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How to enable background blur for FaceTime video calls in iOS 15


How to enable background blur for FaceTime video calls in iOS 15
Use Portrait mode to bring background blur to FaceTime on iPhone and iPad.
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iOS and iPadOS 15 bring a number of big improvements to FaceTime — including voice isolation and the ability to blur your background during video calls like you can on Zoom and other video calling platforms.

We’ll show you how to enable the background blur feature using Portrait mode on iPhone and iPad.

iOS 15.3 is here for your iPhone bugs


iOS 15.3 is here for your iPhone bugs
iOS 15.7.4 takes care of a long list of security bugs.
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Apple made iOS 15.3 available to all compatible iPhone models Monday. The update squashes at least one bug that recently made headlines. But there are no new features.

Apple also introduced iPadOS 15.3 to erase many of the same bugs. And macOS Monterey 12.2 and watchOS 8.4 debuted, too. tvOS 15.3 arrived Monday as well.

How to enable voice isolation for FaceTime calls in iOS 15


Enable voice isolation for FaceTime
Keep kids' voices out of your remote meetings.
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Remote meetings on FaceTime are a lot calmer in iOS and iPadOS 15, thanks to a feature called voice isolation that blocks out background noise. Even better, the feature works in other video-calling applications, including Zoom and Google Duo.

Here’s how you can enable it on iPhone and iPad.

Release candidate shows iOS 15.3 will be just bug fixes


Mac malware is real. Watch out.
Bug fixes aren't exciting, but they're necessary.
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Apple seeded the iOS 15.3 release candidate to developers on Thursday, along with the iPadOS equivalent. Surprisingly, the updates appear to include nothing but bug fixes and security updates. There are no new features. Still, I t’s possible these will take care of a headline-making WebKit bug that leaks user information.

Release candidates for macOS Monterey 12.2, watchOS 8.4 and tvOS 15.3 are also out on Thursday.

How to use tags to keep Notes organized in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey


Use Notes in iOS and iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey
A new way to sort and find all your notes.
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iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey allow you to use tags inside the Notes app to keep everything organized. They can help you quickly separate notes for different projects, and they make it easier to find things later.

Here’s how to use tags in Notes on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

iOS 15 fixes security flaw that exposes Apple ID info to third-party apps


iOS and iPadOS 15
It's time to update if you haven't already.
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iOS and iPadOS 15 fix a pretty serious security flaw that allowed third-party applications to access Apple ID information and recent search terms.

Apple this week confirmed the fix in an update to its security content guide for iOS 15. It does not look like the issue has been eliminated in iOS 14, which is no longer receiving standalone security updates.

Apple: Ability to skip iOS 15 updates was never meant to be permanent


iOS 15
It's iOS 15 or it's nothing now.
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Apple has confirmed that giving users the option to skip iOS 15 updates and stick with iOS 14 was always intended to be temporary.

Its clarification comes after it last week stopped delivering security updates to those who have chosen not to update their devices since iOS 15 made its debut last September. iOS 15.2.1 is now the only upgrade option.

How to share your Focus status with select contacts in iOS and iPadOS 15


How to share Focus status
Let others know when your notifications are disabled.
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It’s possible to share your Focus status with select contacts in iOS and iPadOS 15, so that friends and family members don’t think you’re just ignoring their calls and texts.

Here’s how you pick and choose who sees that your notifications are disabled while you’re busy.