Apple iOS 15 release date and expected new features

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iOS 15 is just around the corner. We are only days before the annual WWDC Summit, which starts June 7. As is tradition, we are sure that most new iOS features are to be muted on stage, but the most exciting ones are likely to be revealed as soon as the first developer beta of iOS 15 arrives on the day of the announcement.

What can you expect with the new version of Apple’s OS? Considering that iOS 14 was a pretty important update to iOS that went through a lot of things, most importantly interface by adding widgets to the home screen, we don’t really think iOS 15 will add that much to the visual overhaul. This does not mean that you should limit your enthusiasm, but there is plenty of spicy talk about iOS 15!

Now that iOS 14.5 is official with a number of new features, all eyes should be fixed on iOS 15 as the next big update, but rest assured that Apple is not done with the iOS 14 branch. In fact, an iOS 14.6 is being prepared for the public and it will definitely arrive before the next major iOS release.

Apple iOS 15: Release Date

  • June 7, 2021 for iOS 15 beta release for developer beta
  • September 2021 iOS 15 final release date
This year’s WWDC developer meeting on June 7 will be an online event, he says Apple, and will “offers unique insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. “Apart from releasing a beta, this early detection of iOS also provides plenty of room for app developers to prepare their apps for the upcoming changes and get started with all the new features.

As far as the final launch of the official version of iOS 15 is concerned, it will undoubtedly take place along with the release of the iPhone 13 (iPhone 12S) series. Traditionally, iPhones will be released in late September / early October, so expect the next version of iOS in this direction.

iOS 15: Standard apps customization

Word on the street is that iOS 15 opens up the operating system for even more customization by letting users change even more of the standard apps. iOS 14 started this trend by letting Safari and Mail change and using an alternative instead. The latest iOS 14.5 beta also allows you to change your chosen music platform, e.g. replaces Apple Music with Spotify. This opening of iOS is likely to continue in iOS 15 as well.

iOS 15: Interactive widgets

iOS 14 introduced widgets, which are a great new addition to Apple’s OS, but in their current state, widgets are simply not as useful on iOS as they are on Android because they are not interactive. It is rumored that iOS 15 introduces interactive widgets that the user will be able to interact with, i.e. change volume, enable specific switches, etc. Several sizes are reportedly also coming to widgets in iOS 15: currently we have small, medium and large, but a lot of new mid-sizes may arrive. This will make the widget support on iOS 15 much more useful and more customizable.

iOS 15: Redesigned settings

The Settings menu is an iOS staple that houses all the possible device settings you might want to mess with. It has pretty much been kept the same in recent years and scored lots of new features and menus that have gradually made it less and less intuitive. A redesign can help Apple solve this problem and make things a little more intuitive again.

iOS 15: Always on display and redesigned lock screen

One of the big rumors about the iPhone 13 is that it scores an always-displayed screen similar to the one found on Apple Watch, which can scale down the refresh rate all the way down to 1Hz and just waste a small amount of battery. The always-on screen will definitely be hardware-dependent and will not arrive on old iPhones, but iOS will also need to change to accommodate the new feature. Rumor has it that the lock screen will be updated to display messages in a more friendly way that matches the always displayed screen.

iOS 15: Supported devices

iOS updates tend to drop support for older iPhones. This was not the case with iOS 14, which was supported on the same devices as iOS 13 was available, but this will not be repeated by Apple’s next iOS version.

That Support for iOS 15 update will be dropped for the latest iPhones with a headphone jack iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as well as the original iPhone SE as only devices with an A10 or later chipset are still supported.
Here’s what iPhones are likely to get on iOS 15:
  • 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 (2020)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

iOS 15: Privacy

The latest iOS 14.5 beta further pumped up iOS privacy by automatically redirecting secure browsing data through Apple’s own servers and acting as a kind of proxy, protecting you from the prying eyes of advertising demonstrators asking for your data (looking at you, Google). Presumably, we can expect similar privacy features to be part of iOS 15 as well, but when we see how close WWDC is, this information is likely to come directly from Apple and not the rumor mill.

iOS 15: Other features

Unconfirmed rumors from tipster with apparently no track record claim that Apple will aim to make Messages a social network similar to WhatsApp. Another rumor feature allows you to select your mode and predetermine how messages are delivered to your device.

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