Six New Features We’re Hoping to See in Apple’s iOS 15 Update
Apple is still updating iOS 14 regularly, but that doesn't mean we can't start thinking about iOS 15. Like it does every year, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 15 at WWDC 2021. We don't know for certain what we will see in iOS 15, but continue reading to browse the list of six things you'll want Apple to include.
Split-Screen on iPhone Max Devices
iPads and Android devices have a handy split-screen view, so why not the iPhone? The iPhone 12 Pro Max is big enough that a split-screen feature to view two apps at once could be very useful. Hopefully, Apple agrees and adds it to iOS 15.
The Apple Watch has an always-on display, so why not the iPhone? You could leave your phone on your desk and always see a clock and your notifications. It would save some time as you wouldn't have to wait for the iPhone to wake up or the screen to turn on. You could technically do that now by leaving the screen on all the time, but that would quickly kill your battery. Always-on technology uses slow refresh rates and deep blacks, so you can leave the OLED screen on and it won't drain the battery much.
FaceTime Screen Sharing
If Apple wants to be a serious contender in online communications, it must add native screen sharing to FaceTime. This would allow people to communicate via screen sharing as well as voice and video. If Facebook Messenger can screen share, then FaceTime should be able to do it, too.
Widgets on the Lock Screen
Widgets are a great addition to iOS, but they need to be on the main lock screen. Right now, they are relegated to the Today screen, which requires you to swipe to the right to view them and also the Home screen. True lock screen widgets would allow users to quickly view information and interact with them without swiping to the right or unlocking their iPhone.
More Choices for Default Apps
Starting with iOS 14, Apple lets you change the default apps for email and the web browser. It's a feature iOS users have wanted for years. Now that we have a taste of this customization, we want more. We hope Apple expands this feature in iOS 15 to include other apps like Maps, Notes, and maybe Reminders.
Improved Home Screen Layout
This is another must-have for larger iPhone Max models. The grid layout that is ideal for smaller iPhones doesn't suit the larger iPhone Max models. There is so much wasted space below the bottom row of icons that it is embarrassing. Apple can stick with its grid layout if it wants, but at least let people customize their Home screens so they can shrink the icons, add new rows, and better utilize that wasted space.