Apple's next version of its operating system - iOS 15 - is now out in the open, but when is the official release date?
iOS 15 was first revealed at WWDC 2021 (Worldwide Developers Conference 2021). The update brings various new features to Apple devices, and may even launch next month.
So, how can you get your hands on the next iOS update?
iOS 15 Release Date
Following the release of the iPhone 13 last month, iOS 15 has officially launched and has been available since September 20th. We are still waiting for news on the AirPods 3 release though, but this is expected at an Apple event on October 18th.
This announcement lined up with the past too as Apple fully released the iPhone 13 on September 24th, following a week of pre-orders.
What Devices Support iOS 15?
According to Apple's official iOS 15 site, all iPhone devices from iPhone 6s upwards are compatible with iOS 15. This includes every iPhone released since 2015.
The new iPhone 13 lineup also supports iOS 15, as well as the 7th generation iPod touch - first released in May 2019.
iOS 15 Features
iOS 15 has seen a Notifications overhaul as Apple attempts to further streamline the amount and type of alerts users receive.
Using machine learning, iOS 15 will find patterns in your phone usage to deliver only the most vital notifications in the new Notification Summary feature.
Apple Maps has also received a major update with iOS 15, giving users further details about buildings, roads, and scenery. It also introduces 3D landmarks to Maps, and new driving features that give further details about lanes, traffic conditions, and more.
If you use Maps for walking, you can now also use Augmented Reality to guide you where to go.
Safari will receive a design overhaul that sees the tab bar moved to the bottom of the screen, while Safari Extensions are now available on iPhone devices, too.
However, this URL bar shift was controversial among users. As such, Apple has introduced a toggle that allows users to switch the URL bar back to the top of the page (via MacRumors).
Apple has also added a SharePlay feature that allows users to share their screens with other users over FaceTime, alongside other new features such as Spatial Audio on group calls and two new mic modes.
A new Focus mode is also available which can help keep you immersed with any work you're doing, offering specialised modes for different tasks such as reading and driving.
iPadOS 15 Release Date
Announced alongside iOS 15 at WWDC 2021, iPadOS 15 also launched in Fall 2021.
As with previous iOS and iPadOS launches, both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were released simultaneously. coinciding with the new iPad 2021 release date.
The public beta for iPadOS was first released on June 30 following a developer beta earlier that month.
iPadOS 15's supported devices are the same as those that support iPadOS 14, meaning if you run the latest iPadOS, you will be eligible for iPadOS 15.
Latest iOS Version
The most up-to-date version of iOS/iPadOS is now iOS 15.
iOS 15 was first released on September 20, with the iPad OS version launching on the same day.
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