iOS 15: What’s in the latest Apple iPhone operating system and its updates

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Apple lets you upload digital IDs to Wallet in iOS 15 – finally.

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Apples iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 they are here. They both followed the tech giant California streaming event in September 2021 when Apple announced four iPhone 13 models, new iPads and Apple Watch Series 7. If you haven’t downloaded Apple’s new operating system yet, now you can do it for free and access updates for FaceTime, iMessage and more. (Here how to prepare the phone to run iOS 15.)

Our first look at the Apple iOS 15 update came in a virtual one Worldwide Developers Conference in June, followed by the developer beta, then the public beta. The new operating system came a week after Apple iOS 14.8 releasedwhich solved the security problem and introduced new features to several generations of the iPhone.

The new features of iOS 15 include the possibility Start FaceTime calls with Android users, easier sharing in iMessage and better directions in Mapsand with the release of iOS, more continue to appear 15.2, 15.3 and 15.4. Read on to find out everything we’ve learned about iOS 15 so far, including how to download it and some of the biggest new features.

IOS 15 release date: September 20

Apple initially revealed iOS 15 at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7, 2021, which is typical. The new operating system was first released to developers for testing and was made available for download as a public beta on June 30.

At the iPhone 13 event on September 14, Apple announced that iOS 15 will be generally available for free download on September 20. This means you can download the new operating system now, if you haven’t already (Here’s how).

This follows Apple’s typical iOS release pattern, with software typically appearing within a week of the iPhone’s launch.

And if you’ve been holding the same iPhone since 2015 or later, you’ll likely be able to get iOS 15. iOS 15 is available on the iPhone 6S and every iPhone.

New iOS 15 features

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Apple’s iOS 15 receives a number of new features.

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Here are some key new features in iOS 15, unveiled at WWDC 2021. (And here’s an overview all new features in iOS 15.)

FaceTime Updates: Surround Sound, Android and Windows Support

FaceTime Deals surround sound to make people’s voices seem to come from their position on the screen, making video calls more natural and realistic. FaceTime is also starting to look more like Zoomwhich allows you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls, and share links to connections that can be accessed through a browser on Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices.

Read more: Fun FaceTime Date Idea: Try Apple’s new SharePlay feature in iOS 15

IMessage sharing features

iOS 15 adds a little bit new iMessage sharing features for photos, news articles and playlists. When a friend sends you multiple photos via iMessage, they will appear in a dynamic collage formation so you can browse through them or tap to view the entire group in the photos app. If you want to access the same photos later, you’ll find them in the new Shared with You folder, as well as mixed up with your featured photos and memories. You’ll also find news articles and playlists shared by iMessage in the new Shared With You tabs in the Messages and Apple Music apps.

Apple Maps update: 3D street data, AR walking directions and weather alerts

Apple Maps is getting an update with more elevation data, road colors and directions, rich labels, 3D landmarks and an improved night mode. When it comes to public transport, you can also pin nearby public transit stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch, and receive automatic updates and notifications as you drive and approach a stop. When traveling on foot, the new augmented reality feature lets you scan nearby buildings with your iPhone’s camera to pinpoint their exact location for more accurate walking directions, which are also presented in augmented reality.

Maps can also include weather alerts in suggested routes in iOS 15. Redditor ChrisSDreilingwho noticed an update in beta 3 of iOS 15 says Maps will notify you of sudden floods during your trip and suggest alternative routes to avoid extreme weather conditions. While no other types of weather alerts are mentioned in ChrisSDreiling’s post, it will be interesting to see if more weather alerts will be added.

Selfies with facial recognition to verify digital ID cards in Wallet

On WWDC This spring, Apple announced that it would add ID card support to Wallet in iOS 15, allowing you to carry digital versions of government-issued ID cards, such as your driving license on your iPhone. The ID feature isn’t available in the initial release of iOS 15, and it’s still unclear exactly how it will work. (It will be too be for US users only.) According code discovered by 9to5Mac in iOS 15 beta 4 for developers, Apple can use selfies with facial recognition to validate digital ID cards when adding them to a wallet. A bit banking applications already uses this selfie validation feature to authenticate users when signing in to new devices.

IOS 15 updates since launch

Since the release of iOS 15, Apple has made several updated versions of the operating system available to the public and developers. Here are some of the greatest features Apple has added since the launch of iOS 15.

iOS 15.2

Released in December 2021, iOS 15.2 brought some bug fixes as well as features that some iPhone users have been asking for. One feature that needs to be added is the ability to search in an Apple Music playlist. People who have iPhone 13 Pro or Max there were also Macro Controls to take advantage of the phone’s ultra-wide lens. The biggest feature to add, however, is the app privacy report. This report shows what data and sensors each app can access, the app’s network activity, and other privacy-related data. The iOS 15.2 update is available for download by everyone.

iOS 15.3

Apple released iOS 15.3 made public in early January, and the update fixed several security flaws, including a Safari bug that allows visited sites to view your browsing history and other personal information. The update also fixed some security vulnerabilities in ColorSync, iCloud, and other software.

iOS 15.4

The latest iOS update was made available to the public on March 15 and included the ability to unlock Face ID while wearing the mask and glasses. He also added Universal control and new emoticons. The update came with a new one security-oriented changes for Apple’s AirTags and the five-tap call emergency call shortcut has become optional, among others.

How to download iOS 15?

Now that iOS 15 is generally available, you’ve likely received a notification from Apple saying it’s possible to update. You can also do it manually by going to Settings app > General > Software update and in the Also available section, tap Upgrade to iOS 15.

If you already have iOS 15 beta installed on your phone, you can uninstall it before downloading the final version operating system. Here’s why you might want wait before installing the full version of iOS 15.

For more, here is everything you need to know about the iPhone 13. You can also have a look at cool new features for WatchOS 8, the best things about MacOS Monterey and select if your computer is compatible with the new MacOS.

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