Similar to the macOS Safari browser, users can now use the same extensions for the Safari on iPhone as well. Previously, it was limited to ad-blockers only. iOS 15 open the doors for developers to create mobile-friendly extensions for the Safari browser. The collection is slim for now. But we can expect to see more developers creating Safari browser extensions in the future.
Another useful add-on for those living in a complete Apple ecosystem. Users can now unlock home, hotel room, or even office using the stored key in the Apple Wallet app. Open the Apple Wallet app, use the stored digital key, tap the phone to the lock, and voila! The room is ready to serve you. It will be up to third-party devices and hotel chains to quickly implement the functionality.
Apple Reminders gets a useful add-on called Smart Lists. They are basically your normal lists with a smart brain behind them. You can create any list into Smart list by adding conditions to the list. As soon as you create a task that meets all the Smart List conditions, the app will automatically send the task to the Smart List. No manual input is needed from users.
This is one of our favorite iOS 15 tips. Apple Notes finally gets the fan-favorite tags add-on to organize your notes. While writing any note, you can add a #tag, and the app will create a tag out of it. The functionality also extends to the macOS Apple Notes app.
iCloud Private Relay is one of our favorite new additions to iCloud service. Private Relay hides your IP address and Safari browsing activity from network providers and websites so that no one — including Apple can see who you are or what sites you are visiting. It shields your web traffic from prying eyes and spammers. Private Relay hides data from both the ISP and advertisers that aim to build your online profile. iCloud Private Rely is only available for paid iCloud users. You can enable the toggle from the Settings > iCloud > Private Relay menu.
iOS 15 allows you to share health data with your friends and family members. The data you share will appear in their Health app. You will also get an alert for important health metrics like elevated heart rate, etc. It’s all built with privacy and security in mind. Apple only shares a summary of each topic and not the details. The information is encrypted, and you can stop sharing at any time.
iCloud Keychain gets a much-awaited two-factor authentication support built-in. When you view the password for any website in the iCloud Keychain, you will see an option to Set Up Verification Code for the app. iCloud Keychain users can replace the apps like Microsoft Authenticator and Google Authenticator on the iPhone.
You really need to use this trick in person to check its awesomeness. You can long-press any image/video/file from one app, open another app, and drop it there. Keep the content pinned using one hand and open another app using another finger and drop the content. It works seamlessly across Apple apps. For example, you can select a photo from the Photos app and use the drag and drop method to attach it to an iMessage conversation.
Need to zoom in for specific details using iPhone? You no longer need to open the Camera app and use digital zoom. iOS 15 now comes with a new Magnifier app. As the name suggests, you can use it to zoom in on elements, text, use a bunch of filters, flashlight, play with the brightness slider, and more.
Spotlight Search also gets a major boost with new features. Spotlight uses intelligence to search photos by location, people, scenes, or objects. Using Live Text, Spotlight can also find text and handwriting in photos. Spotlight now offers web image search and all-new rich results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies. The good news is, you can access all these goodies right from the iPhone lock screen. Use the same swipe-down gesture from the lock screen, and Spotlight Search is ready to serve you.