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iOS 15 is officially on the way, with a bunch of new features including an update to the Wallet app that lets you carry digital versions of government issued ID cards like your drivers license on your iPhone. We don’t know much about the update right now, but according to code uncovered by 9to5Mac in the latest version of iOS 15 for developers, Apple could be using facial recognition selfies to validate your digital ID cards when adding them to your wallet.
We got a first look at Apple’s iOS 15 update at the company’s virtualin June, followed by a developer beta and now a public beta. (Here’s and .) A fourth iteration of the new operating system, called iOS 15 beta 4, has been released for developers as we anticipate a general release of the new OS in early fall.
While we saw a lot of new features arrive this spring with, including being able to with Face ID while wearing a mask, for advertising purposes and , iOS 15 adds even more. ( earlier this month.) New iOS 15 features include the ability to , and better directions in Maps. Keep reading for everything we’ve learned about iOS 15 so far, including when it will be generally released, how to download it and some of the biggest new features.
iOS 15 release date: Fall 2021
Apple revealed iOS 15 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7, as is typical. The new OS was first available for developers to test and became available to download as a public beta on June 30.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said the final version of iOS 15 will launch in the fall. It’s likely that this will happen in September, alongside the launch of the.
iOS 15 new features
Here are a few of the key new features coming to iOS 15, unveiled at WWDC 2021. (And here’s an overview of.)
FaceTime upgrades: Spatial audio, support for Android and Windows
FaceTime will offerto make people’s voices appear to come from their position on the screen, making your video chats feel more natural and lifelike. , allowing you to see all participants in a grid view, schedule calls and share links to calls that can be accessed via browser .
iMessage sharing features
iOS 15 adds somefor photos, news articles and playlists. When a friend sends you multiple photos over iMessage, they’ll appear in a dynamic collage formation that allows you to swipe through them or tap through to view the whole bunch in your photos app. If you want to access the same photos later, you’ll find them stored in a new Shared with You folder, as well as mixed in with your own featured photos and memories. You’ll also find news articles and playlists shared through iMessage in new Shared with You tabs in your News and Apple Music apps.
Apple Maps gets 3D street data, AR walking directions and weather warnings
, with more elevation data, road colors and driving directions, rich labels, 3D landmarks and improved night mode. In terms of public transportation, you can also pin nearby public transit stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch devices, and receive automatic updates and notifications as you ride and approach your stop. When traveling on foot, a new augmented reality feature lets you scan nearby buildings in the area with the iPhone’s camera to determine their precise position for more accurate walking directions, which are also presented in augmented reality.
Maps also could factor weather warnings into suggested routes in iOS 15. Redditor ChrisSDreiling, who spotted the update in iOS 15 beta 3, says Maps will let you know if there are flash floods on your journey, and suggest alternate routes to avoid the extreme weather. Although other types of weather alerts weren’t mentioned in ChrisSDreiling’s post, it will be interesting to see if more weather warnings will be added before the iOS 15 general release in the fall.
Facial recognition selfies to validate digital ID cards in the Wallet app
Atthis spring, Apple announced that they will add ID card support for the Wallet app in iOS 15, allowing you to carry digital versions of government issued identification cards like your drivers license on your iPhone. But, it’s uncertain how exactly the new feature will work. According to code uncovered by 9to5Mac in the latest iOS 15 beta 4 for developers, Apple could be using facial recognition selfies to validate your digital ID cards when adding them to your wallet. Some banking apps already use this selfie validation feature to authenticate users when logging on with new devices.
How do you download iOS 15?
If you’d like to test out iOS 15 before it’s generally released in the fall, you can download it now as a public beta (). Just be warned: , and we don’t recommend downloading them on your primary device. But if you want to, here’s . (And if the bugs get you down, here’s .)
Once iOS 15 is generally available in the fall (likely in September), Apple will probably send a notification letting you know you can update. Or you’ll be able to do it manually, by going to the Settings app > General > Software Update.
For more, here’s. You can also take a look at , and check if your computer is compatible with the new MacOS.