Apple’s 2021 Worldwide Developer Convention is simply across the nook on June 7, which suggests the corporate is ready to announce a slew of latest working techniques for its merchandise. From iPadOS and macOS to watchOS and tvOS (and extra), WWDC will give us an inside take a look at what Apple has been cooking up over the previous 12 months.
However everyone knows the one OS replace everybody actually cares about is iOS 15. Whereas we’ll have to attend till WWDC formally kicks off to seek out out what’s in retailer for the iPhone’s subsequent OS, there’s loads we are able to glean proper now solely off of rumors.
Nonetheless, it is price noting that there aren’t that many rumors this 12 months, which may imply iOS 15 may not embrace all that many notable adjustments. Seeing as how iOS 14 was a reasonably huge replace, it will not come as an excessive amount of of a shock if Apple retains it low-key this 12 months.
Regardless, this is a listing of all the brand new options which can be rumored to be coming to iOS 15.
New iMessage options
Final 12 months’s iOS 14 launched a bunch of latest iMessage options together with the flexibility to pin conversations, tag particular person individuals and customise notifications in group chats, in addition to reply to particular messages to create a thread.
However Apple is outwardly coming again with extra in iOS 15. In accordance with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman:
“The corporate is planning a brand new characteristic that can permit customers to set totally different notification preferences, similar to if the telephone makes a sound or not, relying on their present standing. The enhancement will come within the type of a brand new menu that lets customers choose if they’re driving, working, sleeping or customized classes of their selecting. The menu shall be proven on the up to date Lock Display and in Management Heart, the iPhone and iPad’s menu for shortly accessing settings.”
And relying in your standing, Gurman additionally claims customers may even be capable of set computerized replies. You realize, just like the out-of-office replies you arrange earlier than leaving for trip. However this time, it is in your iPhone.
As Gurman notes, auto-reply already exists inside Do Not Disturb and Sleep Mode. However we may see extra standing choices with the upcoming OS.
Meals monitoring with the Well being app
At present, the Well being app permits customers to trace their diet by logging quite a lot of information together with caffeine, water, and carbohydrate consumption, together with totally different nutritional vitamins and minerals. With iOS 15, you may also be capable of monitor the meals you eat as nicely.
In a report from iMore, a supply says the characteristic shall be just like MyFitnessPal — a meals diary app the place you may monitor your meals and energy every day. However there are not any particulars as to what these similarities shall be.
MyFitnessPal is straightforward to make use of, contemplating it provides a meals database of over 300,000,000 gadgets. The app makes it tremendous simple to log what you eat all through the day. It stays to be seen whether or not the iOS Well being app will provide considerably of an intensive database or if customers should manually enter particular meals and energy consumed.
As 9to5Mac notes, Apple additionally sent out a survey again in Might that requested customers if they’d any apps put in for monitoring consuming habits, amongst different issues like blood glucose ranges and drugs. Whereas it is extremely doubtless the survey might be geared in direction of the upcoming Apple Watch Sequence 7, it is also potential the corporate was merely gathering suggestions for its personal food-tracking characteristic.
In a tweet that was picked up by publications like 9to5Mac, MacRumors, and Tom’s Guide, a consumer who claims they noticed iOS 15 additionally mentions the presence of a food-tracking characteristic (among the many different new options listed above).
Once I mentioned I’d seen some iOS 15, I’m not going to disappoint:
◼️- Darkish Mode UI tweaks
💬- Messages app tweaks
🍴- Meals monitoring and different new options in Well being
🔧- Affirmation of UI adjustments from earlier screenshot rumor
🔴- New notification settings and look on lockscreen
— Connor Jewiss (@connorjewiss) May 25, 2021
The fork and knife emoji within the above tweet additionally appeared in a tweet from MacRumors reporter, Sami Fathi, who decoded the hidden emoji message inside Apple’s WWDC invitation.
Positive, this is likely to be considerably of a stretch, however I can not assist however suppose it is a bit too coincidental. I imply, how usually can we see the fork and knife emoji getting used throughout the context of WWDC? I might say … by no means.
A brand new privateness app menu
It is no secret that Apple made an enormous push for privacy with iOS 14. Ultimately 12 months’s WWDC, the corporate launched “Nutrition Labels” that inform customers how an app makes use of their information in a approach that is simple to know.
Moreover, with iOS 14.5, Apple additionally launched App Monitoring Transparency (ATT). The characteristic requires builders to ask customers for permission to trace their information throughout different firms’ apps and web sites.
With iOS 15, Apple is rumored to be engaged on a brand new menu geared in direction of privateness, Bloomberg reports. It would permit customers to see and monitor which apps are gathering information about them.
Extra accessibility options
Of all of the options on this listing, Apple’s new accessibility features are the one ones which were confirmed.
The corporate introduced the brand new capabilities in Might, however remained obscure on a launch date except for “coming later this 12 months.” However since iOS 14.5 was stacked with updates, it is secure to imagine Apple is saving these for iOS 15.
A few of the new options for iOS, particularly, embrace:
VoiceOver: For individuals who are blind or have low imaginative and prescient, VoiceOver describes particulars in a photograph like objects and an individual’s place. With the Markup software, customers can even manually add picture descriptions to their very own photos.
Background Sounds: The iPhone will quickly have a built-in characteristic that means that you can play totally different sounds to assist soothe you. In case you ever end up in an atmosphere with sounds which can be overwhelming or uncomfortable, you will have the selection to play both balanced, brilliant, and darkish noise, or rain, stream, and ocean sounds.
Entry to audiograms: Included inside Headphone Lodging through Settings, customers will be capable of customise audio based mostly on their listening to check outcomes which can be imported from an audiogram.
Inclusive Memoji: Quickly, iOS customers will be capable of customise their Memoji with oxygen tubes, a mushy helmet, and cochlear implants.
Hopefully, we’ll hear extra particulars about these throughout WWDC.
What iPhones will make the lower?
With the discharge of each new model of iOS, Apple alters its listing of iPhones that help it.
Again in January, MacRumors reported that iOS 15 would not be appropriate with the iPhone SE (2016), iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 6S Plus. Since these are the oldest units supported by iOS 14, and all three iPhones use the identical A9 Bionic chip, it is sensible for Apple to take away them from the listing for its upcoming OS replace.
The iPhones that can doubtless help iOS 15 ought to embrace:
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 11 Professional
iPhone 11 Professional Max
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 Professional
iPhone 12 Professional Max
After all, additionally included on this listing, would be the upcoming iPhone 13 lineup that is set to be introduced this Fall.
Remember about iPadOS 15
For probably the most half, a number of the options coming to iOS 15 will probably additionally apply to iPadOS 15. However according to Bloomberg, there’s additionally a brand new change rumored for the house display: the flexibility so as to add widgets.
The characteristic was first launched with iOS 14, permitting customers to position widgets — such because the climate app, Display Time, Recordsdata, Shortcuts, Maps, and extra — on their residence display. Nonetheless, on iPadOS 14, customers are solely ready so as to add widgets to the ‘At this time’ tab.
With iPadOS 15, the house display would possibly lastly get the iOS 14 therapy (one 12 months later). Now, iPad customers would possibly lastly be capable of switch these widgets over to their major display.
As per regular, we can’t know if any of those options are undoubtedly coming to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 till WWDC subsequent week. However as I mentioned earlier than, based mostly on rumors, it looks as if this 12 months’s working techniques will not be all that intense.
However who is aware of? Possibly Apple has simply been actually good at maintaining most of its new options beneath wraps this time round.