(CNN) – Apple will launch iOS 15, its highly anticipated operating system for iPhone and iPad, on September 20.
The release date was confirmed in a press release from Apple on the newly announced iPhones that go on sale on Friday. As usual, the new iOS version will be available for free download when it is released.
Apple gave users a preview of iOS 15 in June at its annual developer conference, where it showcased a variety of new features, including updates to video calls on FaceTime and digital keys in Apple Wallet.
On FaceTime, Apple will offer new options to allow users to watch movies or listen to music together during a call. It also introduces a new grid view to better diffuse each face during a call. Android and Windows users will also be able to join FaceTime calls for the first time.
Apple is also introducing updates to its mobile wallet that will allow users to unlock everything from their homes to their hotel rooms with digital keys in the app. It recently announced a multi-state partnership that allows people to add their driver’s license or state credentials to their Apple wallet for use at airport security checkpoints.
A variety of new security features are also included in iOS 15, including one called âEmail Privacy Protectionâ. The email app on Apple devices will hide users ‘IP addresses and their location, so businesses sending emails cannot link this information to other users’ online activities. Additionally, senders can’t see if or when users open their email.
For iPad users, the updated operating system includes tools to make it easier to work on the go. Those who own the device will soon be able to place widgets among apps on their homescreen, such as widgets for contacts or Apple TV, including new, larger formats designed for iPad display.
– CNN Business’s Clare Duffy contributed to this report.
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