Apple today unleashed the next versions of its iOS and iPadOS mobile operating systems for developers, both operating systems focused on productivity.
With iOS 15, Apple wants to help you throughout your day, whether it’s at work or relaxing. Focus features make notifications less intrusive, while sharing options allow for more collaboration between friends. It includes video chats between platforms; FaceTime is available on Android and Windows — on the web anyway.
Apple continues to strive with iPadOS 15 to make the iPad Pro as useful as a laptop. Split View and Slide Over multitasking features are getting a lot of development, in an effort to make it easier to view two apps simultaneously on the screen and switch between them.
Both operating systems will be released to developers today, and a public beta is scheduled for release in July, and is expected to be in our hands in the fall. Here’s what to expect when they arrive.
iOS 15: FaceTime gets an audio boost
Portrait mode on FaceTime (Image: Apple)
The global pandemic has made many of us video chat experts, but we all have some audio issues, from noisy garbage trucks on the street to barking dogs.
With iOS 15, FaceTime is adding new microphone modes that separate the voice of the person you’re talking to from anyone’s background noise. Meanwhile for conference calls, the spatial audio will sound from the direction the person is on the screen. Grid view also lets people see more faces at once, while Portrait mode for FaceTime blurs the background.
iOS 15: Apple SharePlay
Music sharing via SharePlay on FaceTime
Even though we’re starting to go back to our desks and go about our normal lives again, you probably have friends or family far away, so SharePlay in iOS 15 lets you listen to music, watch videos, and share your screen while you’re chatting FaceTime.
Watch Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, TikTok or Twitch from a video call, or share playlists via Apple Music. Where you can invite those Android friends as well. Create a link from your iPhone, iPad or Mac, share it via Messages, Calendar, Mail or third-party apps like WhatsApp and friends on non-Apple devices can join via Chrome or Edge.
iOS 15: Stay Focused
Working from home has been a godsend for many, but when your office is just feet from your living room, it can be difficult to focus your work. iOS 15 has this in mind, as iOS 15 expands on the Screen Time idea that was introduced a few years ago while enhancing the focus feature.
If you get a lot of notifications, Focus can group them to only come at a certain time of the day — and exclude important messages from your favorite contacts. It will also make suggestions like telling you when to check out and go to bed. This will also include the external message. If someone sends you a message, they will be able to see that you are unavailable before you send the note.
In addition to features on iOS 15 such as:
- Live Text will recognize the text in the image and allow you to search images by location, people, scenes, or objects from Spotlight.
- Memories will integrate with Apple Music to provide personalized song suggestions.
- The new floating tab bar in Safari makes it easy to browse the web with one hand.
- As for Apple Maps, the company promises “dramatically improved urban detailing for neighborhoods and business districts, elevations and buildings, new road colors and markings, custom-designed landmarks, and a new Night Mode with Moonlight Glow.”
- In CarPlay, Maps adds a 3D city driving experience.
- Digital car keys add support لتقنية Ultra Wideband.
iPad OS 15: Multitasking and Keyboard Shortcuts
Multitasking has been available on the iPad for several years, but it wasn’t quite right for users. The apps are incompatible and disappear and the interface isn’t particularly intuitive. Can iPadOS 15 Fix All That? we will see. But for now Apple is talking about a new interface that it says will make it easier to work with more than one app at a time on its tablet.
There’s a new multitasking shortcut at the top; Tap on it to see the apps available for Split View. When viewing two apps, go to another app with multiple windows (such as Safari and Pages) with an on-screen menu called Apple shelf.
iPadOS 15: Widgets Galore
Apple always sticks to widgets, and in iPadOS 15 you can mix and match, and place widgets between apps on your Home screens. iPadOS 15 also adds new widgets for the App Store, Find My, Game Center, Mail, and Contacts. The library of apps introduced in iOS 14 is also in iPadOS.
iPadOS 15: Quick Note
Do you need to write something down digitally? With Quick Note, Apple says: “Notes is deployed system-wide.” “Whether you’re browsing in Safari or searching for a restaurant on Yelp, users can bring up Quick Note anywhere to jot down an idea and add links, providing an easy way to get back to exactly what they were looking for.”
The above upgrades for FaceTime and Focus are also coming to iPadOS 15.