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iOS 15: Release Date, Rumors, Features, and Supported Devices 2021

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iOS 15 is the upcoming operating system for iOS devices. Every update brings with it new features and fixes. Next to nothing is known just yet about what iOS 15 will bring, but we expect it to be incompatible with a few older iPhones and hopefully improves widgets, Siri, and other stock apps.

When Does iOS 15 Come Out?

The Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference is when we expect the announcement for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. It's been confirmed that WWDC 2021 will take place between June 7 and June 11, 2021.

Ach5's Release Date Estimate

If past iOS releases are anything to go off, the public will have access to the new software through an update a few months after the announcement, probably in September 2021. 

Want to download iOS 15 early, before the public release? Check out the Apple Beta Software Program for updates on when you can get it.

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 the update once it's here is through a wireless update to your phone.

The Latest News About iOS 15

You can get more smartphone news from Ach5. Here are some of the latest stories surrounding iOS 15:

iOS 15 Will Feature Dual Biometric Authentication and New Control Center DesigniOS 15 Rumored to Drop Support for iPhone 6s and 2016 iPhone SEThe History of iOS, from Version 1.0 to 14.0

iOS 15 Features

With an official announcement not expected before the summer, it's tough to dig up details just yet. However, leaks will undoubtedly surface as the release date nears, so we'll keep this page updated as we know more.

It's unlikely that a massive design overhaul will occur because iOS updates are traditionally relatively minor in the grand scheme. They are usually a bunch of small changes, though that doesn't stop Apple from doing something big this year.

Like most OS updates, we expect slight improvements and changes to Siri, notifications, and Apple's built-in apps like Maps, Notes, Settings, etc. The Translate app, for example, was first introduced in iOS 14; there's a good chance we'll see a big update like support for additional languages.

Since rumors say the iPhone 13 will get an always-on display, some lock screen elements might be shifted around or look different than they do now. The next iPhone is also rumored to support both Face ID and Touch ID—if true, iOS 15 will, of course, be updated to support the new biometric authentication system.

Another rumor swirling around is that widgets will be interactive in iOS 15. This update would make them a lot more like Android widgets where you can scroll, toggle elements, etc., and greatly expand what you're able to do from the home screen.

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iOS 15 Supported Devices

The supported devices will be crystal clear at release time, but the rumor is that of the devices that currently support iOS 14, five will be incompatible with iOS 15. The idea is that since these devices use an A9 chip or older, Apple, for performance reasons, is ending their eligibility to upgrade to the latest OS.

So what does this mean? iOS 15 will presumably not install on the iPhone 6s/6s Plus or 2016 iPhone SE. If true, it's also likely that iPadOS 15 won't work with iPad mini 4 (2015), iPad Air 2 (2014), or ‌iPad‌ 5 (2017).

Excluding yet-to-be-released devices like iPhone 13 that will run the latest iOS version out of the box, the following will most likely receive the v15 update:

iOS 15 Compatible DevicesiPhoneiPadiPodiPhone 12 Pro Max12.9" iPad Pro (2015+)iPod touch (7th gen)iPhone 12 Pro10.5" iPad ProiPhone 12 mini9.7" iPad ProiPhone 1211" iPad Pro (2018+)iPhone 11iPad Air 4iPhone 11 ProiPad Air 3iPhone 11 Pro MaxiPad 8iPhone XSiPad 7iPhone XS MaxiPad 6iPhone XRiPad mini (5th gen)iPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusiPhone 7iPhone 7 PlusiPhone SE (2020)