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Apple Announces iOS 15

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Jun 7, 2021, 3:03 PM   by Rich Brome

Apple today announced iOS 15, the next version of its core software that powers iPhones. Version 15 is not a major overhaul, but does add a long list of new features. An early beta version is available to developers starting today, with a more-polished public beta coming "next month". The final version will launch in the fall, likely alongside new iPhone models. New features include:

  • Shared with You: A variety of Apple apps will now highlight things that people have shared with you or mentioned in Messages conversations. For example, the Photos app will now automatically integrate photos that people have sent you, and the Podcasts app will highlight podcasts that people have texted you about.
  • Health Sharing: The updated Health app will let you securely share health data of your choice with family, caregivers, or a care team. A new Walking Steadiness feature uses on-device sensors and intelligence to help users proactively manage their risk of falling. Can set custom alerts based on shared data.
  • App Privacy Report: A new section in settings will let you see what each app is doing behind the scenes in detail. This includes which special permissions were used and when, and what internet servers the app is contacting and how often.
  • Enhanced Find My: Separation Alerts will pro-actively tell you if you've left something in an unfamiliar location, letting you know before you realize you've lost the item.Find My also has new capabilities to help locate a device that has been turned off or erased.
  • Translate: Live Translate enables more natural conversations between two languages. Systemwide translation allows users to translate text anywhere on iPhone.
  • Updated Messages: Lets you know when you're trying to message someone who has Do Not Disturb enabled.
  • Redesigned Tabs in Safari: In Safari, tabs will now be accessed from a bar at the bottom of the screen. Swipe it sideways to switch tabs, or swipe up to access a grid of tabs.
  • New Weather app: New are full-screen weather maps, richer graphics, and notifications when rain or snow starts and stops.
  • Updated Spotlight: The universal search feature now includes richer results for your contacts, public figures, and locations.
  • Object Capture API: This makes it much easier for developers to create apps that can easily perform a "3D scan" of an object using only an iPhone's cameras.
About the author, Rich Brome:

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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