iOS 15: Major System Changes

  • 04-05-2022 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

There is very little time left before the release of the new operating system for iPhone and iPad. But we know that some users still haven’t updated their devices to iOS 15 because they’re not sure if it’s really necessary. If you are among the same doubters, we decided to tell you more about the improvements this system has brought and its updated versions that continue to be released.

Launch Date

iOS 15 was first announced last June at WWDC, Apple’s traditional showcase conference. After that, during the summer, beta testers got access to it (ten beta versions have been released since the announcement). And on September 20th, it became available to everyone. By the time this article was written, this operating system had received 12 builds that improved its performance and other indicators. Even if you have an older device, you can still use iOS 15. It is available for models 6S and newer.

iOS 15 Main Features

Updates have affected almost all the main tools that are on the iPhone.

FaceTime. It has support for Spatial Audio, a technology that Apple is actively promoting now. It makes voices sound more natural, as if the other person is next to you, and changes it depending on the position of the head relative to the device. For group calls, a grid view was added (similar to Zoom), as well as the instruments for scheduling calls and sharing links.

iMessage. The main change in this direction concerns the photo-sharing function. Now, if your contact shares multiple images with you, they are automatically grouped into a dynamic collage. You can pick a specific photo to view or scroll through all of them. A separate folder was made on your device for such files, which was called “Shared with You.” By the way, folders with the same names appeared in News and Apple Music services. News articles and music playlists that friends share with you are saved there.

Apple Maps. Maps can now display much more information: 3D landmarks, elevation data, driving directions, and more. If you’re a public transportation user, you can pin the bus stops and subway stations closest to you to get timely notifications on your iPhone or Apple Watch about the current situation. You can also scan buildings with your camera, and the AR feature determines your exact location and suggests the best route. By the way, now the maps take into account the weather and possible changes that you might meet on your way. If there are flooded areas ahead, Maps lets you know and suggests ways to avoid such sites.

ID card support. The opportunity to add ID cards to your Wallet was announced at the 2021 conference. However, we have just received it. You can put any digital ID issued by government agencies. The system recognizes your face in the photos, making it easier to log into various banking apps.

Other Updates

Quite a lot of time has passed since the release of iOS 15, and the developers have added some awesome things to the system. They allowed users to search for tracks and artists within Apple Music playlists as early as last year. Macro Controls have also been added, and privacy settings have been updated. You can see which apps have access to which sensors and turn it off if necessary.

The next build improved the security of users and the protection of information stored on devices. Also, now you can keep your glasses and mask on when unlocking your Face ID. Apple AirTags received increased security, and an emergency call shortcut through five taps became optional.

Quite impressive innovations, aren’t they? What do you like the most about iOS 15? What changes do you expect from iOS 16?