iOS and iPadOS 15 will feature major changes to notifications, home screen

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Samuel Axon

Yet another report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has emerged with particulars of Apple’s future product plans. Citing “individuals with data of the matter,” the article broadly describes a few of the key upcoming options in iOS 15 for iPhones and iPadOS 15 for iPads.

Apple is more likely to reveal iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 at its annual developer convention, WWDC, which kicks off on June 7 in an online-only format this 12 months. Sometimes, Apple then releases these updates in September or thereabouts—timed intently with the annual launch of latest flagship iPhones. One thing near that very same timeline is probably going once more this 12 months.

Bloomberg’s sources say the upcoming OS updates will permit customers to set completely different notification guidelines primarily based on their standing—”standing,” on this case, means some predefined buckets like working, sleeping, or driving, in addition to customized statuses that customers can outline themselves.

A brand new menu might be obtainable on the lock display screen or Management Heart, or optionally on each. This menu will permit customers to set computerized message replies primarily based on present standing and configure whether or not notifications make a sound in that standing, amongst different issues.

Apple additionally plans to considerably overhaul iMessage to make it “extra of a social community” to compete with Fb’s WhatsApp, although the sources make clear that change may come later than the preliminary launch of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. The report doesn’t go into any element about what iMessage modifications would entail.

There may even be further privateness options, together with a display screen that exhibits customers “which apps are silently accumulating knowledge.” And there might be an up to date lock display screen, although specifics on which can be scarce.

These modifications will attain each the iPhone and the iPad, the report says, however it additionally says that Apple will give the iPad “essentially the most vital replace to the gadget’s residence display screen since first launching the product in 2010.”

Nonetheless, the iPad residence display screen updates sound like they are going to largely be a matter of bringing the house display screen modifications that iPhones already acquired in iOS 14 to iPads in iPadOS 15. Apple will introduce the flexibility so as to add widgets anyplace on the iPad’s residence display screen, identical to on iPhones operating iOS 14, and the report specifies that customers will have the ability to “exchange your entire app grid with solely widgets” if they need.

The report focuses completely on iOS and iPadOS, however it does supply a facet observe that this 12 months’s macOS replace might be “extra minor.” macOS is anticipated to obtain its annual replace across the identical time as iOS and iPadOS, together with watchOS and tvOS.