Top 11 New Features In iOS 15
HWM Singapore|September 2021
With the next iPhone season soon upon us, thinking about new phone features is a natural phenomenon. But even existing iPhone users will benefit from these major new features from iOS 15.
Liu Hongzuo

APPLE MAPS DETAILED CITY EXPERIENCE

Let’s be honest; even if you’re on an iPhone, you’re probably also using Google Maps because it offers greater detail for navigation. So an iOS 15 update that can make Apple Maps more detailed would certainly turn heads.

Apple Maps will get new road details, like turn lanes, medians, crosswalks, and more. These changes would help to make Apple Maps much easier to understand. While Apple announced this feature for U.S. cities, we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before Singapore gets added to the mix.

Besides prettier maps, Apple is offering Immersive Walking Directions for the truly lost, which combines your iPhone camera and the phone’s navigation components to provide augmented reality-guided guides.

APPLE WALLET: DIGITAL KEYS USEABLE EVEN IN POWER RESERVE

Apple Wallet doesn’t just hold debit or credit cards for the sake of Apple Pay. Also, with an iPhone that has the UWB chipset, it can carry digital keys to your house, car, hotel room, office, and more when iOS 15 rolls out. But, that’s not the feature that gets us going.

A neat feature is Power Reserve, where the digital keys mentioned above are still usable from Wallet - up to five hours - even if the iPhone is low on battery or seemingly out of juice. It draws on the remaining power within to complete those taps. Currently, this feature is supported for other types of cards, like transit cards or student IDs, when Express Mode is enabled.

BUILT-IN CODE-GENERATING AUTHENTICATOR FOR LOGINS

Google has the Google Authenticator app, where you can pair your online accounts to it. The app offers another layer of code authentication that only you can access physically. The equivalent of this for iPhones will come in iOS 15, but Apple’s one is built directly into the iPhone.

The iOS 15 version of Authenticator can auto-fill verification codes, just like how it auto-fills 2FA found in your SMSes. Also, if a website offers 2FA, you can set up the iPhone as the code generator instead of giving out a phone number, email address, or downloading other authenticator apps.

FOCUS TO DECLUTTER

With smartphones getting more features and more capabilities, it can get overwhelming to check your phone at times.

Apple’s answer to decluttering is Focus. Unlike most other mental wellness features in Android, where they offer two-dimensional decluttering (work versus not-work), Focus can be customised to filter out notifications based on your current mindset or task. For example, you can create a Focus for video gaming or exercise, and even give it a name of your choice.

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