iOS 15: Download and install the public beta on your iPhone or iPad right now. Here's how

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Should I download IOS 15 public beta?

As always, we never recommend downloading a beta version of any software on your primary device due to bugs. In the case of iOS 15, you should only download this public beta if you have a second iPhone that you can use for testing -- not on your main phone. CNETApple's iOS 15 beta is here, but watch out for these bugs

Is IOS 15 public beta stable?

Apple is expected to release the stable version of iOS 15 in September. Apple iOS 15 public beta is rolling to eligible iPhone devices. ... Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 11, and some other iPhone models are eligible for iOS 15. Moneycontrol.comiOS 15 public beta update now available for iPhone 12, iPhone 11 and other eligible iPhones

How to use iOS 15’s new Live Text feature

The Verge 04 July, 2021 - 02:02pm

A guide to Apple’s new OCR feature

Live Text works with both handwritten and typed text, and supports English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. It’s also important to remember that iOS 15 is still in beta, which means that Apple could tweak or change how Live Text works in the months to come.

Live Text works in a few different ways on iOS, depending on what you’re trying to use it for and where in the OS you are. Here are all the different ways you can use it:

Once you’ve got the text you want (see below), tapping on the text field (as you would when accessing the pop-up select / copy / paste menu that’s been on iOS for years) brings up an additional option: text from camera.

Tapping that new button will bring up a smaller camera window, which you can point at any block of text. iOS will then highlight the block of text it’s selecting, and you can drop it in just by hitting the “insert” button.

(You might want to proofread things, of course, before you send or post it — Live Text is pretty good, but its not perfect, especially when working with handwritten text.)

If you’re viewing any pictures with text in them in the Photos app, you can select and interact with text there. It works just like selecting actual text anywhere else on iOS: tap and hold on the text in an image and you’ll see the familiar-looking blue highlights pop up.

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iOS 15 gives Safari a huge overhaul — here’s what I love (and hate)

Tom's Guide 04 July, 2021 - 02:02pm

Safari gets a new — and divisive — interface on the iPhone

Here's a closer look at what's new in iOS 15 Safari, in addition to which changes are hits and which ones are misses.

iOS 15 Safari lets you customize the start page to your liking. That means you can change the order in which sections appear or remove them entirely. You also get the option of adding a background image to the start page — Apple offers its own backgrounds, though you can also select an image from your photo library. And there's a button for making sure that your start page syncs across all your different Apple devices (assuming they're running the latest Apple software, too.)

To get to your start page, tap the tab bar at the bottom of the screen — yes, I know, we're going to talk about that soon — and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to edit what appears there. You have the option of showing favorite pages, frequently visited sites, links that have been shared with you, Apple's privacy report, Siri's suggested web pages, your reading list, and tabs you have open in other devices. You can also use the three horizontal bars to move around what order those items appear in.

You may not make any changes at all or you may determine that a background image isn't to your liking. The point is, Apple puts the control in your hands, and that's probably the best addition to iOS 15 Safari.

The other great new feature in Safari on iOS 15 is one that's actually included across multiple apps. Shared with You has its home in Messages, but it extends to Safari, as well as Photos, Podcasts, Apple Music, Apple News and Apple TV.

Here's how it works — when someone shares something with you via Messages, it will appear in a newly added Shared with You section of the relevant app. In the case of Safari, that means any web links will be stacked up in Shared with You on your Safari start page, so that you can click through to the links at your leisure without having to dig back to Messages to find them.

Even better, if you feel compelled to reply to the person who sent you the link, you can do so directly from Safari. Just tap the name of the person underneath the shared link, and a messaging window will pop up, allowing you to text a reply. It's a convenient way of following up without having to shuffle back and forth between apps.

Whatever Apple device you're running Safari on, the new version adds a feature called Tab Groups. The name tells you all you need to know — instead of keeping a lot of individual tabs open, you can group related ones together, contracting and expanding those tabs on a need-to-browse basis.

I haven't used macOS Monterey yet, but I imagine that Tab Groups really cuts down the clutter on the Mac version of Safari. That's less of a concern on the iPhone, where tabs are tucked away. Accessing your Tab Groups in iOS 15 is not necessarily intuitive, either. You tap on the double page icon to view all your tabs **and then** tap on the tab bar on the bottom of the screen to pull up your available Tab Groups. (Like many features in Safari, Tab Groups follow you across your different Apple devices.) Select your Tab Group by tapping and the taps spread out into a grid-like view of page thumbnails.

That's a lot of tapping to get to Tab Groups, but the organizational feature is a lot better than swiping through all those fanned out tabs in iOS 14. I collect a lot of online recipes, and the Tab Groups view provides a much handier interface for picking the linked recipe that I want for dinner or switching over between recipes if I'm prepping more than one dish. 

Tab Groups may be a more appropriate fit on the Mac or iPad, but I'm still glad it's included with iOS 15 Safari.

Tap the Tab Bar at the bottom of the screen — trust me, we're getting to that — and you'll now see a microphone icon appear in the far right of the text field. Tap the mic and you can dictate your search term to Siri. The moment you're done talking, the search takes place automatically, without you having to tap or type anything else. It's very convenient.

So about that Tab Bar. As in the other Safari revamps, it's been streamlined as a place to enter both URLs and search terms. It's also been moved to the bottom of your screen in iOS 15 Safari, though there's some method to Apple's apparent madness. Placing the Tab Bar down there puts it in easy reach of your thumb, enabling one-handed browsing even on iPhones with larger screens — or so the argument in favor of the move goes.

Charitably, I'd say this switch will take some getting used to. I've been using the iOS 15 beta for a couple weeks now, and I still find myself tapping the top of the Safari page and being surprised when I can't enter in a URL. It doesn't help that a lot of web pages have headers that look a lot like tab bars. Your eye — and your finger — is naturally drawn there, especially with Apple tucking away the Tab Bar when it's not in use.

That creates a more pressing problem than not being used to the placement of the Tab Bar. You summon it by tapping, and you don't have a lot of screen real estate to work with. The tab bar is housed just above the bar you swipe to exit apps. A lot of modern web sites also stick ads at the bottom of their page. So, essentially, you've got an ad and an app switching bar and a small Tab Bar strip wedged between them. A small thermal exhaust port on a fully operational Death Star makes for a more inviting target.

If you think it's hard tapping the Tab Bar, just wait until you try to navigate between tabs in iOS 15 Safari. You do this by swiping left or right, which is certainly natural enough. But to successfully swipe, you've got to first tap the tab bar and then swipe on top of it. Forget that first step and you'll swipe your way right out of Safari and into the last app you had open (if you're swiping right). It's very annoying and I hope Apple makes the swiping easier to pull off before the final version of iOS 15 comes out.

There's one feature in iOS 15 Safari that I haven't really tested yet. Apple's built-in browser now supports web extensions, the first time you can say that in 14 years of the iPhone. According to Apple, you can customize your iPhone-based version of Safari as much as you have on the Mac.

I'm not the intended audience for this, as I don't make much use of extensions for Safari on my MacBook Air. But more to the point, I don't know that there's many iOS Safari-ready web extensions to be used with iOS 15 Safari at this point. That's likely to change as more developers spend more time with the beta, but for now, let's just file web extension support under "Sounds promising."

The new version of Safari on the iPhone has a lot going for it, while a few design changes are working against it. Unfortunately, the latter threaten to overwhelm the former. As welcome as the customizable smart page and Shared with You are, the frustrations of navigating through Safari outweigh those benefits. Perhaps that will ease up with time — or even better, with some modest intervention from Apple.

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48 hours with iOS 15 public beta: These 5 features make all the difference

The Indian Express 04 July, 2021 - 02:02pm

Every July, Apple releases the public beta version of iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone, the world’s most popular smartphone. Although not the final version, the public beta allows a large pool of tech enthusiasts to try out the features that will be rolled out as part of the new version of iOS and for Apple to fine-tune its offering based on user feedback.

The changes coming to iOS 15, like opening FaceTime to Android and Windows users or the new live text function, reflect how the pandemic appears to have impacted our lives. I won’t call iOS 15 revolutionary, rather the update brings those features that might improve the usefulness of the iPhone when everyone is dependent on video calling and increased collaboration.

I have been testing the iOS 15 public beta version on my iPhone 12, and here are five features that impressed me the most.

Safari, the iPhone’s built-in browser, is getting a makeover in iOS 15. While the initial impression of the new Safari looks promising, there are things that confused me. As part of the redesign, Apple has moved the search and address bar from top to the bottom of the screen. Well, the idea of placing the Tab Bar to the bottom of the screen in Safari is to allow one-handed browsing, especially now when the iPhone’s screen sizes continue to increase. The problem is, even after 48 hours, I continue to tap on the top of the Safari page to access the search bar.

Maybe it will take me a few more hours to get used to this placement, but I must say the Safari on the iPhone 12 feels fast. There are many features in Safari I found genuinely interesting. For instance, now I can customise the start page, change the background image, or even tweak the order in the section that appears. Searching using my voice in Safari is a welcome change, though I don’t think I will be using this feature often. But one neat feature I am most excited about is the new “Shared with You” feature. If someone shares a meme with you via iMessage, it will appear in “Shared with you” in Apple Photos but it also extends to Safari, Podcasts, Apple Music, and Apple TV.

I hate getting notifications, especially after 11 pm. I want peace of mind and I don’t want to be near my phone at all. The truth is my and your life is controlled by WhatsApp and even if I want to get rid of it I can’t. Apple has a solution for this and it’s called “focus”. What this feature does is allow you to create profiles, so you can select which app or person sends you notifications at a particular time. So, for example, if I am working on an important story and don’t want any kind of disturbance, I just need to enable Focus mode and allow a text from my editor but deactivate notifications from WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger till the time I am writing the story.

Think of Focus as an advanced version of Do Not Disturb. When Focus is enabled, I won’t even see a notification that I received a WhatsApp message or an alert from Twitter. The good thing about this feature is that if someone tries to text you and if you have disabled the notification from a person or an app, they get a message that says “Anuj has silenced notifications with Focus.” Simply put, Focus gives you total control over apps and people who can reach you at a specific time. For now, this doesn’t work with WhatsApp but Apple’s own Messages supports it. I haven’t dug too much into the Focus mode yet but I will be using this feature more often.

Okay…I admit Zoom has taken over our lives and it is hard to switch to any other video conferencing platform. But Apple really thinks its FaceTime is as good as Zoom to stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues. For the first time, Apple is opening FaceTime to Android and Windows platforms. It sounds impressive until you realise that there are no dedicated FaceTime apps for either Android or Windows. Instead, the conversions will be done through web browsers instead. So if you use an Android smartphone or a Windows laptop and have a friend with an iPhone or Mac, the Apple user can send a link to join a FaceTime call through a text, email, WhatsApp or a calendar invite.

Once you receive the link, you can click on it and it will open in a web browser. The best part is you can join the call without having to forcefully download an app or own an Apple device. Mind you: only an Apple device user can schedule or start a FaceTime call. In the iOS 15 public beta, this functionality is live. I need to tell you that the quality of the call depends on how your browser handles audio-video on the device. When I tried a FaceTime call with a friend who has an Android phone, I did not find any glitch. For me, what matters is Apple’s assurance that a FaceTime conversation is end-to-end encrypted.

I am surprised to see how Apple is making its FaceTime app more than a Zoom competitor. The new SharePlay is the perfect example that shows why Apple’s ecosystem is so unique and why it is so hard for competitors to replicate this model. When you start a FaceTime call with a friend or a group of friends, you will notice a small button showing a screen. Tap that to start a screen sharing, open Apple TV+, Disney+, or even Apple Music, and then watch a show or movie together. You can also share your iPhone screen via SharePlay.

If you are watching a movie with a friend, he or she can pause or fast forward the playback. It’s live in the iOS 15 public beta, and for now it’s only compatible with Apple TV+. SharePlay in FaceTime is a pretty solid feature but one thing I observed while testing this feature is that everyone on call has to subscribe to that particular subscription service to watch shows or movies together.

I am impressed with the new live text feature in iOS 15. If you have ever heard about Google Lens (available on Android devices), this feature does exactly the same thing. Basically, the live text function is Apple’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature. It fetches text from any picture captured with the camera and that can be copied, pasted or translated.

If you are traveling in Paris and want to translate the signboard across the road, take your phone out, capture it and let the iPhone translate what is written in your language. The other day my charger for an old laptop broke and I wanted to find where I could buy a replacement unit. Instead of typing the model number and searching on the web, I took the picture, tapped the model number written on the adapter, and then performed a search to find the relevant information.

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Apple rolls out iOS 15, iPadOS 15 public beta, here's how you can download them | News - Times of India Videos

Times of India 02 July, 2021 - 07:00pm

If you have been eagerly waiting for the iOS 15 since Apple's announcement last month at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), then it's finally time for you to try it out. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public beta download is now available for iPhone and iPad users and we are here to tell you all about how to install it. A Public Beta basically means you no longer need to have a developer account to download iOS 15 and the only prerequisites for you are your Apple ID credentials and a compatible device. A very important step before you go ahead to download and install the new update is to backup your device. Once you have made sure that your iPhone and iPad is compatible with the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public beta, make sure you have backed up everything using iTunes (for PC users), Finder (if you have a Mac) or even iCloud if you have enough storage available on the cloud. Do not ignore this, especially if you're risking this upgrade on your primary device. It is absolutely imperative that you do this unless you do not care about the personal data on your device. Apple has made the process of installing the public beta as simple and straightforward as things could be. You do not need to have your device connected to a PC or Mac to install it. Everything happens over the air which means all you need is an adequate battery on your iPhone/ iPad and you're good to go.

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Windows 11 and M1 Macs will make our tech purchases even more insular

Android Central 02 July, 2021 - 07:30am

Earlier this year, I decided to switch from iOS to Android after years of being an exclusive iPhone user. It was a no-pressure decision: I could always switch back to iOS if the novelty wore off, and most of my favorite games and productivity apps are both free and platform agnostic.

But now that I'm in the market for a new laptop, and thanks to the new Windows 11 announcement, deciding which phone OS I prefer just became much more important. Because which of the best available laptops I buy — an M1 MacBook Air, a Dell XPS 13 9310, or a Razer Book 13, most likely — may depend on it.

Computers and phones are becoming so connected that I can't buy one without considering the other.

Synergy between phones and computers is obviously nothing new. Once I started using Android phones, I tried out Microsoft's Your Phone app on my Dell work laptop. Its tools were comfortably familiar to me as an Apple fan: I made notifications pop up on my computer, shared photos and screenshots between them, and responded to friends' texts without taking my eyes off of Google Meet. I missed the convenience of AirDrop, but that wasn't a deal-breaker.

But with Windows 11, Microsoft will essentially turn its OS into an emulator for the best Android apps, in addition to its other big updates. And I find the idea increasingly compelling.

Initially, Microsoft apps will run off of Intel Bridge Technology, operating as if they were native ARM apps despite their mobile-specific coding. But Microsoft has also developed new ARM64EC technology that lets app developers slowly patch their app code and plugins to become Windows-compatible. Thanks to ARM64EC, these apps will run in a half-native, half emulated form until they're ready to run as a proper Windows 11 app.

In fact, how Windows 11 Android apps work is very similar to how M1 MacBooks run emulated, Intel-based x86 apps through its Rosetta 2 software. On that note, Apple is taking full advantage of its new M1 chip to let iOS and iPadOS apps run on macOS devices with little to no work from app developers.

Apple and Microsoft have both mastered the art of emulating smartphone apps to work effortlessly on Mac/PC hardware.

Like Microsoft, Apple wants you to download these apps from its own App Store. However, unlike Microsoft — which at least will allow sideloaded Play Store apps despite its growing animosity towards Google — Apple is actively blocking the loophole that let M1 MacBook owners sideload iOS and iPadOS apps without going through the Mac Store. Because phone app devs can opt-out of appearing on the Mac Store, this will limit which apps I can access on a MacBook.

Apple's frustrating walled garden policy aside, its upcoming devices will be even more linked than usual. Once macOS 12 and iOS 15 launch, you'll be able to use your MacBook as an iPhone speaker via AirPlay or use Universal Control tech to connect MacBooks and iPads together for productivity. In addition, its new SharePlay feature lets fellow iPhone users watch or listen to the same media over FaceTime. And no, FaceTime for Android won't let you share in the fun.

Unlike when I lived in NYC and stared at my phone to block out the subway crowds, I spend much less time swiping and more time typing and staring at larger displays these days while fully working from home. Because of that, I don't find the time to try out new mobile games and cool apps like I used to. And the Mac app store is so full of unreliable bloatware that I don't even bother searching through it these days; I've ended up fully dependent on my Chrome browser and bookmarks.

That's why I find Windows 11's little app windows (sorry) and widgets so compelling. They'll let me fill my computer display full of different apps I can see all at once, instead of a bunch of tabs I have to switch between. As a result, I'd be more likely to actually buy apps because I know I'd finally have time to use them more regularly.

The more companies link their devices, the more convenient it becomes just to buy everything from a single company.

But if I end up buying an XPS 13 or Razer Book 13 as my daily device, that means focusing entirely on building a library of new Microsoft and sideloaded Android apps. Even though you can use Windows apps without needing a phone, it makes no sense to buy apps that I can't also use on my daily driver iPhone. If I go the other direction and buy an M1X or M2 MacBook Pro, then the same principle applies: if I want to buy and enjoy games across devices, why stick with an Android phone?

This isn't some Earth-shattering revelation; of course, companies want us to buy as many of their devices as possible. But I started switching to Android in part because I wanted to escape Apple's monopolistic hold on my tech life, and I'm not sure I want to suddenly leave Apple entirely behind for Windows and Android, either. Whichever computer I buy will influence the next phone or tablet I buy, and the software I use, for at least the next four or five years. It puts more pressure and fear of making the wrong choice on me than I'd like!

I know that more than half of AC's readers are regular Windows users, so my fraught decision may not be relatable to some of you. But how many of you consider which phone you own when choosing what laptop or desktop to buy? Do any of you regularly use a daily phone and daily computer from different tech ecosystems? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Michael is a former ebook dev turned tech writer whose career arc took him from VR to wearables, emerging tech to gaming guides, before arriving at AC to cover Android, Oculus, Stadia, and smart homes, among other things. A Bay Area native, he loves underperforming sports teams, running, and tormenting his friends as the DM for D&D and Star Wars RPG campaigns.

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