Shortly after today’s virtual conference, Apple announced that the next major version of iOS will be ready for prime time very soon: iPhone users will be able to upgrade to iOS 15 on September 20. The company first unveiled iOS 15 earlier this year at its Global Developer Conference.
The biggest change in iOS 15 is a new Focus mode. In addition to “Do not disturb”, you can configure different modes: you can choose which apps and people you want to receive notifications from and change your goal depending on what you are doing. For example, you can create a Work mode, a Sleep mode, a Training mode, etc.
There are lots of new features across the board like a new Weather app, updated maps in Apple Maps, an improved version of FaceTime, and more. Safari also has a whole new look. At first it was a bit controversial. Since then, Apple has listened to feedback and improved its new approach to Safari.
The new version of iOS also scans your photos for text. Called Live Text, this feature allows you to highlight, copy, and paste text in photos. It could also be a nice accessibility feature; iOS will use this information for Spotlight. You can search for text in your photos directly in Spotlight and it will extract the relevant photos. These features are managed directly on the device.
You will be able to update to iOS 15 if you have iPhone 6s and later, any iPhone SE model, or the most recent iPod touch model. It will be available for free download.
For users running the beta of iOS 15, the candidate version is being rolled out, ahead of Monday’s public launch.
If you like your iPhone the way it is, Apple has also said that you don’t need to update to iOS 15. For the foreseeable future, the company will always update iOS 14 with security fixes.