Apple iOS 15: release date, update, beta, supported devices

Apple iOS 15: release date, update, beta, supported devices

iOS 15 was announced at Apple's WWDC 2021 event. After several months of beta testing, iOS 15 is now available to update. This article will look at the new features, a list of supported devices, and how to download the iOS 15 update.

What's new in iOS 15 update?

iOS is the mobile operating system created by Apple, Inc. that is reserved for some of their devices, such as iPhone and iPad. Staying up to date with the latest version of iOS provides bug fixes, security upgrades, and new features, as stated by Apple. The new Apple update iOS 15 Beta version will soon be available and among the innovations of the latest OS version, there are FaceTime improvements, the ability to add keys to Apple Wallet, Notifications Summary, and Weather app novelties.

FaceTime improvements

FaceTime is getting more life-like thanks to 3D audio and voice isolation that give you the feeling that you are in the same room with the person you are talking to. Now you can also switch between Grid view for group calls and Portrait mode with a blurred background to focus on your face. Also, you can now create FaceTime links like in the Google Meet to organize and plan calls. And the SharePlay function lets you share your cell phone screen whilst you are playing a game or watching a TV show.

Messages and Live Text

Now you can update your iMessage status (like in WhatsApp), share almost any content, and create collages in group chats to make your media files and news links more organized and easy to access. Live Text feature lets you take a photo of text, extract it into another document and even translate it. This feature might come in really handy if you work a lot with texts.

Organized notifications

In the new iOS 15 you can schedule your notifications in Notifications Summary and get rid of the sometimes annoying Notifications Center. You can also prioritize some apps and see the alerts from them on a locked screen depending on your calendar and location.

Apple Wallet

The future is here and now you can include keys there, which can come in handy whilst staying at the hotel, for example. As developers say, soon you will be able to add your ID card or driving license into your Apple Wallet.

 

Weather app

The weather app also gets an update with new animations, climate maps, and a very accurate forecast depending on the exact geolocation.

Apple Maps

Apple Maps now can compete with the most commonly used navigation app: Google Maps, thanks to the improved details, 3D landmarks, night mode, and transportation data. You can even use AR built-in technology when walking on foot.

 

What are the iOS 15 compatible devices?

iOS 15 is supported on a wide range of devices, dating back to the 1st generation iPhone SE which was first released in 2016. This is good news for anyone purchasing an older iPhone, or a new iPhone - knowing that updates will continue to be supported on your phone for at least 5 years. This is a list of all the devices that are compatible with iOS 15. Some features may only work on newer models, such as FaceID, as older models do not have this feature. 

  • iPhone 13 / 13 mini / 13 Pro / 13 Max
  • iPhone 12 / 12 mini / 12 Pro / 12 Max
  • iPhone 11 / 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone XS / XS Max / iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

How to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS?

As usual, Apple will send its users a notification on their phones indicating the availability of the new iOS update. However, we recommend that you first save a backup copy on iTunes or iCloud. (unnecessary action, at your discretion).

Using Over The Air (OTA) update

Once you get it, you can select the received notification that will take you to Settings. Select General and then Software update. Next, confirm the new update and wait for the system to download and install it automatically, restarting it with the latest version of the operating system.

Update from iTunes

The update to the new iOS 15 can also be done through iTunes. In this case, you will need to connect the device to your computer with the cable and wait for it to be recognized. Once this is done, go to Summary and Check for updates. Accept the available update and the device will restart and proceed with the automatic update.

How to install iOS 15 Beta update?

The official release date for iOS 15 was the 20th September 2021, although you could already test the public beta version since July. We will keep this section in anticipation of the iOS 16 Beta next year. Note: Beta versions are not final so can contain some bugs. To install the Beta iOS 15.0 update, follow these instructions:

1.Go to Apple Beta Page on the Apple website and register with your Apple ID. 

2.Log into the Beta Software Program and click Enrol your iOS device. 

3.Go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iPhone and download and install the configuration profile. 

4.Now you can access the update by selecting Settings > General > Software update.

If you are only now updating your phone to a newer version of iOS, you may have missed the previous update and the features that were added with that. 

  • Unlocking your phone in a mask: If you have not only an iPhone but also an Apple Watch, you can unlock your smartphone using the facial recognition function without removing the mask.
  • Siri voice selection: You can choose your Siri's voice! New Neural Text to Speech technology in iOS 14.5 makes it sound more natural.
  • Protection from tracking: App Tracking Transparency (ATT) technology helps to prevent apps from tracking user activity in other apps or sites so they can pass this information on to other companies and use it to show ads. When opening each app that attempts to access activity, the user will be asked whether or not they allow tracking.
  • New emojis: There are new fun emojis available.
  • The AirTag support lets you track and locate important items like keys, wallet, backpack, etc. Confidential and secure in the Find My app.
  • The Apple Podcasts screen view has been improved, making it easier to start listening, and there is an option to save and download episodes so they are automatically added to your library for quick access.
  • The News + tab in Apple News makes it easy for subscribers to quickly search, download and manage media; the new search interface helps find current topics, channels and news.
  • Apple Fitness + users can now stream audio and video to TVs and AirPlay 2 enabled devices.
  • Reminders has been added the ability to sort by title, priority, due date, or creation date.