6 iOS 15 features we can't wait to check out. Here's how you'll use them

Posted by Ryan Mai on

Every year, I look forward to Apple's developer conference where the company shows off the next major software updates for the iPhone and iPad. This year, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 made their respective debuts, and I can't wait to dig in. The updates are currently available to developers, and Apple has said there will be a public beta in July, but stopped short of announcing a specific date. I'm particularly looking forward to trying out the new multitasking experience on the iPad. 

The update includes privacy enhancements, a new sharing feature for watching videos or listening to music together and so much more. While we wait for the public beta to become available, I wanted to take a look at some of the key features in iOS 15 that you're sure to love.

Get more out of your tech
Learn smart gadgets and internet tips and tricks with CNET's How To newsletter.

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, not only will you be able to FaceTime someone who uses Android, but you'll have new Do Not Disturb tools at your disposal, and notifications will be less of a headache. Here are six of the many features coming to iOS 15 that you're sure to love. 

FaceTime comes to Windows and Android

When Apple first unveiled FaceTime, its video and audio calling platform, Steve Jobs infamously said the service would soon be open source and available to everyone. Well, that didn't happen. Apple kept the feature to itself, adding it to every hardware product it sells. 

However, most of us spent a year during the pandemic using Zoom on a regular basis, Apple is finally expanding FaceTime to include Android and Windows owners. 

Instead of releasing an app for either platform, you'll send a FaceTime link via your preferred non-iMessage platform to your Android or PC using contacts who can then use a browser for the video call. 

You can even create a link and add it to your calendar, just like a Zoom meeting invite. 

Live Text is a magical tool for your Photos library 

Google Lens has been around for a while now, using your phone's camera to identify text in a photo, translate foreign languages or identify real-world items like animals or plants. And now, your iPhone is getting its own version of Lens. 

You'll use Live Text by tapping a button in your camera's viewfinder before you even take a photo, or by opening any picture in your Photos library. That button will then make any text, be it a phone number or an address, selectable. You can then copy and paste that information into an email, or call a number to make a reservation, for example. 

Notification summaries look fantastic

The iPhone or iPad's notification tray can look overwhelming at the end of the day as your phone receives countless alerts from random apps. With iOS 15, there's a new Notification Summary feature that's designed to help tidy up your notifications. 

You can pick which alerts and which apps are demoted to a summary, and even pick how often your summary shows up on your lock screen to let you know which notifications you've received. 

Each summary shows you the number of alerts you've received in a clean preview card that you can expand to see them individually. It's a welcome addition to the iPhone and iPad if you ask me. 

New Do Not Disturb settings help focus on what matters

Do Not Disturb is a convenient feature when you want your phone or tablet to be completely silent and avoid any interruptions, but the all-or-nothing approach isn't ideal in every situation. 

Apple added a new Focus mode in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 that takes DND to the next level. You can create custom Focus profiles that will allow only the apps you select to alert you while keeping the other apps quiet. 

You can even select which contacts you'll still receive alerts, be it messages or phone calls. Everyone else who messages you while you have a Focus profile enabled will see a status notification letting them know you're currently busy and you'll see the message at a later time. 

Photos, links, and recipes are always at your fingertips 

Whenever a friend or family member shares a photo with you in Messages or sends a link to a recipe you've been bugging them for, it's good practice to save the shared item right away. Otherwise, you'll be forced to scroll back through your conversation history to find it. It's a hassle. 

Shared With You is a new feature that will debut with iOS 15 that will make it easier to find, well, whatever's been shared with you. More specifically, your iPhone and iPad will now automatically show you photos and videos that a close friend has shared with you in the Photos app. Links sent to you will be present in a new Shared With You section on the homepage in Safari. The same can be said about links to news articles in the Apple News app and TV shows and movies in the Apple TV app. 

Better yet? You don't have to do anything for it to start working. There's no setup, no remembering to toggle a button. After updating to iOS 15, it'll start showing you all the stuff you used to lose and forget. 

I'm most excited about the Photos integration. I have so many pictures in conversations that I should have been saving to my Photos library, but now that will automatically be done for me. 

The Mail app is no longer a privacy tattletale

Virtually every newsletter or email you receive from a large company has small tracking pixels embedded into it. Even the links within an email can alert the sender when you've clicked on them. 

Companies use these tools to measure and track if emails are being opened, links are being clicked and other important metrics. However, some users don't like the idea of being tracked. 

So Apple built a new privacy tool into its Mail app. Mail Privacy Protection hides your IP address so the person who sent the email can't see where you're located, and it also stops the tracking pixels from letting the sender know you've opened it. 

There are plenty, and I mean plenty, of more features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 that I haven't even touched on yet. I plan on taking a deep dive into the operating system once the public beta launches in July. If you have a developer account, you can install it right now, but I don't suggest it.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Bananas Store Phone Case

Bananas Store - The best place to buy phone cases

Banana Store is a global brand of accessories and cases for smartphones, from power bank, cable, charger, to all kinds of cases. Our products are for all smartphones on the market today. Including iPhone 12 Pro Max Cases. iPhone 11 Pro Max Cases, Galaxy Note 20 Cases, Galaxy S20 Cases ... There are many cute and luxurious cladding patterns here, its characteristics are very durable, good impact resistance, water resistance, and perfect fingerprint resistance. Our cladding products are widely available in international markets, United Stated (US), United Kingdom (UK), Australia (Au), Canada ...

About us

The Bananas Store was founded in 2016. We began globally and opened offices in the United States. We hit 1 million shipped pieces in 2017. With the goal of arousing self-expression, 2018 is the year we begin creating new products! In 2019, we've got over 2 million Instagram ads and cool people! In fashion and thoughtful mobile phone cases and accessories, Bananas Store is a pioneer. To transform your iPhone or Android into an accessory to brag about, we use quality materials and practical design. Bananas Store has ensured that every design is designed to protect your style and to complement it. Our products are designed to withstand drops from various heights on several different materials, to keep the phone intact, whether it is fitted with military-grade shock absorbing layers or the 10 'foot-die safety cast copper mold. For the newest smartphones, such as iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs or iPhone XR, we have a range of case styles. Bananas Store's Qi-certified mobile covers, screen protectors, and wireless chargers are protected by promises you can trust, in addition to attention to detail and sophistication in design. Our confidence in our products is shown by this guarantee. Our devoted customer service team is here to help if you find yourself in need of a replacement!

Our mission

Bananas Store is the world's leading brand of smartphone accessories, specializing in designing all types of mobile and tablet technology fashion cases. Since 2006, with products that cover, embellish and elevate their mobile devices, the company has helped customers express their personal style. The Bananas Store's team of design and technology enthusiasts have developed a series by collaborating with top designers from around the world and using cutting-edge technology and special materials. Suitable for all designs and all times. Rich box cover. Bananas Store is known as a dedicated address providing more than 500 types of cases for different phone lines, diverse materials, highest quality in the market, and affordable prices. With eye-catching designs that capture the heart of anyone at first sight, Bananas Store always satisfies its guests. It can be the combination of the signature and the flower on the phone case itself, or the fun, varied designs based on famous brands that are printed super sharp on the high quality case. .. and all of them always meet the three criteria: "Beautiful - toxic - substance". With the development of science, technology and technology together with the increasing demand and taste of customers, Bananas Store has been gradually upgrading workshops and always updated products, designs, and numbers. the quality and designs of the latest iphone & ipad and Samsung accessory market items. We're major believers in self-expression, so we just wanted to show it to those who dream and like to play, who decide that there's nothing lower than what's best for a shell. A phone of theirs!

Our products

Currently, the need to buy cases is huge, almost everyone who buys a phone buys the case because they want to protect the phone as well as meet the aesthetic elements for the phone. Bananas Store is a rich store with diverse designs of all materials, eye-catching colors to suit the tastes of consumers, especially for young people. IRing Ring Attachment Case, cute photo print back cover, tempered glass back cover, high-grade plastic panel with unique 5D printing technology, ... in large numbers currently available at Ha Duc Accessories All are enough for the most popular smartphones on the market such as iPhone, Samsung, Oppo, ... Printing workshop with the most modern printing technology closed line from Japan UV printer MIMAKI ultra large format 2.4m X 1.8m. The machine uses 8 RICOH GEN5 embossed 5D - 10D nozzles as required for true, fresh colors like a FULL HD photo 3 times sharper than conventional printers, along with the function of coating the textures. Small highlights and beauty for the product, French ink is extremely durable and safe for users. In addition to phone cases, Bananas Store also provides a number of other accessories such as camera sticks, charger toads, charging cables, technology toys, music speakers, romoss backup batteries, technology items, ... The variety, variety, price corresponding to that quality is what can be said about the phone cases that Bananas Store offers to the market. Moreover, with easy online payment policy, fast shipping and reputable return warranty, Bananas Store is always a reliable address for customers around the world who import wholesale and retail phone cases. FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT: Add: 2220 Meridian Blvd, Suite #FB114, Minden, NV 89423, US Email: