Kicking off the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public betas this week, Apple released a fresh preview of its upcoming software, and here’s all you need to know about it!
The Focus Feature
A new addition to the Apple family, Focus is an expansion of Apple’s existing Do Not Disturb feature, but instead of a blanket mute, Focus allows you to select specific apps and contacts to share notifications at specific times or specific triggers. Focus modes can be triggered by specific times, locations, or when opening a specific app.
One of the most significant design changes in the upcoming update is an all-new look for Safari. Safari has been entirely redesigned, and now puts an emphasis on a one-handed design that moves the URL bar to the bottom of the screen, adds a swiping gesture interface, and a tab grouping feature.
Another new feature coming to Apple devices via iOS 15 will be called SharePlay, a new Apple-wide system built on top of FaceTime for sharing TV shows, movies, music, and podcasts with friends and family even when you’re not in the same room.
FaceTime is also getting a couple of updates to its name, including a grid view, screen sharing, a portrait mode to blur your messy background, and the ability to FaceTime with Windows and Android users in web browsers with sharable links.
Shared with You
A new “Shared with You” feature, will now show photos, Apple Music songs, links, Apple TV Plus content, and podcasts that were shared over iMessage in dedicated rows within those apps. For example, if someone texts you a photo or their favorite playlist, you’ll be able to see it (and respond to it) in the Photos or Music apps.