Unannounced Apple Features For iOS 15!

Apple announced iOS 15 back in June at WWDC, but lacked to mention an important feature that can help us all when it comes to traveling and even other cool features Apple didn’t go into.

Redesign of Maps App

The redesign of the Maps app was mentioned, but it was not put into detail what would be happening other than a nice refresh. One cool thing that is happening with the Maps app is that now it will factor in weather conditions! BGR.com goes into detail about how the Maps app will be able to let you know the weather conditions, such as a flash flood warning, into it’s suggested route.
Not clear how many weather events the app will be capable of alerting Apple users about. It’s a smart addition either way and can help travelers stay warned or find other paths if there is a weather alert in that area.


Here is an example of what to expect when you are using Maps on iOS 15.

Drag-and-Drop Across Apps

The iPad has had it’s ability to drag-and-drop documents, texts or pictures between apps. Now, iPhone has it’s turn!  If you are going back and forth between Messages and Photos to share pictures from an event with coworkers, you can now drag-and-drop the from the Photos app to the Messages app.

To test out the new feature:
Open the Photos app and view your recent photos.
Don’t tap on a picture to open it full screen, instead place a finger on the photo and start to drag your finger across the screen.
Don’t lift your finger when the thumbnail starts to float over the rest of the photos, then switch back to the messages app.
You’ll see a green circle with a + sign in it show up on the thumbnail indicating that you can lift your finger and the photo will be placed in the text field, ready for you to send.

Real Time Snow or Rain Alerts From The iPhone Weather App

Now the Weather app is making it’s comeback. Apple now is having the Weather app alert when snow/rain is getting close to you! It will alert you on your phone a few minutes before it starts and then it will alert when the rain/snow is almost finished.
Once you’re running iOS 15, you can turn on the new precipitation alerts by opening the Weather app, then tapping the three-line icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Next, tap the circle icon with the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen followed by Notifications.
Slide the switch next to My Location to the On position and then tap Done. If you have more cities added to the Weather app, you can also turn on alerts for each one.

We will keep you updated on more features about iOS 15 as more details unfold!

Important Updates From The Apple Announcement: iOS 15 Version

Apple Announcement on Monday, June 7 Has Really Changed The Game With iOS 15!

Apple’s new announcements on all their latest software updates exceeded the expectations.
We’re here to tell you all the newest important updates and what that means for your privacy for iOS 15!

iOS 15 and Privacy Features

Apple has taken the new software updates for iPhones and made it easier for communication and making it easy for users to have everything with just a touch of a screen.  Having all the added features with privacy in mind, Apple has shown that it is not just about easy accessibility.

Facetime

With this update, Facetime has changed even more.  Apple has confirmed that you can now share your screen to watch your favorite TV shows, movies, and even listen to music together with the newest feature Shareplay.  This allows you as the user to actually show your friends and family what is on your screen so you can enjoy the experience together no matter how far you are.  Facetime has even made it so when multiple users are Facetiming, it’ll show you the person that is speaking so it’s a more even flow.   Apple has confirmed that the individual voices sound like they are coming from the direction in which each person is positioned on the screen. Finally, people with Android phones or Windows PCs can join your FaceTime calls now. Apple users can share a FaceTime link that can be opened in the web browser on non-Apple devices.

The Photo app will be getting new features too that use computer vision technology to recognize and read text within an image, an aid in image searches.  This could be a good thing or a bad depending on what kind of text you are looking for when

Privacy Enhancements iOS 15

Privacy Enhancements are the most important things in mind when we think about the newest updates and devices.  Apple has stepped up on their privacy when it comes to iPhone users.  One HUGE update that Apple has released is that users can now block tracking pixels in emails (Mail App) that can expose your email activity.   This also hides your IP address from email senders. There is also a new App Privacy Report which is kind of similar to what is currently offered for websites in Safari.  Wired has confirmed that it’s a dashboard that gives you an overview of how often your downloaded apps are accessing your location, contacts, camera, and microphone, as well as third-party addresses each app is pinging.  That helps users monitor what information is being pushed out from apps and how often their using the information so you can opt out of it if you see it’s too much.

Siri is getting more secure too. This new update has on-device speech recognition smarts that is letting the virtual assistant hear and execute the most simple tasks without needing to send your voice clips into the cloud for processing.  That’ll allow more privacy within your device so it doesn’t all get filtered into the cloud.

iCloud+

Speaking of cloud, Apple is coming out with a new feature called iCloud+.  It is the new premium version of iCloud that allows you to continue to love everything about iCloud, but now it has some great privacy features, such as iCloud Private Relay, Hide My Email, and expanded Homekit Secure Video support.  Hide my email is the most interesting out of the bunch.  Hide my email instantly generates unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox. This way you don’t have to share your real email address when filling out a form on the web or signing up for a newsletter. Hide my email is built into Safari, Mail, and iCloud Settings.  A step up in privacy for the cloud!

Apple ID

This is going to hopefully make life easier for most users.  Apple has confirmed that Apple ID will have Account Recovery Contacts.  With this, it’ll make resetting your password and maintaining access to your account easier than ever. Apple ID now has a Digital Legacy program as well that lets you designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your account in the event of a death.

Find My iPhone

Find my iPhone has pretty much stayed the same when it comes to the new iOS update.  Now you can not only find yourself, but you can also find your friends and families locations with continuous streaming.  Apple didn’t go into this too much, but you can also locate your device using the Find My network even if your device is powered off and/or erased.

That’s SUPER helpful when it comes to a device being stolen and somehow erased in the process.

These new features in iOS 15 and privacy settings are just a small and important bit of what’s to come with Apple.  Apple has also announced other updates such as new widgets, update on the Weather app, Accessibility, and even Translator and Notes!

For more information on the latest Apple update, check out Apple’s website for the iOS 15 preview.

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