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New iOS 15 launch with SharePlay, FaceTime update and more

During Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the company unveiled iOS 15, a new operating system for iPhones. During this event, several more significant software improvements were announced.

FaceTime

Apple’s FaceTime updates largely revolve around making calls seem and feel more natural. Voices from your friends or coworkers should spread out to sound like they’re coming from the direction someone is speaking if you have Spatial Audio enabled. While blocking out ambient sounds, voice isolation prioritises your voice. Wide Spectrum pulls up your voice and everything around you if you’d like to include your surroundings in the call.

With a new grid approach that helps spread out calls over the display, video is also receiving a boost. Portrait mode is now available, allowing you to blur your background. A new Links system, possibly the best upgrade to FaceTime yet, enables you schedule a call and send invite links to anyone, all while maintaining end-to-end encryption for privacy.

SharePlay

Finally, SharePlay is a new feature in FaceTime that allows users to easily share their experiences with other people on the conversation. SharePlay allows users to listen to music (through Apple Music) and watch videos together in picture-in-picture mode in addition to (finally) sharing their screen on iOS. Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, Twitch, and other video providers are already supported by Apple’s SharePlay API.

Privacy

Every device you use and your data connections have their own IP addresses that identify them across the web, just like your home or work address. Apple is introducing IP address masking to both the Mail app and Safari to help protect these important pieces of information from prying eyes.

This makes it more difficult for websites you visit or emails you open to identify your location, but it also makes it more difficult for them to track your online activities.

App Privacy Report

Users will like the new app privacy reports that will be available in iOS 15 this autumn. This new tab in the Settings app will show you how applications handle your privacy, including how they monitor your location and whether they have access to your images, camera, or microphone.

It will also show you how frequently apps use the rights you’ve granted, as well as a list of all third-party groups with whom your data has been shared.

iCloud+

iCloud, which serves as the backbone for all of Apple’s connected services, is getting some major privacy upgrades this year. To begin, you can designate trustworthy individuals as recovery contacts, allowing them to get authentication codes and assist you in regaining access to your Apple account if you become locked out.

Then there’s Digital Legacy, a new tool that lets a close friend or family member to assume management of a deceased loved one’s iCloud account. This secures and preserves that person’s photographs, passwords, and other vital papers for a beneficiary.

Paid iCloud accounts will be upgraded to iCloud+ accounts at no additional cost. iCloud+ comes with a VPN-like Safari service that uses two encrypted internet relays to hide your browsing activity from internet service providers, websites, and even Apple. Users with iCloud+ can create an unlimited number of alias iCloud email addresses for all of their junk mail requirements.

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