iOS 15 brings a lot to the table, from redesigned UI and SharePlay (eventually) to portrait mode on Facetime and Focus mode. While some features are introduced the moment you update to iOS 15, others are hidden and waiting to be discovered.
We’ve explored iOS 15 to the fullest and found 11 new features that you won’t want to miss.
With iOS 15, groups of photos shared in iMessage are now stacked instead of being sent one-by-one and making your message thread look like a mess. No more scrolling through — you can swipe through stacks to view shared images. A bulk save button allows you to save all of the shared photos together.
Background Sounds are a new accessibility feature designed to help people calm down or focus. You can listen to the ocean, rain, streams and other background noises easily once you turn on this setting.
From Settings, tap Accessibility, then find Audio/Visual under the Hearing header. Turn on Background Sounds and select which audio you’d like to listen to. You can now access these sounds from your Control Panel.
You can also play these sounds over music.
You can now create links for Facetime sessions to share with your friends and family so everyone can join in on a group call on their own. Even Windows and Android users can join in on these calls if they access your Facetime link from a browser.
To create a scheduled Facetime link, open your Facetime app, tap “Create Link” and share it with everyone you want to chat with.
This new feature will help keep your information safe when signing up for new accounts all over the web. Go to Settings, tap on your profile up top, tap iCloud and find the Hide My Email menu. Here, you generate fake email addresses to use on sites you want to use, but don’t want to share your email and data with for one reason or another.
On some websites, the option to create one of these emails will pop up when you’re creating a new account.
Instead of tapping through share options on-screen, you can now share photos and links through Siri. Simply ask Siri to “Share this with [contact]” and she’ll draft a text for you. This feature doesn’t extend to all apps yet.
If something can’t be shared, Siri will offer to send a screenshot. That’s not the best alternative for sharing songs from Spotify but works for memes from Twitter.
If you want notifications turned on for Gmail, Messages, Instagram, Twitter, and everything in between, it can get a little crazy some days. In iOS 15, you can bundle all of these notifications together and have them come through as a summary at a certain time of day. If you get easily distracted by every notification that comes through, this’ll give your brain a break.