As Apple announced the dates for WWDC21, the excitement around the upcoming iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 is soaring. And after a pretty successful iOS 14 run, a lot is expected from the next iteration.
But what features will the update carry? When can we glimpse the new OS? And most importantly, will my device support iOS 15/iPadOS 15? Well, we might have all the answers you need, so just keep scrolling!
When will iOS 15 release?
Apple recently announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The all-online virtual event will run from June 7 to June 11, 2021, and will offer insights into iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15.
Going by Apple’s format for previous years, the tech giant will release:
- iOS 15 Developer beta – June 7, 2021 (The day WWDC starts)
- Public beta of iOS 15 – End of June or July first half
- Official iOS 15 public release – Mid-September
Complete list of iOS 15 supported devices
Your device will require a powerful CPU and sufficient RAM/storage to take full benefits of iOS 15 and its magnificent features. And unfortunately, not all old iPhone can offer that.
Rumoredly, the devices running on the A9 chip or earlier, i.e., 2015 models – iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE 1st Gen (2016) will be chopped from the list.
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.
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)
- 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)
As the day for the official iOS 15 announcement is fast approaching, the market is brimming with rumors, wishful thinking, and awe-striking renders.
I particularly enjoyed the renders shared by 9to5mac and will be sharing them throughout the article.
And while I have combined the most probable ones to create a comprehensive iOS 15 feature list, it is advisable to take it with a pinch of salt.
More interactive Home Screen
One of the most coveted features of iOS 14 was widgets and the app library. It is expected that Apple will further enhance the Home Screen look and utility in the upcoming update.
- Lock Screen widgets – Apple may extend the widget support on the lock screen to allow quick data access. Though it may cause a privacy risk, so only certain apps will be allowed.
- Resizable Widgets – Currently, if you wish to change a widget’s size, you will have to delete and add the variant. A resize option in the contextual menu would make things easier and handier.
- Quicker App Library access – If you have multiple screens, swiping to the end can get exhausting. iOS 15 can solve the issue by incorporating a simple swipe-down action to open App Library from any page.
Upping the FaceTime Game
Thanks to the pandemic and WFH protocol, 2020 has been the year of video calls and conferencing. FaceTime is undoubtedly not the best app out there, but Apple might have plans to change that with iOS 15.
- Screen-share – While you can share your Mac’s screen via iMessage, such a facility is missing in the FaceTime app. Looking into the need of the hour, Apple might plan to add that into the mix.
- Schedule FaceTime calls – Another neat concept that I absolutely love is called scheduling. While you can use the calendar app to schedule it even now, getting a built-in feature will be more fun.
More Default app options
After years of strictness, iOS 14 finally allowed users to switch their default email and browser. For iOS 15, we expect the feature to be extended to the Calendar and Files app, among others.
iCloud Keychain is a pretty handy feature to remember the username and password for all the websites and apps we use. But if it was to become an iOS app, the utility might manifold.
- Standalone app – You can take your passwords offline, organize them according to category and quicken the overall process.
- Two-factor authenticator – There are quite a few 2FA apps in the app store, but an iPhone/iPad stock app could be simply amazing.
Just tap to copy or generate a new code. Or better yet, sync it across devices to autofill the code without switching apps.
iOS 14 took a giant leap in maintaining user privacy with app privacy labels. Indeed, Apple will strive to become even better with iOS 15, but the current version needs some improvement before that.
For one, how would a user know about an app’s privacy setting changes? Apple should enable a push notification to keep users updated about changes in privacy labels.
Smoother Emoji Support
Last year Apple made finding emojis simple by adding a search option. And this time, it could make things easier by allowing users to star their favorite or most used emojis.
Basically, you will mark certain emojis as favorites and quickly use them in your conversations.
Sleeker Weather App
Apple’s dull stock weather app hasn’t been redesigned since iOS 7. Last year Apple acquired one of the most coveted weather apps, Dark Sky, so a makeover is in order.
It could include Dark sky’s famous precipitation notification and better widgets.
Other iOS 15 expected updates
- Smarter Siri – 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.
- HomeKit improvements – A new feed page that will show all your connected devices and their recent activities. Specially HomePod, HomePod mini, and Apple TV.
- Cooler Apple Map – Apple Map has come a long way, but the route is still quite tricky. iOS 15 may bring better support to cycling direction, nearby, travel guidance, and more.
- More languages in Translate – Apple’s translate app currently supports only 12 languages, way less than some rival apps and services. The Cupertino giant might rectify the situation with iOS 15.
What are your expectations from iOS 15?
What would you like to see in iOS 15? Share your wants, needs, and suggestions in the comments below; who knows, the Apple Gods might listen to our conversations!
There’s a lot known but a lot yet to be known about iPadOS and iOS 15. I will update this article to accommodate all the latest news, leaks, and rumors. So, bookmark and stay tuned to this article.
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