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Apple released iOS 15 today following over three months of beta testing, but not all of the new features are available on older iPhones.

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According to the iOS 15 features page on Apple's website, the following features require an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or newer, which means the features listed below aren't available on the iPhone X or any older models.

You'll need an iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, or newer for these iOS 15 features:
  • Portrait mode in FaceTime, which blurs your background and puts the focus on you.
  • Spatial audio in FaceTime, which makes voices sound like they're coming from the direction in which the people are positioned on the call.
  • Voice Isolation mode in FaceTime, which uses machine learning to block out ambient noises like a leaf blower outside or a dog barking in the next room during calls.
  • Wide Spectrum mode in FaceTime, which amplifies ambient noises during calls.
  • An interactive 3D globe of Earth in the Maps app.
  • Immersive walking directions with step-by-step directions shown in augmented reality in the Maps app.
  • More detailed maps in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London in the Maps app.
  • Live Text for copying and pasting, looking up, or translating text within photos.
  • On-device speech processing of Siri requests.
  • The ability to make Siri requests offline without an internet connection for timers, alarms, phone calls, messaging, sharing, launching apps, controlling audio playback, and opening settings.
  • The ability to swipe up or down while taking a QuickTake video to zoom in or out.
  • The ability to add home, hotel, and car keys to the Wallet app.
  • On-device keyboard dictation that performs all processing completely offline.
  • Continuous keyboard dictation, rather than a limit of 60 seconds per instance.
  • New animated backgrounds in the Weather app that more accurately represent the sun position, clouds, and precipitation.
Apple does not indicate why these features require an iPhone with an A12 Bionic chip or newer, but at least some of the limitations likely relate to the need for Apple's second-generation Neural Engine or newer for optimal performance.

iOS 15 is compatible with all devices that can run iOS 14, including older devices like the original iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s.

Article Link: These iOS 15 Features Aren't Available on the iPhone X or Older
 

DinkThifferent

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Okay, some things I can understand why they are not included, like the FaceTime features. My iPhone 8 Plus simply lacks the hardware for that.

But
  • New animated backgrounds in the Weather app that more accurately represent the sun position, clouds, and precipitation.
Seriously? A weather animation is too heavy to run on an A11 Bionic chip?
 

fwmireault

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nonsense. Forced obsolescence.
Not quite. Apple never commercialized these features when selling the X. In fact, Apple gives you each year new features, so it’s normal that at some point your hardware can’t support future features that are developed for more powerful iphones. This is not obsolescence, because you can still uses your iphone x exactly as when you bought it in the first place (with many new features)
 

cmaier

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Okay, some things I can understand why they are not included, like the FaceTime features. My iPhone 8 Plus simply lacks the hardware for that.

But
  • New animated backgrounds in the Weather app that more accurately represent the sun position, clouds, and precipitation.
Seriously? A weather animation is too heavy to run on an A11 Bionic chip?
Yes. Your phone is now worthless because the rain drops don’t bounce off the text. Throw it away. Kill it with fire.
 

mi7chy

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Some are borderline but clearly these don't require new hardware and are artificially gimped.

  • An interactive 3D globe of Earth in the Maps app.
  • More detailed maps in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London in the Maps app.
  • New animated backgrounds in the Weather app that more accurately represent the sun position, clouds, and precipitation.
Updated to remove QuickTake since it's not about zooming but ability to do simultaneous photos and videos that probably requires new camera ISP.

Added these two since old 2013 Moto G budget phone can do offline voice commands with just Google app and 49MB offline language download to do things such as open/close apps, turn on/off flashlight, open settings, etc. No reason it can't be done on 2017 iPhone X flagship.
  • On-device speech processing of Siri requests.
  • The ability to make Siri requests offline without an internet connection for timers, alarms, phone calls, messaging, sharing, launching apps, controlling audio playback, and opening settings.
 
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cmaier

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His complaint seems reasonable since the iPhone 8 ought to be able to have that feature, and he never said his phone has become useless.

Why ought it be able to have that feature? The only features is “ought to be able to have” are the features that existed when he bought the phone. What is the basis for this sense of entitlement?
 

kagharaht

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I'm ok with not have these "features" doesn't seem compelling for me. Remember everyone is different. For some they must have these features. For others like me I don't need it. I have iPhone X that simply won't die. LOL
 
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