Apple today unveiled iOS 15 at WWDC 21. The update will be arriving on iPhones when it is released to the public this fall, with the developer beta coming soon. iOS 15 includes several new features for Messages including integration with other Apple apps, A new “Shared with You” feature, and more.
Messages app receives major improvements in iOS 15
With iOS 15, Messages is getting better integration with other Apple apps like News, Photos, and Music. Starting this fall, content shared via Messages will show up in those apps. This will be done through a new “Shared with You” feature that will track content shared within message threads across relevant apps like photos, articles, and music.
For example, if someone sends multiple images in a thread, “Shared with You” will automatically pull those images into the Photos app. iOS will also determine with of the photos are most relevant to you. Additionally, when you browse the images in Photos, you can easily jump back into the message thread where they were originally shared. The Messages app will also arrange the images into a new collage or stack layout that will make it easier to sift through the content and react to it.
“Shared with You” works similarly for news articles. A new “Shared with You” section in Apple’s News app will save all the articles which are shared with you via Messages so you can easily find and read them whenever you have the time rather than having to scroll through a conversation to search for a link. Similarly, the App Music app will also be able to track playlists that are shared in threads in the new “Shared with You” section. The feature is also compatible with Apple TV and Podcasts app.
In related news, FaceTime is receiving noteworthy upgrades with iOS 15 including Spatial Audio support, grid view, portrait mode, SharePlay and, more. For the first time ever, users can generate a FaceTime link and it with others. The link will work in web browsers meaning users with Android devices and Windows desktops will be able to join a FaceTime call.