iOS 15's now available: How to use FaceTime on Android, Focus mode and more

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Apple's new iOS is ready for the iPhone 6S and later. Here's how to make the most of the update.
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Apple's new iOS 15 operating system is now available, bringing new features and capabilities to every iPhone from 2015's iPhone 6S all the way through to 2021's iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple announced iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 in early June, revealing features like being able to have a FaceTime call with someone on Android or Windows and a new Focus mode. Other features, like SharePlay, which lets you hold movie watching or music listening parties over a FaceTime call, were revealed but need more time before they come to the public release.

The installation process is easy peasy, and our early impressions with iOS 15 are finding that the enhancements aren't radically rearranging the iPhone experience (if you don't like a change, you can generally find a setting to change it back). But you might also want to wait to update to iOS 15, especially if you are using an older iPhone, just to make sure there aren't any surprises when you do decide to install it.

In the meantime, here's how to use six particularly noteworthy iOS 15 features that you should test when you get it.

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FaceTime comes to Windows and Android

When Apple first unveiled FaceTime, its video and audio calling platform, Steve Jobs infamously said the service would soon be open source and available to everyone. Well, that didn't happen. Apple kept the feature to itself, adding it to every piece of hardware it sells.

However, after most of us spent a year during the pandemic lockdown using Zoom on a regular basis, Apple is finally expanding FaceTime to include Android and Windows owners.

Instead of releasing an app for either platform, you'll send a FaceTime link via your preferred non-iMessage platform to your Android or PC using contacts who can then use a browser for the video call. To create a link, open FaceTime and tap either the Create Link or New FaceTime…
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