iOS 15: what new features are available, and how can I download it?

You may have heard that Apple’s new iPhone is set to be released later this month. The launch features four new models, including the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 Pro, and promises several new additions, including a wider camera, larger batteries and faster 5G speeds.

Alongside the announcement of the new iPhone is the launch of iOS 15. This will be available to download from September 20, and will contain several new updates, including changes to Facetime, Maps and Safari.

But what are the new features available, and how can I download the software?

Facetime

One of the key features of iOS 15 is updates to FaceTime. This includes SharePlay, which allows you to stream films, share your screen and listen to music – all while on a call. This will display participants in a grid view and will automatically highlight the person speaking. You can also schedule and join calls on an Android or Windows device by simply sharing a link.

Live text

Another big update is the launch of live text. This allows you to share both handwritten and typed text, email addresses and phone numbers from pictures on your phone. This feature can also be used in the camera app by tapping the live text button in the viewfinder to grab text to copy and paste before sharing.

Focus mode

While Apple already has a Do Not Disturb function, a new option called Focus mode will now be available. This allows you to set an activity, such as exercising or working, and block out notifications unrelated to those tasks. Apple has several Focus options to choose from, including Driving and Sleep, but you can create your own by going to the Focus section of the Settings app.

Maps

The new update will also include 3D displays of buildings, roads and landmarks in the Maps app for when you’re on the move. New transit features will show nearby stations and transport links, allowing you to mark your preferred route.

Other new features, including updates to the Health, Safari and Messages apps are also set to become available. You can read more about them here.

How can I download it?

  • Before downloading the software, make sure your phone has at least 50% charge and is connected to the internet.
  • Go to Settings, then General and select Software Update. When the update appears, select Download and Install.
  • If you have an iPhone 6 or an iPhone X, it won’t contain the A12 processing chip. This means you may miss out on certain features, such as the interactive mode on Maps, but should be able to access other key updates.

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