You will this fall be able to add a driver’s license to Apple’s wallet, listen to new albums with your friends via FaceTime, and customize your iPhone’s home screen to display work apps and notifications only when you’re on the clock. These new features are part of it iOS 15, the latest version of Apple ‘s iPhone mobile operating system.
Although iOS 15 will not officially arrive until the end of September, you don’t have to wait. Apple has already released public beta versions of the next iOS, which means that anyone with an iPhone can try out the new features earlier. Beta software testing is not for everyone (you should definitely back up your iPhone before you install the beta), but if you can’t wait, here’s how you can get it now. Below, I have rounded up many top new features.
How to Install iOS 15 Public Beta |
The first step before installing a new software upgrade is to back up your device, which is doubly accurate here. Beta editions of the software are unfinished products. They have faults, malfunctions, faults. You are part of the first wave of people trying something new, and your experiences – bugs and all that – can affect the final product. You should understand what you are getting into and, of course, back up your iPhone.
Backup is easy if you do it via iCloud. Head on Settings. Tap your name at the top, then tap iCloud. Scroll until you see iCloud Backup and turn it on if it isn’t already. If it’s already on, tap Make a backup now to impose a new backup. If you go back to the previous page, you can turn off things you don’t want to back up. This is an easy way to back up your device. If you don’t have enough iCloud storage to back up your device, there are other ways to do it. Take a look at ours How to Backup iPhone Guide, which goes in multiple options.
Then install the public beta version of iOS 15. Go to Apple’s Beta software program page using the Safari browser on your iPhone. Touch Apply and enter your Apple ID login credentials. Touch iOS tab and tap Register your iOS device. On the new page that opens, scroll down and tap Download profile. Then head to Settings and you will see a new one Profile downloaded card below your username. Tap it and press in the upper right corner Install.
You will need to restart iPhone. Then head to Settings> General> Software update and you should see the iOS 15 beta update ready for you. Hit Download and install. That’s it! The installation will take a few minutes, so you’ll do it if you don’t need access to your iPhone right away. Have you decided that beta is not for you? To go back to the comfortable old iOS 14, go to Settings> General> Profile> Remove profile.
And now to the features!
FaceTime and SharePlay
Apple’s video calling app gets some of the biggest upgrades this year, turning it into something more like Zoom and Google Meet video conferencing services. For starters, there’s a multi-person online view that works like Zoom’s conference calls. There’s a portrait mode – like a similar feature in the Camera app, it keeps your face in focus but blurs your messy room in the background. You can also create FaceTime links to share and invite others to video chat, and they can be added to your calendar. Those with a connection can join these calls via Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, even if they are using an Android phone or Windows laptop, and the calls are still encrypted from end to end.
Video calls sound more natural, and FaceTime uses surround sound to distinguish sounds depending on where your friends are in the group call network view, making you feel more like you’re all in the room. There are also two new microphone options: voice isolation and a wide range. The first will turn off all ambient noise, so the person on the other end only hears your voice. The latter will try to take over everything sounds in your environment.