Apple will release its new iOS 15 software update today providing iPhone users with several new features.
The new iOS 15 will see upgrades made to FaceTime, Apple Maps, weather, wallet, Siri and more.
Whilst Apple hasn’t announced an official launch time, it’s expected iOS 15 will be available in the UK around 6pm BST.
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iPhone users will be able to then download the software, by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.
iOS 15 is compatible with all iPhones and iPod touch models already running iOS 13 or iOS 14.
According to Apple, “iOS 15 enhances the iPhone experience with new ways to stay connected, and powerful features that help users focus, explore, and do more with on-device intelligence.”
FaceTime calls will now feature spatial audio and a new portrait mode.
New Focus features are aimed at helping users avoid distractions, alongside redesigned notifications.
Live Text will also be available using on-device intelligence to recognise text in a photo and allows users to take action.
Apple Maps brings new ways to navigate and explore with a new three-dimensional city-driving experience and walking directions in augmented reality.
Weather is redesigned with full-screen maps and more graphical displays of data, Wallet adds support for home keys, and new privacy controls in Siri, Mail, and more places across the system further protect user information
Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 13 range, which will come with bigger batteries and better cameras, and boss Tim Cook hailed them as the “best iPhones we have ever created”.
After a major redesign of the popular smartphone last year, Apple has instead made a series of incremental changes across the four versions of the handset, most notably improving battery life by at least 1.5 hours on each of the devices.
The technology giant said it had also revamped all the cameras across the range, with a new cinematic mode allowing users to film higher-quality, cinema-like videos, while the infamous camera notch on the front of the phone has been made smaller.
Like the iPhone 12 range last year, the four new devices on offer will be the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, all of which will be powered by the firm’s latest A15 Bionic chip, which Apple claims is 50% faster than its nearest competition.
Notably, the new 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will offer a one terabyte storage option for the first time, as well as support for a 120Hz screen refresh rate, which allows for smoother scrolling.
In terms of the improved battery life, Apple said the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro will both offer up to 1.5 hours extra life while the iPhone 13 and iPhone Pro Max will each see up to 2.5 hours additional battery life.
Making its announcements via an online virtual event, an updated version of the iPad and a new iPad mini were also announced alongside the Apple Watch Series 7, which has been made more durable and dust resistant and has a larger screen.
Apple confirmed all four new iPhone models would go on sale on September 24, with the iPhone 13 mini starting at £679, the iPhone 13 at £779, the 13 Pro at £949 and the 13 Pro Max at £1,049.
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