Brandon talked about everything from all the new features and improvements he found to how the next iteration of iOS affects performance and battery life on the iPhone, and more. Here are some highlights:
- Siri can now identify pets and other animals in images, and provide users with information on them.
- PDFs can now be locked with a password.
- Action chains in ‘Shortcuts’ can now be collapsed.
- The new ‘Prepare for New iPhone’ feature in Settings > General > Reset helps users move to a new iPhone, even lets them temporarily borrow additional iCloud storage.
- New animations in the ‘Weather’ app.
- ‘Background Sounds’ in Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual brings a number of ambient sound presets to help users focus, sleep, and more.
- Redesigned dynamic ‘Text Size’ toggle in the Control Center.
- New ‘Calendar’ widget.
- New universal drag/drop across iOS.
- Added support for gestures like the three-finger copy/paste gestures.
- ‘Live Text’, which is basically in-image text recognition, is also available in native apps like Notes, Mail, and Safari.
Battery life has taken a massive hit on Beta 1, but that should be resolved by the time the public beta rolls out in July. Performance can be shoddy at times, with a number of apps crashing once or twice, but that is to be expected on a beta release.
As for bugs, Beta 1 appears to be rife with them — from volume erratically changing as you move through the OS to apps and widgets malfunctioning and everything in between, iOS 15 has it all. With bugs being quickly identified, however, it shouldn’t be long before they’re ironed out one by one.