirPods feature for several years, but that only worked when the devices were close enough to have a Bluetooth connection to your phone. Otherwise, the only thing you can do is see where they were when they were last connected to one of your devices.

iOS 15 will offer a true Find My AirPods feature, but don’t expect to see it today …

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iOS 15 Stories September 16

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 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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