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Yesterday Apple showed off the upcoming update iOS 15 at WWDC 2021. Preview highlighted changes connected with privacy controls, notifications, and FaceTime.

According to the original article from The Verge, FaceTime gets some considerable updates, with spatial audio that demonstrates the speaker’s location on-screen, and voice isolation that is supposed to reduce disturbing noises from the outside. After installing the update users will get the ability to share music and videos during calls. Android users can also join your FaceTime call thanks to a shareable link. Tap on that link and it’ll open the call in a browser.

Sharable Link
FaceTime sharable links help connect with Android users. Image credit: theverge.com

Notifications will look differently, with contact photos on text notifications and bigger app icons. Also, notifications will get a Focus feature. That is a new filter mode that allows you to customize which notifications can pop up during different activities, like during your studying. You can set a custom home screen page with widgets and apps appropriate for your chosen Focus mode. You can also enable the option to batch particular notifications so you can get all information from them in a digest at a certain time of day as a summary.

iOS 15 will bring several updates to Messages too. The update will make it possible to manage your status during the day, so if you are busy or sleeping you can switch on Do Not Disturb mode in Messages. It’s also possible to override Do Not Disturb for urgent messages. All photos that your friends share with you via Messages will be automatically grouped into collages. They’ll also appear in other places like your photo gallery and memories.

iOS 15 update for notifications
iOS 15 offers more custom controls over notifications, like batch summaries and Focus modes. Image credit: theverge.com

Update privacy control in iOS 15 include a move to bring all Siri request processing on-device by default. App Privacy Report is a new feature that will be available to all users. It’ll allow you to see a seven-day summary of how often apps accessed location information and your phone’s microphone or camera. Mail will also block tracking pixels commonly used in marketing emails to determine whether an email was opened and read.

LiveText is the other new feature that gives users the ability to search text in photos. It comes together with the ability to search photos in Spotlight, AirPods audio updates, and the ability to locate AirPods Pro and AirPods Max using Find My.

Apple Wallet will get access to a wider range of items. For example, you will be able to unlock the hotel room using keys and relevant identification information for TSA. Users can customize Memories with different music tracks and transition options. Weather app will give you more information with new full-screen maps.

Apple also mentioned that iOS 15 will be available for iPhone 6s users as well as for newer models. The public beta will be opened next month.

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