Mobile & quot; apps more new than you think

Mobile & quot; apps more new than you think


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IOS/IPADOS 15 has been available as a beta version for registered developers since the WWDC keynote, and a public beta version followed later and now the final versions for all users are released with compatible devices.iOS 15 is said to be compatible with the same iPhones /iPads that already support iOS 14 today, i.e. from iPhone 6S.But now let's take a look at the news together ... and I bet I didn't think of everyone.

Notifications (notifications)

Notifications are redesigned in iOS/iPados 15 by displaying contact photos for people (for messages) and larger app symbols for app notifications.There is also a brand new personalized notification summary that summarizes missed notifications.Depending on the priority, these can then be a suitable time, e.g.B. in the morning or in the evening.

Notifications in the summary are arranged according to priority.To do this, the system analyzes the user's interactions with apps in order to display the most important and most relevant notifications at the top.Urgent messages and time -critical notifications will continue to be reported to the user immediately.

With iOS/iPados 15, there is now also the option for the user to temporarily mute incoming notifications of an app.This also applies to apps that are unusually active, but with which you do not interact as a user.

In order to give the user more opportunities to experience a balanced work-life balance, Apple has started the function known as "Focus" in English.It allows notifications and apps to be filtered, depending on what the user is worth.In the past, there was the "not disturbing" mode, now there is the opportunity to distinguish between work and private life.This mode allows you not to be notified by various apps if you e.g.B. is in a well -deserved end.

In the basic setting, iOS / iPados suggests a focus for working hours, to switch off before going to bed, etc.But every user is also able to define their own user-defined focus moments as variants of "do not disturb" and then personalize them individually.If such a focus is set, all other devices of the user are also based on the same Apple ID.

If the focus of a user blocks incoming notifications, his status is displayed in the news app - provided the user wishes.With the help of a status API, developers can also implement this information in their own apps in order to reflect a status on the selected focus.For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that individual app icon pages of the home screen-depending on the focus-can also be hidden.

"Where is it?"-Network is being expanded

The "Where is" app is also given new functions to find a lost device.In the future, the MacOS notebooks that have been switched off can also be found, as can deleted and reset iOS devices that have an activated activation block.

Airpods Pro and Airpods Max are now also receiving stronger support for the "Wo-is?" Network.There is no arrow for a precise location, but the distance can be determined and there is the possibility to reproduce a "sound" on the headphones, even if they are in their charging shell.In addition, you can now define that devices send a warning as soon as you move away from them and the widgets are now getting a special "Wo-is?"Execution.

New widgets

With iOS/iPados 15, Apple also brings a number of new and modified widgets into play.So there is about:

A widget for "displaying locations of friends and personal objects" in 'Where is ...?'-Network,

The data about the sleep quality and the user's sleeping plan find its way into the sleep widget.

The new email widget enables the view of incoming emails and quick access to it.

The contact widget, in turn, shows family and friends who can be reached by phone, news, facetime, mail or Find my.

With the new publication, the widget for family approval is additional actions, such as:B. the approval of purchases or screen time requirements.

The Game Center widget shows the user its recently played Game Center-capable games (regardless of which device),

While the app store widget shows the content of the "today" register.

Data protection is also apparently very important for the widgets with iOS/iPados 15.Sensitive content can apparently also be hidden in them.

Everything important in your pocket - wallet app

With the new operating system, the wallet app supports additional elements, such as:B. Key cards for home, the company or the hotel room.In the end, the key card can be automatically provided to the user if his hotel room is ready for occupancy.

Some states of the United States support another function in which a user can add his driver's license to the Wallet app.The storage of the ID card for airport safety control points should also be possible in the future.

But there are also smaller adjustments for the wallet app.This now automatically archived on board or event tickets and Safari is able to also create several wallet passes with a single action.

New functions for companies

In the development of iOS 15 and iPados 15, Apple naturally also thought of the requirements of companies.New MDM commands should enable more filigree management of devices that are used privately and professionally.In particular, copying content from information from corporate apps into non-managed apps and vice versa can be better prevented.

In addition, Apple introduces a completely new concept of device management with Declarative Device Management, which enables devices to manage and react more proactive.In the future, devices will be able to react independently to status changes and to apply logic based on these changes without being asked by the MDM server.In addition, devices can now inform the MDM server if relevant changes occur.

Also important: users have the opportunity to update on iOS 15 or iPados 15 or can still linger on iOS 14 and iPados 14 and only import bug fixes.You can get a comprehensive overview of the most important news in business use here.

Facetime is growing up

Der Corona-bedingte Druck zu Social Distancing und Arbeit im Home-Office hat auch in iOS/iPadOS 15 seine Spuren hinterlassen. So bietet Apple rund um FaceTime diverse neue Funktionen, mit denen sich der Dienst nicht mehr (so stark) vor Zoom & Co. verstecken muss.

The new FaceTime in iOS/IPADOS 15, especially on phone calls with several participants, not only looks much tidy, but also the conversations are also "more natural" thanks to 3D audio.

However, the most important innovation is that FaceTime will no longer only be limited to the Apple ecosystem in the future, but can also use Windows and Android users of this system via browser.Further information on the most important innovations about FaceTime can be found here.

Safari browser

The Browser from Apple was subjected to a fresh cell cure on all platforms.For example, users can now choose that the controls are displayed on the iPhone on the bottom of the screen - instead of above.This helps immensely to use the browser with one hand.

Safari also receives a customizable start page for the first time.This now allows the following points to be accommodated in any order:


Shared with you

Data protection report

Often visited

Siri suggestions

Reading list

iCloud tabs

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Außerdem spendierte Apple dem Safari browser endlich eine Unterstützung für Plug-ins. Hier gibt es aber ein paar Besonderheiten, beispielsweise zieht Apple den integrierten Content-Filter von Safari einem Werbeblocker-Plug-in vor.

The menu item "content blocker" gives way to the new menu item "Extensions" to integrate plug-ins into safari.As usual, these are also distributed via Appstore.

There is also a new (more compact) tab bar.With this, the user can switch faster between the individual "tabs".Functionalities such as "Pull to Refresh", in which the user pulls a page down to update them, is now also possible on the iPhone on websites.

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Siri goes offline

The "normal" dictation of text in the cursor position has long been possible.With iOS 15, however, the 1-minute limit is now canceled.In addition, siri requests on the device themselves are now also processed with the neural engine in iOS/iPados 15.This not only increases the data protection of the spoken word, the responsiveness also improves considerably.The convenience gain is also not to be despised, since the service of the voice assistant is now (finally) possible at Apple without an internet connection.

If you want to use this offline function, you need an iOS device with Apple's A12 chip (or newer).This function is therefore only available in iPhones from the year of construction 2018 (iPhone XS, XR).Another, if not generally valid innovation: Siri is also available with iOS 15 when the iPhone is slumbering in your pocket.However, the prerequisite for this is an activated Apple Watch (with its own pin code) on the wrist.

The "intelligence" of the system has been improved in the same breath.Elements on the screen such as photos, websites, content from Apple Music or Apple podcasts, Apple news stories, card locations and more can now be evaluated.Visual Lookup helps to recognize what can be seen on pictures on the screen (plant, animal, sight, painting, book).

Live text, on the other hand, is a new function that uses information on the device to search for text, for the user, recognize, highlight and copy in a photo.Spotlight can now search photos by location, people, scenes, objects and text.Coupled with this text recognition in photos, the system can also recognize data points and z.B. initiate a phone call for a photographed phone number.

Anyone who calls an "intelligent" home based on Homekit may also be happy about another function of Siri: Apple now also allows third-party manufacturers to implement a Siri interface.However, this implementation is special.So it only works within its own four walls, and there must already be a HomePod, Apple TV or an iPad.Third-party manufacturers therefore do not implement Siri himself, but use encrypted communication to these Apple devices to "rip through" commands (and answers).

New data protection and security functions

Sicherheit und Privacy lagen Apple schon immer am Herzen. In der neuen Version von iOS/iPadOS treibt die Company die Themen weiter voran und entschärft einige Problemfelder. So schützt etwa der Safari browser mit iOS/iPadOS 15 vor einer ungewollten Preisgabe von Daten, indem die IP-Adresse des Anwenders vor Trackern verborgen wird - wenn auch nur vor diesen. Dies reduziert allgemein die Möglichkeit, die IP-Adresse des Anwenders als eindeutige Kennung zu verwenden, um Website-weite Aktivitäten zu verknüpfen und Profile über den Anwender zu erstellen.

Apple also offers existing iCloud subscribers with iCloud+ without additional costs a private relay (similar to a VPN).The user's internet traffic is guided here by two relays, which means that the user for advertising networks and data broker is masked.A summary of the most important innovations of iOS/IPADOS 15 about security and privacy can be found here.

And much more ...

With iOS/IPADOS 15, Apple no longer only enables the translation of texts with the "Translate app", via Siri or in Safari for individual websites, but in the entire system.Any text interaction allows the user to translate the text on the screen.Users can also select and translate any text in photos.

The panorama mode in iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro gets an improvement that reduces geometric distortions.At the same time, "moving" Move is better recorded and the image noise (if available) is removed from recordings.The "photo app" finally receives a metadata editor for the multimedia files it contains.

Finally, in the memory and notes app, finally find their way around.Intelligent folders can now be created with a stored set of rules (e.g. all notes with the day "iOS15").The user can also address participants directly (with @) on a note and get a detailed course of revision of all changes.

The "weather app" was also massively revised.More information is presented and over 1000 variants of the background animation allows a stronger connection to the expected weather.Users can also be informed before the occurrence (end) of weather activities (rain, hail, ...) by push notification.

Geteilte Inhalte (Link, Filme, Musik, ...) werden in einem "Shared with you" Bereich in den jeweiligen Apps (und nicht nur in iMessage) abrufbar vorgehalten. Dort lässt sich wieder zurück in die Konversation wechseln und auf den geteilten Inhalt dem Absender antworten. In der iMessage App lassen sich auch solche Inhalte "pinnen". Sie erhalten dann in der iMessage App einen speziellen Platz, um schnell erreichbar zu sein.

The screen time control (especially when dealing with protected from protection) receives a new option: With "Downtime on Demand", parents can restrict their children's smartphones in their range of functions.Afterwards, only calls with the contacts that are defined under communication limits during the break are possible.Apps can only be used if they have been explicitly defined for the use at any time.Once activated, the target device receives a 5-minute maternity period before the mode comes into force.Developers can better integrate their apps into this child security area using ScreenTime API.

Das Multitasking im iPhone wird ebenfalls verbessert. Anwender können nun Drag&Drop auch App-übergreifend (analog dem iPad) durchführen. Aber auch geräteübergreifend ist ein Drag&Drop möglich. Bis zu drei Geräte können mithilfe von Universal Control ganz einfach mit einer Maus und einer Tastatur übergreifend gesteuert werden. Hierzu benötigt der Anwender (natürlich) kompatible Hardware:

iPad Pro

Ipad Air (3rd generation and later)

iPad (6th generation and later)

iPad Mini (5th generation and later)

MacBook Pro (2016 and later)

MacBook (2016 and later)

MacBook Air (2018 and later)

iMac (2017 and later)

iMac (5k retina 27-inch, end of 2015)

iMac Pro, Mac Mini (2018 and later)

Mac Pro (2019)

Apart from the necessary hardware, the user must also have activated Bluetooth, WLAN and Handoff.The user can then simply move the mouse of a end device over the screen edge to the next Apple device (same activated Apple ID) in order to continue working seamlessly.

With AirPlay to Mac, users can transfer their presentations and other content directly from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac.For example, this can be very useful for customer visits.

With iOS 15 / iPados 15, users can prioritize 5G connections despite an existing WLAN connection, as long as the 5G connection is better than the WLAN.The 5G support includes, among other things, access to the iCloud including the backup and restore of an iCloud back-up.

Apple accommodates users with a small iCloud storage space and now offers users unlimited temporary storage space for an iCloud-Back-up to transfer data to a newly placed Apple device.

New short commands

Since iOS 13, Apple has been offering a quick way to combine small work steps from different apps with shortcut (short command).Shortcuts can automate a variety of things that occur every day - for example, determine a random name, move text from one app to another, create notes of websites and much more.In the professional environment, shortcuts have enormous potential, from automation of tasks such as the creation of documents (e.g. protocols or NDA documents) to generation of sequence instructions or "if/then" rules in dealing with web servers or databases.

Apple has also recognized this and makes the associated "short commands" app available on iOS devices since iOS 14.The app allows the response and bundling of (siri) shortcut actions of various apps.It is also possible to address so-called X-Callback URLs.Such functions could also be described as an app microservice.Basically, such a defined process as a Swiss pocket knife is to complete complicated tasks.

New with iOS 15 are a few exciting trigger available, such as

Start of a certain focus mode

Occurrence of a certain noise on the microphone

However, an important event still lacks: the entry or end of events in the calendar, or the tasks.It would be optimal here if the user could create a rule that sets his iPhone "silent", for example, during certain appointments or selects a focus mode and then put it back into normal condition.

Since the short command app will also be available for MacOS in autumn, some new commands were recorded.This was necessary because under MacOS there are also previous automotive campaigns migrated to short commands.However, it is not possible (for now) to use all actions on the iOS/iPados device.The window management alone makes the user thwart the invoice.However, the following actions are not to be despised (without claim to completeness):

Extracting texts from images / PDFs

Save files in certain folders

Set the focus mode

Recognizing music titles and determining metadata

Start two apps in split screen mode (iPad only)

Also under the hood, shortcuts can now also be exported directly from the app as a file.

News in accessibility

Users can now explore people, objects, text and tables in pictures with voiceover more detail.With iOS 15, users can configure the settings for display and text size for each app on the device individually.

The magnifying glass function is now available as a "magnifying glass app".The iPhone is now easier to use than a magnifying glass to enlarge objects near you.With iOS 15, users can control the iPhone with eye movements across the system.The operation ranges from scrolling in apps to confirmation of entries in apps and the homescreen.

The operation of the iPhone can now be paired on noise.With the help of so -called sound activities for switch control, users can therefore control the device with simple mouthless without physical buttons, switches or complex verbal commands.With iOS 15, the voice control of the device itself, which has already entered iOS 14, now offers support for Mandarin-Chinese, Cantonese, French and German.

Background noises play balanced, bright or dark noises, sea, rain and stream noises in the background in order to cover undesirable ambient or outer noises or even light tinnitus.The sounds mix with other audio and system sounds.Users can take over audiograms of their doctors (e.g. via iPhone camera) to make adjustments to an audio signal on the headphones.This can be reinforced quiet tones, but specific frequencies can also be specifically adapted.

News at Ipados 15

The iPad (iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later as well as all iPad-pro models) is also delighted with a number of new functions, such as freely positionable widgets.On the iPhone this option has been available with iOS 14 since last year and with iPados 15, widgets can now also be placed on the homescreen of the iPad as you please.Since the iPad has a larger screen, there is also the option of displaying larger widgets.

Another feature that had already entered the iPhone with iOS 14 and is now coming to the Apple tablet is the app library.As with the iPhone, this is also available on the iPad as the last separate screen on the homescreen and offers a category -based listing of all installed apps.The special feature: On the iPad, this app library also finds its way into the dock and thus makes access easier, among other things, when dealing with multitasking.

Speaking of multitasking.There is no technically news here, but user friendliness has increased.The background is obviously that many users did not know how to use multitasking correctly.Now a kind of "Mini Dock" is offered at the top of the screen with which users can easily access multitasking.This "Mini Dock" also shows the currently active application.The Shelf also contains all open documents or windows of an app.Switching back and forth between the windows is a child's play and even allows the user to open or close a window with a single tap.

With iPados, the "Translate app" now ends up on the Apple tablet after the iPhone already received it with iOS 14.

In addition, the notes app on the iPad experiences a very special extension: If the user wipes the Apple Pencil on the screen from the lower corner inwards, it can write fast notes on the current content.The notes created in this way also receive a separate category in the notes app.

The low-power mode was also taken over by iOS.This was introduced on the iPhone with iOS 9 to reduce the power consumption of the device and to extend its battery life.It automatically lowers the screen brightness, deactivates background updates and some visual effects.Users can activate this option at any time, and the system itself asks the user to switch them on when the battery stand is less than 20 percent.