Today is the official launch date for iOS 15: Apple has released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8. Here’s the complete list of devices that qualify, as well as new features and other information.
Users may now download iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8. Apple’s operating systems for iPhones, iPads, and watches have been updated to include a number of new features. Let’s take a look at all of the devices that are eligible, as well as the most important new features that are coming to Apple’s devices.
Apple iOS 15: Complete List of Supported Devices
Apple’s new iPhone 13 series will ship with iOS 15 preinstalled. The update will be available for the iPhone 12 series, iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and iPhone 6s series. Both versions of the iPhone SE, the 2016 and 2020 models, will be compatible with the new OS. Finally, Apple will maintain support for the iPod Touch (7th Generation).
While Apple will continue to support previous iPhones, some features, such as Portrait mode on FaceTime, will only be available on newer iPhones, particularly those with the A12 Bionic chipset or later. The A12 Bionic processor was first seen in the iPhone XS series, which debuted in 2018. You will lose out on some of the latest features if you have an older iPhone 8 or iPhone X.
iOS 15: Size of the Download
The upgrade weighs in at approximately 3GB. Users may check for updates by going to Settings>General>Software Update. Before you begin installing and downloading, make sure your iPhone or iPad is fully charged. It is suggested that you download through WiFi rather than mobile data, as the latter might be unreliable at times.
The Following is a List of iPadOS 15 Compatible Devices.
iPadOS 15 will be available for all iPad Pro 12.9-inch and iPad Pro 11-inch models, as well as the iPad Pro 10.5-inch and iPad Pro 9.7-inch versions. The standard iPad (5th generation and above), iPad mini 4, 5th generation, and iPad 6th generation will all be able to use it. The upgraded iPadOS is available on Apple’s new iPad mini, which was just introduced. Apple iPad Air 2nd generation and later will be able to run the new OS.
The entire list of watchOS 8 supported devices can be seen here.
The watchOS 8 upgrades will work with Apple Watch Series 3 and above. The new Watch Series 7 will, of course, come preloaded with watchOS 8. To use watchOS 8, users will require an iPhone 6s or later with iOS 15 or later.
So, what’s new about iOS 15?
FaceTime now offers spatial audio support, SharePlay, Portrait mode, a new Grid mode, and a voice isolation option in Apple iOS 15. Most importantly, users will be able to send links to their FaceTime conversations to those who do not own an Apple device. On Android and Windows-based devices, FaceTime calls will work through a browser.
Apple’s Messages app is getting a few new features as well. The ability to toggle “notifications on or off for unknown senders, transactions, and promotions” would be particularly essential for India. Users will have more control over alerts for various sorts of communications as a result of this. Memoji will also gain further customizations, such as spectacles, stickers, and other accessibility features.
Apple is also introducing a new ‘Focus’ feature that allows users to customize their notification filter based on their preferences. As a result, customers will be able to create a profile, such as “Work” or “Exercise,” and choose which alerts to receive during that time period. Additionally, in iOS 15, Apple is revamping notifications to feature individual contact photos and larger app icons. Thanks to a new notification summary feature, some notifications will be grouped together.
In addition, the new operating system will place a greater focus on privacy. A new App Privacy Report will appear in Settings, showing how frequently an app has accessed location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts in the last seven days. It also displays “which applications have contacted other sites and how recently they have contacted them,” according to Apple.
In addition, Apple states that all audio from Siri inquiries will now be processed exclusively on the iPhone unless the user chooses to share it with others. Siri’s offline capabilities are also being expanded by Apple.
Apple is also introducing iOS 15 with a new iCloud+ service that will provide consumers access to something called iCloud Private Relay, according to the company. Safari users will be able to virtually connect to any network and surf in complete privacy. All traffic leaving the gadget will be encrypted, according to Apple, and no one will be able to intercept or read it, including the iPhone’s inventor.
Finally, customers will be able to opt-out of iOS 15 and instead install security updates while maintaining iOS 14 on their device. According to Apple, users will be able to continue on iOS 14 and get critical security updates.
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