Apple previews iOS 15 at WWDC: FaceTime, notifications and others


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

FaceTime gets some major updates, with spatial audio and voice isolation, to help 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’s also possible now to include 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 bigger app icons, and will get new filter modes in iOS 15, called Focus. This allows you to customize which notifications appear during different activities, like while you’re working. These settings will sync across devices. There’s also an option to batch certain notifications and received them as a digest at certain times of day as a summary.

iOS 15 also makes it possible for others to see when you’ve enabled Do Not Disturb mode by way of an automatic status update in Messages. It’s also possible to override Do Not Disturb for urgent messages.

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