Along with the launch of its new smartphone, Apple unveils a new version of its famous mobile operating system every year. Thus, a few days before the official release of the iPhone 13 (already available for pre-order from SFR), it is iOS 15 which began its deployment on Monday, September 20, 2021. Focus on the main new features which, as a reminder, will not only be available on the next flagship but also on several old models of the Apple brand.
# 1 FACETIME BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER MORE THAN EVER
Do we call each other on video? This is a phrase that has become very common since the pandemic. Whether it is for telecommuting, or simply to see family or friends despite the distance, video calling applications have become extremely popular in recent years. So to stay in the game, Apple has added a whole bunch of new features to FaceTime on iOS 15. Starting with SharePlay, a tool apparently inspired by streaming platforms: just like Amazon Prime Video and its Watch Party, or even Disney + and its GroupWatch, this invites you to watch video content simultaneously with family and friends. SharePlay goes even further, by also offering to listen to music together via a FaceTime conversation, and even to share its live screen with all the participants in the call. Practical, to arrange a restaurant or a remote seasonal rental. Not to mention the advantages that such a feature can have on the job
Moreover, under iOS 15, FaceTime intends to compete with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other video conferencing applications. Now, Apple’s own tool makes it possible to schedule a virtual meeting, with the sending of a link accessible not only to the holders of a device stamped with the bitten apple but from any Internet browser – therefore also on an Android smartphone or a Windows PC… A great first! And while the microphone is equipped with a “Voice isolation” mode, to reduce surrounding noise and make the conversation more pleasant, the camera is able to switch to “Portrait” mode, with the effect bokeh lightly blurring the background. A parameter often used in the video,
# 2 MESSAGES BRINGS TOGETHER (BETTER) SHARED PHOTOS AND LINKS
The application used to send text messages on iPhone is also entitled to a nice improvement, with regard to shared content. First, because we all have a member of our entourage who always sends us photos by the dozen, these will now take up less space in the conversation, being grouped under a single stack that we can also easily browse. then to save in its own photo library. Then, while it was previously somewhat laborious to find sent content, a new tab called “Shared with you” comes to list them all. And this is not only in Messages, but also in each application concerned, whether it is Photos for the snapshots, Safari for the Internet links, or even Apple Music for the songs … This should greatly facilitate your task when you no longer know who
# 3 A NEW “CONCENTRATION” MODE TO NO LONGER BE DISTURBED
After allowing us to spend nights without receiving unwanted notifications, the iPhone wants to give us moments of tranquility also during the day. A new mode appears in fact with iOS 15: “Concentration”. As its name suggests, it consists of filtering notifications, allowing only those previously admitted in the settings to pass, to allow you to concentrate on activity in progress, such as a workout or a game of gaming.. A mode to be configured as you wish, to give very specific indications, because after all you will not necessarily want to filter the same alerts depending on whether you are reading a book or driving … Note that in Messages, your contacts will be notified that you have switched to “Concentration” mode, so they will know that they can reach you later, or that they need to find another way to notify you in an emergency.
# 4 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DECRYPTS PHOTOS
This is undoubtedly one of the most practical new features, in any case, the most impressive, brought with iOS 15. Suffice it to say right away, it will however not be available on all iPhones compatible with the new version. operating system, only on iPhone XR / XS and later, including iPhone second generation. For good reason, it requires a chip with powerful artificial intelligence, because the latter will achieve real feats from your photos. On the one hand, it will be able not only to recognize but also to transcribe (almost) any text appearing on an image. What to facilitate the task when it comes in particular to recopy a telephone number or an email address written on paper. On the other hand, she will be able to perform visual searches. Either recognize what appears in the image, whether it is a plant, an animal, a monument or a work of art, and directly offer links to learn more about their subject. Internet research has never been easier.
# 5 SAFARI TOPSY-TURVY …
Literally. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If it is obviously possible to return to the old layout in the settings, the bar where the URL of a site is located on Safari is positioned by default at the bottom of the screen under iOS 15. Certainly, that is funny at first, but ultimately it can be very practical, especially for owners of a large model of iPhone, such as the Pro Max versions… While it is indeed becoming easier to navigate on the Web with one hand, this new bar is also equipped with a new very useful feature: the creation of groups of tabs. If you’re the type of person who keeps multiple web pages open, you can now organize them for easier navigation. The icing on the cake is, for those who also have an iPad or a Mac, that these groups of tabs can synchronize on all your devices stamped with the bitten apple.