iOS 15’s Focus mode

In June 2021, Apple announced iOS 15, the latest version of its iOS operating system, which will be launched in the fall. Redesigned FaceTime capabilities, tools to decrease distractions, a new notifications experience, enhanced privacy features, entire redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more are all included in iOS 15.

What’s new?

In iOS 15, notifications have been revamped to include contact photographs for people and larger app icons. A notification summary collects notifications in one place for distribution at a convenient time and organizes them by importance to reduce distraction.

Focus is a new feature that allows users to limit notifications and apps based on what they want to concentrate on at any given time. When a user’s Focus is set to block incoming alerts, their status in Messages will be visible to others. Using on-device intelligence, iOS will propose a Focus for certain times, like work hours or calming down for bedtime, but users can also design a personalized Focus.

Additionally, Safari now has a whole new look. Controls are now easier to access with one hand, allowing users to focus more on the content of a webpage. Users may now effortlessly slide between tabs thanks to a new, condensed tab bar that hovers at the bottom of the screen. Tab Groups enable users to keep tabs and access them from any device at any time. A configurable start page and web extensions are also available.

The aforementioned are just some of the features that come with the iOS 15. The latest update makes it easier to carry out functions such as phone share.

More on “Focus”

Focus mode is essentially a more configurable version of Apple’s existing Do Not Disturb feature, which can be accessible from the same menu on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Focus modes, on the other hand, are significantly more adjustable, allowing for more precise triggers when filtering out notifications.

To create a Focus, go to “Settings” > “Focus” and press the plus button to create a new one. You’ll also be able to see and edit any existing Focus modes you’ve created. To begin, Apple provides several predefined Focus modes, including Personal, Work, Fitness, Gaming, Reading, and others.

You can create a custom Focus by selecting Custom, which allows you to give it a name, an icon, and a color. Then, similar to how Do Not Disturb works, you’ll be asked to select which of your contacts (if any) you’d like to be allowed to message you when Focus mode is active.

The next page will ask you to choose which apps (if any) you wish to get notifications from when the Focus is activated. If you’re creating a “Work” Focus, for example, you might only want your email and Slack apps to send you pings.

Finally, Apple will ask if you want to receive special “Time Sensitive Notifications,” which are a new type of extra-important notifications that apps will be able to deliver that can’t wait until later. After you’ve completed configuring your Focus, you’ll be taken to the Focus mode’s settings menu, where you can adjust a few more options. You can also return to this page at any time by going to “Settings” > “Focus” and selecting the Focus mode you want to change.

The Bottom Line

Then there’s the actual turning on of the Focus mode. Apple provides two options for enabling Focus mode: manually selecting it from the moon symbol in Control Center or scheduling it. The most straightforward option is “Smart Activation,” which allows your device to toggle a Focus on its own. You may also activate a Focus at specified times, when you’re in a given area, or while you’re using specific apps, giving you more detailed manual control.

This article was submitted by Bianca Patrick.

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