Hands-on: Top iOS 15 sleeper features for iPhone [Video]

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Every year, new iOS releases arrive with headline-grabbing features like SharePlay and Focus. Likewise, every year, iOS includes under-the-radar improvements that aren’t likely to generate headlines. In this hands-on video I consider the top hidden iOS 15 features that I’ve stumbled upon. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more iOS 15 coverage in the days and weeks to come.

While a few of these low-key features were demonstrated in my top iOS 15 features overview, the majority are enhancements that I haven’t yet showcased for the public version of iOS 15. Here’s a full list of all of the sleeper features covered in this video, along with a brief commentary on why I think each feature is beneficial.

The editing loupe was a staple feature of iOS for years, but was inexplicably removed. The loupe magnifies the immediate area around the cursor to help with precise movement. Needless to say, it’s an iOS 15 features that I welcome back with open arms.

You can now mute notifications via Notification Center on a per-app basis. Simply swipe on the notification, select Options, and mute for 1 hour or for the entire day.

You can now quickly reorder Home Screen pages by going into edit mode and tapping the page dots to enter the page editor.

Within the page editor, it’s now possible to outright delete hidden Home Screen pages, sending all of its apps to the App Library.

iPadOS has enjoyed true drag and drop support for several years now, and iPhone users can now join in on the fun. Try dragging an image from the Photos app to a Messages app thread, or drag a URL directly from Safari into Notes.

Live Text is one of the headline features in iOS 15, and if you tap in a text field to open the copy paste menu, you’ll see a new capture text shortcut to quickly insert live text from anywhere.

If you’re an apartment dweller, this is a feature that you’ll surely appreciate. Open the Home app, invoke your HomePod, and flip the Reduce Bass switch.

I often listen to ambient sounds on Apple Music at night to help me sleep. With iOS 15, ambient background sounds are built right into iOS. Simply go to Accessibility → Audio/Visual → Background Sounds.

iOS 15 lets you speed through voice memos with the adoption of skip silence and playback speed adjustments.

Long-press on the Shazam shortcut in Control Center to access Shazam listening history.

Press the ellipsis button in the bottom right-hand corner of the default video player to access awesome new playback speed options.

When taking a video with Quick Take, slide up or down to zoom in and out.

A new AR-centric QR code UI appears in the stock camera app when a QR code appears in the viewfinder.

iOS 15 will now respect the order of your selections when picking photos via the Photo picker.

No longer are the markup options hidden behind a menu when editing photos in the Photos app.

Users on fast cellular connections now have the option to perform backups even when not connected to Wi-Fi. This option is perfect for those connected to speedy 5G cellular service.

iOS 15 helps you get ready for the iPhone 13 with a new Prepare for New iPhone checklist.

This service can help you recover data that is not yet end-to-end encrypted, such as photos, notes, and reminders.

It’s a good idea to establish an account recovery contact just in case you forget your device passcode and Apple ID password.

You can now group files in the Files app by Kind, Date, and Size.

iOS 15 lets you cycle through the time picker old school style, complete with haptic feedback, but it also allows for direct time input with just a tap.

An updated AirPrint UI comes with a new presets panel and the ability to select media and quality.

Finally! iOS 15 now supports one-time-passcodes for two-factor authentication. It will also auto-fill your one-time-passcodes for a totally seamless login experience. To set up one-time-passcodes, go to Settings → Password.

As outlined in our iOS 15 top features overview, Safari gets tons of new additions like Tab Groups, and a new bottom address bar with built-in swipe gestures. But Safari gets an additional swipe gesture by finally bringing support for pull-to-refresh to Apple’s default browser for the first time.

Definitely don’t sleep on Safari’s new extensions capability, which lets users integrate apps and utilities such as Apollo or 1Password like never before. To activate available extensions, open Safari, tap the ‘Aa’ button, and click Manage Extensions.

In the past, enabling an accessibility setting like Smart Invert would apply to iOS as a whole. In iOS 15, it’s now possible to apply accessibility settings on a per-app basis. Simply visit Settings → Accessibility → Per-App Settings.

If you’re multi-lingual, you’ll no doubt enjoy being able to search through all available keyboards in Settings → General → Keyboard → Keyboards → Add New Keyboard.

A refreshed UI allows you to download apps from Spotlight directly without invoking the App Store.

If your App Store search results include apps that you already have installed, iOS 15 will present a minimized view of the app icon with no corresponding screenshots.

You can now easily search the web for images via Spotlight.

You can also access Spotlight search directly from the Lock Screen on an unlocked iPhone.

In iOS 15, it’s now possible to search for an app via Spotlight, long-press on the result, and delete the app right from Spotlight.

iOS 15 affords users the ability to continually dictate text well beyond the limits of previous versions of iOS.

You can ask Siri to share on-screen content with a friend.

You can also ask Siri to control Smart Home devices at a certain time, which will create an automation within the Home app.

Finally, for devices logged in to the Find My network, you can now find your iPhone running iOS 15, even if the device has been powered off.

What is your favorite under-the-radar sleeper feature for iOS 15? For me, it’s the addition of one-time-passcode support and Safari extensions. Such features bring a measure of convenience to iOS that we haven’t had before.

What do you think? Sound off down below with your thoughts.

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Apple's iOS 15 update is here, but you might want to wait to install it. Here's why

CNET 22 September, 2021 - 03:10pm

iOS 15 is on the way, but you might not want to install it right away.

The next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 15, is now generally available. (Here's how to download and install iOS 15.) Apple revealed the Sept. 20 release date during a launch event earlier this week, at which the tech giant also unveiled the iPhone 13, new iPads and the Apple Watch Series 7

While the new software for iPhones (and iPadOS for iPads) is full of brand-new features like the ability to FaceTime Android owners, store your driver's license in your digital wallet and some major Apple Maps upgrades, you might want to consider waiting an extra week or two before installing iOS 15.

Sure, you can run headlong into the new operating system and play with all the new features as soon as they're available. That's the fun of it, right? But there are some good reasons that might stay your hand from clicking the Update button when it pops up. 

Bugs and issues just like that have cropped up in the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 betas, and could still be a problem in the initial general release. And even if these issues don't completely stop you from using your iPhone or iPad, the bugs will still likely be annoying and disruptive. 

Based on our experiences testing the iOS 15 beta, the third build was worse than the ones that came before it. Apps constantly crashed for no reason, and the keyboard would randomly stop working on the iPad Pro. Again, Apple's development team likely caught and addressed most of those bugs. But if you download on Day 1, you're setting yourself up to be the live version of a beta tester. 

iOS 15 includes lots of new features, like Focus mode, but it's possible there will be some bugs at first.

Going back to the iOS 14 example, the issue with default apps was taken care of a week later. That's the window you should look for: Wait a week, maybe two if you want to be super cautious, and then download the new iOS. By that point, most of the early bugs in the overall OS and individual apps should be worked out. 

While a certain amount of caution can help you avoid headaches, you shouldn't be overcautious either. Delaying updates to your operating system for too long can also leave you vulnerable to security flaws. Any operating system updates that are related to security issues -- like the iOS 14.8 update released earlier this week -- are important to install as soon as possible to keep your device secure. 

The launch of a new operating system like iOS 15 rarely falls into that category, but it's an important distinction to make. Whenever you decide to update to iOS 15, make sure your device is ready first. It's difficult to revert back to the previous operating system, but it is possible.

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Mac Rumors 22 September, 2021 - 03:10pm

Anyone Can Read Your Notes Without Unlocking Your iPhone

How-To Geek 22 September, 2021 - 03:10pm

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Researcher Jose Rodriguez discovered the bug, which was then covered by Apple Insider. He posted a video showing what is required to exploit it. It’s a bit complicated, but anyone willing to learn the steps will be able to get access to your Notes app and any notes that aren’t passcode-protected.

There are many prerequisites for the exploit to work. First, the person must have the phone in hand. The device must also have Siri enabled, Control Center available on the lock screen, and Notes and Clock included in Control Center. If those are all met, the person could then go through the process in the video below to get into Notes.

To get into the app, Rodriquez first asks Siri to turn on VoiceOver. From there, he navigates to Notes in Control Center. This will launch a new note, but it’s far from the end of the process. Rodriquez relaunches Control Center, opens the stopwatch, and then selects the previously opened Notes app. Instead of the same empty note, iOS gives access to the Notes database with saved content.

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Once someone has access to the Note, they can get a little creative with it. For example, VoiceOver’s rotor can be used to select and copy the note. Once copied, a second phone can call the compromised one. The call will then be declined, and the note can be copied into the custom Messages response field.

Again, it’s the kind of bug that requires someone to have your phone before they take anything, but it’s still something that should be addressed, as you don’t want anyone to be able to bypass your iPhone’s lock screen.

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Some early iOS 15 upgraders see "iPhone storage almost full" message regardless of storage used, and it cannot be dismissed.

The bug appears to affect a number of iPhone models no matter the storage available or remaining. Attempts to delete data on the device have failed to remove the message, and Apple hasn't acknowledged the bug publicly yet.

AppleInsider recommends users affected by the bug wait for a fix from Apple. Those who cannot wait may try a factory reset, but only after ensuring all photos, files, and important data are in iCloud or otherwise backed up.

Do not delete important files and photos to attempt to stop the error message. The message will likely remain no matter what you delete, so deleting personal files would be a waste.

There have been reports of other issues surrounding storage reported in iOS 15. One AppleInsider employee notes their iPhone 12 Pro Max shows about 11GB used of 512GB despite having about 20GB of music installed. The iPad Pro used to write this article reports zero storage used, despite having more than 300GB of data stored locally.

Anyone else run into an iOS 15 bug that says "iPhone storage almost full" in Settings when there's plenty of space available? My device has 20GB free and I can't dismiss it. pic.twitter.com/fSQlkBuzA5

Something doesn't quite add up here. pic.twitter.com/qTL8j5unmQ

Apple hasn't responded to the complaints.

Yep, I have the same as above and hope that 15.1 fixes it for me.  I also sent in a Feedback report last week, but nothing back from Apple.

Since updating to iOS 15 on my iPhone 12 Pro Max 512gb- I am experiencing extreme data usage even though I am actually not. Same issue with iOS 15 on my 2021 iPad Pro. 512 GB. iPad storage is down by 20gb even though it’s not accurate largest data consumption seems to be with the Apple Music App… I also have noticed increased Ram usage as well

15.1 did not fix the bad Used/Free space reporting on my 12 Pro Max.  Oh well.

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