Apple is bringing its own spin on video calling with features like voice isolation which uses AI to single in on a speaker’s voice and cancel out ambient noise, as well as “SharePlay” which lets users watch movies and listen to music with friends in real-time. Spatial audio, which relays where someone is positioned relative to their phone, is also making its way to FaceTime.
Notifications is getting a pretty significant update that allows users to more granularly schedule which updates they get and when. “Notifications summary” gives users the option to have iOS 15 automatically group notifications together by priority and wait to deliver them until a specified time. It’s a newsletter for your notifications.
When you turn on Do Not Disturb, iOS 15 now includes an icon under your messages to let people know that you don’t want to be bothered, which depending on how you look at it could be good or bad. On one hand, you don’t have to worry about sending messages into the abyss, on the other hand, your friends will know you’re actively ignoring them.
The iOS 15 beta is currently live for developers or people who want to tinker around in an unfinished operating system, but for the rest of us, the Fall will likely yield a finished product in which we can finally FaceTime in blurred-out Portrait Mode goodness.