The folks over 9to5Mac have just highlighted some new iOS 15 features, which will be only available to iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip or newer. Compatible models include iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 Pro.
Below are the new iOS 15 features that will require iPhone XS or newer models.
Spatial Audio on FaceTime:
This feature creates a sound field that helps conversations flow as easily as they do face to face. Your friends’ voices are spread out to sound like they’re coming from the direction in which they’re positioned on the call.
Portrait Mode on FaceTime:
With iOS 15, it’s possible to blur the background of a call to put the focus on you, but only iPhones with the A12 Bionic chip will be able to use this feature.
Interactive globe on Maps:
Only newer iPhones will be able to discover the new interactive 3D globe on Apple Maps, which includes significantly enhanced details for mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, and more.
Immersive walking directions on Maps:
Get where you’re going with step-by-step directions shown in augmented reality.
Live Text in photos:
With iOS 15, text is interactive in all your photos, so you can use functions like copy and paste, lookup, and translate. Live Text works in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari and in live previews with Camera.
Visual Look Up:
Swipe up or tap the information button on any photo to highlight recognized objects and scenes. Learn more about popular art and landmarks around the world, plants, and flowers out in nature, books, and breeds of pets.
New animated backgrounds on Weather:
There are now thousands of variations of animated backgrounds that more accurately represent the sun’s position, clouds, and precipitation.
On-device speech processing:
With iOS 15, the audio of your requests is now processed entirely on your iPhone unless you choose to share it. The power of the Apple Neural Engine enables speech recognition models with the same high quality as server-based speech recognition.
Keys in the Wallet:
Add home keys, hotel keys, office keys, and car keys with an iPhone XR/XS or newer.