After the inaugural WWDC keynote, Apple made the first beta of iOS 15 available to developers. At Applesfera, we have installed the beta on our devices and have been testing it for a few days. The first impressions of the new operating system for the iPhone are really good, from the stability up to news list. Let’s talk about it in detail.
Excellent stability for a first beta
Before I get to the stability and performance issues, I want to make it clear that the same beta on two identical devices can give different performance. Depending on configuration, apps, and other factors, I have seen the same beta versions give different errors on identical devices. Therefore, although in this article I describe my first impressions, installing iOS 15 on an iPhone 11 Pro, not all use cases will be the same.
Having said that, the truth is that the stability of the system itself is truly amazing for a first beta of a major release. The overall performance of the iPhone is very good, without unnecessary waiting or errors in common tasks. What I noticed, as I say on an iPhone 11 Pro, is a significant warm-up during use. Nothing alarming, and something totally typical of a beta version, especially since the version is recently installed, but to be taken into account for the more adventurous who are thinking of updating their devices.
Very few errors and not very relevant
On the iPhone, the few errors that I noticed are, mainly, the lack of texts to translate, which extends to various parts of the system, and certain new functions announced and not yet available, such as the reply by message according to status by Focus, FaceTime from the web or Share Play. I have to say that Apple has done a fantastic job of “compartmentalizing” development so that the little bugs are concentrated in the areas that have changed.
In normal daily use, the truth is that I did not experience any blockage, nor any error that prevented the usual use of the iPhone, nor any application has stopped working.
Obvious novelties and more to discover
For me the The number one novelty was the states of focus or focus. In short, to tell us, there are four default states: Do not disturb, Rest, Personal and Work. The first thing to do is to configure which apps and which people can notify us in each state. Once done we can activate the different scenarios During one hour, Until tonight O Until I get out of here. It is important to note that the notifications that we stop receiving thanks to these statuses are not lost, they are grouped together in the Notification Center ready to be viewed.
Another new thing that caught my eye was Safari. the redesign of navigation with the address bar at the bottom of the screen is a genius. This greatly facilitates the interaction with the websites when we are using the iPhone with one hand. I especially liked the gesture of swiping the bar to switch between tabs.
The Weather app has also received some interesting news. The representation of the information is much clearer and easier to view. Also, now in iOS 15 we can report that the conditions or the app data is not correct, ideal if we live in an area where the automatic predictions do not always match the actual conditions.
In iOS 15, we can report that the weather is different from what is shown in the Weather app. Ideal for giving more precision in certain areas. pic.twitter.com/i7P9bUoADr
– David Bernal Raspall (@ david_br8) June 9, 2021
As for the little details, mention the Delete Completed Reminders button that now appears in the Reminders app. Something that with heavy use I give the app before I have to do it manually. In Maps, which now uses the improved data that Apple has collected, switching between views is much easier and more visual and accessing our favorites, guides, reports, ratings or preferences, which are grouped under our photo, simplifies many tasks. The possibility of turn off notifications from certain apps for one hourFor example, this is also a change that I find really useful.
The amount of news would give, and give, for many articles, but to get back a bit to the initial feeling that the system is going, for me it’s the following: a very stable system, very well developed, where they were made precision improvements in key points which, while appearing small, lead to huge changes.
A few weeks ago, a certain Apple engineer said that he had never closed more Speed Cameras (system error reports). It shows. There are thousands of fixes scattered throughout the system that accompany major changes and together provide a very satisfying experience. Is this version ready to install on any device for daily use? To the more daring, with a backup and the ability to completely erase the phone when needed, I can say yes. To the general public, I would say that if we don’t want to wait until fall, let’s at least wait for the public beta. Meanwhile, in Applesfera we will continue to test new features and keep you updated with any discoveries.