Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to see what iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and other delights Apple has in store for us.
According to prior Apple events, Apple will begin the conference with a keynote where they will demonstrate iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS 12, tvOS 15, and HomePodOS 15. They generally go through all of the benefits or significant features that these software updates have to offer.
In this post, we’ll discuss iOS 15 Features, Release Date, known Leaks, Supported Devices, and more.
Keep in mind that these features are based on rumors and leaks that we’ve heard.
iOS 15 Supported Devices
Until recently, Apple has continued to support a large number of older iPhones, and we’ve been asked many of the same questions, such as “will my iPhone be supported this time?” and “which iPhones will be supported for iOS 15?”
Apple is expected to discontinue support for the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE (1st Generation). So, in a nutshell, iOS 15 will support iPhones from the 7 series and newer. You may also go through the list provided below.
List of iOS 15 Supported iPhones (Suspected):
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
- iPhone Xr,
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
Expected Features in iOS 15
Apple’s operating systems are notorious for including a slew of useful features, and the upcoming iOS 15 software is no exception. Widgets, the app drawer, and other nice features were included with iOS 14. It improves the iPhone/iPad experience. Let’s take a look at what’s new with the iOS 15 upgrade.
1. Notification Center changes
Notifications is said to get an overhaul with settings. So, currently, you have the option to set an auto-reply to messages if you’re driving a car, do not disturb while driving, for example. You can manually turn it on or have it auto turned on when you’re driving a car and then reply with a message saying “I’m driving a car with Do Not Disturbed turned on, I’ll text you back later”, or something like that.
Now, according to Mack Gurman from Bloomberg who has been pretty accurate in the past, the upcoming iOS 15 is expected to have a menu that allow users to select if they’re driving, sleeping, working or even have custom categories of their choice. The menu will also be shown on an updated lock screen or control center according to him. This is a great feature for everyone, you’re maybe busy working and you get a message from someone, this feature will help you by auto-replying to that person that you’re busy with some work and that you will reply when you finish working.
2. Control Center changes
The control center is also said to get an overhaul. It is said to look more like the control center in macOS.
Apple remodeled the control center and upgraded macOS with macOS Big Sur last year, and this year they are supposed to bring the same appearance and functionality to the iPhone and iPad.
If Apple adopts this, it will be more uniform and consistent across all of Apple’s devices, which makes sense.
3. iMessage changes
This may or may not be included in iOS 15, however, the eventual goal of iOS 15 is to make iMessage act like WhatsApp, Messenger, or other social network messaging applications, but within iMessage.
It would include features such as auto-reply, additional personalization choices, improved group chats, and much more.
4. Split-Screen Multitasking
This feature has been requested by many people, and it appears that Apple will eventually implement it.
This proposal makes the most sense; we have split view on the iPad, and we’d want to see something similar on the iPhone, with the choice to expand, shut, or close all.
Now, we know that many users have been clamoring for the ability to dismiss all applications, but Apple doesn’t really want you to because you don’t need to do so until there’s an issue. Except for navigation apps, which you must close since they take up a huge portion of your battery by operating in the background, it manages this in the background by halting them.
5. Privacy changes
Apple has been known for its strict privacy and Apple continues to keep working on this.
With iOS 15, it is said that privacy will have more options. Currently, we have app tracking transparency which helps us to see and allow/block apps from tracking and sharing our private information with others. Apple is apparently going to give more privacy protection, so that would feature a new menu which would show users which apps are silently collecting their data as well.
So, not only tracking, but collecting users’ data may be to harvest and sell it within their app, would become harder as well as Apple is said to give more information and permission options to users with that.
We think that this is a great feature because the data belongs to the users and it should be allowed to be controlled by the users and nobody else, so we think that this a great move from Apple.
6. Always-on Display
Now, multiple sources (reliable and not so reliable sources) have been mentioning a lot about an always-on display on at least the iPhone 13. There were a few concepts created by multiple people showing the layout of the always-on display and what the always-on display would look like all together.
We’d be interested in seeing it in action. It doesn’t consume a lot of battery life because it simply enters a low-power mode and reduces the display refresh rate to 1 Hertz, which makes sense for it to be included on the iPhone 13, where it could control the display’s actual refresh rate, similar to how the Apple Watch does with its always-on display.
7. Redesigned Home App
Some people have hinted at a more functional and an easy-to-use Home App.
We would welcome something like this where it could show us the different devices we have such as AirPods, MacBook Pro / Air, Apple Watch, etc.; the battery percentage of those devices.
All of these things would be really nice to see.
iOS 15 Release Date
When it comes to when iOS 15 will be released, the developer beta 1 is normally released on the same day as WWDC, when they announce the features, demonstrate them, and then release the developer beta one immediately following the event.
As a result, the Developer beta 1 will be released on June 7, 2021, the same day as the WWDC event.
The public beta 1 is normally issued a few weeks after the developer beta, depending on its reliability, as the developer beta is notoriously unreliable at first.
Then, in September, when the new iPhone is announced, we’ll see a final release, generally around late September. It will most likely be launched in the third week of September, maybe on Friday, September 24th. That is most likely when Apple will release iOS 15 to the general public.
We can’t wait to see what they have planned for us, and we can’t wait to see what features will be included in iOS 15. However, they are based on leaks, rumors, and expectations, and they are not guaranteed in any way until we see it announced by Apple, as they may change it at any time.
We hope you enjoyed this post, and please let us know what features you’d want to see in iOS 15 in the comments section below.
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