Date: 16 September 2021

Image Source: MacRumours, 2021

Soon to be available on September 21! The long awaited iOS 15 update for your Apple devices (iPhones and iPods) will align with your updated way of life! This operating system release will feature new capabilities like improved notifications management, improving your moments in life, FaceTime calls, Privacy controls and more!

 

Notifications are getting a whole new revamp in design and how they bug you! There will be larger app icons and contact photos indication who the notifications are from. Best of all, now they can be curated into a convenient summary, reducing your endless scrolling of banners!

 

Now let us “Focus” on how to reduce these distractions and “Focus” more on what really matters! Seriously — iOS 15 ’s introduction of “Focus” will allow you to tailor your priorities for that specific time and place. And extension and enhancement of “Do Not Disturb”, you can now create -profiles- to really focus on different mindsets throughout your day, and choose who and what should be requiring your attention. Totally customisable to fine tune your notifications under your control. It also ensures to keep open communication to those who reach out to you by signalling your status.

 

FaceTime calls will be the revamp to be your first choice for video calls between groups and loved ones. A handful of new features includes;

    • Portrait mode: blurred video backgrounds)
    • Mic Modes: selective spatial audio microphone detection
    • Grid View: see everyone equally across the screen
    • Integrated links: schedule your FaceTime calls with links to anyone (even non-Apple users) and have it integrated with your calendar
    • SharePlay: watch together, listen together and share your screen with those on call in real time!

Now for another major feature, control your Privacy settings through the new iCloud Private Relay feature. It is not a VPN where is reroutes traffic, but it allows you to protect who gets your data when accessing a website – e.g. not your internet provider let alone Apple themselves!

Some other key feature upgrades to note:

    • Quickly change text size: Control on a per-app basis via Control Centre to customise your viewing experience throughout your entire iPhone
    • Separation alerts: Forgetful you? Stray far enough from your items and get an alert from another device to remind you pick them back up!
    • Background sounds: Stay focused on your work, study, and even sleep through a selection of background noises.
    • Text recognition in images: Easily scan, copy, paste or “Look Up” text in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari.

Feature upgrades in Applications:

    • Maps: New 3D views of the city with enhanced images of buildings, pedestrian crossings, directions and more!
    • Wallet: Will become the central hub for the digital keys in your life. It can store ID cards and keys to your home, hotel, office, or even car!
    • Weather: beautiful graphical displays making weather more exciting than ever
    • Safari: Customisable Start Pages, one hand easy-to-reach controls and tab groups making it easier to surf and save tabs and share to other devices linked to your iCloud account
Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable
iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast charging over USB-C

Among the details for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is the fact that the new devices will support fast charging. Apple claims its new phones can recharge up to 50 percent of their battery life in a 30-minute charge. But there’s a catch: you have to use USB-C.

That’s because Apple is using USB Power Delivery, one of the various USB-C charging specifications, to provide fast charging on the new phones. It’s a feature that is also offered on its newest iPads with both the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the updated 12.9-inch model supporting the option when they were released earlier this year.

So, to take advantage of fast charging on one of the new iPhones, you’ll need to buy both a Lightning-to-USB-C cable (Apple sells them for $25), and a USB-C Power Delivery-compatible charger. The cheapest Apple option is the 29W brick for the 12-inch MacBook, which costs $50.

Apple’s new iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be faster than its predecessors, offer a upgraded camera and will have aluminium banding around the edge, with glass on the front and back, the strongest glass ever on a smartphone.

They have been sealed for water and dust resistance, include new displays with True Tone that adapts colour and temperature to ambient light and have new stereo speakers that are 25 per cent louder than iPhone 7.

An Apple-designed graphics processing unit (GPU) makes it 30 per cent faster than the A10 chip.

Photography has also been made easier with an Apple-designed image signal processor, which allows for faster lowlight auto focus, improved pixel processing and noise reduction.

An all new 12-megapixel sensor with 83 per cent more light and an improved portrait mode.

The 8 Plus retains the dual 12MP sensors and will include a dual-camera feature called “Portrait Lighting”, which will allow users to rework the lighting while composing the shot to add a sense of depth.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second and 1080p 240 frames per second in slow-mo. The iPhone is calibrated for augmented reality photos, apps and games.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been built for wireless charging and will use the Qi system used by restaurants, shops, cars and airports.

They will come in silver, space grey and gold, and will be available in 64GB and 256GB, with the iPhone 8 starting at $A1079, and the iPhone 8 Plus starting at $A1229.

Both devices will be available for pre-order beginning September 15 and will be in stores beginning September 22.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote for 2017 featured more than two hours of non-stop announcements and product unveilings, resulting in the most eventful and jam-packed WWDC we’ve seen in years.

Along with new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, Apple also used the event to launch a number of products, refreshed iPad Pro models, new iMacs, new MacBooks, new MacBook Pro models, new Apple Watch bands, and updated MacBook Air’s.

Apple also shared details on two upcoming products, the pro-oriented “iMac Pro” and the “HomePod,” the company’s much-rumored Siri-powered speaker that’s designed to compete with products like the Amazon Echo while also offering up amazing sound quality. Both the iMac Pro and the HomePod are launching in December.