Apple kicked off its 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote presentation announcing an array of developments, including a new operating system for the iPhone.
iOS 15 will be introducing quite a lot of new features to the iPhone 6s and up, most notably expanded FaceTime capabilities. Responding to the rise of video calls throughout the pandemic, the app will allow users to listen to music and watch videos during calls.
They can also set their screen view to portrait mode with blurred backgrounds and send Android owners shareable FaceTime links that open in a web browser. A grid view will also make group calls easier to navigate, and voice isolation will help reduce background noise.
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Messages will also receive an update. Users will be able to see when someone they’re messaging has enabled Do Not Disturb Mode and can override the notification-silencing feature in the event of an emergency.
Notifications will feature a new look too — Focus Mode can filter out certain types of notifications while you’re performing specific activities, such as working or studying. Users can also categorize certain notifications to be sent as a summary at specific points in the day.
In privacy, a new App Privacy Report will provide a seven-day overview of how often apps tracked user location, as well as the iPhone’s microphone and camera. The Mail app will automatically block tracking pixels often used to determine whether marketing emails were opened and read.