Apple has iOS 15 on the iPhone 13-Keynote officially presented. Netzwelt tells you which innovations and features you can look forward to and which mobile phones will receive the successor to iOS 14.
When will iOS 15 be released?
According to Apple, iOS 15 and iPad OS 15 will be released on 20. September available for download. Follow our guide to install the new operating system on your iPhone.
What’s new in iOS 15
Note: In this text we are only talking about iOS 15, but at the same time we also deal with the innovations of iPadOS 15, the offshoot of the system for the Apple iPad.
3D-Audio in FaceTime
You can use 3D audio with iOS 15 during a FaceTime call. The voice sounds from the direction where your counterpart is currently on the screen. You can also filter out background noise to better understand the person you are talking to. You can also blur the background in a FaceTime call to focus on yourself.
Watch music, videos and series via Share Play
Share Play allows you to share music, series and films during a FaceTime call and to “stream” them together. Anyone can pause and resume playback. You can even make a movie about the Apple TV while connected via FaceTime.
However, this feature should only be available at a later date.
In iOS 15 it will be possible to set the “do not disturb” mode for different situations. So you can set a “focus” on work, for example, then only apps and widgets that are relevant to work are displayed. You will then only receive notifications that are relevant to your work.
New design of notifications
Messages from your contacts are displayed a bit larger so that they stand out. IOS 15 also collects so-called non-critical notifications in a notification overview. These are then displayed at a desired time. Thanks to the on-device intelligence, iOS 15 arranges the notifications according to priority.
The on-device intelligence also enables you to recognize text in a photo and to mark and copy it. You can also take a photo of a phone number and then tap the number in the picture to call it. With “Visual Look Up” you can photograph sights and works of art, plants and flowers as well as animal species to find out more about them.
Improved Spotlight Search
Spotlight on iOS 15 allows you to search photos for places, people or even objects. With live text you can even search for text and handwriting in images. If you do a web search using Spotlight, you will get better results on actors, musicians or even TV shows. If you search for contacts, the last conversations, shared photos and even the location are displayed.
Redesigned Safari browser
With iOS 15, the Safari browser has received one of its biggest updates to date. The tab bar slides down from the top of the screen so that you can easily switch between different tabs with one hand. You can also create tab groups. These are synchronized across all of your devices. When you tap on a tab group, all websites that are saved in the group open.
Improved map app
Maps give you much more detailed neighborhoods, neighborhoods and streets. The labels are now more precise, so that you can see each point of interest exactly. If you use maps for navigation, detailed streets, turning lanes and bicycle lanes should help you find your way. If the mobile phone is connected to a car, the 3D view helps you with the navigation.
Public transport innovations
If you use public transport, you can easily find stops near you with iOS 15 and the map app. You can pin your preferred lines and have their exact departure times displayed. Maps follows your route and notifies you when you have reached your destination. To find your exact location in a city, hold up your cell phone and view directions in AR. It is uncertain whether this function will also come to Germany.
Keys and identification documents on the cell phone
Last summer Apple introduced digital car keys. BMW was the first manufacturer whose cars could be opened with a tap of the finger. Now Apple is adding more key types to Wallet. You can also start your vehicle with ultra-broadband technology. Furthermore, you should be able to unlock your house or apartment door, the office and a hotel room with your mobile phone with iOS 15.
In participating US states, users can digitally save their driver’s license and ID card.
Improved privacy and data protection options
Siri requests are handled by default on the iPhone with iOS 15. On the one hand, the speed of Siri should be increased and, on the other hand, your data should be better protected. Furthermore, the mail app now prevents the sender from finding out whether you have opened an email. Your IP address hidden. The App Privacy Report informs you which apps have accessed the microphone, camera, location, contacts or photos and which third-party domains are being contacted.
Revised weather app
The weather app should offer a completely revised look with iOS 15. The background animation changes depending on the current weather. You can also display full-screen maps for rain or thunderstorms.
Optimized notes app
You can assign custom tags in notes. These can be searched using Spotlight to quickly find notes on a specific topic. Mentions make it easy to notify members of shared notes of changes. The change process is clearly displayed in the new Activity View.
Unlock the account via contact
iOS 15 offers you the option to create “trustworthy contacts”. If you have blocked your Apple account and don’t know your password, you can call these contacts. You can access your account again with a code. The trusted contacts can be created via “Settings> Password and security> Account recovery> Define trusted contact”.
New features of “Where is?”
With iOS 15, Apple is adding new functions to the “Where is?” Function on cell phones, tablets and Macs. We’ll list them for you below.
- Live location of friends or family members is continuously displayed
- Devices that are switched off or whose battery is empty can still be located with the “Where is?” App
- Devices that have been deleted or reset to factory settings can be checked with “Where is?” be located
- You will receive a notification when you move away from the location of one of your devices
- Lost AirPods can be located even if there is no connection via Bluetooth
- iOS 15 should offer its own “Where is?” widget. You don’t always have to open the app
Automatic lens reflection removal
With iOS 15, your mobile phone can automatically remove unsightly lens reflections from pictures. These arise when very bright light hits the lens of the camera. The function should be available for all phones from the iPhone XR.
This is what iOS 15 looks like
In the gallery below you can see what iOS 15 looks like:
iOS 15: This is what the new operating system should look like
Apple officially introduced iOS 15. This is what the new OS for iPhones should look like.
Which devices will get iOS 15?
The update to iOS 15 will appear for all devices that have also received iOS 14. Contrary to what was initially expected, Apple is not canceling support for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
These phones do not get all of the new features
As has now become known, not all mobile phones that receive iOS 15 should also get all of the new functions. Most of the features of iOS 15 are therefore on the iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as well as the iPhone 8 (Plus) and iPhone X cannot be used.
Apple is the smartphone manufacturer with the longest support time. Apple’s iPhones will receive version and security updates for up to five years.
Planned Apple iOS update for …
The update to Apple iOS 15 is to be rolled out for the following devices: