iOS 15, tvOS 15, watchOS 8, and Mac OS Monterey have all been updated to the latest beta. The latest updates include changes to Safari, a new Podcasts widget option, Notifications, Focus mode, and other features.
All the new features in the latest build will be available to those who’ve signed up for Apple’s public testing program.
New features and changes are included in the iOS 15 beta 4 updates. The share button has been added to the tab bar in Safari, and a reload button has been added next to the URL.
When you’re tapping on a website, the tab bar will automatically minimize if it gets in the way. Using a long press on the URL bar, you can access the “Show Bookmarks” option.
Additionally, a new feature called “Share Focus Status” has been added. According to 9to5Mac, a new “Smart Rotate” icon has been added to the Home screen when you add a widget stack. In addition, the iPhone 12 now supports the MagSafe Battery Pack from Apple. In addition, shortcuts now have a “Return to Home Screen” action.
Safari on the iPad has also been given a makeover, and it now resembles the macOS Monterey Safari design. Screen Sharing and Screen Mirroring notifications can now be silenced with a new toggle. Focus status can now be shared by tapping the contact’s name and selecting whether or not to do so in the Messages app.
The design of the App Store Account and the icon of Notifications have also been updated by Apple. The shutter button has been removed from the camera icon on the lock screen thanks to the Cupertino giant’s tweaking efforts.
iOS 15.6 includes bug fixes, enhancements, and security updates.
Enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates are included in iOS 15.6.
- Live sports games can now be restarted and paused, rewinded, or fast-forwarded in the TV app.
- Eliminates the possibility of displaying “device storage is full” even when space is actually available due to a bug in Settings
- Improves the responsiveness of braille devices when using Mail’s text navigation.
- It is now possible for a tab in Safari to go back to the previous page.
Apple Podcasts, Apple Cash, and other features and bugs have been fixed in iOS 15.5
Improvements and bug fixes in iOS 15.5 include the following:
- Apple Cash customers can now use Wallet to send and receive money from their card.
- A new feature in Apple Podcasts allows you to limit the number of episodes that can be stored on your iPhone and to automatically delete older ones when they are no longer relevant.
- Fixes a problem where people entering or leaving the house could fail to trigger home automation.
- iPhone SE (3rd gen) may unexpectedly shut down after this update.
It is strongly recommended that all iPhone users upgrade to iOS 15.4.1, which contains bug fixes and security updates.
The following issues with your iPhone have been resolved as part of this update:
- When you update to iOS 15.4, you might notice a decrease in battery life.
- Navigating text or displaying an alert on Braille devices can cause them to become unresponsive.
- Some third-party apps may not be able to communicate with Apple’s iPhone hearing aids.
Face ID unlocking is now possible while wearing a mask in iOS 15.4. In addition to the new emoji and Siri voice option, this update brings a slew of other improvements and bug fixes to your iPhone.
- Recognition of a person’s face can be done
- iPhone 12 and later models have the Face ID while wearing a mask option.
- With Face ID, you can use Apple Pay and password autofill in applications and on Safari while wearing a mask.
- Emoji keyboards now include a variety of new characters including faces, hand gestures, and household items.
- Using the handshake emoji, you can select different skin tones for each of your hands.
- It’s possible to start SharePlay games from apps that support it.
- On iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 or newer, Siri can tell you the time and date even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
- Siri has added a new voice to its repertoire, increasing the number of options available to users.
- Download and store verifiable copies of COVID-19 vaccination, laboratory results, and recovery data with the EU Digital Certificate support in Health.
- In the latest version of Apple Wallet, the EU Digital COVID Certificate format is now supported for COVID-19 vaccination cards.
The following iPhone improvements are also included in this update:
- Italian and Chinese are now supported by Safari’s built-in webpage translation feature (Traditional)
- Filters for seasons played, unplayed, saved, or downloaded episodes have been added to the Podcasts app.
- It is possible to manage iCloud custom email domains from the iCloud settings.
- The Today feed and Audio tab in News now make it easier to find audio content.
- Text can be added to Notes and Reminders by pointing the camera at the keyboard.
- Using Reminders, you can now add, remove, or query tags.
- All users of the Emergency SOS system now use Call with Hold as the default setting. In Emergency SOS settings, you can still make a call using the 5-press method.
- Magnifier’s Close-up mode takes advantage of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max’s wide-angle camera to make it easier to see small objects.
- You can now add your own notes to passwords that you’ve saved in the Settings menu.
You’ll also find bug fixes for your iPhone in this release:
- A period can be inserted between numbers typed on the keyboard.
- When you click on one of the news widgets in Today’s View, nothing happens.
- iCloud Photo Library may not be able to sync certain images and videos.
- The Books app’s Speak Screen Accessibility feature may abruptly stop working.
- When turned off in Control Center, Live Listen may not go away.
iOS 15.3.1 fixes a bug that could cause Braille displays to stop responding and provides important security updates for your iPhone.
All iPhone users are encouraged to upgrade to iOS 15.3 as it contains bug fixes and security updates.
The following issues have been resolved in iOS 15.2.1:
- Photos sent via iCloud Link may not appear in message attachments.
- Occasionally, CarPlay apps developed by third parties fail to respond to input.
Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier for Siri-enabled access to music, was added to iOS 15.2 with the release of iOS 15.2. Additional features and bug fixes for your iPhone are included in this update, including the App Privacy Report and new Messages safety features for children and parents.
Plan for Apple Music’s voice service
- You can now use Siri to access all of Apple Music’s songs, playlists, and stations with the new Apple Music Voice Plan.
- Ask Siri for music recommendations based on what you’ve previously listened to and what you like and dislike.
- Access to a list of recently played music is provided by Play it Again.
Privacy Report in Settings shows how often apps have accessed your location, photos, camera microphone, contacts, and more over the past seven days, as well as their network activity.
- Parents have the option of enabling warnings for their children when they receive or send nude photos.
- When children receive nude photos, safety warnings provide useful information.
Siri and the Search
Expanded guidance in Siri, Spotlight, and Safari Search to assist children and parents in remaining safe online and receiving assistance in dangerous circumstances
An Apple ID
- You can designate people as Legacy Contacts so that they have access to your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death, using Digital Legacy.
- On the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, macro photo control can be enabled in Settings so that macro photos and videos can be taken with the Ultra Wide lens.
Apps for watching TV
- Movies and TV Shows can be purchased or rented through the Store tab.
City maps in Apple Maps for supported cities now include road details like turn lanes, medians, and bike lanes as well as pedestrian crosswalks
The following iPhone improvements are also included in this update:
- iCloud+ subscribers can use the Hide My Email feature in the Mail app to generate random email addresses.
- When in Power Reserve mode, Find I can locate an iPhone for up to five hours.
- When looking at charts, you can see the year-to-date performance of a ticker’s currency.
- Tags can now be deleted or renamed in Reminders and Notes.
You’ll also find bug fixes for your iPhone in this release:
- While VoiceOver is running and the iPhone is locked, Siri may not respond.
- When using third-party photo editing apps, ProRAW images may appear overexposed.
- When your iPhone is locked, HomeKit scenes that feature a garage door may not play through CarPlay.
- Certain apps in CarPlay’s Now Playing list may be out of date.
- Streaming video apps may not work on the new iPhone 13 models.
- Microsoft Exchange users may see calendar events appear on a wrong day.
Call drop performance on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models has been improved in iOS 15.1.1.
SharePlay, a brand-new way to share FaceTime experiences with loved ones, is included in iOS 15.1 for the first time. Also included in this release is the ability to record ProRes video on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, along with the ability to verify COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet.
- Apps such as Apple Music, Fitness+, and the Apple TV app can now be used in FaceTime to create synchronized experiences.
- Everyone can pause, play, rewind, and fast-forward with the shared controls.
- As soon as you hear your friends’ voices in a movie, TV show, or song, the volume is automatically reduced to match.
- The shared video can be viewed on your big screen while you continue a FaceTime call on your iPhone using Apple TV.
- FaceTime calls with screen sharing allow participants to see each other’s photos, browse the web, and offer assistance to one another.
- Using the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, you can record ProRes video.
- On the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, you can disable automatic camera switching when taking macro photos or videos.
Wallet for Apple
Apple Wallet’s COVID-19 vaccination card support lets you add and display independently verified proof of vaccination.
Support for Taiwanese Mandarin in the Translate app and for system-wide translation
New HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensors trigger new automation.
You can now add text or gifs to images using new pre-built actions, and you can also pass the time with Siri’s new games collection.
In addition, the following problems have been resolved in this update:
- When importing photos and videos, the Photos app may incorrectly indicate that storage is full.
- It’s possible that the weather app won’t show the current temperature in my location or that the colors of animated backgrounds will be displayed incorrectly.
- When the screen is locked, audio from an app may be interrupted.
- When using VoiceOver with multiple passes, Wallet may unexpectedly stop working.
- If no Wi-Fi networks are found, it is possible that you will be charged.
- Updated battery capacity estimation algorithms have been implemented on iPhone 12 models.
Your iPhone’s operating system has been updated to version 15.0.2, which includes numerous bug fixes and security enhancements.
Bug fixes for your iPhone are included in this new version.
- After deleting the associated thread or message, photos saved to your library from Messages may be deleted.
- MyFind MyiPhone Leather Wallet may not be able to find my phone.
- AirTag may not show up in the Find My Item section of your account.
- In some cases, Apple’s CarPlay won’t open audio apps at all or will suddenly stop working in the middle of playing
- For iPhone 13 models, Finder or iTunes may not be able to restore or update the device.
A bug that prevented some iPhone 13 owners from using their Apple Watch to unlock their devices has been fixed in iOS 15.0.1.
- Your iPhone has received an update that includes bug fixes.
- Apple Watch may not be able to unlock iPhone 13 models.
- Incorrect storage warnings may be displayed by the Settings app.
- For some Fitness+ subscribers, audio meditations could start an Apple Watch workout without their knowledge.
- FaceTime Group calls use spatial audio, which makes participants’ voices sound as if they are coming from the direction they are positioned on the screen (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- Using Voice Isolation, you can speak clearly even in noisy environments (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- Using Wide Spectrum allows you to hear all the noises in the background of your phone call (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- It blurs your surroundings so that you are the only thing in focus (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- As many as six people can be shown at once in a Group FaceTime call in the same-sized tiles, with the current speaker being highlighted.
- Using FaceTime links, you can invite your friends to join you in a FaceTime call, even if they are on Android or Windows.
Emoji and Text Messages
- Photos, Safari, Apple News, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV all have a new section called “Shared with You,” which organizes content you’ve received from friends in Messages conversations.
- Content pinned to Shared with You, Messages search, and in the Conversation Details view is more prominent when you share it.
- In Messages, multiple photos are shown in a swipeable stack or a glanceable collage.
- Over 40 Memoji outfits and three different colors to choose from when it comes to clothing and headwear for your Memoji stickers
- Focus allows you to filter notifications based on what you’re currently doing, such as exercising, sleeping, gaming, reading, driving, working, or spending time with friends and family.
- Apps and people you want to receive notifications from are suggested during the Focus setup process.
- Apps and widgets on your home screen can be matched to a specific Focus using home screen customization.
- Based on your location and the time of day, contextual suggestions intelligently recommend a Focus.
- In Messages and conversations, your Focus status is shown to your contacts, indicating that your notifications have been silenced.
- People’s photos are now displayed in contact cards, and app icons are now larger.
- An automated daily summary of your notifications is provided by notification summary.
- For the next hour or the entire day, notifications can be disabled from any app or messaging thread.
- San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, and London are among the cities where detailed city maps are currently available, with more cities expected to be added in the future (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- Among the new driving, features are a new map that shows traffic conditions and incidents, as well as a route planner that lets you see your upcoming journey by selecting a departure or arrival time in the future.
- Step-by-step augmented reality walking directions are shown in immersive mode (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- With the new transit experience, you can tap to see nearby departures, see and interact with your route with just one hand, and be alerted when you’re getting close to your stop.
- Mountain ranges, deserts, forests, and oceans are all shown in greater detail in this interactive 3D globe (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- Place cards have been redesigned to make it easier to learn about and interact with places, and a new home for Guides curates the best recommendations for places that you’ll love.
- Swiping left or right between tabs is made easier by having the tab bar at the bottom of the screen.
- When you use Tab Groups, you can easily save and organize your tabs across devices.
- Using the tab grid view, you can see all of your open tabs.
- It is possible to add new sections to the start page, such as Privacy Report, Siri Suggestions, and Shared With You, by uploading a background image.
- Web extensions for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store and allow you to customize your browsing experience.
- You can conduct web searches solely by speaking into a microphone.
- A supported home or apartment door lock can be unlocked with a tap of a supported home or apartment door key (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and later)
- At participating hotels, you can simply tap your hotel key to unlock your room.
- For participating corporate offices, you can simply tap your office key to open the door.
- With Ultra Wideband Car Keys, you don’t have to take out your iPhone from your bag or pocket to unlock, lock, or start your supported vehicle (iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models)
- On your car keys, you can lock, unlock, honk the horn, pre-heat your vehicle, or open the trunk of your supported vehicle using the remote keyless entry functions
- Live Text allows you to interact with text in your photos, allowing you to copy, paste, look up, and translate in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, Safari, and in real-time previews with Camera (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
- It is possible to identify phone numbers, emails, and more in photos using Live Text’s data detectors.
- Using the keyboard, you can type directly from the camera’s viewfinder into any text field that accepts it.
- All the information you’re looking for on contacts, actors, musicians, movies, and TV shows is gathered in one place in rich results.
- It is possible to search through your photo library for photos based on the locations, people, scenes, and even the text that appears in the photos, such as a dog or a car in photos.
- Images of people, animals, monuments, and more can be found using a web image search.
- Animated cards with smart, adaptable titles, new animations, transition styles, and multiple image collages are all part of the new look for Memories.
- As an Apple Music subscriber, you can access personalized song suggestions that are based on what you like to listen to and the content in your photos and videos.
- When it comes to setting the mood, Memory mixes allow you to choose from a variety of songs and a matching Memory look.
- New types of memories include trips abroad, memories centered on children, changes over time, and improved memories of pets.
- Since then, the info pane has been updated to include a plethora of data about the photograph you’ve selected.
- Visual Look Up helps you learn more about the things you photograph, such as works of art, famous landmarks around the world, flowers and plants, and even dog and cat breeds.