Apple is preparing a major overhaul of its mobile software that will include an upgrade in the way users handle notifications, a redesigned iPad home screen, an updated lock screen, and added privacy to its flagship devices.
The changes under development are expected to be included in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 before major software updates are released for iPhone and iPad. The Cupertino, California-based tech giant will announce software updates, codenamed Sky, at its upcoming global developer conference starting June 7th. They asked not to be identified to discuss internal matters.
Apple rolls out critical software updates annually for all major devices to keep people attached to its ecosystem, sell more devices, and encourage developers to create new apps. Apple typically releases the upgrades in September, just before the launch of new iPhone models. Given that WWDC is several weeks away, the company could still decide to change features or move them to a later update. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
The company is planning a new feature that will allow users to set different notification settings, such as: B. whether the phone emits a tone or not depending on the current status. The extension comes in the form of a new menu where users can choose to drive, work, sleep or choose custom categories of their choosing. The menu appears on the updated lock screen and in the Control Center, iPhone and iPad menu, for quick access to settings.
There is also the option to set automatic replies to messages based on their status. This is an improvement over the current auto-reply feature, which is currently only available while driving. Apple added some unique notification features, such as: B. Do Not Disturb and Sleep Mode. However, this is the first time the company has offered a system-wide capability to change notifications based on a user’s status.
The company is also working on upgrades to iMessage with the aim of acting more as a social network and better competing with Facebook’s WhatsApp. These changes are still in the early stages of development and could come later, people said.
The iPad line, which received new iPad Pro models earlier this week, will also see software changes. The company is planning the most significant update to the device’s home screen since it was first launched in 2010. Following a similar feature for the iPhone that was introduced last year, Apple plans to allow users to place widgets – miniature apps that support the Can view weather and upcoming appointments, stock tickers and other data – anywhere on the home screen. Users can also replace the entire app grid with just widgets.
Further data protection regulations also come. A new feature in the works is a new menu that shows users which apps are silently collecting data about them. While Apple has been improving the privacy of its devices over the past few years, thousands of apps have been identified that use dedicated trackers that can be used to collect and share data such as phone numbers and location. The new function aims to reduce this.
After its redesign last year, Apple is also planning a minor update for macOS as well as updates for Apple Watch and Apple TV software.
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