iOS 15 brings new FaceTime and AI options on September 20th

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Tim Cook will speak about the new iPhones at the Apple event on September 14, 2021.

Nathan Mattise

The next major version of the operating system for iPhones, iOS 15, will be released on September 20th, Apple announced at its product event on Tuesday. iPadOS 15 will appear on compatible tablets the same day, and watchOS 8 will be available for the Apple Watch.

iOS and iPadOS 15 bring several new features and design changes to the iPhone and iPad. iPadOS 15 lets widgets stay on the home screen instead of being directed to their own dedicated screen. New multitasking controls make it easier to start and control multiple apps at the same time. Notifications have been redesigned and a new notification summary view tries to show notifications that are most relevant at a given time.

The new features are closely tied to Focus, which allows you to create profiles for work, family time, games, or other categories. Different apps and notifications are displayed in each Focus view, and your currently selected Focus is synchronized across all devices.

iOS and iPadOS 15 offer several redesigned apps developed by Apple, such as Safari and Weather. There are also numerous new or improved AI-related features throughout the operating system, such as the ability to enter semantic search terms and view photos that contain the object you entered. AI-powered digital panning and zooming with human following, known as Center Stage and previously limited to the iPad Pro, is now coming to the iPad Mini.

watchOS 8 offers, among other things, new watch faces and new ways to view and share photos with the Apple Watch as well as improved text editing, support for new smart home functions and new ways to use Wallet. The update adds fall detection to cycling and improved support for e-bikes, with better recognition of the work of the person and the e-bike for more accurate calculations of calorie consumption.

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 will be free updates for supported devices when they are released.

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