iOS 15: Release Date, Features, and Supported Devices

What's coming in Apple's next-gen operating system

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iOS 15 is the upcoming operating system for iOS devices. Every update brings with it new features and fixes. The new OS, announced in June 2021, isn't available to the public yet, but includes improvements to widgets, notifications, texting, social sharing, and more.

When Does iOS 15 Come Out?

iOS 15 was first announced on June 7, 2021, at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference.

Apple Developer Program members can get iOS 15 now, while a public beta will be available in July. Everyone else will have access to the new software through an update in September 2021.

iOS 15 Price

There's nothing extra you need to pay to get iOS 15 (beyond the device that runs it!). When it becomes available, Apple will push it to your phone like other updates.

The easiest way to install it once it's here is through a wireless update to your phone.

iOS 15 Features

WWDC21 made clear exactly what we'll get when iOS 15 hits our devices...and it's a lot. Here are just a few of the new features:

  • Siri: Your personal assistant gets faster with on-device speech processing and personalization. Offline support means using Siri with Phone, Messaging, audio playback, Settings, and more can be performed entirely on your phone.
  • FaceTime: Spacial audio, voice isolation, shareable links, portrait mode, and web calling for non-users are coming to FaceTime. SharePlay will let you share your screen and music with your friends during calls, and even sync playback so everyone's on the same page.
  • Messages: Shared with You will be featured in several apps, including Safari, Apple News, Photos, and Apple Music. Things shared with you over text appear in a new section in the corresponding app for easy, automated management.
  • Health: You and your family's health data—including heart health, vitals, labs, and more—can now be shared with each other and your doctor, and you can receive alerts for things like high heart rate and irregular heart rhythm. Trends will give you an overview of how a health metric is progressing over time.
  • Notifications: A personalized summary of your notifications can be bundled up and delivered to you at a later date, while still letting time-sensitive notifications be delivered immediately. They're also getting a design refresh, with photos for people and larger app icons. Some other additions will be the ability to mute apps and message threads.
  • Focus: This new mode automatically filters notifications and Home Screen apps and widgets based on your current activity, such as work, sleep, reading, or driving. It can be set across all your devices at once. Contacts who message you during focus mode will be told that your notifications are silenced.
  • Safari: The built-in web browser is getting a Smart Search field, streamlined tab bar, tab groups, customizable start page, new privacy features, and web extensions.
  • App privacy report: A new addition to Settings lets you view the frequency at which your apps are accessing personal things like your camera, mic, photos, and location.
  • iCloud+: Random, unique email address can be created with Hide My Email, useful for when you don't want to share your personal address. You'll also be able to create email addresses with a custom domain name.

The other upcoming features include changes to widgets, Apple ID, Maps, Home Screen pages, Wallet, Memoji, Mail, and more.

iOS 15 Supported Devices

Every device that runs iOS 14 can also install the upcoming version:

iOS 15 Compatible Devices
iPhone iPod
iPhone 12 Pro Max iPod touch (7th gen)
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 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (1st gen)
iPhone SE (2nd gen)

The Latest News About iOS 15

You can get more smartphone news from Lifewire. Here are some of the latest stories surrounding iOS 15:

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