Apple has just released the final version of iOS 15, the next major version of the operating system for the iPhone to the public. The iOS 15 update features Live Text — extracting text directly from your Camera, Focus mode, redesigned notification system, and more. Along with iOS 15, Apple has also released iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 for compatible iPad and Apple Watch models.
iOS 15 is a free download and works with all the iPhones compatible with iOS 14, i.e., the iPhone 6s or later, both generations of iPhone SE, and the most recent iPod touch model. Likewise, iPadOS 15 is compatible with all the iPads that supported iOS 14. These include all the iPad Pro models, basic iPad 2017 and newer, and a few others. Check out the compatibility list here.
iOS 15 brings a whole lot to the iPhone. Redesigned Safari and FaceTime apps, improved Spotlight search, offline Siri, Focus mode, and much more. Click here to know everything about iOS 15. iPadOS 15 brings new features like redesigned Home Screen, Quick Notes, all-new Safari, and much more. Click here to know everything about iPadOS 15.
How to Download and Install iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
All the updates released today – iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 — are free downloads. To install iOS 15 on your iPhone, follow these steps:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Next, select General → Software Update.
- Wait for the iPhone to check for the update.
- Tap Download and Install.
- You should now see Update Requested… This means you’re in the queue and the iOS 15 download should start soon.
The updates have just been released so if it isn’t available just yet, keep checking the Software Update section in your iOS or iPadOS settings. If you’re getting slow download speeds, then you’ll have to wait for some time as this is a big update (over 5GB) and a lot of people must be hitting Apple’s servers right now.