iOS 15 Overview Updated March 29, 2021

iOS 15: New features, compatibility, release date

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iOS 15 guide

iOS 15 will be the next major milestone release of Apple’s operating system for the iPhone. The update will be introduced in June and released to the public in September. Here’s everything we know so far.

What will this year’s iOS update be called?

In late March, 9to5Mac reported that Apple’s WebKit code included references to the unreleased build of iOS 15. The marketing names of future Apple operating systems don’t necessarily reflect what’s used in code, but WebKit code usually calls future versions as “TBA” to hide their actual version numbers.

This provides a strong piece of evidence that this year’s release of iOS will be iOS 15.

New features in iOS 15

As of right now, there are no rumors to indicate what features could be introduced with iOS 15 this year. With the release of iOS 14 in 2019, Apple introduced a variety of new features such as home screen widgets, the App Library, and more.

Over the years, Apple has made changes to its internal development process for iOS updates that make it easier for the company to add and remove new features. This makes each yearly release more stable, because the company can remove features that aren’t ready for primetime.

We expect iOS 15 to include a combination of new features and improvements, but we’ll have to wait to learn more from Apple for the details. For an idea of what Apple could have in store for this year, be sure to check out the full 9to5Mac concept right here.

Device compatibility

ios 15 iPhone 6s

iOS 15 will drop compatibility for some of the most popular iPhone devices of all time, according to a pair of reports. This includes the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were originally introduced in September of 2015, followed by the iPhone SE in March of 2016. This means they have each received over 4 years of software support from Apple.

This year’s iOS update will likely be compatible with the following iPhones:

  • 2021 iPhone lineup
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Release date: When will iOS 15 come out?

iOS 15 is expected to be introduced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, or WWDC. This year, the event will likely be completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WWDC is traditionally held during the first or second week of June, but that could change this year because of the pandemic.

The iOS 15 developer beta program will start after the update is announced at WWDC. A public beta testing program will begin in July followed by a release to the general public in September.

iOS 15 Stories April 7

Sketchy rumor claims iOS 15 will offer redesigned Control Center, support for requiring both Face ID and Touch ID authentication

A sketchy new report from iPhoneSoft , which appears to be based on claims made on Twitter by @Jioriku, says that iOS 15 will include changes to the Control Center, as well as new technology to allow for dual biometric authentication for Touch ID and Face ID. The reports also claim to have details on the iPhone 13…

iOS 15 Stories March 30

Now that Apple has confirmed the dates for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, rumors are sure to start swirling about this year’s software releases. We’ve been working on a series of concepts for each of Apple’s core platforms over the past few months and we wanted to share them again. So far, we’ve shared concepts for iOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS 12. We’re at work on concepts for tvOS 15 and iPadOS 15, and we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for them. Let us know about those in the comments below! In the meantime, check out our already published concepts.

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iOS 15 Stories March 29

iOS 14 was a major release for the platform, adding things like widgets, the App Library, updates to Messages, a redesigned Siri, and so much more. It was lauded as a key feature update so it would only be natural for iOS 15 to be a smaller update focused on refinements. While brainstorming what made the most sense for an iOS 15 concept, I had to weed out lots of ideas. I chose to focus on small changes to existing apps and features.

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As we await Apple’s official announcement of WWDC 2021, Apple’s open-source WebKit code has recently been updated by Apple to include references to the looming iOS 15 and macOS 12 software updates. WebKit code usually refers to future versions as “TBA” to hide their actual version numbers…

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iOS 15 Stories January 21

A new report today from iPhoneSoft claims to have details on what devices Apple plans to drop support with iOS 15. Notably, the information lines up with a preview report we saw at the end of last year suggesting the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, original iPhone SE will be on the chopping block.

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iOS 15 Stories November 22, 2020

A new report suggests that Apple is planning to drop support for the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus with next year’s release of iOS 15. This comes after Apple maintained compatibility with all of those devices this year with iOS 14.

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