Meet some of the tiny iOS 15 tweaks that will change the way you use your iPhone.
iOS 15 is a significant update, as evidenced by our never-ending list of the finest iOS 15 features. The forthcoming iPhone software upgrade received a lot of stage time at Apple’s WWDC 2021 event, and there’s a lot of literature on Apple’s website regarding the changes coming to the iPhone.
Given everything going on with iOS 15, it’s fair that some features may have slipped your mind. While not every change is as big as Share Play for FaceTime, redesigned notifications, or a redesigned Safari browser, they all add up to a better overall experience with iOS 15.
The public beta of iOS 15 hasn’t arrived yet, but the developer beta has, allowing some folks to look further into the software. We matched their findings to Apple’s feature list to come up with a list of notable updates and improvements that most people missed.
Here are a few lesser-known iOS 15 features to be aware of before the public beta arrives in July and the complete release in the fall.
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Every iOS upgrade gives Siri new abilities, and Apple appears to have delivered a nice update for its digital assistant this time around – at least on paper. We’ve already discussed how Siri is getting faster because of on-device spofthech processing, but another Siri development that’s been overlooked is its ability to share photographs, web pages, news stories, and other content.
Let’s pretend you’re gazing at a photograph. If you ask Siri with iOS 14 to share that with a contact, you’ll hear an apology from the digital assistant about how that’s beyond its present capabilities. However, Siri on iOS 15 can easily share that photograph, even knowing which contact you meant.
In iOS 15, Siri will offer to snap a screenshot and transmit it instead if you ask it to share anything on your iPhone screen that it can’t.
When Apple first began selling music through iTunes, it needed the means to enforce digital rights management so that only you (and a few authorized visitors) could listen to your purchases thus limiting iPhone data sharing. Since then, Apple ID has expanded to include all Apple services, and if you ever lose your password or account, you are to use a technical term — hoarded.
In iOS 15, you can identify trusted friends and family members as Account Recovery Contacts. If you lose access to your Apple ID, you’ll be able to use one of those contacts to speed up the recovery procedure.
Apple is also allowing you to designate Legacy Contacts for your Apple ID in a related move. Should you die away, those contacts will be able to access your Apple account, making your Apple News and Apple Fitness memberships the least of your worries.
Apple says it’s improving some system functions and built-in apps to connect to 5G networks faster, but this will only be of interest to those who have an iPhone 12 model or the iPhone 13 devices that will be released in the fall because they, too, will be 5G-ready but it’s only of interest to those who have an iPhone 12 model or the iPhone 13 devices that will be released in the fall because they, too, will be 5G-ready.
Improved iCloud backup times, better streaming from Apple TV and Apple Music (and maybe third-party apps), quick iCloud Photo syncing, and speedy downloads of Apple News Plus articles for offline reading should be the result.
Accessibility improvements are sometimes missed in iOS updates, which is unfortunate because they make iPhones easier to use for everyone.
There are several accessibility improvements in iOS 15, but my favorite so far is the option to change display and text size settings per app. The feature does exactly what it says on the tin: it allows you to increase text in one app while keeping it the same in others.
The ability to slide your finger over a photo to establish a person’s position relative to other things in that image is another enhancement that will come in handy for people with poor vision.
The fact that Apple’s Find My app can track the location of any Apple device when it connects to a network isn’t really surprising; it’s one of the app’s key functions. That method, however, only worked with programs that were turned on.
Find My increases its location capabilities in iOS 15 by adding devices that are switched off in its searches. (This most likely implies you’ll obtain the device’s last known position, but we’ll see what Apple has in mind once the iOS 15 public beta is out.)You’ll be able to track down gadgets even if they’ve run out of battery or have been turned off by a thief, according to Apple.
Find My will also be able to track down devices even after they’ve been deleted, which is another feature aimed at preventing the resale of stolen Apple gadgets. To that aim, such devices’ Hello screens will display that the device is locked and traceable.
Because Apple has spent so much time hyping the upgrades to FaceTime, which include spatial audio and a new grid view on top of the previously announced Share Play feature, other less glamorous but necessary improvements have been relegated to the side-lines.
For example, Apple’s video chat app now has a mute indication that will notify you if you’re attempting to communicate and no one can hear you. You’ll be able to tap the alert to unmute it, making the procedure easier.
Yes, other video chat applications have this feature, not a morning meeting goes by without Google Meet telling me that I’m muted because I cough. However, it’s still an important addition to FaceTime, and the fact that the warning is tappable should make the whole thing easier to manage.
I presently have an invite to an event I attended six months ago in my iOS 14-powered iPhone’s Wallet app, and I previously had tickets for expired airplane round trips, train fares, and baseball games cluttering up my digital wallet until I manually deleted them.
In iOS 15, this will change, as Wallet will now move expired boarding passes and event tickets to a separate list. The update means that the cards, tickets, and passes that are now relevant to you are in the foreground, and the clutter is gone. And, if you’re the type who wants to preserve digital tickets as a keepsake, they’re still available in another section of Wallet for you to reminisce over.
The Spotlight function is a quick and easy way to locate apps and other items on your iPhone, and it’ll be even handier in iOS 15 now that Spotlight can search for images. However, accessing searches requires unlocking your phone and sliding down from the home screen, which is an unnecessary step when all you want to do is find something important.
You won’t have to unlock your phone anymore with iOS 15. When you swipe down on the lock screen, the Spotlight search bar shows, along with the regular selection of suggested apps. You may then use your iPhone to search for anything. Spotlight searches from the lock screen are limited to the web if you don’t use Face ID to unlock your device or if your iPhone is in someone else’s hands, ensuring that your messages, applications, and photographs stay private.
Given how essential photo functions have become in distinguishing the finest phones, Apple hasn’t spent much time hyping up camera enhancements in iOS 15. However, even before the inevitable camera improvements that will come with the iPhone 13 models in the fall, there are improvements in iOS 15 to discuss.
If you have one of the four iPhone 12 models, your panorama photographs should look better on iOS 15, as Apple claims it has improved geometric distortion and improved the capture of moving things. (Likely, this functionality will also operate with the iPhones that will be released in the fall.) Your panoramas should also have less image noise and banding.
When you’re recording a QuickTake video in iOS 15, you’ll be able to manage zooming by swiping up or down. However, this is yet another function that requires an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or later.
The iPhone’s Translate app was released in iOS 14, and one of its biggest features was a conversation mode that displayed two translated languages side by side, allowing you to chat with someone even if you speak of different languages. In iOS 15, that feature is back, along with a new viewing option that should make such chats feel even more natural.
In iOS 14, you could only use Translate in landscape mode, as shown in the screenshot above, but iOS 15 includes a face-to-face mode. The half of the screen that faces you displays your English statements as well as translations from ten other languages; the other half of the screen spins it around and displays it so that the other person can see what you’re saying more clearly.
This is a function that will only be useful when setting up a new iPhone, but it will be greatly appreciated if your iCloud storage is limited. You may utilize iCloud backup to move data to a new iPhone or iPad with iOS 15, and you can set aside as much temporary storage as you need to build a backup. The additional storage is free and can be used for up to three weeks.
We’ve only scratched the surface of iOS 15’s hidden gems, which include an easier way to save photographs in Messages, interactive Memories in the Photos app, and the ability to skip silences in the Voice Memos app. And those are just the changes we’re aware of; as we spend more time with the iOS 15 beta, expect to see additional previously unseen improvements and additions.
My name is Mukesh Jakhar and I am a Web Application Developer and Software Developer, currently living in Jaipur, India. I have a Master of Computer Application in Computer Science from JNU Jaipur University. I loves to write on technology and programming topics. Apart from this, I love to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature.