IOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Announced. What’s New?

Company Apple as part of the WWDC developer conference, which has been held online for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, it presented new versions of its operating systems – iOS 15 for iPhones and iPadOS 15 for iPad tablets. The main changes are aimed at making it easier for the user to focus on a specific task – be it texting with family or work colleagues, FaceTime calls, playing sports, or just relaxing.

In iOS 15, the notification system has been completely redesigned – they have become larger and more informative, with larger contact photos and app icons. The new Focus mode will allow you to more effectively allocate time for personal and work. For example, if a user plans to devote a whole day to work, then when switching to the corresponding profile, he will receive notifications only from Mail or Slack, and all entertainment applications and widgets on the home screen will be removed. Similar “filters” can be turned on for any other type of activity – communication with loved ones, fitness or watching a movie.

Suggestion to turn on fitness mode after joining the gym

Settings sync across all devices automatically. Apple said that behind the curtain of “Focus” are artificial intelligence algorithms, which themselves determine which notifications and applications to show in priority. In addition, a summary of alerts will be generated daily, sorted by “importance”.

Summary of notifications

Busy notifications have appeared in Messages. If the user does not want to be distracted, then when the “Do Not Disturb” mode is activated, the interlocutors will see the same status. However, if a message requires attention, it can be “forced” to send it.

FaceTime has received a major update: the system of extraneous noise suppression has been improved, support for “Spatial Audio” has been added, which creates the feeling that the interlocutors are in the same room, a portrait mode with automatic background blur has appeared.


Also, FaceTime users were able to listen to music, watch videos and share their screen together during a call. SharePlay supports Apple TV, Twitch, TikTok, Disney +, Hulu, and more.

In addition, FaceTime became available outside the Apple ecosystem for the first time. Users on other platforms can now join conversations with i-device owners using a link, just like in Zoom. This function also works in Windows, Android and the browser.

Live Text

Completely new in iOS 15 is the Live Text feature, which is used to recognize text in a photo. It allows you to digitize on the fly a handwritten note or photographed receipt, copy the text and enter it into the browser, and immediately call the recognized phone number.

Live Text is based on “deep neural networks,” Apple said, and all calculations take place locally, on the device itself. The function will be available not only on iPhones, but also on iPads and Mac computers. Seven languages ​​are supported for handwriting: English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Weather maps

The Weather app now features full-screen maps and more additional information (including air quality and precipitation). Also added “thousands” of new animations of what is happening outside the window.

Privacy settings in iOS 15 are broader. In particular, you can now specify that the Siri voice assistant by default processes all commands only locally, without sending data to the cloud. A weekly report has become available on how often applications have requested access to the microphone and camera. A blocking of pixel tracking has appeared in Mail – this tool is often used by marketers to determine whether an email has been opened and read.

Apple Wallet can now store more types of documents, including digital ID and driver’s license. Later this year, the ability to use the iPhone as a smart key for a car or hotel room will become available.

The Safari browser has also been changed – the design of the tab bar has been simplified, and groups of tabs can now be synced across all devices. The iOS version of the application now has support for extensions.

There are not many innovations in the “tablet” iPadOS 15 – mainly improvements and fixes related to the multitasking mode. The main thing was the possibility of more flexible home screen customization: as in last year’s iOS 14, now widgets can be placed anywhere, not just on the sidebar “Today” (Today View).

As before on iPhones, now the iPad has its own App Library – a separate page on the home screen, on which programs are automatically sorted and arranged into thematic folders (social networks, entertainment, games, and so on). In order not to clutter up the main screen, you can take out applications that are rarely used in the library.

Shelf in iPadOS 15

There are also icons that simplify the transition to split screen mode – now you can move the program to one area or another with one touch. A new “shelves” feature that allows you to minimize the application to the bottom of the screen (like in macOS) makes it easier to switch between tasks.

Quick Note

Another notable innovation is Quick Note. Swipe up from the bottom-right corner of the screen to quickly create a handwritten note or list, save a link, or attach a photo.

In addition to these improvements, iPadOS 15 will get all the features of the new iOS, including “ad-hoc” notifications, FaceTime enhancements, and Live Text.

Developer versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are available starting today. The release of the preview version, which can be installed and tested by everyone, is expected in July. Public versions are slated for release this fall.

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