Presented at the opening keynote at WWDC 2021, iOS 15 is expected to hit the market in September of this year. Find out which iPhone models should receive this update.
In the case of iOS 15, this new version should come pre-installed with the latest generation of iPhone, tentatively known as iPhone 13. [SPOILER ALERT], the compatibility list is essentially the same as its predecessor. In other words, iOS 15 will also be rolled out for the iPhone 6S, which was first released in 2015.
iPhones compatible with iOS 15
The mobile operating system is offered for a number of iPhones, starting with the iPhone 6S / 6S Plus and newer. If iOS 15 is released, software support for the iPhone 6S / 6S Plus would have completed its 6-year cycle, with likely another year of security updates until a new iOS is released in 2022.
In addition, the 7th generation iPod touch should also receive the update, as was the case with previous versions of iOS.
iOS 15 release date and beta availability
The beta version is already available for app developers using compatible iPhones. This beta version can be downloaded from the Apple website by app developers. The company announced that the beta test for the general public will arrive in July, with no specific date announced.
The final version of the operating system is ready for a spring release (autumn in the northern hemisphere). If Apple sticks to its tradition since the sixth iteration of the operating system, then iOS 15 should be available in September.
How new iOS versions are developed
In addition to having a more controlled ecosystem, Apple is following a development process that is somewhat different from that of Google and its Android platform. Although both systems receive large annual updates, iOS often introduces large changes between major releases, such as: B. iOS 14.5, which was released earlier this year.
In the case of iOS (as well as iPadOS and other derivative operating systems), Apple is offering beta trials for minor revisions – 14.1, 14.2, etc., which usually take a few weeks before the final release. As for Google, Mountain View runs a single evaluation process over several months before releasing Android’s annual update in the second half of the year.
After putting a heavy emphasis on privacy features and personal data control in iOS 14, the 15th version has the integration of devices and services into the Apple ecosystem, as well as options for group media consumption in FaceTime and even video chats with users of Windows or Android improved.
How to install beta versions of iOS
For the time being, the iOS 15 beta is only available to developers who have signed up for the Apple Developer Program, which typically requires an annual subscription. Before installing, it is recommended that you back up your iPhone or iPad to your computer so that you can revert to the stable version of the operating system in case something goes wrong. After you have performed a backup, do the following:
- Go to https://developer.apple.com on your iPad or iPhone.
- Tap the = symbol.
- Access the sign-in by selecting the Account option and entering your Apple ID.
- Click the = symbol again.
- Select the Downloads option.
- If your developer profile is up-to-date, the page will list the available beta versions of iOS (and iPadOS). Simply select the appropriate Install Profile button and allow the configuration file to be downloaded.
- Launch the Settings app on the device.
- A new item indicates that the setup profile has been recognized. Select this option by tapping the Install button on the next screen and following the on-screen instructions.
- Note: This step will only install the file that is sharing the beta versions on the device.
- To install iOS Beta, follow the standard procedure: the settings > General> Software update.