iOS 15 went live to the general public on Monday. The release comes after over 3 months in the beta stage. Although users rocking an iPhone as old as the iPhone 6S through the iPhone 12 series can update their devices to iOS 15, there are some features that are only available to iPhone XS and newer users. Meaning, devices equipped with the A12 Bionic and newer chipsets can enjoy some of the key features of iOS 15. Here they are:

  • Live Text in Photos: You can now select a text in any photo and take action such as translate, copy and paste text, call a number or find an address. Text can also be interacted right from the camera by a tap on the Live Text button in the viewfinder.

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  • Interactive globe and 3D experience in Maps: Users will be able to use the new 3D globe to discover the beauty of places which includes enhanced details for mountain ranges, forests, deserts, and more. Explore cities in the highest detail possible for elevation, trees, buildings, and more.  navigate the road with detailed turn lanes and complex 3D views for interchanges.
ios 15 3d maps experience limited to iphone xs and newer devices
The 3D map experience in iOS 15 | Source: Apple
  • New weather app animations: Enjoy the weather condition in your area with brand new varying animated backgrounds for different weather conditions.
  • Visual Lookup: Tap the i button in any photo to look up recognized scenes and objects. Find out and explore popular art, landmarks, plants, and more around the world.
  • Keys in Wallet: Add your home keys, car keys, and hotel keys to the Wallet for seamless entry and exit.
  • On-Device speech recognition and processing: Speech recognition and requests are not processed on-device without an internet connection. All possible with the help of the Neural Engine delivering the same server-based high-quality speech recognition.
  • Panorama pictures (iPhone 12 and newer): Improved geometric distortion and captures moving subjects much better while also reducing image noise and banding.
  • Cinematic mode (iPhone 13 series only): Also called Portrait video, Cinematic mode provides the ability to focus on a subject and seamlessly shift focus to another all while blurring the background using the Rack Focusing technique.

To learn everything that’s included in iOS 15, click here.

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