Apple has released the latest version of its mobile operating system – iOS 15 – with upgrades to FaceTime, photos and messages. As well, there’s an increased emphasis on health and wellbeing. Apple announced the new changes at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday. The new iOS 15 operating system will be available this spring to all iPhone 6s and later models.
These days Apple has to compete with Google’s Android 12 and other platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, so to do this, Apple has now made FaceTime calls available online to PC and Android users. As Apple’s Craig Federighi said: “We’ve all found ourselves using videocalling for just about everything,” so now on FaceTime, “… your friends’ voices are spread out to sound like they’re coming from the direction in which they’re positioned on the video call,” he said.
The goal is to make FaceTime more natural. Apple has introduced spatial audio, which is designed to make it sound as though you’re “sitting in the same room” as everyone else on the call, Federighi said.
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In more good news, you can share Apple Music and video from Apple TV on FaceTime via a feature called SharePlay. This feature allows you to seamlessly bring music or a film into your FaceTime call. It will also let you share your own screen. As an example, Federighi said you might share your screen to look at real estate listings with a potential roommate.
More from Apple about the iOS 15 upgrade
“This year, we were inspired to create even more meaningful ways iPhone could help you,” said Federighi. “(iOS 15) is packed with features that make the iOS experience adapt to and complement the way you use iPhone, whether it’s staying connected to those who matter to you most, finding the space to focus without distraction, using intelligence to discover the information you need, or exploring the world around you.”
“iOS 15 helps users stay connected while sharing experiences in real time, gives them new tools to help reduce distraction and find focus, uses intelligence to enhance the photos experience, and, with huge upgrades to Maps, brings new ways to explore the world. We can’t wait for customers to experience it,” he added.
“With more intuitive multitasking, a new Home Screen design with integrated widgets and the App Library, system-wide note-taking with Quick Note, Translate designed for iPad, SharePlay, a redesigned Safari experience, new tools to stay focused and more, users can now be even more productive,” he said.
The new iOS 15 operating system will be available this spring to all iPhone 6s and later models, while iPadOS 15 will come to iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad (5th generation) and later and all iPad Pro models.