iOS 15: The Complete Overview, Updated Features and Compatibility

Every year Apple fans and worldwide developers wait for the WWDC event held in June. Therefore, Cupertino giant Apple had first revealed the glimpse of iOS15 in June 2021, with a lot of improvement, updated privacy, and it also came with a bunch of new features. Then, in July, the company had started rolling out the first Beta version for developers. After eight Beta, Apple finally revealed the official rollout date of iOS 15 in September along with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

If you have not downloaded the new iOS 15 update, it’s time to know the advanced features Apple brings in this year. But before that, if you’re an iPhone user, you probably know more than revealing new features Apple works on polishing the existing features and making it more advanced. But thanks to Apple, they refreshed and came up with a new fresh feel design overall. As a result, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said, “it is the best and the most advanced version of the iOS we have ever made.”

iPhone users don’t expect many new features; we realized Apple believes in polishing the existing features with some tweaks. So if you still haven’t downloaded the latest new iOS 15 updates, kindly read till the end. We will tell you what features you will get in iOS 15, whether you update it or not, and whether your phone is compatible with the latest software.

As we all know, the best thing about the Cupertino company is that they continuously improve privacy with every update. They strengthen their privacy for users, whether it’s an iOS, iPadOS, or MacOS. Apple doesn’t focus on offering new path-breaking features to its users; they believe in making the existing features more advanced and responsive. But it doesn’t mean nothing is exciting in iOS 15.

Here is a list of new features

Notifications

You will notice that the notification has been redesigned, with larger icons for apps. In addition, as per your convenience or to reduce distraction, you can restrict the notifications, and you only get those notifications that you think are important for you in that limited time you set.

The second that is changed in the notification is if you are getting multiple from WhatsApp. The notifications will come under the one group, and if you tap, it will pop up and display the messages from WhatsApp. So the benefit here is, it doesn’t consume space in your notification bar.

Focus Mode

After notifications, Apple has introduced a new feature: a Focus mode; if you turn it on, you will only get important calls from the allowed person. All service messages from the operators will be paused. In simple words, Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what a user wishes to focus on at a specific time.

Four modes come by default; you can add more modes and set the time accordingly. If you have an Apple Watch, your watch will detect your activities, and the Fitness mode will turn on automatically and there also you can set and control the callers. When a Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to other Apple devices.

Safari

We can say Apple has made a great improvement in Safari. It completely redesigned the new compact tab bar that floats at the bottom, controls are much easier, and you can quickly swift from one link bar to another. Previously, the tab bar was at the top, but it is convenient for most users at the bottom. There is also a customizable start page and web extensions for the first time.

Apart from this, you can also check which website tried to track you and Safari restricted. There is also a customizable start page and web extensions for the first time.

Weather App

The Weather App is now more refreshed, and you can see the 3D weather in your app. In addition, the weather app shows more graphical displays of weather data, full-screen maps, and dynamic layouts that change based on weather conditions. But there is one condition from Apple: if you’re using iPhone X or previous models, you won’t notice any difference in graphics. To get the latest weather features, your iPhone should have A12 Bionic and later. This means iPhone XS, XR, and later devices can enjoy these benefits.

Apple Map

With the new iOS 15 updates, Apple Maps introduces step-by-step walking guidance in AR. Users can simply raise their iPhone to scan any buildings in the area, and Maps generates a highly accurate position to deliver detailed directions that can be viewed in the context of the real world.

Apple has announced that its new 3D Apple Maps navigation and exploration features will be coming to more cities, including San Diego and Montreal.

However, they remain to roll out to new cities, and the company has revealed which ones are next. Apple also says that Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and more additional cities will be available next year. Apple Maps teams are currently walking in those Canadian cities, building up their mapping data.

Note- All countries can not get the full benefits of the Apple Map. For instance, if you have a low network, 3D maps won’t get downloaded. And 3D map navigation is only available for selected countries only. However, the company will stretch to more countries in the coming months.

FaceTime

Apple takes it seriously with FaceTime; Portrait mode is included, blurring the background during the call. Not only this, even Android users can use FaceTime, excited? Wait, you can’t install the app; you can use it through a meeting link and share it via messages and email. Anyone from Android and Windows can join the FaceTime meeting. Apart from this, Spatial Audio is now supported in FaceTime.

The grid view also has an update to help you see all participants better on the screen, like Zoom meeting. 

Note- The portrait mode is only compatible with iPhone XS, XR, and later (A12 Bionic and later).

Spatial Audio with Head Tracking

With AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, listeners can now get an even more immersive experience of Dolby Atmos music with Apple’s dynamic head tracking. It tracks your head movement and gives users a new and outstanding experience with the music.

With iOS 15, Apple launched Lossless and Dolby Atmos, which is now available on Apple Music. In addition, Spatial Audio has been supported on Airpods3, Airpods Pro, Airpods Max, and compatible Beats earphones.

Live Texts

It is the new feature Apple launched with iOS15; optical character recognition iOS can now recognize any text from the image or any screenshot. In addition, users can now copy-paste and translate the words in their own language.

Available on iPhone with A12 Bionic and later. Live Text is currently supported in English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

We are sure you’re excited as we are, we had used the iOS15, and we haven’t found any lag. Overall it gives a smooth experience as we know iOS always gives us a seamless experience, and iOS 15 continues this legacy.

Siri 

One of the subtle but valuable new features with iOS 15 is that Siri works even when offline for some commands. That means faster performance, but offline requests won’t work for everything. Apple announced the new offline Siri functionality during its WWDC keynote and highlighted some use cases. Since Siri can work without communicating with a server, offline Siri commands are faster and more responsive.

Apple also highlighted that audio recorded by Siri won’t leave your iPhone with a new privacy provision and on-device processing launching soon that will be the default.

Compatibility

Well, we should applaud Apple for this. If you’re using the iPhone 6s and later, you will get the latest iOS15 on your devices. This is the consecutive seven years iPhone 6s is getting the newest software update.

Compatible iPhone List

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 11

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs Max

iPhone XR

iPhone X

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 7

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s Plus

iPhone SE (1st generation)

iPhone SE (2nd generation)

iOS App Development for Your Business

There are more than 1 billion iPhone users globally, and when it comes to privacy and flawless performance, no one can beat iOS. Nowadays, we know how crucial your data is, and at regular intervals, we listen about the data leak. Apple’s brand reputation and consistent performance make iOS much superior to the rest. Hence businesses should take advantage of this opportunity and invest in developing iOS apps. A leading iOS app development company like Cmile can help you build highly secure apps as per requirements. We understand your business model and your needs that help to grow your business. 

Should you update or not?

Suppose you’re a new iPhone user and don’t know how to check the updates. Then follow these simple steps. 

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on General
  • Go to Software update

But nothing to worry Apple released the update on every compatible model on the same day and time.

Apart from these new features, it is always recommended to update your iPhone. Because Apple also fixes and updates some major privacy in your devices. With the new iOS 15 updates, your iPhone will show more potential in completing your daily tasks. On average, Apple provides five years of software support, so therefore, with our experience, you can download the latest iOS 15 on your devices. It will give you a seamless experience.

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