Apple has confirmed a new iOS 15.5 update for iPhone and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of its official release later this year.
iOS 15.5 is a milestone upgrade, meaning the firmware will likely bring more than just bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users. It should also offer new features.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the release date of iOS 15.5 yet, so it’s unclear where the firmware will officially arrive. If you don’t want to wait for the stable release, you can try an early version of the software on your iPhone now.
With iOS 15.5 in the works, we want to let you know all about the next big iOS 15 update for iPhone.
In this walkthrough, we’ll take you through the known changes of the iOS 15.5 update, what to expect from the iOS 15.5 release date and time, information about the iOS 15.5 beta, and more.
iOS 15.5 beta
If you want to start using iOS 15.5 on your iPhone, you can do so right now.
Apple has pushed the beta version of iOS 15.5 to developers, meaning those enrolled in the company’s developer program can now download a pre-release version of the firmware.
The company has also pushed the beta version of iOS 15.5 to those who are enrolled in the Beta software program† A developer account requires an annual fee, while the beta software program is free to anyone with a compatible device and a working Apple ID.
Before downloading the iOS 15.5 beta, keep in mind that pre-release software is usually always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues can affect the performance of your core apps, your iPhone’s battery life, and its overall speed, making it a pain to use as a daily driver.
You should be able to fix some issues yourself, but some bugs and performance issues will likely require a fix from Apple.
If you can’t stand the performance of iOS 15.5 beta on your iPhone, you can downgrade back to iOS 15.4.1. The downgrade path to older iOS firmware, such as iOS 15.4, has been closed.
Apple is currently running on iOS 15.5 beta 4.
Release date iOS 15.5
Apple hasn’t confirmed the release date of iOS 15.5, so it’s unclear when the software will roll out.
At the moment, we expect the official release to come sometime in May, ahead of WWDC 2022 in early June. Apple will announce iOS 16 at its keynote address on June 6.
To learn more about the iOS 15.5 release date, see our guide.
iOS 15.5 release time
We don’t have an official release date for iOS 15.5 yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll out the software on its chosen date.
The official version of iOS 15.5 will most likely arrive in and around 10 a.m. Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to appear, so don’t worry if you don’t see new software right away.
Apple will also release iOS 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 this timeline in mind if you plan to install new beta versions of iOS 15.5 or the official version of iOS 15.5 right away.
iOS 15.5 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (xx) almost always bring new features, improvements, security patches and bug fixes to iPhone users and that’s what you should get from iOS 15.5.
Developers are digging through the iOS 15.5 beta and they’ve found a few tweaks. They include: the request and send buttons in the Apple Pay section in Wallet, a iTunes Pass rebrand in Wallet, a change to Apple Pay where it’s now called Apple Cash in the Messages app, support for apps with external purchasesthe reintroduction of an Apple Music API allowing third-party music apps to change the playback speed in the app, Apple Pay support for Bancomat and Bancontact, and a notification for critical alerts in the Home app. The latest beta version of iOS 15.5 also blocks “Sensitive Locations” for reminders in the Photos app.
It’s a relatively minor update so far. Apple may add to or subtract from the iOS 15.5 beta as testing progresses, and we’ll let you know if there are any differences between the beta and the final release.
iOS 15.5 Jailbreak
If you’re still jailbreaking, make sure to avoid the iOS 15.5 beta.
We do not expect developers to release a tool that is compatible with the iOS 15.5 beta. They haven’t released one yet for the official version of iOS 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 . brought 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 ignore 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’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
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.