During the Apple keynote where the iPhone 13 was announced, Apple formalized the arrival of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Most of the new features are reserved for the iPhone, but there are also some new features on the iPad.
Apple announced iOS 15 during WWDC 2021. We had the opportunity to discover all of its new features through several private and public beta. During its event California streaming, where the iPhone 13 was announced, Apple also announced the arrival of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20, 2021 in final version.
What’s new for iOS 15?
iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.
Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what you want to focus on at any given time. We have described and used these modes of concentration in a dedicated file.
This “Focus” mode is accompanied by a new design for notifications, with slightly different bubbles. For example, the faces of your contacts are displayed instead of the app icon, like on Android. Each morning, your iPhone or iPad will also take care of giving you a quick summary of all your pending notifications by eliminating the alerts that it deems dispensable.
Safari presents a whole new design. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and put more emphasis on the content of a web page. As you’ll see, there’s a new compact tab bar that floats across the bottom of the screen so users can easily switch between tabs. New tab groups allow users to save tabs and easily access them anytime on any device. Finally, there is a new customizable start page and you can install web extensions for the first time.
The Maps application now offers a new 3D view in cities with significantly improved details, be it buildings, crosswalks, cycle paths… There is also a new city driving experience with road details additional and enhanced transit features, such as pinned favorite lines, subway exit notifications, and augmented reality walking routes.
Live Text is a new feature that uses the intelligence of the device to recognize the text of a photo that users can search, highlight, and copy. In fact, the Spotlight internal search engine can now search for photos by location, people, scenes, objects and text. Spotlight also offers a richer web image search and results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies.
iOS 15 also introduces new privacy measures, such as processing Siri requests directly on the iPhone, which also has the advantage of providing better responsiveness. For its part, Mail Privacy Protection prevents senders from knowing if an email has been opened and detects the IP address of a recipient. There is also talk of a new screen to display the frequency with which applications use the permissions that have been granted to them.
Android friends on FaceTime
There is also the possibility ofinvite your friends on Android and Windows to your FaceTime calls. We have also tested this function. For iMessages, Apple’s messaging application is improving to allow you to better find the links that are sent to you, based on “For you” sections and a pinning system.
New Memojis are also available, while people who send a lot of photos at once will welcome the possibility of sending several at once, with a folder that will take the form of a stack.
SharePlay is not yet fully developed, the functionality is missing
SharePlay is a new feature that was announced at WWDC. It allows users to share experiences with each other during FaceTime calls, including content such as music on Apple Music, TV shows, or movies on Apple TV. The benefit is that the media is played in a synchronized fashion for all participants and there are shared playback controls, so that anyone in a SharePlay session can play, pause or skip content, as well as add it. to a shared queue.
SharePlay also gave users the option to share their screens to view apps together during a FaceTime call. Unfortunately, Apple has decided to remove this feature from iOS 15 for now.
What’s new for iPadOS 15?
iPadOS 15 also arrives with its list of new features. For example, Apple has added widgets to home pages, like on iPhones. Apple is also adding its “application library” to the iPad. But unlike the iPhone, where you have to slide multiple times to the right to access it, Apple adds the “application library” to the lower dock.
Apple is also revamping the way multitasking works. With iPadOS 15, Apple added a “shelves” feature that displays open windows in an app. So, in an email application, the shelves can be your open emails or your draft messages.
In addition, iPadOS 15 is eyeing macOS and its Finder to improve the Files app. The iPad’s file manager thus benefits from some features directly from that of the Macs. For example, the Files app now supports devices formatted as NTFS.
Do iOS 15 and iPad 15 work with my iPhone and iPad?
All iPhone and iPod touch already compatible with iOS 14, the version released in 2020, can in principle benefit from the update to iOS 15.
- iPod touch (7th generation)
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone X, XR, XS et XS Max
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro et 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro et 12 Pro Max
Regarding compatible iPads, here is the list:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first to fifth generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (first to third generation)
- 10.5 inch iPad Pro
- iPad Pro 9.7 inch
- iPad (fifth to eighth generation)
- iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation)
- iPad Air (second to fourth generation)
During the keynote, the apple company also lifted the veil on the iPad 9 (2021), the iPad mini 6 (2021), the new Apple Watch Series 7 connected watch, as well as the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.