iOS 15: release date, new features, and everything Apple told us at WWDC

iOS 15 includes a ton of new features for your iPhone.

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It’s official: iOS 15 is on the way. Last week, we got our first glimpse of Apple’s next major operating system update on the company’s virtual site. Global Developer Conference. While we’ve just seen a lot of new features coming with iOS 14.5 in April, including the possibility of unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, prevent apps from tracking you for advertising purposes and choose from four Siri voices, iOS 15 adds even more.

New iOS 15 features include spatial sound and FaceTime Android and Windows support, easier sharing in iMessage and better directions in Maps. Read on for everything we’ve learned about iOS 15 so far, including when it’ll be released, how to download it, and some of the new features.

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IOS 15 Release Date: Fall 2021

Apple unveiled iOS 15 on Monday at its annual global developer conference, as it often does. This year WWDC 2021 is completely virtual, as was the case last year, and took place from June 7 to 11. The new operating system is now available for developers. It will be available for download in public beta in July.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the final version of iOS 15 will launch in the fall. This is likely to happen in September, alongside the launch of the iPhone 13.

iOS 15 new features

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Apple’s iOS 15 benefits from many new features.

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Here are some of the key new features coming to iOS 15, unveiled at WWDC 2021. (And here’s a look at all the new features of iOS 15.)

FaceTime Upgrades: Spatial Audio, Android and Windows Support

FaceTime will offer spatial sound so that people’s voices appear to be coming from their position on the screen, making your video chats more natural and realistic. FaceTime will also start to look more like Zoom, allowing you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls, and share browser-accessible call links on Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices.


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IMessage Sharing Features

iOS 15 adds some new iMessage sharing features for photos, news articles and playlists. When a friend sends you multiple photos on iMessage, they appear in a dynamic collage formation that lets you browse or tap to view the set in your photos app. If you want to access the same photos later, you’ll find them stored in a new Shared with you folder, as well as mixed with your own featured photos and memories. You’ll also find news articles and playlists shared through iMessage in the new Shared With You tabs in your News and Apple Music apps.

Apple Maps gets 3D street data, RA walking directions

Apple Maps gets an upgrade, with more elevation data, road and route colors, rich labels, 3D landmarks and an improved night mode. When it comes to public transportation, you can also pin nearby transit stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch devices, and receive automatic updates and notifications as you ride and approach your stop. When traveling on foot, a new augmented reality feature lets you scan nearby buildings in the area with the iPhone’s camera to determine their precise position for more precise walking directions, which are also presented. in augmented reality.

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How to download iOS 15?

If you are part of Apple’s developer program, you can now download the 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 if you want, but be warned: Betas are generally buggy, and we do not recommend that you download them to your primary device. But if you want, here is how to download iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 betas.

Once iOS 15 is generally available in the fall (likely September), Apple will likely send out a notification letting you know you can update. Or you can do it manually, by going to the Applying settings > General > Software update.

To find out more, here is all the iPhone 13 rumors we’ve heard so far.

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