Here is a list of more than 150 hidden and secret iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 features that Apple neglected to mention during the open keynote of WWDC 2021.

When Apple’s executive team take to the stage to introduce a new firmware version – this time around we’re talking about iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 – it stands to reason that they simply cannot cover every single feature and improvement that has been worked on.

With such a short space of time available, they choose instead to focus on the marketable features that will invoke joy from the watching crowd.

While we all care about the showstopping features and the huge improvements that take iOS 15 to the next level, we are all about giving a voice to the little guy and ensuring that all features, no matter how big or small, get the voice they deserve. So, with that in mind, let’s dive right in and take a look at some secretive iOS 15/iPadOS 15 features:

iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 Hidden Features:

  • Call phone number directly from any photo
  • If you leave your iPhone behind, your watch will remind you that you left it behind
  • Conditional Home screens via Focus
  • New AirPrint dialogue with more print options
  • Ability to adjust date and time of photos and videos
  • Redesigned First Test mode
  • Ability to reorder Home Screen app pages
  • Magnifying glass is back for accurate text selection
  • Unlock iPad with Apple Watch
  • Spotlight can now be accessed from Lock Screen and Notification Center by swiping down
  • Game Clips now be recorded when share button is clicked on Xbox or PlayStation controller
  • iCloud Backup on cellular now possible
  • Pull to Refresh in Safari
  • Safari allows for custom background photo like on macOS
  • Ask Siri to turn off HomeKit devices at a certain time of day
  • CarPlay now has Ultra Wideband support for car keys
  • Remote keyless entry controls
  • Announce Messages in CarPlay
  • iPadOS allows separate Home Screen app arrangements for landscape and portrait orientation
  • Live Text works on images on websites as well
  • Ability to have multiple icons of same app on Home screen
  • Highlights in the Notes app
  • Visual Lookup for Photos
  • All new Contacts widget
  • iCloud+
  • Private Relay
  • Larger widgets on iPadOS
  • New Game Center widget
  • Do Not Disturb setting can now sync between iPhones, iPads and Macs
  • Siri maintains context in conversations
  • New outfits for Memoji stickers
  • Offline Siri
  • Contact photo shows up for Messages notifications on Lock Screen/Notification Center
  • New Apple Podcasts Splash Screen
  • Find My locates iPhone when powered off
  • Temporary iCloud storage for transfer of data
  • More drag and drop
  • Live Text in Photos
  • Live Text system-wide, including third-party apps
  • Weather maps
  • New animations in Weather app
  • Portait mode in FaceTime
  • Portrait mode in third-party video calling apps
  • Safari voice search
  • Completely redesigned Safari
  • Spatial audio in FaceTime
  • Keys and ID cards in Wallet app
  • Weather notification alerts
  • Bringing up an empty app switcher has different haptics now
  • Walking steadiness
  • Share Sheet interface changes
  • New Splash Screen for Weather app
  • Move to Top option in Music for songs in queue
  • Safari dark mode is now gray instead of 100% black
  • New Memoji stickers
  • New Apple Watch unlock notification
  • New UI in Focus settings for Apps in Summary
  • iCloud Settings reorganized
  • Manage Notifications button in each card in Weather
  • HomeKit adds support for keys for unlocking doors
  • New wallpaper in CarPlay
  • Interactive Memories in Photos
  • Web Extensions in Safari
  • Files app shows copy transfer progress bar
  • You can drag to select files in Files app
  • You can finally scrub voice messages
  • Text from Camera features in Notes, Messages and even third-party Messaging apps
  • Background Sounds in Accessibility
  • iCPR has an in-app notification about cellular providers
  • New Location icon in the Status bar
  • iPhone apps can now run in portrait and landscape in iPadOS
  • All-new Sleep widget
  • New emojis
  • Find My feature AirPods
  • All-new Mail app widget
  • Easier swipe to clear an individual notification
  • You can feature a person less in Photos app
  • Ability to change location of a photo or video in Photos app
  • Low Power mode on iPad
  • FaceTime links
  • FaceTime on Android and Windows via web browser
  • Spotlight Photos search
  • All-new Focus mode
  • Per-app display and text size settings for Accessibility
  • Live Location for Family and Friends
  • New widget for Find My
  • All-new Maps
  • Shared with You in Apple apps
  • Notification Summary on Lock screen
  • SharePlay
  • Share items using Siri
  • Suggested widgets
  • Widgets smartly added to stacks based on suggestion
  • Move to iOS improvements
  • New QuickPath language support includes Dutch, Hindi, Russian, Swedish, Vietnamese, Turkish
  • Support for new game controllers including PS5 and Xbox One X contollers
  • New keyboard shortcuts menu and more shortcuts for keyboards on iPadOS
  • Quick Note taking with and without Pencil in iPadOS
  • Auto Translate now detects speech
  • App Library in iPadOS
  • Home Screen widgets in iPadOS
  • Build apps on iPad in Swift Playgrounds
  • New multitasking menu in iPadOS
  • New audio and video enhancements

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