iOS 15 Best Features Summarised

iOS 15 updates

Another year, another game-changing iOS update! Each time Apple releases a new version of iOS, our eyebrows raise a little higher and higher to the innovation, curation and cutting edge technology. Phonetradr takes a look at some of the best iOS 15 updates that are sure to make your iPhone experience that much more epic.

Top Features of iOS 15

FaceTime SharePlay
Long distance relationships and friendships can be hard, but this new FaceTime feature can bring even the farthest relationships a little closer together. Both of you can watch your favourite movie or series while you’re FaceTiming your bestie!

Video Portrait Mode
This is something every camera lover is going to appreciate! Taking inspiration from the popular Portrait Mode in the Camera app, you can now opt for Video Portrait Mode during FaceTime calls. The focus is put on you with a blurred background effect.

Apple Music & Photo Memories
You know how an old song will come on the radio and it’ll remind you of a certain time, place or person? Well, iOS 15 takes that special experience and applies it to the photos in your Camera Roll. The Memories feature – where certain photos and videos are intuitively grouped by a date or location – has been upgraded with Apple Music! Now you can view and share your memory albums with your favourite songs playing in the background.

Mic Modes
While you’re on the phone, you can change how the person on the other end receives the sound coming from your mic. If you’re in public, surrounded by music or a crowd of people, you can choose between Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum. The former downplays background noise and prioritises your voice; and the latter brings up the background sound if it is pertinent to the phone call.

Redesigned Notifications
Notifications have been revamped by offering photo icons for contacts; the ability to mute an app or thread temporarily; and a scheduled notifications summary that allows you to send all of your notifications at a specific time.

Safari Tab Bar and Tab Groups
Your experience of using Safari has a fresher, more modern design. The tab bar at the bottom of your screen allows you to swipe left or right on your open tabs. Tab Groups allows you to group your searches into, well, groups. For example, one group could have recipes, another could be news updates, and another could be possible vacation spots. Come back to your group later 

App Privacy Report
iOS15 gives you the power of knowledge. An increase in data leaks (and intentional data sales) over the last few years has prompted Apple and other tech companies to give back the consumer the control of their private information. The App Privacy Report lets you see which apps are using the permissions you’ve given them and which third-party domains they contact. Safari stops trackers from following you from website to website and collecting this info from you to send you adverts.

Think it can’t get any cooler? Here’s iOS 15’s most revolutionary features

Hide My Email
A lot of your online activity requires you to give your personal email address to online platforms. From creating a Facebook account to entering a competition to signing up for a newsletter, your email address is given out a lot. The Hide My Email feature generates a unique email address for you to use so that you don’t have to use your real one. The generated email address forwards the content to your personal inbox.

Live Text in Photos
This is one of the most revolutionary advances in AI technology. Under iOS15, your iPhone can identify words, names, numbers and addresses in photos or screenshots that are sent to you. Your phone can intelligently allow you to use this information to make a phone call, send an email, put the address into Google Maps or highlight text in the photo. WOW!

Live Text in Camera
Similarly, you can use the Live Text feature on your Camera app. Simply open your camera, point it at an object with text on it and take action!

Top Tech Gifts For Your Christmas Gift List

It’s finally the season for giving (and receiving)! Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen the release of a number of awesome tech gifts and gadgets that would look all too good under anyone’s Christmas tree. From the new Apple Watch Series 5 to the portable Instax Mini Camera, we’ve got the best of 2019’s tech Christmas gifts.

Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Finally, a gift all adults can appreciate. Whether you’re in need of time out from the kids or the office chatterbox won’t stop yapping, noise-cancelling headphones can give you the same amount of relaxation and peace than a full day at a luxury spa. Know someone who could do with some quiet? Be the ultimate Father Christmas and grab them a pair of noise-cancelling headphones from Superbalist for R699 or Takealot for R999.

Apple Airpods Pro

Although the new Apple Airpods Pro have not been released yet, there’s nothing like opening a belated Christmas present in January when money is tight! AirPods Pro have been designed to deliver Active Noise Cancellation for a better sound experience, transparency mode so you can hear your surroundings, for example, if you are needing to keep an ear on the kids. It also has a customisable fit for all-day comfort. Just like AirPods, AirPods Pro connect magically to your iPhone or Apple Watch.The new Airpods are expected to be released in January on My iStore for R3,999 which you can start pre-ordering now!

Apple Watch Series 5

We can’t get enough of the new Apple Watch Series 5 and it seems the feeling is mutual with over 2,000 5-star reviews on Google. Some of the features include access to over 60 million songs in the Apple Music library, Always-On Display (AOD), the coveted heart rate monitor, fall detection, exercise tracking, a Noise app that tells you when your surroundings are getting loud enough to affect your hearing, a Cycle Tracking app that helps women track their menstrual cycle and so much more.
You can shop the Apple Watch Series 5 for between R7,999 – R8,999 on My iStore.

Instax Mini Camera

Yes, anyone with a smartphone can take a photo, but who doesn’t miss the old days when you could physically touch your photos, frame them or put them on your fridge? We’re feeling nostalgic with the Instax Mini Camera that allows to take your photos and print them in real-time. The camera features an automatic light adjustment from day-to-night shots, a flash and is battery powered with two AA batteries. The only downfall with this gift is that you have to buy your film separately. Don’t despair! We’ve got you covered.
Shop your Instax Mini Camera on Superbalist for R1199 or on Takealot for R1,089. While you’re at it, grab your film on Suberbalist for R199.

Smartphone Cover from Skech Matrix

Skech Matrix’s shockproof smartphone covers have received 5-star reviews by its users on Google! Matrix is a super clear, ultra-tough case, engineered with a hard and soft shell fused together to absorb shock and resist impact. The case features a raised rim, button protection, and material that resists yellowing. Their BioCase range is also 100% eco-friendly, biodegradable and made from natural materials.
You can shop your Skech Matrix cover for R499 from Takealot right here!

Apple TV annual subscription

All we can say is, if this isn’t on your Christmas gift list for either yourself or a loved one, you’re truly missing out! Apple TV is the latest release from Apple CEO Tim Cook and company, offering hundreds of movies, documentaries and series that can easily be utilised on your iPhone, iPad or smart TV. Apple has invested in releasing new shows and movies with award-winning directors and actors that you can’t find on any other streaming service.
It was released on 1 November 2019 in the US and 100 other countries, including South Africa for only R73 per month, or $4,99 depending on the exchange rate. Yes, that’s cheaper than Netflix and DStv (obviously)! Remember, in order to buy an Apple TV subscription, you’ll first need the Apple remote and the box that connects to your TV which you can buy from My iStore ranging from R2,999 – R3,999. Or, you could use it on your iPhone or iPad and you won’t need the additional hardware.

iPhone X from Phonetradr

Believe it or not, you can get a perfectly good iPhone X for 40% cheaper on than the selling price at the iStore! Ranging from R8,000 – R11,000 in either “Excellent” or “Brand New” condition.

The iPhone X features a 12MP dual camera for better photos, a big and colourful 5.8” Retina HD display, a faster and smarter A11 Bionic chip for better performance, and a new display feature without the established home screen button. With Phonetradr, we’ll also arrange delivery straight to your door. You’ll also get a 12-month warranty that covers you if anything goes wrong with the phone.

Temperature-Regulated Travel Mug

You’ve just made yourself a hot cup of coffee before checking the time. You’re late and you need to leave home for work! Travel mugs have long been a feature for those who love to travel or bring their beloved coffee wherever they go. Nowadays, travel mugs have gotten a little sleeker, a little smarter and little more environmentally friendly. This Steely travel mug from Yuppie Chef for R229 is triple-insulated, which means it can hold the heat of your coffee 3x more than a normal mug. It’s also cool because it looks like a stemless wine glass! The mug is made up by an extra thick stainless steel inner and outer layer with a copper lining in between. It’s also completely plastic-free!