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Apple will let you upload digital ID cards to the Wallet app in iOS 15 -- eventually.

Apple's iOS 15 has arrived. After Apple's iPhone 13 event last week, the tech giant revealed that iOS 15 would be generally available for free download on Monday, alongside iPadOS 15. At the event, we also saw four iPhone 13 models, new iPads and the Apple Watch Series 7 all debuted. 

Not to be confused with last week's release of iOS 14.8, which addressed a security issue, iOS 15 brings new features to several generations of the iPhone.

We got a first look at Apple's iOS 15 update at the company's virtual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, followed by a developer beta and then a public beta. (Here's how to download iOS 15 now, why you might want to wait to download iOS 15, and how to check if your phone can run iOS 15.) 

Apple initially revealed iOS 15 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7, as is typical. The new OS was first available for developers to test and became available to download as a public beta on June 30. 

At the iPhone 13 event on Sept. 14, Apple announced that iOS 15 would be generally available for free download on Sept. 20. 

This follows Apple's typical iOS release pattern, with the software typically arriving within a week of an iPhone launch event. 

And if you've been holding onto the same iPhone since 2015 or later, you will likely be eligible to receive iOS 15. Apple's iOS 15 is available on the iPhone 6S and every iPhone onward.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news, reviews and advice on iPhones, iPads, Macs, services and software.

Apple's iOS 15 gets a bunch of new features.

Here are a few of the key new features that come with iOS 15, unveiled at WWDC 2021. (And here's an overview of all of the new features in iOS 15.)

FaceTime will offer spatial audio to make people's voices appear to come from their position on the screen, making your video chats feel more natural and lifelike. FaceTime will also start to look more like Zoom, allowing you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls and share links to calls that can be accessed via browser on Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices.

Read more: Fun FaceTime date idea: Try Apple's new SharePlay feature in iOS 15

Apple Maps gets an upgrade with more elevation data, road colors and driving directions, rich labels, 3D landmarks and improved night mode. In terms of public transportation, you can also pin nearby public 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 accurate walking directions, which are also presented in augmented reality.

Maps also could factor weather warnings into suggested routes in iOS 15. Redditor ChrisSDreiling, who spotted the update in iOS 15 beta 3, says Maps will let you know if there are flash floods on your journey, and suggest alternate routes to avoid the extreme weather. Although other types of weather alerts weren't mentioned in ChrisSDreiling's post, it will be interesting to see if more weather warnings will be added before the iOS 15 general release. 

At WWDC this spring, Apple announced that it will add ID card support for the Wallet app in iOS 15, allowing you to carry digital versions of government-issued identification cards like your driver's license on your iPhone. The ID feature isn't in the initial release of iOS 15 and it's still unclear how exactly it will work. (It will also only be for US users.) According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac in the iOS 15 beta 4 for developers, Apple could be using facial recognition selfies to validate your digital ID cards when adding them to your wallet. Some banking apps already use this selfie validation feature to authenticate users when logging on with new devices. 

Now that iOS 15 is generally available, you likely got a notification from Apple letting you know you can update. Or you can do it manually, by going to the Settings app > General > Software Update and under the Also Available section, tap Upgrade to iOS 15

If you had already installed the iOS 15 beta on your phone, you can uninstall it before downloading the final version of the OS. Here's why you might want to wait before installing the full release of iOS 15.

For more, here's everything to know about the iPhone 13. You can also take a look at the cool new features for WatchOS 8, the best things about MacOS Monterey and check if your computer is compatible with the new MacOS.

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5 new features that iOS 15 brings to your iPhone

Techradar 20 September, 2021 - 10:40pm

iOS 15 still has plenty to give

However, iOS 15 has seen some changes since its unveiling at WWDC. Safari has seen its new redesign mostly reverted back to iOS 14, and other features such as SharePlay and Universal Control now scheduled for a later release.

But this doesn’t mean that iOS 15 is a release to avoid - it’s certainly the opposite, with better privacy settings, a new weather app, and much more.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the five best features of iOS 15 that you’ll likely wonder how you managed without them.

This is a redesign that’s seen many variants since its announcement back at WWDC. While its user interface saw some huge changes, strong user feedback resulted in a final redesign that’s a mix of what came before, and what’s been refined in the months since WWDC.

By default, the address bar will be located at the bottom, making it much easier to reach with your thumb, while swiping to the left or right on the address bar will switch between any open tabs. But you can switch it back to its original position if you want Safari to look the same as it always has.

There’s also a new home screen that you can set a wallpaper to, which can also show any open tabs on your other Apple devices thanks to iCloud, alongside any suggestions of websites to check.

Tabs also see an improvement in Safari for iOS 15. Tab Groups can open up a collection of your favorite websites at once so you can check up on the latest news, without having to separately open a tab and navigate to the website. These are also synced across your Apple devices, similar to how individual tabs are synced, so you can open the same groups on your iPad.

Sometimes you may be at work or busy attending an event where you don’t want certain notifications to make you aware of something. This is where Focus redesigns how apps can let you know when you want them to. You can set up different Focus moments, so if you arrive in a certain location, or you open a certain app, the right Focus will be enabled, allowing you to read or complete a project in a curated way.

This feature also applies to Messages, so if someone sends you a picture for example, it will be delivered to your device, but not as a notification. Focus will let the recipient know that you’re busy, but they can bypass this to deliver it with a notification if it’s urgent. These Focus settings also apply to your other Apple devices, so any notifications will also be muted at certain times of the day if needed.

You can also set Focus to change your home screen when a certain scenario has been enabled. This can bring other apps to the forefront that you’ll most likely use for that period of time.

You may be on vacation and will want to visit a restaurant, but it’s in a language you don’t understand. By taking a photo of this in iOS 15, LiveText can tell what’s text in the picture, and can offer to translate it for you.

LiveText is a feature that can apply to all the photos you’ve taken so far, alongside when you’re facing your iPhone to an object in real time.

This is a topic that’s a big focus for Apple, and there’s plenty of new features in iOS 15 that showcase this.

There’s an App Privacy Report that gives you an overview of the installed apps on your iPhone that have used certain hardware features such as the camera or microphone, and whether an app has been trying to use any personal data.

When sending mail in iOS 15, your IP address is hidden, so recipients won’t know if their email has been opened or deleted.

iCloud+ is also a big tentpole for iOS 15, where Hide My Email which allows you to generate a random email alias so you’re protected from spam, similar to the Sign in with Apple feature that appeared in iOS 12.

There’s also a Private Relay feature, which can hide your IP address when browsing in Safari, but this will only be available in beta to try out once iOS 15 is released.

After the acquisition of Dark Sky in 2019, the Weather app is seeing a big redesign for iOS 15. There’s now notifications for rain, thunderstorms and snow, alongside new animations for all weather changes on the main screen.

There’s now a second window that can show you much more detail of your current location or other places, from the timing of sunsets and sunrise, to the probability of rain in the next hour.

There’s also maps integrated into the weather app, so you can check the forecast in various locations to see the status of air quality, precipitation and temperature.

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How to get iOS 15

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The eight most interesting iOS 15 features to try on your iPhone right now

If you have an iPhone dating back to the iPhone 6s, then you'll be able to run iOS 15. And the new iPhone 13 will come with Apple's latest mobile operating system out of the box, meaning a lot of people will be able to give the new features a go. 

With that in mind, here are the eight features we think offer the most interesting changes for your iPhone.

Apple's video call app is expanding in scope to make it a more practical service, even for users without Apple devices. 

In iOS 15 you have the ability to create unique links for calls that you can access from Android or Windows devices as well as Apple gear. That could make FaceTime a more practical rival to Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Meet, since Apple's video chat app will no longer be platform-specific. Another pair of enhancements that will go well with this are the introduction of grid view and portrait mode video, allowing you to blur your background and see more participants at once.

The other big changes for FaceTime are the introduction of Spatial Audio, new machine learning-enhanced noise cancellation and wide spectrum audio. These should all combine together to provide natural-sounding conversations both on your end and for whoever you're calling.

If you wish that your iPhone wouldn't just overload you with notifications, iOS 15 is here to stop you getting distracted. Your notifications will now get sorted by importance, with your conversations going straight to the top, and others coming in afterward. You can also mute an app temporarily if it's giving you too many updates to deal with.

If you want a more tailored option, you can set up a Notification Summary, which delivers all the notifications from a selected group of apps all at once according to a customizable schedule. Now you can ask your phone to only bother you with emails a handful of times a day, or to distill all your social media notifications into a single evening digest.

The icons on notification banners are also larger, so it's easier to tell which app they're from, or which contact is messaging you. Taken together, these changes should help you have have a much easier time managing the various pings and alerts that you get on your iPhone every day.

Even with those notification changes, sometimes you just need some full-on concentration time with your phone. That's what Focus mode is for. It is set to expand Do Not Disturb's powers, giving access to similar settings but also letting you make it a much more tailored experience across all your Apple devices.

Focus lets you pick which contacts and apps can contact or notify you in certain Focus modes. The defaults are work, personal and sleep, although you can make your own profiles if you wish. You can also set different parameters for more urgent notifications, so you don't miss timely reminders or emergency notifications while other pings from the app remain quiet. Any contacts who try to contact you through the Messages app will be able to see if you're in Focus mode too, hopefully making them less likely to disturb you or to worry about why you're not replying.

Focus mode also allows you to set custom homescreens for different modes, with unique layouts of apps and widgets. With only the apps you need right there and then visible, you should be less tempted to check your social media or Amazon order status when you should be doing something more important, or to make sure you aren't tempted to open your emails once you've clocked out.

Words within your photos won't have to stay there with the new Live Text feature in iOS 15.

Your phone is now able to recognize text within photos, and let you copy/paste it elsewhere. It doesn't have to be images you've taken either, as LiveText works across other apps on your iPhone. You do need to have a phone with an A12 Bionic chip or later though, so anything older than an iPhone XR or iPhone XS won't be able to use this feature.

It's a fairly simple feature, but one that promises to have a lot of potential uses. Plus, it helps Apple catch up with Google Lens, an app present on Android phones that's already capable of doing this. If you are particularly curious about this feature, we already have a guide on how to use Live Text in iOS 15 so you can learn how to use it ahead of time.

Another feature Apple's borrowing from Google Lens is Visual Look Up, which adds the ability to visually search for items.

Whether you want to learn something about what's in front of you, or need to remember the details of the subjects of your holiday snaps, you can tap the icon on the image and then Siri will pop up with useful links. You don't need to have taken the image with an iPhone for this to work, the image just needs to be on your phone.

Our comparison of Visual Look Up to Google Lens yielded mixed results, but with a bit more work Apple will have a feature that can rival Google's for utility.

iPhones already make for some of the best gaming phones thanks to their combination of top quality displays, battery life and chipsets, plus the enviable selection of titles on Apple Arcade. However, Apple now offers developers a new boon for making games for iOS: an API for adding pre-set gaming controls.

With the help of customizable virtual controllers, play across multiple games large and small should become more and more consistent. It should feel better too, because these controls support haptic feedback just like the rest of the iOS interface.

The use of this feature is dependent on game devs actually using it, so it's not guaranteed that you'll see this unified controller in popular games straight away. We're still excited to see what this means for gaming on iPhones in the future though.

You keep more than just money, tickets and loyalty cards in your regular wallet, and Apple's working to make the iPhone Wallet app capable of holding a more diverse set of details.

Your iPhone is able to act as a valid form of ID for the TSA when traveling and within eight U.S. states (at least when the feature goes live — more states are coming later). Wallet will also be able to open certain brands of car, your hotel room door for specific hotel chains or be able to store corporate ID badges.

This feature again relies on third parties to take advantage of what Apple offers. Given the popularity of iPhones and the convenience that the new Wallet is offering, it likely won't be long before more companies and authorities will let you use your iPhone as an official ID or access method.

Apple's long-serving browser has been given a big makeover with iOS 15. Fortunately, it's optional if you don't care fo Safari's new look.

The new version of Safari turns the old top navigation bar into a bubble at the bottom of the screen, which offers a handful of options at your fingertips with more available with a long press of the bubble. This lets you navigate more easily with one hand and lets you see more of a webpage at once.

This is a well-intentioned change but one that's drastically different from the Safari you're used to. Happily Apple introduced the option to switch between the new and old styles of Safari in iOS 15, so you can decide which version you prefer.

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