Apple today released Release Candidate build iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 to developers and public beta testers. This is Apple’s latest release for developers as part of its beta 15 iOS testing channel.
Until and if some major bugs and issues are reported with Release Candidate for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8, they will be announced for iPhone and iPad users on September 20th.
IOS 15 features
FaceTime is becoming a major upgrade in iOS 15. Given the popularity of video calling in the last year due to COVID-19, Apple is introducing some important changes to make FaceTime calls more natural. FaceTime calls will now support surround sound to make it sound like they are sitting in a room with you. Voice isolation uses machine learning to block all ambient noise and focus only on your voice.
FaceTime gets network view support to make group video calls easier and make it easier to view multiple calls at once. To make the video call experience better, FaceTime also gets a portrait mode that will blur the background. You can also schedule FaceTime calls through FaceTime links, which you can share in advance with your friends or family. Apple also allows Android and Windows users to join FaceTime calls via a web browser.
iOS 15 also brings SharePlay to FaceTime. This allows you to listen to the same music or video during a FaceTime call. Apple is also introducing the SharePlay API so other apps and streaming services can connect to it. However, Apple has confirmed that SharePlay will not be available in the initial releases of iOS 15.
Here you can get an overview of all the new FaceTime features in iOS 15.
Sharing becomes easier in messaging
The updated Messaging app in iOS 15 now has a new design for group photos. Any links shared with you in the Messages app will also appear in the Shared with you section of Apple News. This allows you to easily read any content later.
You can also start a conversation from the Apple News app. Similar features will also be found on Apple Music, Safari, Podcast, Apple TV, Photos, etc. Here you can find everything new in the Messages app in iOS 15.
Redesigned notifications and focus
Apple is redesigning notifications in iOS 15, and photos and contact icons are now visible in notifications. It also adds a Notification Summary that gives you a summary of all your unread notifications. Impressively, if you have the Do Not Disturb mode enabled, the other party sending you the message will notify you.
iOS 15 also introduces Focus profiles so you can set different profiles for app notifications and the home screen layout. For example, you can select work apps from which you want job notification alerts. You can also set different home screen layouts for each profile. Each Focus profile you set will also sync with your other devices.
Here’s a summary of everything new with notifications in iOS 15.
iOS 15 is compatible with the same set of iPhones as iOS 14. That means it supports genuine iPhone SEs, iPhone 6s, and all newer iPhones. Similarly, iPadOS 15 also does not interrupt support for any older iPad. If you’re on the beta channel for iOS 15 or iPadOS 15, you can download the Golden Master app on your device by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update.
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