The iPhone 15 has a few big features up its sleeve. According to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will add a pressure-sensitive action button.
CAD models of the iPhone 15 Pro have revealed a new design with repositioned power and volume buttons. Similarly, the mute switch is expected to be replaced by an action button with haptic feedback.
App Library is a feature on iOS 13 and higher (and iPadOS 15 on the iPad) that automatically categorizes all of your apps into folders that are similar to the Home screen. It’s a convenient way to rediscover apps that you might have forgotten about or can’t easily find using Spotlight.
When you swipe past the last home screen page, you’ll see all of your apps organized into categories that Apple sets for you, such as Suggestions and Recently Added. You can also tap on the smaller group of icons in a category to view all of the apps that belong to it. You can even tap on a regular-sized app icon to immediately open it.
If you want to delete an app from App Library, long press on an empty part of the Home screen until all of the app icons jiggle, then tap the minus button in the top-left corner. You’ll be prompted to confirm that you want to delete it. If you don’t want to remove it from your Home screen, tap and hold on an empty area of the Home screen until all of the app icon jiggles, then click the small bar full of dots that appears above the Dock and select Show Apps on Home Screen.
Apple’s iCloud service synchronizes your data across all of your devices, allowing you to access your files from anywhere at any time. Syncing is automatic and can be turned on or off at any time. This includes data stored in iCloud Drive and on other third-party cloud storage services. It also includes all of your photos, videos, notes, and documents.
iCloud is free, and you get 5 GB of storage free with every new iPhone. If you want more storage, iCloud plans start at 200 GB for $4.99 per month.
On iOS 15, users can create Focus to help reduce distractions by automatically filtering notifications and apps that aren’t necessary or helpful for the current task. It’s a powerful tool to help you be more present and focused at work, school, or while on a plane or train.
Supply chain analyst and sometimes leaker Ming-Chi Kuo has reportedly claimed that the iPhone 15 may adopt USB-C. This is a big move, as it would mean the end of Lightning and the legacy 30-pin connector. It will offer parity with other Apple products and reportedly allow for faster transfer speeds. However, it could be a pain for people with existing accessories, especially in some workplaces such as gyms and studios where USB-C isn’t available yet.
A couple of CAD renders from designer Ian Zelbo purport to show what the iPhone 15 could look like. They suggest that the standard model will have a 6.2-inch screen, which would be a slight increase over this year’s models. Meanwhile, the Pro Max should remain at 6.7 inches.
Similarly, the pill-shaped cutout introduced on the iPhone 14 Pro models will be seen on all ip 15 of the new iPhones. It’s known as Dynamic Island and replaces the notch by showing notifications, in-app information, and more in what was previously dead space.
In other changes, the new iPhone 15 may see Apple ditch its Lightning connector in favour of USB-C. That will be a big step forward and should improve battery life for the iPhone.
Another possibility is that the iPhone 15 will feature a brighter, higher-resolution display than this year’s models. Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro suggests that the top-end iPhone will be able to hit 2,500 nits of brightness. That could make the phone more useful in sunlight, but it’s unclear whether the regular model will get this upgrade. It’s also expected that the iPhone 15 will continue to differentiate between Pro and non-Pro models with a faster 120Hz refresh rate for Pro devices. That might make them a bit more competitive with midrange Android rivals.