iOS 15 Overview Updated September 20, 2021

iOS 15: New features, compatibility, release date

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iOS 15 guide

Apple has officially taken the wraps off iOS 15, the next version of its operating system for iPhone users. The company says it designed iOS 15 with four different things in mind. The update was presented by Apple VP Craig Federighi. Here’s what’s new.

FaceTime updates:

iOS 15 includes a handful of new features for FaceTime, including new features to help it compete with services like Zoom.

  • Spatial Audio support
  • Grid view for videos
  • Portrait mode for videos
  • FaceTime links
  • Join FaceTime calls from the web on Android and Windows
  • SharePlay for sharing content during FaceTime, including screen sharing, music, and more

SharePlay can work with third-party apps and streaming services using an API available to developers. Apple is already working with Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, NBA, Twitch, and more.


Apple has also announced new features for Messages, including new ways to easily access content that people send you. Shared Stacks will bring over content from Messages to the News app and Photos app.


  • Notification summary can be delivered anytime you choose.
  • When you enable Do Not Disturb, your status will be shown to other people via the Messages app
  • Notification design has been revamped with larger icons for improved glanceability
  • You can set different “Focus” statuses that change your Home Screen, notification preferences, and more.


  • The Photos app now includes a new OCR feature for recognizing text. Apple says the feature uses AI to detect text images automatically.
  • Photos also now appear in Spotlight search.
  • New interactive memories feature.


  • Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey is here to talk us through new features in the Wallet app.
  • iOS 15 includes new keys for your home and work in the Wallet app, as well as automatic hotel keys, Hyatt to roll out Apple Wallet support to hotels later this year.
  • Identify cards are coming to Apple Wallet later this year, encrypted and safely stored in the Secure Enclave.


  • The Weather app has been redesigned with a ton of new data.
  • Layout design of the Weather app changes based on the weather in your current location.


  • New Apple Maps interface coming to Spain and Portugal today and to Australia and Italy later this year.
  • A variety of design updates for Apple Maps to bring a ton more details for cities in commercial districts, buildings, and more.
  • New Nearby Transit features for Apple Maps as well, notifications for when to disembark.

Devices compatible with iOS 15

Here’s the full list with every iPhone and iPod touch model supported by iOS 15:

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st gen)
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd gen)
  • iPod touch (7th gen)

Hands-on with iOS 15

Release date

iOS 15 is available now to developers and public beta users. It will be released to the general public in the fall.

iOS 15 Stories April 20

Update: Now available to public beta testers as well.

A couple of weeks after releasing the first beta of iOS 15.5, Apple is seeding the second version for developers. Alongside that, there’s also beta 2 of iPadOS 15.5, tvOS 15.5, and watchOS 8.6. Head below for the details.

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iOS 15 Stories April 15

Today I learned that you can search your photos by text on your iPhone – that is, by printed text found within the images, using the same tech as Live Text.

Apple seems to have kept quiet about it so far, and that may be with good reason …

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iOS 15 Stories April 6

Not long after the release of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to the public, Apple is kickstarting the beta train yet again. The company is now rolling out the first betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to developer beta testers; this could represent the final iOS 15 update before iOS 16 is released this fall…

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iOS 15 Stories March 31

With the release of iOS 15.4.1 and macOS Monterey 12.3.1 on Thursday, Apple has fixed some bugs in its operating systems. However, in addition to bug fixes, the company also made security enhancements to iOS and macOS, which include patches for multiple zero-day exploits.

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After launching iOS 15.4 a couple of weeks ago, Apple is releasing iOS 15.4.1. This update should fix battery drain issues that iPhone and iPad users were experiencing with the previous version. Apart from that, Apple is also bringing updates for tvOS, watchOS, and macOS users.

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iOS 15 Stories March 26

It’s been six months since Apple released iOS 15, and only now WhatsApp is bringing full support for the iPhone’s latest operating system. According to WABetaInfo, version of WhatsApp beta finally brings support to iOS 15.

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iOS 15 Stories March 23

iOS 15 was first previewed in June during the WWDC21. Released in September, several features were missing with the first public availability of the iPhone’s latest operating system. Today, after six months and four major updates within this iOS cycle, Apple finally released every feature previewed during its 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference.

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iOS 15 Stories March 22

Every year, a new iPhone is released with better cameras and faster processor. At the same time, the older iPhone models are still there receiving iOS updates, which is great for people who don’t upgrade their phones every year. But how decent are these old iPhones running the latest version of iOS? Well, I tested a first-generation iPhone SE with iOS 15, and it’s still surprisingly good.

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iOS 15 Stories March 15

Apple has finally released iOS 15.4 to all users. With this software update, the company is letting users unlock their iPhones with Face ID while wearing a mask. Here’s everything you need to know about this feature.

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iOS 15 Stories March 14

Today’s release of iOS 15.4 includes the major new addition of support for Face ID recognition while wearing a mask. Unfortunately, this feature is limited to only newer-model iPhones. Apple hasn’t published specific availability details, but it appears that this feature only works on the iPhone 12 and newer.

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After nearly two months of beta testing, iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 are rolling out today to the general public. These updates include notable new features such as Universal Control, support for using Face ID while wearing a mask, new emoji, and more. Head below for a full roundup of everything that’s new in iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4.

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iOS 15 Stories March 7

iOS 15: Here’s how to use the native iPhone 2FA code generator and autofill

One of the handy, under-the-radar features with iOS 15 is an integrated 2FA code generator that makes it more seamless to log in to your accounts with enhanced security. Let’s look at how to use the native iOS 15 2FA code generator that comes with autofill on iPhone and iPad.

iOS 15 Stories March 1

Update: Now rolling out to public beta testers as well.

iOS 15.4 is almost ready for public launch as Apple is releasing beta 5 of this upcoming software update today. The company also has a new beta of iPadOS 15.4. Head below for the full details on these latest releases from Apple. 

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Here’s how Background Sounds work on iPhone

One of the handy native features that arrived in iOS 15 is Background Sounds. Read along for how to use iPhone Background Sounds, what you get, what you don’t, how it works while listening to music, and more.

iOS 15 Stories February 16

Update February 16, 2022: iOS 15.4 beta 3 is now rolling out to public beta testers.

One week after releasing the second beta to developers, Apple is now rolling out iOS 15.4 beta 3 to developers. The company also has a new beta of iPadOS 15.4 as well as watchOS 8.5. Head below for the full details on these latest releases from Apple. 

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iCloud Keychain continues to get more powerful across all of Apple’s platforms. With the forthcoming releases of iOS 15.4, macOS 12.3, and iPadOS 15.4, Apple is making it even easier to save your passwords by addressing a major pain point when it comes to password changes and new account creation.

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iOS 15 Stories February 10

Two weeks after the release of iOS 15.3, Apple is now rolling out iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1 to iPhone and iPad users. Apple says this update includes security fixes as well as a fix for a bug impacting Braille displays. Head below for the details.

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With iOS 15, Apple has started offering a built-in two-factor authentication feature for its native Passwords feature. This means users can easily add extra protection to their accounts without the need for a third-party app.

Even though this change helps lots of users who never set up 2FA in their accounts, it does add an extra step for third-party developers, as companies like Twitter are offering an easier way to use 2FA with Apple.

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iOS 15 Stories February 9

iOS 15.4 is currently in beta testing with developers and public users, and the update includes a range of enticing new features. While anyone can join Apple’s beta testing program, many people prefer to wait for the public release when the bugs have been ironed out. So when will Apple release the stable version of iOS 15.4 to everyone? Here’s what we know.

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iOS 15 Stories January 28

How to install iOS 15.4 beta and try out Face ID With a Mask and Universal Control

iOS 15.4 comes with a variety of great new features like Universal Control for iPad and Face ID With a Mask for iPhone. Follow along for how to install iOS 15 beta to test everything out.

iOS 15 Stories January 27

One of the best surprises that came with iOS 15.4 beta, which was released Thursday for developers, is a new option to enable Face ID when wearing a mask without the need to have an Apple Watch. What’s even better about this feature is that it works with Apple Pay and even apps.

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Apple today released the first beta of iOS 15.4 to developers, which comes with multiple new features like Universal Control, secure notes on iCloud Keychain, Face ID when using masks, and more. Interestingly, Apple has also been working on a new “Trade-In Tool” for scanning cosmetic details from another device using the iPhone camera.

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Following the release of iOS 15.4 to developers earlier today, we’ve been finding out that the update comes with several new features. One of them is a welcome change to iCloud Keychain, which now lets users store notes to their passwords.

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With iOS 15.4 beta 1 Apple is starting to test the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask but without the need for an Apple Watch around. Not only that, but the company is also improving glasses support.

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