Shortly after today’s virtual conference, Apple announced that the next major version of iOS will be ready very soon. 5 days in fact! iPhone users will be able to update to iOS 15 on September 20. The company first unveiled iOS 15 earlier this year at its Worldwide Developer Conference.
We welcome on 9/20 Focus mode. In addition to “Do not disturb,” you can configure various modes and you can choose apps and people you want notifications from and change your focus depending on what you’re doing. For instance, you can create a Work mode, a Sleep mode, a Workout mode, etc.
New weather apps, updated maps in Apple Maps, and a better version of FaceTime are just a few boasts! Safari also has a brand-new look. Apple has apparently started listening to feedback and is working to improve the user’s experience.
The new version of iOS also scans your photos for text. Called Live Text, this feature lets you highlight, copy and paste text in photos. It could be a nice accessibility feature as well. iOS is going to leverage that info for Spotlight. You can search for text in your photos directly in Spotlight and it’ll pull out relevant photos. These features are handled on-device directly.
If you have the 6zs or later, you will be ready to update almost immediately, and any model of iPhone SE or the most recent iPod touch model. It’ll be available as a free download.
If you like your iPhone the way it is, Apple has also said that you don’t have to update to iOS 15. For the foreseeable future, the company will still update iOS 14 with security patches. (For now, evil grin!)