FaceTime SharePlay Feature Won't Be Available When iOS 15 Launches

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MacRumors 17 August, 2021 - 12:21pm 65 views

With SharePlay being removed temporarily, Apple is offering an alternative tool for developers to test SharePlay development features, and a SharePlay profile is available for developers to download.

SharePlay has been disabled for use in iOS and iPadOS 15 developer beta 6 and will be disabled for use in its initial release this fall. SharePlay will be enabled for use again in future developer beta releases and will launch to the public in software updates later this fall. To continue your development, we have provided a SharePlay Development Profile which will enable successful creation and reception of GroupSessions via the Group Activities API.

With SharePlay, ‌FaceTime‌ users can share their screens with one another, watch movies and TV shows in sync together, listen to music and contribute to a group playlist, and more.

iOS 15 is available as a public beta. Here's how to install it.

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Apple Reverses iOS 15 Safari Changes With New Toggle for Top Address Bar

MacRumors 17 August, 2021 - 08:36am

Apple has also introduced new setting options to remove the website tinting and to enable a Tab Bar while in landscape mode. There was previously a "Show Color in Tab Bar" accessibility setting, which appears to be the same as the new "Allow Website Tinting" toggle.

Apple previously added similar toggles in iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey to offer either a separate tab bar (which was the original default when the betas launched) or a merged tab bar, which is more similar to the previous design.

iOS 15 is available as a public beta. Here's how to install it.

macOS Monterey is now in public beta. Here's how to install it.

MagSafe Battery Pack support, the ability to merge two existing Apple Card accounts, HomePod timer management in the Home app, and more.

Learn all about Apple's new location trackers.

New features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

Updates for Safari, FaceTime, and many other apps, Universal Control to let a single mouse or trackpad control multiple devices, new Shortcuts app, machine-learning Live Text detection and Visual Lookup, and more.

Redesigned with flat edges, Apple silicon, more ports, improved display, no Touch Bar, and the return of MagSafe charging.

Rumored design changes include shorter stems like current AirPods Pro, but without advanced features like active noise cancellation.

iOS 15 lets you disable Night Mode on an iPhone camera

The Verge 17 August, 2021 - 08:16am

iOS 15 includes some useful camera improvements

Night Mode is often a useful way to capture great photos in low light, but occasionally there are times when an iPhone enables this mode and you end up with a photo that’s worse with Night Mode enabled. If you’re someone who prefers to have full control over their iPhone camera, 9to5Mac notes that you can effectively disable Night Mode in iOS 15:

This will allow your iPhone camera to keep Night Mode off if you disable it for a shot. You can still toggle Night Mode back on if you need it, but it’s now you making a decision to enable it rather than the iPhone itself.

This isn’t the only improvement to the camera in iOS 15. Apple is also making subtle improvements to photos by processing out the green lens flares that can show up in outdoor photos. Both of these improvements are available in the latest public iOS 15 betas and should appear for iPhone users once iOS 15 ships (probably next month).

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iOS 15 aims to save you from notifications overload. How it works on iPhone

CNET 17 August, 2021 - 05:15am

iOS 15 brings many new features to the iPhone and iPad, and it's looking as if Notification Summary is going to be a hit. Here's what you need to know. 

There's no doubt that the iPhone's notification system needs an overhaul. And while Apple has slowly tweaked and altered alerts on the iPhone or iPad, the lack of increased control over which apps can beg for your attention is something Android owners continue to boast over their iPhone counterparts. 

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple is adding a bunch of new features centered on notifications and alerts. For example, a new Focus mode replaces Do Not Disturb, making it possible to automate exactly when and which apps will make your phone buzz. There are also new options to mute an apps' alerts for an hour or the rest of the day, and then there's a new Notification Summary. 

After a few minutes of initial setup, Notification Summary will start displaying alerts in one, compact notification card at a predetermined time -- instead of all at once. You can choose which app notifications you want to bundle together. 

I've been testing the iOS 15 beta and have appreciated being able to still see alerts from apps like Firewalla or Yelp only a couple of times a day rather than getting interrupted at random times throughout the day. Below I'll walk you through everything you need to know about Notification Summary so you're ready when iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are released this fall. 

You should see a splash screen like the one in the screenshot below, detailing what Notification Summary is and walking you through the setup process. You'll be presented with a list of apps, with the noisiest at the top. Select as many apps as you want to add to your summary from the list then tap the Add X Apps button when you're done. Don't feel like you have to finalize your list right now -- you can always go back and add or remove apps from the list at any time. 

Next, you'll be asked when you'd like to see your summary. The default setting is one summary at 8 a.m. and another at 6 p.m. You can edit the times, as well as add or remove times from the list. When you're done, tap Turn on Notification Summary

Now all you have to do is wait for your specified time to come and you'll see a summary card showing you all of the alerts it's been holding, organized by the apps and alerts you interact with the most at the top and those apps you don't interact with all that often at the bottom. 

Initial setup of Notification Summary takes just a few taps. 

The basic setup process is quick and painless, but it doesn't cover all of the settings and features you can enable for notification summary. 

To further customize the feature, go back into the Settings app then go to Notifications > Scheduled Summary

Here you can edit the times your summaries show up, or if you want to have your summaries visible at all times, turn on Show Next Summary. This is also where you can go if you want to edit which apps show up in your summary. 

The next time you get an alert from and realize you'd rather receive it as part of your summary, here's a quick tip to do that directly from your Lock Screen or the notification shade. 

Swipe left on the alert to reveal an Options button; tap it. Select Add to Summary from the list. 

You can always add more apps directly from your lock screen.

As you go through the list of apps that can be added to your summary, you'll notice that some apps can't be added. Two examples include the Messages and Phone apps. The reason is that Apple gives those apps the status of Time Sensitive Notifications. That means that those apps will always show up on your lock screen. 

If you open the Settings app, select Notifications and then pick an app such as Messages or FaceTime, you can turn its time-sensitive setting off -- although I tend to agree with Apple that those apps should always get through to the lock screen, but to each their own. 

Once you install iOS 15 or iPadOS 15, you can follow the above steps to tailor Notification Summary and in turn clean up your notifications. You can install iOS 15 right now through Apple's public beta program, but I suggest you wait a little longer. If you're looking for more ways to tame your alerts, check out the Focus Mode tip in this post.

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