5 Unique App Development Ideas Using New iOS 15 Features

Apple recently announced the arrival of iOS 15 in the week-long Worldwide Developers Conference(WWDC) of 2021. Since then the iOS developer community is abuzz with the numerous new features that are to be a part of Apple’s latest operating system.

While apps like FaceTime, Apple Wallet, and Photos receive major updates in iOS 15, others like Weather are completely revamped.

In this blog, we look at some of these exciting new iOS 15 features in-depth. But that is not all!

We also detail some lucrative iOS app development ideas using these new features. With these ideas, you can develop highly useful iOS apps that will complement the soon-to-release iOS 15.

Overview about Apple iOS 15

Every year, Apple releases a major iOS update that includes exciting new features and upgrades. This year Apple is releasing their latest operating system- iOS 15.

With iOS 15, Apple has mainly focused on Artificial Intelligence and neural networks technologies. Most apps receive an intelligent update that will automate more features and improvise the user experience greatly.

For example, users can now watch movies with friends in real-time, take actions on text in images, and get a 3D map design. iOS 15 users will also be able to create focus modes and unlock their homes and offices with their Apple devices.

But when can you get iOS 15?

The developer beta preview of iOS 15 is already available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com right now.

A public beta version will be available to iOS users sometime in July 2021 at beta.apple.com.

The official release date of Apple’s operating system is not yet known. It will be available to all Apple owners worldwide somewhere in Fall 2021.

Which devices will support iOS 15 features?

All devices above iPhone 6x can download and install iOS 15 on their device. Apple TV and iPods are also going to receive an upgrade with iOS 15.

5 Unique Mobile App Development Ideas With iOS 15 features

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Using cutting-edge technology, Apple has introduced an operating system that can do it all.
With iOS 15, entrepreneurs and startups like yours have the opportunity to build innovative mobile apps that will benefit the users.

You can build mobile apps for secure transactions with a single tap using Apple Wallet, or perform on-the-go translations. You can even utilize the update of the App Store to improve the discovery of your apps.

Being a leading iOS app development company, we realize the importance of a unique app idea. We have curated a list of the top 5 iPhone app development ideas using the new iOS 15 features.

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  1. Text Recognition App

    A text recognition app analyses an image and provides the words in the image in a text format.

    Taking notes in schools and meetings has never been easy! Just take a photo of the whiteboard or the presentation and your Apple device will convert the image into text.

    Using the improved text recognition feature in iOS 15, you can develop a highly performative text recognition mobile app. These apps are highly marketable with a wide user base ranging from students and teachers to secretaries and managers.

    Although there are a large number of such apps on the Apple store, with the release of iOS 15, iPhones and iPads will be more capable of higher accuracy. By incorporating unique features as given below, you can make your mobile app stand out.

    • Different fonts including hand-written font
    • Support for recognizing Mathematical and scientific symbols
    • Support for multiple formats like .txt, .doc, .docx
    • Search, highlight, and editing enabled in the text docs
  2. Translator App

    With every new advancement in the technological field, new forms of connectivity are formed. In such a world, translator apps have become a necessity. They help bridge the differences between different regions.

    Apple Translate adds a new Live Translate feature that allows users to translate text in any app. So you can write in any language on Notes, Social media platforms, text editing in photos and videos, and more.

    The Live Translate feature of iOS 15 is an opportunity for all businesses to develop and monetize on the translator app idea. Developers can use the inbuilt translating functionality in their app to build mobile applications for travelers, international companies, and students.

    Unique features you can include in your Translation Mobile App –

    • Support for a large number of languages
    • Voice, text and camera translation,
    • Work offline when you don’t have internet access.
    • Native language keyboards
    • Saving favorite words
    • Basic grammar and spelling checks
    • Suggestions of synonyms
  3. Video Chat App

    In these times of lockdowns, curfews, and social distancing, video calling apps are at an all-time high demand. With the new and improved FaceTime links, making calls is even simpler.

    Developing Video Chat applications is a lucrative opportunity. Although there are many platforms available, there is space for innovation.

    Using the new features introduced in FaceTime and the SharePlay app, you can develop a mobile app that lets friends and family chat for hours or binge a show together.

    Users no longer need to download apps or multiple extensions for different media platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Develop a Video Conferencing app that lets users share and sync their screens while being on video calls.

    Some features and functionalities to incorporate in an iOS 15 Video Chat app –

    • Live chatting
    • Emojis and GIF reactions
    • Fun live filters
    • Call Scheduling
    • Auto-generated captions
    • Screen and sound sharing (similar to Instagram calls)
    • Support for gaming calls
  4. Image Recognition App

    Another interesting iOS app idea that would be a profitable investment is an Image Recognition app. Searching files using photos, reconstructing images, and online shopping are only some of the uses of image recognition apps.

    Image recognition apps are in high demand nowadays. These apps use technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify locations, texts, people, and other objects in an image.

    Your app can be a custom-made app for a particular field. For instance, the Calorie Mama, allows users to count calories in a picture of food or Plant Snap, a plant identification app for zoologists and farmers.

    It is essential that your app is unique to survive the competitive market. Some functionalities to include when developing an Image recognition app –

    • Photo organization in categories like food, scenery, location, time of the day etc
    • Allow adding customized tags to images to improve searching
    • Integration with popular online stores
    • Face recognition
    • Object and face recognition in videos
    • Offers web image search
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  6. Digital Wallets

    When it comes to online payments, security is of utmost importance. Thankfully, Apple is very serious about safety and user privacy. Apple Pay is one of the most secure digital wallets to use.

    You can develop a Digital Wallet app for iOS 15 that complements Apple Wallet. Apart from adding debit cards and credit cards, your app can also support the usage of Apple Cash for instantly transferring funds.

    An increasing number of people are moving to online transactions for safety and simplicity. Your app can help people manage their money, ensuring secure contactless payments.

    Want to make your app stand out? You can implement some features like –

    • Support for various payment methods – debit cards, credit cards, cryptocurrency, bank transfer
    • Offer gift cards, discounts, and loyalty cards
    • Multiple platforms supported
    • Integration with third-party apps
    • Internal wallet
    • Scheduling payments feature
    • Easy-to-access history of transactions

Top 10 New Features in iOS 15

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Want to know more about the new features in iOS 15?

We have curated a list of the top 10 features that will prove to be extremely useful to iPhone users.

  1. FaceTime

    Users can now schedule FaceTime calls for a future date and time and share them with anyone using the app. Users of Android and Windows devices can also join your FaceTime calls using a web browser.

  2. Wallet

    Users will be able to unlock their house, garage doors, and even hotel rooms by adding the keys in the Wallet app. A lot of states in the USA will also support digital State ID and driver’s license through Airport security.

  3. SharePlay

    Share your screens and watch movies, shows, or listen to music with friends using SharePlay!

    Working across Apple TV, iPad, iPod, and Apple phones, you can use SharePlay with major streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

  4. Offline Siri

    Setting an alarm? Ordering your regular pizza?

    You can do it all with Siri- and without an internet connection!

    Offline Siri will use on-device intelligence to fulfill basic requests. This means less power consumption and greater privacy.

  5. Improved Notifications

    With larger app icons and displaying contact photos, your notifications will become more accessible.

    You can also set priority for apps (even contacts) and Apple will hide their notifications. You receive a notification summary at a time of your preference.

  6. Focus

    Focus is a new feature introduced in iOS 15. With Focus, you can set ‘dedicated modes’, and create home screen pages with necessary apps. Other applications and notifications will remain hidden till you exit the mode.

  7. Live Text

    Live Text will detect and isolate the text for you from images. With a single click, you can perform different actions on the text like search, translate, add reminders, make a call ..etc.

  8. SpotLight

    With on-device speech recognition, Spotlight now supports intelligent searching using voice commands, textual query or images.

    For example, when you search for a contact, you will receive in-depth results including recent conversations, shared photos, and important dates.

  9. Live Translate

    With Live Text and image recognition capabilities, Translate now allows users to simply translate texts from images, without typing or speaking. The translation is also implemented device-wide and can be used with all the default iOS apps.

  10. Visual LookUp

    With Visual LookUp, users can take actions for an image. You can get information about the image like its location, what the objects are, and their properties. Also, see your call and recent message history with the people in the image.

Other features worth noting are –

  • Weather
  • Apple Maps
  • iCloud
  • Photos and Apple Music
  • Health App
  • Safari
  • Apple Tv
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Conclusion

Apple iOS has always been a pioneer in technology. With the release of iOS 15, users will continue to receive the best of what technology can offer today. There are many new features such as Live translate or 3D maps that bring exciting opportunities for developing state-of-the-art iOS applications.

We have presented some app development ideas that will be beneficial for entrepreneurs and startups. Wondering where to start? You can read our blog “I Have an App Idea Now What?

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Author Bio
Hitesh Trivedi
Hitesh Trivedi
Designation: iOS Team Lead

Hitesh Trivedi is an iOS Team Lead at Space-O Technologies. He has over 10 years of experience in iOS app development. He has guided to develop over 100 iPhone apps with unique features and functionalities. He has special expertise in Swift and Objective-C.