KEY POINTS

  • Apple's iOS 15 release date is set for fall
  • Siri will receive and obey commands even when offline
  • Apple Weather app comes with more graphical features

Apple has introduced the iOS 15 with features that allow users to save their driver's license on their iPhones, use Siri even when offline, and a redesigned weather application.

At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference held on Monday, Apple announced the iOS 15, a major update loaded with powerful features. Among the long list of the latest operating system features are the offline Siri, the redesigned Weather app, and the update on the Apple Wallet that allows users to save their driver's license.

In its continuous effort to make life easier for iPhone users behind the screens during the pandemic, and for those who are going back to their workplaces, Apple upgraded has Apple Wallet. With iOS 15, iPhone users can scan their driver’s license or IDs into the app and save them as their Digital Identity Cards, Mac Rumors reported.

Jennifer Bailey, VP of Internet Services and Apple Pay, said Apple is now working with Transportation Security Administration so iPhone users can use their digital Identity Card in Apple Wallet at airport security checkpoints.

To encrypt and secure the Identity Card on the Wallet, Apple will use Secure Element, the hardware that ensures the security of Apple Pay. The feature will be available in select states in the United States as it launches in the fall.

Along with the iOS 15, Apple also introduced the feature that makes Siri more responsive and easily accessible. The iPhone smart assistant will now be able to receive and heed the user’s command even without an internet connection, 9to5 Mac reported.

For enhanced user privacy control, recorded Siri commands will be processed entirely on the iPhone beginning iOS 15 launches. The recorded audio will stay on the device alone and will not be imported anywhere for processing.

The iOS 15 will come with a redesigned Apple Weather as well. The Cupertino-based tech giant brings Dark Sky features to make its current weather application more user-friendly. The weather data will have a more graphical presentation so that iPhone users can easily interpret conditions.

The dynamic layouts of the app will change depending on the weather condition. It will feature a more specific notification when the rain or snow starts and stop falling.

iPhone users will see these features and more as Apple makes the iOS 15 available this fall for iPhone 6s and above.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, seen in 2019, defended the company's managing of its App Store, saying the online marketplace could become a "toxic kind of mess" if it were not allowed to review apps Apple CEO Tim Cook, seen in 2019, defended the company's managing of its App Store, saying the online marketplace could become a "toxic kind of mess" if it were not allowed to review apps Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JUSTIN SULLIVAN