Following the launch of the iPhone 13 last week, Apple has now released the latest version of its mobile operating system—iOS 15.
iOS 15 has been described as one the most incremental iOS upgrades in years. While it doesn’t make a significant difference to your smartphone experience, there are a few minor improvements and new features that will help you get more out of your device.
You don’t even have to upgrade iOS 15 to enjoy the incremental changes. If you’re happy with iOS 14 and want to stick with it, you can—Apple will continue to provide you with vital security updates.
If you want to be up-to-date with the latest iOS features, this guide will show you how to get them.
New features: Focus mode, notifications, live text, and more
The biggest visible change with iOS 15 has been to notifications. You can combine lower-priority notifications, and schedule them once per day. Notifications now feature contact photos and app logos.
iOS 15 also adds a ‘Focus‘ mode, which lets you organise different apps and notifications into profiles such as ‘work’, ‘sleep’ or ‘home’, each with their own home screen. This will allow you to have more control over your phone’s activities and what you see each day.
There are many new camera features in the iPhone 13. The latest iOS update is proof of this. It uses AI to recognize live text and handwriting in photos, and the camera app. The camera can be used to look at different objects, such as landmarks or artworks.
If you’re a bit ahead of your friends and family when it comes to gadgets, you’ll be pleased to hear that FaceTime can now be used on Android and Windows devices without any need for an Apple account. You will only need to share a link to join the call, just like Zoom and Google Meet.
There’s a few other upgrades: Safari has been redesigned, there’s enhanced multitasking, and Siri can now be used offline, which means a major boost to both privacy and speed.
How to install iOS 15 on iPhone or iPad
First, backup your data and pictures using iCloud. Then…
- Open ‘Settings’ on your iPad or iPhone
- Tap ‘General’
- Choose ‘Software update’
- You’ll be presented with an iOS 15 page. Hit ‘download’ to proceed.
- Follow the prompts, and your phone should be set up.
Even if you haven’t nabbed one of Apple’s shiny new iPhones, this soft update to iOS allows some features to mature and refines others. This update is not going to be a judge on you.