Apple iOS 15 software update: Elly Awesome reviews cool new features
If you’ve updated your iPhone but haven’t done your research, chances are you’re missing out on lots of cool new features.
Apple’s latest software update, iOS 15, brings a ton of cool and awesome new features for iPhone and iPad.
If you’ve upgraded before, you might notice a handful of surface level changes, but if you haven’t done your research, chances are you’re missing out on a lot of the latest upgrades as they happen. hide right under our noses.
Let me bring you up to date with the latest and greatest iPhone tips and tricks that you won’t be able to live without very soon!
In the days of endless video conferencing and online family reunions, this is a revolutionary feature for staying connected by video.
Now, in the FaceTime app, you can create what are called “FaceTime Links”. These will allow you to create your own private FaceTime link which can be shared with your friends, family or even coworkers so that they can participate in a video call with you.
The most exciting part about “FaceTime Links” is that even Android or Windows users can participate through these FaceTime links – which means no one is missing anything.
Quickly find important notes with tags
In a handy new feature of the Notes app, Apple has added a feature called “Tags,” which you’ll recognize as a hashtag.
Basically, adding tags or a hashtag to a note allows you to group your notes into an easily recognizable and searchable category.
For example, if I wrote a note about cars, I would use the hashtag #cars. Apple will then intelligently notice the “hash symbol” or “tag” and add it to a new Tags section in the main Notes app screen.
Now, whenever I search for one of my car notes, I can press #cars to find all my car notes faster and easier because they will be grouped into one list. The best part is that you can add tags anywhere in a note and even handwrite a tag in a note to categorize it.
Copy and paste text from photos
This new feature absolutely blew me away – it’s actually called “Live Text”, but yes, you can copy and paste text from photos.
Your phone’s AI can now identify this text to the point of highlighting it with yellow borders or you can simply tap the text on the screen to select it. Alternatively, there is a small “scan” icon in the lower right corner which when you tap on it the Live Text feature will activate and your phone will highlight the text seen in the image.
What’s even more amazing is that this feature even works on handwritten notes or words and can translate seven different languages! Just tap and translate!
Focus Mode is a welcome new feature on iOS 15 that lets you customize which notifications may bother you and when, ideal if you need to focus on a task or just need a little distraction-free break.
It’s very similar to the “Do Not Disturb” mode that has been on the iPhone for quite some time now, but with a lot more customization. To find Focus, go to Settings> Focus. You will now see the option to enable Do Not Disturb or configure your Personal, Work or Sleep focus mode.
You can simply tap one to activate one of these modes. Apple walks you through this setup where you can choose who can contact you and which apps can send you notifications when you’re in particular focus modes.
For example, when I’m in Personal mode, I like to turn off notifications from my messaging app and select social media apps, but allow calls from anyone in my family group. There are also additional custom modes for driving, fitness, gaming, mindfulness and reading which can be configured by tapping the + button in the upper right corner of the focus settings menu.