2 of the Best iOS 15 (Beta 4) New Features

Weather App and Focus Modes

Craig McWha

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Photo by Arun Prakash on Unsplash

I have a bog-standard iPhone 12. I love this phone, it does exactly what an iPhone should do, which means it is intuitive to operate and buttery smooth. So why stick a beta update on it? Because I just can’t help myself. Thankfully, the public beta has had no major blips reported, and thus far I haven't experienced any issues with beta 4 either.

The New Weather App

If you’ve been a Dark Sky weather app user, you’ll be familiar with the updated weather app. Apple has bought Dark Sky, and the updated iOS weather app has benefited from this acquisition. It is a simply beautiful app and packed full of information.

image courtesy of the author — screenshot of iOS 15 weather app

I particularly like the weather radar. Watch in awe as those rain clouds head in your direction. Us Brits are renowned for our love of weather as a conversation starter, and this app gives you all the info you need to strike up that conversation with the person sat next to you on the tube. (Top tip, don’t do this on the tube, London folk with think you’ve just escaped from the local Lunatic Asylum).

image courtesy of the author — screenshot of iOS 15 weather app

Glorious, isn’t it? Now you can be sure to never leave your house without your brolly!

Focus Modes

Focus modes are Do Not Disturb with added bells and whistles. Located in the ‘Settings’ menu, you have the option to choose from the following:

  • Do Not Disturb
  • Sleep
  • Personal
  • Work

These settings are customisable, and herein lies the genius.

image courtesy of the author — screenshot of iOS 15 Focus Mode

The first two are self-explanatory and you will already be familiar with them. It’s the ‘personal’ and ‘work’ modes that are of interest. How often…

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Craig McWha

Former rough sleeper, UK RAF veteran, graduate. Interested in society and social issues. A growing interest in tech stuff and Cyber Security.