Every year Apple unveils a ton of new iOS features at WWDC, only to withhold the initial release for most of them. The same is happening with iOS 15. The tech giant is delaying the launch of several headlining features as well as some smaller ones but they will show up in iOS 15.1, iOS 15.2, or another update.
We do not know the exact date any of these delayed iOS 15 will be released but they are expected to arrive before the end of the year. Here is a list of delayed iOS 15 features users will have to wait to use on their iPhones.
iOS 15 features that are not available at launch
SharePlay allows users to listen to audio together, watch videos together, or share their device screen. A SharePlay API will let developers bring their apps to FaceTime. Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, EPSN+, TikTok, and NBA are some of the apps that are already working on SharePlay API support.
Universal Control (iPadOS 15)
At WWDC 21, Apple introduced a new feature called Universal Control for iPadOS 15 that users use their Mac’s mouse or trackpad to control the cursor on an iPad or another Mac’s screen, reaching into and across multiple devices. For example, if you need to work on an illustration on your tablet, you can move content to your Mac if you keep the devices close to each other. You can also drag and drop files between an iPad and Mac without having to go through any sort of setup process.
Find My AirPods
Find My Network support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max has also been delayed. The feature would have allowed you to use the native Find My app to track the last approximate location of your AirPods. Apple says the feature will come later this fall.
3D Maps navigation in CarPlay
Apple Maps in iOS 15 features a ton of visual improvements, including 3D layouts for select cities and navigated routes. However, these enhancements will not be available for CarPlay until later this year.
App Privacy Report
App Privacy Report will provide users details of how their opt-in tracking data is used by developers. A section in Settings lets you see how often apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts during the last seven days. The feature also shows you which apps have contacted other domains and how recently they have contacted them.
ID support for Wallet will be arriving in late 2021. Wallet IDs will allow users to store state driver’s licenses and Identity cards in the Wallet app in participating states in the United States. TSA will be one of the first places to accept these digital IDs.
Apple’s Digital Legacy feature has also been delayed. The feature will allow your loved ones to access your iCloud data in the event of your death. Users will be able to allow friends and family access to Photos, Notes, Contacts, and more. However, sensitive data such as saved credit cards and passwords will be off-limits.
Custom iCloud e-mail domains
iCloud+ will also users to create personalized email domains to manage all of their email addresses from one inbox. The tech giant has noted that some iCloud+ features will arrive in an update after the initial OS launches.
CSAM scanning features
Apple’s CSAM scanning features, which were scheduled to roll out in the United States with iOS 15, have also been delayed due to widespread backlash and criticism. The tech giant’s child protection features include communication Safety in Messages, CSAM detection, and expanding guidance in Siri and Search.
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