Monday, Sep 20, 2021, 19:52 iOS: Software

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Released - Here's What's New

The time has finally come: After about three months of beta testing with eight pre-release versions and one release candidate, Apple has just released the major system updates for iPhone and iPad. Those who are quick to decide can now trigger the software update in the system settings and proceed with the update. As always, it is advisable to make a backup beforehand - in the (rather unlikely) event that something goes wrong when upgrading to iOS 15. If you do not see the update yet, we recommend a few minutes of patience. Updates do not appear for every device at the same time.

System requirements iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
Compared to iOS 14, Apple did not drop any devices from the list of supported devices, which is why the 2015 and 2016 iPhone series will still receive a major update. In the case of the iPad, it requires at least an iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad 5th generation or an iPad Pro. However, you will need a newer model for some features.

  • FaceTime: 3D audio, SharePlay, conferencing via browser and more
  • FaceTime: Conversation Boost
  • Live text/text analysis in photos
  • Big new version of Safari with grouped tabs and more
  • Better content recognition in photos
  • Drag & drop across apps


  • iCloud Private Relay (beta for now)
  • Siri with offline voice commands (A12 and newer)
  • US only: ID and driver's license in Wallet
  • Revamped weather app with new animations
  • Settings for data access after user's death


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  • Apple Health with many new features
  • Camera app: reduction of lens flares in photos
  • "Shared with you" - bring order to media sent to you
  • Maps: Better maps, 3D views and navigation features


  • iPad: More RAM available for apps
  • iPad: Files app with macOS-like features
  • iPad: Better multitasking, fast notes, Swift Playgrounds

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