We have all done it, found ourselves browsing our favourite social media platform, answering work emails while at home or trying to get to the next level on a game on our smartphone when we should be handling other tasks.

Apple’s new iOS 15 update looks to tackle these issues with a new powerful ‘Focus Mode’ designed to give users the ability to reduce distractions.

‘Focus Mode’ will allow iPhone owners to set a focus and will filter apps and people who are able to contact them based on device intelligence.

Apple describe the function of ‘Focus Mode’ as, “Focus suggestions are based on users’ context, like during their work hours or while they’re winding down for bed, and when Focus is set on one Apple device, it automatically applies to their other Apple devices.

Users can create Home Screen pages with apps and widgets that apply to moments of focus to only display relevant apps and reduce temptation. When a user’s Focus is blocking incoming notifications, their status is automatically displayed to others in Messages, reflecting that a user is not currently reachable.”

The update also gives Safari a new look which will give users more control with one hand and puts emphasis on content with a smaller tab bar now located at the bottom of the browser, with a stronger ability to swipe between tabs.

As well there are improvements to FaceTime making the experience more ‘natural’ and giving users new audio options.

An other minor update focuses on a notification revamp, for example user photos will be displayed next to messages and using on-device intelligence to list notifications in order of importance.

The update also offers further privacy and security settings.


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