iOS 15: New features, compatibility, release date
Seven 'iOS 15' stories
November 2020 - April 2021
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.
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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.
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.