If you’re a fan of the iPhone, you may know how brilliant the Notes app is. It’s about my favorite ingredient. But it’s also an under-sung hero. I use it crazily and have 1,162 notes just now, since you ask. You may be able to beat this number.
Still, not everyone knows you can lock individual notes with a password, making it a decent password protector alternative, and free, to boot. Actually, Apple would say it’s a super-secure protector as you need not only the password/Touch ID/Face ID to get into the iPhone but then the password for the locked note.
I love that it updates near-instantly across all your Apple devices, so the text-heavy note you input on your Mac is there to use, seconds later, on your iPhone.
Well, Notes is getting a big uplift in iOS 15.
From Monday, you’ll be able to add tags to your notes, making it easier to categorize things. Well, the search engine in Notes is pretty darn fierce already, but supposing you forget the magic word to search for? Tags add extra convenience. And there’s a tag browser so you can see all the tags in one place. Which leads us to…
These are folders which automatically place notes in one place based on your tags, which is also very handy.
Just @ me
In shared notes, you can attract the attention of one of the sharers by adding @ and their name in the note, which will notify them of the update.
These are useful, but until now there’s been a problem that when one of the people with access to the note updated it, it was hard to see what had changed. Did I type something by mistake? What happened? That’s no longer an issue as a new Activity view shows a summary of changes since you last looked at the note. This is a great upgrade.
And as part of that, there’s Highlights which lets you swipe right in the note and it’ll show you details on what changes happened, letting you view the times and dates of the edits with highlighted text, color-coded to each person.
This is brilliant, though exclusive to the iPad. Tap the bottom right corner with the Apple Pencil or swipe up with your finger and a Quick Note appears—great for jotting down a pressing thought before it vanishes in our busy days. You can scribble with Apple Pencil or tap from the keyboard. Shrink it out of view on the iPad and bring it back whenever you need it. There’s even a dedicated folder for Quick Notes.
This is just one of the cool upgrades in iOS 15 that’s merely hours away. Check back on Monday for full, comprehensive details of the entire iOS 15 release, here on Forbes.