Apple has announced it will release its new iPhone operating system, iOS 15, on 20 September.
The tech giant confirmed the news during Tuesday 14 September’s online event, at which it also unveiled the next generation of iPhones, two new iPads and a new Apple Watch.
The new operating system boasts plenty of interesting features, including big updates to FaceTime, revamped Maps and a new look for notifications.
Which phones will be compatible with iOS 15?
The following devices will be able to support iOS 15:
* iPhone 6s
* iPhone 6s Plus
* iPhone SE (original model)
* iPod Touch (seventh-generation)
* iPhone 7
* iPhone 7 Plus
* iPhone 8
* iPhone 8 Plus
* iPhone X
* iPhone XR
* iPhone Xs
* iPhone Xs Max
* iPhone 11
* iPhone 11 Pro
* iPhone 11 Pro Max
* iPhone SE (2020)
* iPhone 12 mini
* iPhone 12
* iPhone 12 Pro
* iPhone 12 Pro Max
All the new iPhone 13 models will come with iOS 15 pre-installed.
What are the new features?
FaceTime is getting a big upgrade. It will now offer spatial audio to make people’s voices appear to come from their position on the screen, so your video chats will feel more natural.
It will also start to look more like Zoom, enabling you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls, and share links to calls that can be accessed via browser on Android and Microsoft Windows devices.
Later this year it will add a SharePlay feature, which lets you watch videos or listen to music with a friend, while speaking to them in a small overlay window.
The links, images, and other content shared with you in Messages will be featured in a new “Shared with You” section in the corresponding app.
Notifications have a new look, making it more clear which apps they come from.
The new operating system will also give Safari a complete visual overhaul, and make it more user-friendly by moving the search bar to the bottom of the screen.
There is also a new home screen that can show any tabs you have open on other Apple devices, so you can browse on your computer and then pick up where you left off on your phone.
Focus moments will allow you to tailor the notifications you receive based on where you are and what you are doing. For example, you can set your phone to a business meeting-style setting, which will stop you from receiving notifications that are not relevant to what you are doing until you are finished.
A LiveText feature will enable you to copy and even translate text from an image.
The weather app is being overhauled, giving you notifications for rain, thunderstorms and snow, and there are a host of new privacy features.
Apple Maps will be upgraded, with more elevation data, road colours, driving directions, rich labels, 3D landmarks and improved night mode.
You can also pin nearby public transport stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch devices, and receive automatic updates and notifications as you ride and approach your stop.
When travelling via foot, a new augmented reality feature enables you to scan nearby buildings in the area, with the iPhone’s camera, to understand the precise positions for more exact walking directions.
More customisation options are coming to Memoji, and Interactive Memories have been given a fresh new look.
You can find the full list of new features here.