Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC 2021

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As expected, Apple offered a preview of iOS 15 at today’s WWDC 2021 keynote highlighting some changes to FaceTime and notifications.

FaceTime is getting some major updates, with spatial audio and speech isolation to make conversations feel more natural and reduce distracting background noise. Portrait mode’s blurred backgrounds can also be used in FaceTime, and users can also share music and videos during calls. It is now also possible to record Android users on FaceTime with a shareable link that opens the call in a browser.

Shareable links make it easier to schedule FaceTime calls.

Notifications get a new look, with contact photos on text notifications and larger app icons, and get new filter modes in iOS 15 called Focus. This allows you to customize which notifications appear during different activities, such as while you’re at work. These settings are synced across devices. There is also an option to batch certain notifications and receive them as a summary at certain times of the day.

With iOS 15, others can also see when you’ve turned on Do Not Disturb mode through an automatic status update in Messages. It is also possible to override Do Not Disturb for urgent messages.

Developing… we’re adding more to this post, but you can follow us with our WWDC 2021 live blog to get the news even faster.