Year after year, Apple ups the ante with better, smoother, and faster operating system updates. And if rumors and trends are to be believed, the 2021 iPhone and iPad OS, aka the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, will be no different. But will your device support iOS 15 and iPadOS 15? What great features will they carry, and when will they release? Don’t worry; we have answers to all your queries.
When will iOS 15 release?
Going by Apple’s usual iOS updates pattern, the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 will be announced during the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June 2021.
iOS 15 beta release – Mid-June 2021
iOS 15 final release – September 2021
Full list of iOS 15 supported devices
iOS 15 is rumored to be more futuristic and will sport features for wireless communication, better AR and VR, and of course, better security. This means that the phone would require a powerful CPU and sufficient RAM/storage to accomplish all this and more.
Hence, the obvious question is, ‘which devices will iOS 15 support?’ Will it be able to achieve the same feat as iOS 14 in terms of compatibility? Sadly, no! Devices running on the A9 chip or earlier, i.e., 2015 models – iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE 1st gen (2016) won’t get iOS 15 support.
Here’s the list of iOS 15-compatible iPhones (expected)
- iPhone 13 Series
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 11
- iPhone-11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 2020 (2nd generation)
- iPhone XS
- iPhone-XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPod touch (7th generation)
List of iPads with iPadOS 15 support (expected)
As for iPads, devices with A8 and A8x chips will not be extending support to iPadOS 15. So, iPad Mini 4 (2015) and iPad Air 2 (2014) are excluded from the list in 2021.
- 12.9″ & 11″ iPad Pro 2020
- 12.9″ & 11″ iPad Pro (3rd generation)
- 12.9″ & 10.5″ iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- 12.9″ & 9.7″ iPad Pro (1st generation)
- iPad 2020
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Air 2020
- iPad Air 2 (3rd generation)
- iPad mini 5
iOS 15 complete features list (expected)
While it is too early to say or predict iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 features, there are a few leaks, rumors, and wishful thinking to go by. So, take the list below with a pinch of salt and keep your fingers crossed.
Lock Screen widgets
Widgets have been one of the most talked-about features of iOS 14. Possibly, iOS 15 will extend widgets’ support to the Lock Screen for more ease of use.
Thanks to the pandemic and WFH protocol, 2020 has been the year of video calls and conferencing. This year, Apple could introduce a presentation mode to share screen and present lectures/workshops.
Siri finally got a compact interface in iOS 14. And Apple is relentlessly working towards improving the voice assistant, so expect more bespoke, quicker, and sassier answers to your queries.
More default options
After years of strictness, iOS 14 finally allowed users to switch their default email and browser. For iOS 15, we are expecting the feature to be extended to the Calendar and Files app, among others.
There are also rumors around the always-on display with mini widgets, more customization with widgets & icons, split-screen, better stability, and battery life. Check out this stunning iOS 15 concept video from Hacker 34.