Apple's iOS 15 Updates to Facetime Puts Zoom and Teams on Notice


Future updates to iOS will be offered as two options, letting users choose to gain all the new features in iOS 15 or exclusively security updates on iOS 14.

WWDC is Apple's annual developers conference, and it is typically focused on software, with Apple expected to unveil iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15.

Taking a page out of Zoom's playbook, Apple is bringing support for inviting anyone to a FaceTime video call via a link.

During a call, FaceTime shows other users in an easily viewable grid view and uses the same size tiles for all call participants which makes it simple to identify who is speaking by highlighting their tile.

FaceTime coming to Windows and Android through the web may be the biggest news of the day about the service, but Apple also unveiled some other upcoming improvements. Audio will also improve on iOS 15, thanks to a voice isolation feature. Further, the links work on any device on any operating system.

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All of these changes illustrate a shift by Apple regarding FaceTime.

The biggest new features are centered around communication - specifically how we use texts and video calls to stay in touch - but there are also new notifications tools created to minimise distraction so your deeply disturbing Screen Time report may be slightly less so. SharePlay supports Apple's native apps, like Apple TV and Apple Music, but also third-party apps like HBO Max, TikTok, Disney+, Hulu, Twitch, MasterClass, Paramount+, NBA, and ESPN+.

Apple is also introducing SharePlay, which allows users to do things like watch videos or listen to music across a FaceTime call, while keeping media playback in sync across all devices.

These updates and others will be available to developers starting today with a public beta scheduled for release in July.

In iOS 15, you'll be able to use your iPhone camera to scan text from a photo.