The best features coming to iPhone this fall

Apple‘s iOS 15 replace will deliver a lot of new features to your iPhone when it launches this fall. Apple introduced the most recent iPhone software program this week throughout its large annual developer convention, when it highlighted some of the changes.

The replace offers you extra choices for FaceTime video chat together with, sure, lastly speaking with associates on Android. It additionally brings new privateness features that assist defend your e-mail and present you the way usually apps entry issues similar to your digital camera and microphone. And later this winter, it’s possible you’ll even have the option to add your driver’s license to Apple Wallet, relying on the place you reside.

There are lots of modifications, however I’m going to spotlight a number of the ones that stand out most to me. They’re obtainable for builders to take a look at now, and anybody can be ready to take a look at a beta model beginning in July. Otherwise, count on to see these in your iPhone within the fall. The software program can be obtainable for the iPhone 6s and newer.

FaceTime SharePlay

Apple iOS 15 will allow you to watch films, TV exhibits and extra with associates over FaceTime.


FaceTime is getting a couple of new features. One is named SharePlay. Once you begin a FaceTime video name with somebody, or a number of individuals, you will have the option to open supported apps similar to Disney+, Hulu, TikTok and others, after which watch a film or TV present collectively. Viewers can pause or quick ahead, and all the things will keep in sync. You may even change to chatting over iMessage whereas watching or share your display screen. It works throughout iPad, Mac and iPhone.

FaceTime with Android and Windows customers

Apple iOS 15 will allow you to FaceTime with Android and Windows customers.


You’ll have the option to deliver Android and Windows associates into your FaceTime video chats. Anyone with a Mac, iPad or iPhone will see a brand new button to create a hyperlink for a FaceTime video, which will be shared with customers on non-Apple gadgets. You’ll want to let these customers into the chat, too, so you do not have to fear in regards to the hyperlink being handed on to people and random individuals displaying up within the chat. 

Your driver’s license in Apple Wallet — and keys, too!

Wallet and keys

Source: Apple

Apple will quickly allow you to retailer your driver’s license within the Apple Wallet app in your iPhone. That means, to begin, you will not have to pull out your license to transfer by way of TSA on the airport. This characteristic will come within the winter, and Apple is working to get approval state by state. You’ll nonetheless want your driver’s license in case you get pulled over, since it’s going to solely be accepted by the TSA when it launches.

And talking of the pockets, you will quickly have the option to retailer digital keys to your home in Apple Wallet. If you may have a supported HomeKit good lock at dwelling, or on the workplace in case your office gives it, you will have the option to faucet your cellphone to unlock the door. And you will have the option to share short-term or everlasting digital keys with guests.

New iMessage features

Apple iOS 15 contains new updates to Messages.


The up to date iMessage will begin to share related data in different apps. So, for instance, if somebody sends you a hyperlink to a information story, you will see that within the “Shared with You” part of Apple News with a reminder of who despatched the hyperlink. It’s handy if you need to learn a narrative later however don’t desire to go digging again by way of tons of of messages to discover the hyperlink.

And if somebody sends an image (not a meme or a screenshot), it will seem in “Shared with You” in Apple Photos. This applies to hyperlinks in Safari, podcasts, and films and TV exhibits in Apple TV. Also, as an alternative of seeing an extended checklist of images when somebody sends many, you will get a clear stack of photographs you’ll be able to flip by way of.

Identify animals, objects and vegetation in photographs

Apple iOS 15 will allow you to search issues in your photographs.


Your iPhone can be ready to determine and inform you extra details about an animal, a landmark, a plant or an object, similar to a e-book. A small icon will seem on prime of photographs in your gallery and, with a faucet, it may possibly determine a pet’s canine breed and present you extra data, for instance. Or it may possibly identify a flower with some background on the plant. The characteristic is analogous to the one which’s been obtainable on Android telephones referred to as Google Lens.

Block out messages and notifications at sure occasions with Focus

Focus in iOS 15 enables you to inform different’s you are not obtainable.


I’m excited for this. A brand new “Focus” characteristic will enable notifications solely from individuals and apps you have preapproved at a sure time.

The thought is that, once you simply need to sit down and skim, or don’t desire your cellphone buzzing after a sure hour, you will not see random apps spamming notifications or texts from individuals you do not want to hear from within the second. And recipients will see in case you’re focusing, with a message that claims, for instance, “Todd has notifications silenced with Focus.” If it is pressing, the sender can push the message by way of anyway.

Apple WWDC21

Source: Apple

You can create Focus settings for plenty of issues: work, play, sleep and extra. And every will allow you to create a customized dwelling display screen, so that you see solely sure apps, whereas the remainder stay accessible. Maybe you create a house display screen for work apps and one other for apps you employ once you’re at dwelling, for instance.

Big modifications to Apple Maps

Apple completed rolling out a full redesign of its Maps app final 12 months, however it’s already again with one other large replace. Among a lot of different issues, it gives improved driving instructions, with extra clearly marked lanes, crosswalks and extra. And there is a actually cool 3D mannequin that exhibits elevation and factors of curiosity in main cities. The new maps will work in San Francisco first, adopted by Philadelphia, New York, London, Washington and Los Angeles earlier than it spreads to different cities.

And talking of your location, iOS 15 will even present extra public transit data, together with real-time alerts for once you want to get off the bus, prepare or subway. There’s even a brand new augmented actuality characteristic that, like in Google Maps, overlays extra data over the actual world so you’ll be able to see the place you are going.

Updates to the Safari browser together with looking the online by voice

Safari in iOS 15 will get large modifications, too.


Safari is getting a giant replace on iPhone, Mac and iPad. It features a redesign that brings the search bar to the underside of the web page on iPhone; assist for saving teams of open tabs, like ones you employ for work or for planning a trip, which you can reopen on any machine, and a brand new possibility to search the online by voice.

Just faucet a microphone button and converse what you need to seek for, and Safari takes care of the remainder. Also, extensions are supported on iPhones and iPads for the primary time, so you should use plug-ins similar to Honey to discover low cost and promo codes whereas purchasing.

Translate, copy and work together with textual content in photographs

Apple iOS 15 can determine textual content in photographs.


Any textual content in any picture will be copy and pasted or translated. So, in case you’re studying a menu in one other language, you’ll be able to simply take an image of it and see what it says. Or, you’ll be able to take an image of an deal with or restaurant identify after which faucet it to get extra data in Apple Maps. Another neat instance: Take an image of a package deal after which click on the monitoring quantity to observe the place the package deal is thru UPS or FedEx. You may also faucet cellphone numbers in pictures to name a spot straight away.

Improved Spotlight search

Apple iOS 15 Spotlight search


Spotlight search is the device you get once you swipe down on the display screen to search your iPhone. It’s getting large enhancements, too. If you search a contact, for instance, it will present you the images you have snapped of that particular person and any textual content message hyperlinks that particular person has despatched you. You’ll get extra details about TV exhibits, films, artists and musicians and extra.

Privacy report 

Apple will inform you much more about how apps are utilizing your cellphone. A brand new privateness report will present you the way usually an app accessed your microphone, location, photographs and digital camera during the last seven days. And it’s going to present you the servers the app is contacting, so you’ll be able to see if an app could be sending knowledge to a lot of different corporations or locations. 

Privacy protections in iCloud+ and Mail

Apple iOS 15 will allow you to cover your e-mail deal with.


The new software program introduces iCloud+, a elaborate new identify for iCloud. You will not pay extra for a number of the features, however it contains new advantages. It will cover your on-line exercise utilizing “iCloud Private Relay,” which makes it more durable for individuals to see the websites and different locations you go to.

A “Hide My Email” characteristic creates a random e-mail deal with in varieties the place you want one to enroll, so the recipient would not know your precise one, although you’ll be able to nonetheless obtain forwarded emails to your common deal with. You’ll additionally get assist for as many HomeKit Secure Video cameras as you might have round your home. The 99 cents-per-month plan contains assist for one digital camera, however you’ll be able to add extra relying in your plan.

Siri will get sooner

Siri is quicker for some duties in iOS 15. New on-device processing means you’ll be able to ask Siri to do issues similar to set timers and alarms, open apps, management music, activate the flashlight and extra, all with out requiring an web connection. That means these duties ought to occur straight away, as an alternative of with a slight delay. This characteristic requires the 2018 iPhone XS or newer.

Create legacy contacts to allow them to entry your account once you die

A brand new “Digital Legacy” program enables you to set contacts who can be ready to entry your account once you go away. This ought to make it simpler for family members to get all the things off your machine, switch the possession of the cellphone or shut an account. It’s presently a tough and complicated course of. Also, a brand new “Account Recovery Contacts” characteristic enables you to designate sure individuals who can be ready to provide help to change your password in case you ever neglect it and get locked out of your account or sure gadgets. 

And extra

There’s a lot more in iOS 15, together with modifications to AirPods that may provide help to hear conversations higher, new widgets for Apple Apps, systemwide translation and extra. But these had been a number of the highlights that caught out to me. Also, bear in mind, typically Apple introduces a couple of new features that require the {hardware} within the latest iPhones, so count on another modifications within the fall.

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