It is official:. On Monday, we got a first look at the next major update to Apple’s operating system on the virtual . While we have recently seen many new features with in April, including the opportunity to with Face ID while wearing a mask, for advertising purposes and , iOS 15 adds even more.
New iOS 15 features include:and , and better directions in Maps. Keep reading for everything we’ve learned about iOS 15 so far, including when it’s going to be released, how to download it, and some of the new features.
iOS 15 Release Date: Fall 2021
Apple unveiled iOS 15 as usual at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. This yearis all virtual, just like last year, and will take place from June 7-11. The new operating system is now available for developers to test. It will be available for download as a public beta in July.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the final version of iOS 15 will be released in the fall. This will probably happen in September, along with the launch of the.
iOS 15 new features
Here are a few of the new features coming to iOS 15, unveiled at WWDC 2021. (And here’s an overview of.)
FaceTime upgrades: Spatial audio, Android and Windows support
FaceTime will provideto make people’s voices appear as if they are coming from their position on the screen, making your video chats feel more natural and lifelike. , allowing users to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls, and share links to calls that can be accessed through the browser on Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices.
iMessage sharing features
iOS 15 adds somethingfor photos, news articles, and playlists. When a friend sends you multiple photos via iMessage, they appear in a dynamic collage formation that you can swipe through or tap to see the whole bunch in your photos app. If you want to view the same photos later, you’ll find them saved in a new “Shared with you” folder, but also mixed in with your own featured photos and memories. You’ll also find news articles and playlists shared via iMessage in the new Shared with you tabs in your News and Apple Music apps.
Apple Maps gets 3D street data, AR walking routes
, with more elevation data, road colors and directions, expanded labels, 3D landmarks, and improved night mode. As for public transit, you can also pin nearby public transit stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch devices, and receive automatic updates and notifications as you drive and approach your stop. When traveling on foot, a new augmented reality feature allows users to scan nearby buildings in the area with the iPhone’s camera to pinpoint their precise position for more accurate walking directions, which are also displayed in augmented reality.
How do you download iOS 15?
If you’re part of Apple’s developer program, you can now download iOS 15 developer beta to test your apps. The operating system will be available for download as a public beta in July, so you can download it then if you want, but be warned:. But if you want, here it is .
Once iOS 15 is generally available in the fall (probably in September), Apple will likely send you a notification letting you know you can update. Or you can do it manually by going to the Settings app > General > Software update.
For more, here’s.