iOS 15 is still a long way off, but we’re already hearing the first early leaks and rumors of it, all of which you’ll find below. In addition, we also have a good idea of when it will arrive – as well as what devices will support it. Waiting for it to arrive iPhone 13.
Next, we’ve also included a list of key enhancements we’d like to see from iOS 15 since the latest available version iOS 14 is not without problems, no matter how much it reformed the operating system. Since then, there have been several updates that will gradually fix bugs and introduce new features.
Large iOS 14.5 update is now straightforward, adding a host of new benefits, including a mask-friendly way to unlock the iPhone, even if only for Apple Watch owners. It’s the biggest update since the release of iOS 14, so we probably won’t get anything new until we see the first preview of iOS 15 WWDC 2021.
(And while older phones are left out of the fun of iOS 15, Apple released a small one update – iOS 12.5.3 – fixes and security fixes for phones older than the iPhone 5S.)
We’ll also update this article whenever we hear something new about Apple’s next big iPhone software update, so check back regularly for all the details.
A new report suggests that iOS 15 introduce a revamped control center for existing iPhones and support dual biometric authentication via face ID and Touch ID on iPhone 13.
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- What is it? The next big update for iOS
- When is it outside? Probably September 2021 after the June 7 revelation
- How much does it cost? It is free
iOS 15 release date
New iOS versions usually land in mid-September. Usually they come with a new iPhone release, so we can see iOS 15 landing iPhone 13, but Apple delayed iPhone 12 until October 2020 and will continue to launch iOS 14 on September 16, so with or without the new iPhone, September 2021 seems very likely for iOS 15.
While that date is when the finished version is likely to hit phones, Apple will almost certainly announce iOS 15 much earlier. New versions are usually unveiled at the company’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June, so it’s expected to see iOS 15 at WWDC 2021, which Apple has now confirmed lasts from 7 to 11 June.
The developer beta is likely to land at the same time, and the public beta is likely to arrive later in the month – so if you don’t care about bugs, you can try iOS 15 yourself by the end of July.
Of course, while we’re talking about iOS 15 here, iPadOS 15 will almost certainly follow the same path. Above all, we get iOS 14.5, which is scheduled to debut in the week of April 26th.
News and leaks
The first leak we heard about iOS 15 surrounds its availability. Rumor has it is only available for iPhone 7 and later. This would mean that devices that can get iOS 14 iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and original iPhone SE needs new software.
While the source of this information (The Verifier site) has mixed results, it’s a very plausible claim, as Apple tends to drop the oldest generation with every new software update, and in fact it was expected that the iPhone 6S won’t even get iOS 14, so the phone doesn’t have there has been a shortage of upgrades in their lifetime.
We have heard similar ones from a different sourcesimilarly, claiming that the iPhone 6S is a device that will miss the next iPhone update this year. Some are upset about this, but it’s in line with Apple’s normal upgrade schedule.
We’re also pretty confident that Apple’s next iOS update is indeed called iOS 15. References to the following versions of iOS and macOS were recently discovered in the WebKit code – which gives us the best indication that they are called iOS 15 and macOS 12, respectively.
Of course, the WebKit code gives little difference to what to expect from the upcoming iOS version, but at least it looks like it follows previous generations of the operating system with the expected numeric title.
Perhaps most interesting, however, is a recent report proposes that iOS 15 introduce a revamped control center for iPhone and iPad and support dual biometric authentication via Face ID and Touch ID.
It suggests that the new Control Center borrow design ideas from macOS Big Sur, and it supports drag-and-drop customization as well as more compact aesthetics. Although the report does not present detailed images, we have previously seen a broken iPhone in prison (via WCCFTech) using Mac-inspired control centers, and we expect iOS 15 to present a similar look.
With regard to double biometric authentication – which essentially means the need to go through two authentication steps before opening certain iPhone functions – the report suggests that this feature should be exclusively iPhone 13which means that Apple’s next ticket phone will arrive really rumored fingerprint sensor below the screen.
What we want to see
iOS 14 was a big update that included a lot of improvements, but there are still many things iOS 15 could do better.
1. Support for all devices with iOS 14
Apple has been working to support devices for a long time, so we can’t really fool the company when it stops supporting old ones, but we’d like to see support last even longer, which in this case means all devices that got iOS 14, including iOS 15.
Indeed, then, we’re talking about the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus, and the original iPhone SE, because they’re in the cutting block next, and it’s rumored that they won’t get iOS 15. We expect not to, but it would be a nice surprise if they did.
2. Smarter Siri
Siri is getting better with each new version of iOS, and while it’s pretty good now, there’s always room for improvement, especially as it continues to track Google Assistant.
Above all, we simply want Siri to understand us better and answer our questions accurately and usefully. We would also like less reliance on online results and more customized responses.
3. Advanced Apple Maps cycling directions and guides
Apple Maps is much better than before, and the two latest features have made it even better. We talk about cycling directions and guides that are recommendations for sights and attractions.
But neither of these features is available everywhere. In fact, at the time of writing, they were mostly written in a few big cities. In particular, we would like cycling routes to be available as widely as possible. These will show you routes that include bike paths, bike paths, and the like, and you can choose routes that avoid hills.
4. App Store Wish List
The App Store used to have a wish list feature that allows you to make a list of interesting apps and games. This was especially handy for things that cost money because you may not be sure you want to pay for them yet, but I still wanted to make sure you didn’t forget them.
Unfortunately, Apple removed this feature years ago, so we really want to see it return with iOS 15.
5. Add languages in translation
With iOS 14, Apple added the Translator app to its mobile operating system, giving you an easy way to translate into other languages. But when launched, it only supported 12 languages, which is much, much less than Google Translate and some other competing apps and services.
So we want to see big improvements to this in iOS 15. We think it’s something that Apple will continue to work on, and new languages may well arrive before the new iOS version does, but there’s a lot of work to be done if Apple wants the best translation app in the block.