Apple won't force updates to iOS 15 from iOS 14

Lawrence Kim
June 8, 2021

Apple has announced that it is revamping how iOS software updates are issued.

When iOS 15 rolls out in the fall, it will add a Sharing tab to the Health app, which will let people privately share access to the data with people they trust. Two new microphone features let you toggle between voice isolation, which picks up your voice and drowns out ambient noise, and wide spectrum, which lets your FaceTime calls hear everything going on around you. You can AirPlay content to another Apple device while on a call if you need to watch on a bigger screen.

FaceTime will also gain new features in iOS 15, including a new grid option, spatial audio support, and the option to blur your background.

FaceTime coming to Windows and Android through the web may be the biggest news of the day about the service, but Apple also unveiled some other upcoming improvements. You can watch the WWDC sessions live via the company's official YouTube page and Apple's website. Further, the links work on any device on any operating system. Apple notes that for those using a browser to join the call, FaceTime still uses end-to-end encryption for privacy.

The biggest new features are centered around communication - specifically how we use texts and video calls to stay in touch - but there are also new notifications tools created to minimise distraction so your deeply disturbing Screen Time report may be slightly less so. This new feature allows users to share their screens with others, including while watching television and movies or while gaming. This works with Apple's media services, but also with some third-party services including Hulu, Disney+ and HBO Max. Users will be able to use this screen share across different Apple devices and it can be applied not just for entertainment or communication but also for educational purposes, Apple suggests.

These updates and others will be available to developers starting today with a public beta scheduled for release in July.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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