Apple has released its latest operating system for the iPhone, iOS 15.
The update came ahead of the release of the new iPhone 13, which is now available for pre-order and launches on Friday.
It boasts a host of new features, including big updates to FaceTime, Apple Maps and Memoji.
Here is everything you need to know about what’s changing.
Which phones are compatible with iOS 15?
The following devices will be able to support iOS 15:
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (original model)
iPod Touch (seventh-generation)
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone Xs Max
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
How can I update to iOS 15?
Your phone should automatically update to iOS 15 – or send you a prompt to do so – if you have automatic updates turned on.
If you do not, go to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update” and then tap “Upgrade to iOS 15”.
Hit “Download and Install” and the update will begin installing on your device.
Your phone will need to restart after updating.
What are the new features?
SharePlay, which allows you to watch films, TV show and videos or listen to music with a friend while talking on FaceTime
Fully synced playback for everyone on the call
Share your screen with the people you’re speaking to
Dynamic volume which adjusts to loud moments in the content you’re watching on FaceTime, so you can still hear the person you’re speaking to
Portrait mode, which blurs the background
Grid view for group calls
Spatial audio, which makes voices sound like they’re coming from the direction in which they’re positioned on the call
Invite your friends into a FaceTime call using a web link you can share anywhere – even people who don’t have an Apple device
Shared with You – content sent to you over Messages automatically appears in a new Shared with You section in the corresponding app, so you can enjoy it when it’s convenient for you. This also works in Photos, Safari, Apple News, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and the Apple TV app
Quickly save photos sent to you by tapping a new save button in the Messages conversation
Switch between phone numbers in the middle of a conversation on an iPhone with dual SIM
Customise your Memoji with over 40 outfit choices
You can select a different colour for your left eye and your right eye
Three new glasses options, including heart, star and retro shapes
Nine new Memoji stickers let you send a shaka, a hand wave, a light-bulb moment and more
Three new accessibility options let you represent yourself with cochlear implants, oxygen tubes or a soft helmet
Automatically filter notifications based on what you’re currently doing. Turn on “Do Not Disturb” to switch everything off, or choose from a provided Focus for work, personal time, sleep, fitness, mindfulness, gaming, reading or driving
When you’re setting up a Focus, on-device intelligence about your past activity suggests apps and people you want to allow notifications from
Choose an icon for your custom Focus moments and name them whatever you like
Sync Focus moments between devices
Contacts outside the notifications you allow for a Focus will be told that your notifications are silenced
Turn on an auto-reply for your contacts when they message you while you’re using the Focus for driving
New look, with contact photos for people and larger icons for apps
Receive a collection of your notifications delivered daily, in the morning and evening, or scheduled at a time you choose, listed in priority order
Rich and interactive 3D globe, including significantly enhanced details for mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans and more
More detailed cities
New dedicated driving map that highlights details like traffic and incidents, and a route planner lets you view your upcoming journey by choosing a future departure or arrival time
Step-by-step directions shown in augmented reality while walking
Redesigned public transport map that shows key bus routes and notifies you when you’re approaching your stop
Improved search for restaurants, such as by cuisine or whether they do takeaway
Search and tab bar moved to bottom of the screen for increased accessibility
Customise the start page, including with a background image
Save and organise your tabs in the way that works best for you, and sort them into groups
Search the web using your voice
Add home keys to Wallet on iPhone and Apple Watch, then tap to unlock a compatible HomeKit door lock
Hotel keys can be added to Wallet from the participating hotel provider’s app. Also compatibility with office and car keys
Text is now completely interactive in all your photos, so you can use functions like copy and paste, look up, and translate
Swipe up or tap the information button on any photo to highlight recognised objects and scenes
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