After entering into development in April 2022, iOS 15.5 is now available for all users. Here are the new iOS 15.5 features coming to the iPhone.
Apple is rolling out iOS 15.5 for all users. The update comes just before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2022, scheduled to take place next month. At the event, Apple is expected to reveal the iOS 16. While the Cupertino-based tech giant could announce the first preview of the iOS 16 at the event, it may release the operating system later this year along with the new iPhone. Last year, Apple launched the iOS 15 at WWDC 2021, but at first, only the iPhone 13 had the new operating system.
iOS 15.5 is the successor to iOS 15.4, launched in March 2022. The iOS 15.4 came out with headlining features, including Face ID with a Mask and Universal Control. While the former allows users to unlock their iPhone using FaceID while wearing a mask, the latter enables them to use the same set of input devices (keyboard and mouse) to control a MacBook and an iPad simultaneously.
Apple started testing the iOS 15.5 in April 2022. As seen in the beta version of the operating system, Apple was expanding the ‘SportsKit’ framework, improved the Apple Cash card with ‘Send’ and ‘Request’ buttons, and worked on the new Apple Classical app. However, not all additions have made it to the final build of iOS 15.5, released by Apple on May 17, 2022. To download the latest version, head over to the ‘Settings’ app, tap on ‘General,’ then ‘Software Update’ to see if the update is available for your device yet.
What’s New In iOS 15.5?
First, Universal Control is out of beta with iOS 15.5. Next up, the iOS 15.5 comes with a new setting in Apple Podcasts that allows users to limit episodes stored on their iPhones and delete the older ones. It will help users manage their storage better as automatic deletion of older episodes will free up space. Previously, users had to delete episodes in Apple Podcasts manually. Another significant improvement in the iOS 15.5 is that Apple Cash users will now be able to send and request money from others. Another feature included by Apple (not mentioned on the official Support page) allows users to sign up for a service from the Reader apps out of the App Store. For the uninitiated, Reader apps are applications like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu and more that provide access to either audio or video content.
Apart from this, the company mentions that it has fixed two errors related to the failure of home automation triggered by people arriving or leaving and the unexpected shutdown of the iPhone SE (3rd Gen). Further, Apple is still working on its SportsKit, is expanding the Communication Safety feature for iMessage to regions like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK, and has reintroduced the Apple Music API in the latest iOS version. The iOS 15.5 update also contains about 20 security fixes for Safari 15.5 and tvOS 15.5, as mentioned on the Apple support site. While the issues were not critical, users should still update to the latest version of iOS on their iPhones and iPads.
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