Apple unveils updates to Wallet, Weather and Maps apps in iOS 15


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Apple’s senior vice president in charge of software, Craig Federighi, announced iOS 15, the latest version of the iPhone operating system. This software typically releases for most users alongside new iPhones in the fall, but developers and early adopters can start using it earlier, typically during the summer.

IOS 15 includes:

FaceTime improvements, including 3D audio, portrait mode to blur backgrounds, and a grid view to speak to multiple people at the same time. Apple will also allow users to send links to schedule individual FaceTime calls, like Zoom links. Users can also share their screens or music, through a new software feature called ShareTime.

FaceTime calls are also now supported on Windows and Android through a browser, the first time that FaceTime has been supported across platforms.

An iMessage redesign, which includes features that turns messaged photos into galleries.

A new feature called “shared with you” saves links that people sent you and puts them in one place so users can address them later. It works with Apple Music, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple TV and Apple News. Users can pin important messages featuring content.

Redesigned notifications, including a feature that collects users’ notifications into a custom summary, ordered by priority. Notifications from people will continue to appear on the lock screen so they won’t be missed.

Users who have turned on “do not disturb” or a new “focus” mode will have their status shared with other users, like an away message.

Focus mode can hide any apps that you don’t want to distract you.

Camera improvements, including a feature called Live Text that can automatically identify and scan text in photographs.

Apple’s machine learning will also be able to identify elements in photos, such as location or whether there’s a pet in the scene. Apple’s system search, Spotlight, will search these elements.
A feature called Memories will use machine learning to combine photos into relevant galleries or animations and sometimes add music from Apple Music.

Apple is also updating expanding the Wallet app functionality to include corporate badges as well as keys to get into hotels and houses with smart homes.

Apple is also going to support scanning U.S. IDs, such as driver’s licenses, into their wallet. Apple says it is only supported in some states for now, and the TSA will accept the credential.

Apple’s Safari browser on the iPhone can now support the same extensions that the desktop version of Safari does. Apple also redesigned the tab interface.

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