iOS 15: release date, new features, compatibility, what to expect?

iOS 15 is the next major version of the iPhone operating system. If all goes according to plan, iOS 15 should be officially unveiled in June 2021, during the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC21) with availability by the end of the year. Release date, compatibility, new features: what to expect?

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iOS 15, image credits DR

As iOS 14.5 has only recently been released and iOS 14.6 has just arrived, why not start anticipating the release ofiOS 15 ? The next big update to Apple’s iPhone operating system is still a long way off, but we are already seeing initial leaks and rumors here and there. On top of that, we already have a good idea of ​​when the update will be available as well as which iPhones will (and won’t) be supported. We will also update this article as soon as possible, with each new information.

iOS 15: when to release?

Newer versions of iOS are generally available at the mid-September. They are often accompanied by the launch of a new iPhone. We could therefore totally see iOS 15 land alongside the iPhone 13. In addition, Apple’s next iOS update will indeed be called iOS 15. References to the next versions of iOS and macOS have recently been made. spotted in a WebKit code, indicating that the two updates will be called iOS 15 and macOS 12, respectively.

On the other hand, this year, the iPhone 12 had not been presented in September, but in October 2020. The release date of the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max was set for October 23, 2020. Pre-orders were open from on October 16, 2020 for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro. However, iOS 14 was released on September 16, a month before the release of iPhone 12. We must therefore expect a iOS 15 release in September 2021, it does not matter if there will be a delay or not on the release of the iPhone 13.

See also: Android 12: release date, design, new features, all to know

However, and although this date is when the definitive version will likely arrive on our smartphones, Apple will almost certainly announce iOS 15 sooner. New versions are usually unveiled at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) of the company in June. So we should have a preview of iOS 15 at WWDC21. The event will take place from June 7 to 11.

A beta version dedicated to developers will probably arrive in the wake, with a public beta a few days or weeks later. If bugs aren’t an issue for you, then you can test iOS 15 for yourself by the end of July. On the other hand, iPadOS 15 should almost certainly follow the same trajectory.

iOS 15: will my iPhone be compatible?

According to the latest rumors, iOS 15 will only be available for iPhone 7 and later. This would mean that among the devices that can get iOS 14, the original iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE will miss the release of Apple’s new operating system. Apple generally abandons the oldest generation of iPhone with each new software update.

iOS 15: new control center, new unlock screen, what to expect?

A recent leak suggests that iOS 15 will introduce a redesigned control center for iPhone and iPad, as well as support for biometric dual authentication via Face ID and Touch ID. This suggests that the new Control Center will borrow design ideas from macOS Big Sur, with support for drag-and-drop customization as well as a more compact aesthetic. Although it requires a jailbreak, the BigSurCenter tweak already offers macOS-inspired control centers on iOS. We expect iOS 15 to feature a similar design.

See also: iPhone 13: its edges will be thicker and its photo modules larger

According to Bloomberg, iOS 15 will also include new settings for notifications system. It should be possible to set notifications depending on the status (driving, at work, at night, etc.). According to the newspaper, lock screen iOS 15 could also be redesigned, redesigned with the addition of widgets. We must also expect more confidentiality and protection of personal data.

iOS 15, release date, new features

Conor Jewiss, an informant, indicated that iOS 15 would benefit froma food tracking system. Integrated into the Apple application called Health, this feature would keep an eye on the calories burned. Improvements for dark mode were also mentioned by Jewiss, without further details. Finally, iOS 13 should offer an always-on screen mode, like the Apple Watch.

In addition, Apple is reportedly currently working on changes related to iMessage. No details were provided by the various informants. On the other hand, we can expect small adjustments in terms of ergonomics.

iOS 15: new accessibility features

A few weeks ago, Apple detailed in a press release the future innovations dedicated to people with physical, hearing or visual disabilities. First, new accessibility shortcuts will be added to the Shortcuts app, compatible with Siri. VoiceOver, the screen reader software built into iOS and macOS, will also be improved and more accurate. People with hearing loss will be happy to know that iOS 15 will integrate support for two-way hearing aids. A novelty that will allow you to make FaceTime calls more easily.

As a reminder, Apple will present the new features of the update.r iOS 15 from Monday June 7, 2021 during WWDC, the conference dedicated to developers.

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