In a new report from
Bloomberg, the site’s famous tech reporter Mark Gurman has offered extensive information about the new iPhone software update which will be unveiled at
WWDC tonight. The new features in iOS 15, Gurman claims, include the following:
- Redesigned notification banners, with new and expanded options for auto-reply.
- The option to set your iPhone to a variety of different statuses (along the lines of Do Not Disturb and Do Not Disturb While Driving), which each have their own rules for notifications and availability for calls, messages and so on. There will be statuses for sleep, work and driving, among others.
- A new control panel providing “in-depth detail on what data are being collected by each third-party app installed on a user’s device”.
What Gurman does not expect is a wholesale rethinking of the App Store’s policies, despite a year in which developer after developer has come out to protest against the way Apple runs the store. (With a few exceptions, such as the
thoroughly satisfied Snap.) The most high-profile of these was Epic Games, which makes the bestselling game Fortnite; the two firms are currently
awaiting the verdict of a protracted legal tussle.
Away from the iPhone, Gurman predicts big news for tvOS and
watchOS, including health features and changes to the interface. But
macOS will receive only a small update this year, he says, following last year’s big announcements for Big Sur.
The keynote presentation starts tonight (7 June) at 6pm UK time. Here’s
how to watch WWDC 2021. For the latest rumours about the upcoming iPhone software update, check out our
guide to iOS 15.
This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation and additional reporting by David Price.