iPadOS 15.5 is a landmark upgrade, meaning iPad users will likely get a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches.
We don’t have an official release date for iPadOS 15.5 yet, but iPad users who don’t want to wait can try a pre-release version of the software right now.
With iPadOS 15.5 in the works, we want to tell you all about Apple’s fifth milestone update for iPadOS 15 users.
In this guide, we’ll tell you about the changes of the update, give you information about the release date and release time of iPadOS 15.5, tell you about the beta version of iPadOS 15.5, and more.
iPadOS 15.5 beta
If you want to try out iPadOS 15.5 on your iPad now, you can.
Apple has pushed the beta version of iPadOS 15.5 to developers and those enrolled in the Beta software program† A developer account requires you to pay Apple money, while the Beta Software program is free for anyone with a working Apple ID and compatible device.
Before downloading the beta version of iPadOS 15.5 to your iPad, remember that pre-release software is usually plagued with bugs and performance issues.
These issues can affect the performance of your core apps, your iPad’s battery life, and overall speed, making beta software a less-than-ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some issues yourself, but some bugs and performance issues will likely require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official iPadOS 15.5 release.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance, you can downgrade back to older software, although Apple will only sign iPadOS 15.4.1. The downgrade path to older iPadOS updates, such as iPadOS 15.4, has been closed.
Apple is currently running on iPadOS 15.5 beta 4.
iPadOS 15.5 Release Date
Apple has not confirmed the release date of iPadOS 15.5. As of now, we expect the final release to come sometime in May, along with iOS 15.5 for iPhone and macOS Monterey 12.4 for Mac.
To learn more about the iPadOS 15.5 release date, see our guide.
iPadOS 15.5 release time
We don’t have an official release date for iPadOS 15.5, but we know exactly when Apple will roll out the software, any day.
The official version of iPadOS 15.5 will most likely arrive in and around 10 a.m. Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to appear, so don’t be surprised if your update shows up a few minutes after 10 a.m.
Here’s what to expect from the release time of iPadOS 15.5 in other US time zones:
- Eastern – 1:00 PM
- Central – 12 noon
- Mountain – 11AM
Apple will also release iPadOS 15.5 beta updates to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, also around 10 a.m. Pacific. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 15.5 betas or the official version of iPadOS 15.5 right away.
iPadOS 15.5 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (xx) almost always bring new features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements to iPad users, which is what you can expect from iPadOS 15.5.
Developers are digging through the iPadOS 15.5 beta and they’ve found some minor tweaks, but nothing substantial so far. At this point, it looks like iPadOS 15.5 will be a relatively minor upgrade.
If you’re interested in the details, check out our iOS 15.5 guide. We expect the two software updates to have a lot in common.
Apple may add or subtract from the iPadOS 15.5 change log during the beta period, so keep an eye out for changes as the beta progresses.
iPadOS 15.5 Jailbreak
If you’re still jailbreaking, avoid the iPadOS 15.5 beta.
We do not expect developers to release a tool that is compatible with the iPadOS 15.5 beta. They haven’t released one yet for the official version of iPadOS 15 and that release may be a while yet.
We’ll let you know when we know more.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.