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Apple users will be pleased to hear that the latest major update for the company’s iPhone system isn’t far away.
The major tech company unveiled the new iOS 15 software at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on 7 June.
But when will it be released and what features will it have?
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is iOS 15?
iOS 15 is the latest update for Apple iPhones.
It brings changes to interface, security fixes and plenty of new features.
When will iOS 15 be released?
The final version of iOS 15 will be released to the public in the autumn. An exact date isn’t currently known, but new releases tend to land in mid-September, accompanied by a new iPhone launch, so the drop could coincide with the launch of the iPhone 13.
A public beta will arrive in July, but this is likely to contain bugs which could damage your phone and will result in the occasional crash, so it might be better to hold out for the final product.
If you can’t wait any longer and wish to proceed with the beta, you should sign up to Apple’s Beta software programme, which will give you access to unfinished software builds with the caveat that you spot and report any bugs you find.
The first public beta version of iOS 15 will be released in July.
Is the new iOS 15 release compatible with my phone?
Apple states that the new iOS 15 update will work with an iPhone 6S and above.
What improvements can users expect with the iOS 15 release?
Facetime is more comfortable and lifelike, with spatial audio that gives users the impression that your recipients are in the same room. Voice isolation blocks out other ambient noise, while SharePlay enables you to share music, watch TV shows and share your screen. Wide Spectrum focuses on you and your immediate environment.
A new Notification Summary looks set to replace Notification Center (sic), enabling you to better manage notifications on your phone, including Do Not Disturb options that can be visible to friends and family with the same update. Notifications can also be scheduled to appear at specific times.
Group chats will now have a collage option, making it easy to display multiple images. You can also mute notifications in group chats if you wish.
Safari users can now find the address bar at the bottom of the screen, while switching between different tabs is easier. A new pull to refresh your web window, similar to using mail or tweets, is also available within the browser, alongside a new home screen.
Photos can now be found in Spotlight suggestions, meaning you can more easily search for someone specific in a recent photo you’ve taken. A new Memories feature also creates new slideshows and carousels of photo collections with music.
Improvements to text highlighting, maps and the weather app mean you can create favourite journey routes – and even get notifications if rain or snow is about to occur within the next hour.
How much does the iOS 15 cost?
Like other Apple iOS updates, it will be free.