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Now available for download on your iPhones, the iOS 15 has come with a bevy of new features that you need to look at right now!

FaceTime Updates

Making its user interface look a lot like other video apps like Zoom and Google Meet, Apple is allowing you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls, and share links to calls that can be accessed via a browser. FaceTime will also offer spatial audio to make people’s voices appear to come from their position on the screen, making your video chats feel more natural and lifelike.

Facetime will also include Calendar Integration that will enable you to generate a web link for a FaceTime call while creating an event in Calendar, so everyone knows exactly where to meet and when.

Message Updates

Hereon, when a friend sends you multiple photos over iMessage, they’ll appear in a dynamic collage formation that allows you to swipe through them or tap through to view the whole bunch in your photos app. If you want to access the same photos later, you’ll find them stored in a new Shared with You folder, as well as mixed in with your own featured photos and memories. 

You’ll also find news articles and playlists shared through iMessage in new “Shared with You” tabs in your News and Apple Music apps. For content that’s especially interesting to you, you can quickly pin it in Messages, and it will be elevated in Shared with You.

New Memoji

The new software now lets you customize your Memoji with over 40 outfit choices to reflect your style, mood, or the season. The new Memoji stickers also come with expressive body language that includes the upper body. You can also select a different color for your left eye and your right eye.

Nine new Memoji stickers let you send a shaka, a hand wave, a lightbulb moment, and more. Three new accessibility options also let you represent yourself with cochlear implants, oxygen tubes, or a soft helmet.

Apple Maps

New detailed city experiences will now give users the chance to explore cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London with unprecedented detail for elevation, roads, trees, buildings, landmarks, and more. Road details like turn lanes and crosswalks and 3D views for complex interchanges help you navigate.

In terms of public transportation, you can also pin nearby public transit 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 traveling on foot, a new augmented reality feature lets you scan nearby buildings in the area with the iPhone’s camera to determine their precise position for more accurate walking directions, which are also presented in augmented reality.

When looking for places like restaurants, you can filter your search results by cuisine or whether they offer takeout. Or you can choose to see only places that are open right now. When you move the map while searching, Maps automatically updates your search results.

Safari 

Safari’s bottom tab bar now puts controls right at your fingertips. Swipe left or right on the address bar to move between tabs. Or swipe up to see all your open tabs. You can now also refresh a web page by pulling it down from the top of the page.

You can also customize the start page to make it your own. You can set a background image and select new sections to display, like Privacy Report, Siri Suggestions and Shared with You. Customizations sync across devices, so you can have the same Safari everywhere.

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