It’s been a big night for Apple with the US technology firm revealing a swathe of new gadgets at its September launch event including a new iPad mini, updated iPhone 13 range and an improved Apple Watch with a bigger screen. However, if you’re not in the market for an upgrade then don’t panic as something new is still coming your way next week.
Apple has now officially revealed the launch date for its iOS 15 software upgrade which will bring a swathe of new features to any iPhone currently running iOS 14.
This update, which was first announced back in June, includes big changes to FaceTime with the video chat app getting improved audio and the option to block out background sound that can disrupt your chats. Then there is the ability to watch movies together via SharePlay with everyone able to interact with the film even if they are on different sides of the world.
Safari has also been completely redesigned with the search bar being moved to the bottom of the screen to make things easier to use one-handed.
Another change is coming to Apple Maps with this service being given a massive lick of paint and new features including a three-dimensional city-driving experience.
Other extras include Live Text which adds the ability to copy-paste any text from within a photo. So, menus, restaurant names, passport details and even handwritten notes can be copied and pasted into Messages and emails as editable text.
And a new Focus Mode is being introduced to allow users to switch off certain alerts or change the look of the home screen depending on what they are doing during the day.
If all that sounds exciting then there’s not too long left to wait with Apple pushing out this new software on Monday, September 20.
The US firm usually releases things around 6pm BST so make sure you are near Wi-Fi if you want to be one of the first to try all the new features.
“For many customers, iPhone has become indispensable, and this year we’ve created even more ways it can enhance our daily lives.” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“iOS 15 helps users stay connected while sharing experiences in real time, gives them new tools to help reduce distraction and find focus, uses intelligence to enhance the photos experience, and, with huge upgrades to Maps, brings new ways to explore the world. We can’t wait for customers to experience it.”