Apple has iOS 15.5 arrived and it’s an extremely important update, but not for the reasons you might expect. So should you upgrade? Here’s everything you need to know.
Tip: Bookmark this page as I will update it if/when new issues are found. I will give my final verdict in a week.
For whom is that?
Apple iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 have been released for all iOS 15 compatible devices, i.e. iPhone 6S (2015) and newer and iPad Mini 4 (2015) and newer. I must warn you that there is now Concerns about delays in the automatic update processhence it is best to trigger it manually by navigating Settings > General > Software update. If you’re using newer beta software (see The Road Ahead section at the end) you’ll need to do this Deregister your device before the update comes out.
Note: This guide does not focus on older iOS updates or iPadOS, but I will address relevant topics in these guides.
The deal breakers
Jailbreakers, nothing has changed. Unc0ver and checkra1n If you continue to be stumped by iOS 15 and critical security updates in this update (spoilers), I would suggest you change priorities and upgrade.
For everyone else, the first 24 hours are promising. I’ve seen isolated reports from upgraders bad network receptionwake up screen fails to make calls and missing FaceTime notifications So far there hasn’t been any dynamic around any of them. Reddit and Apple Support Communities are also quiet.
As always, I’ll continue to monitor this as more users upgrade.
So what do you get?
Apple’s official iOS 15.5 release notes are as follows:
– Apple Cash customers can now send and request money from their Apple Cash card with Wallet
– Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to restrict episodes saved on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones
– Fixes an issue where home automations triggered by people arriving or leaving could fail
Unsurprisingly, the release notes don’t mention the biggest news in iOS 15.5: the new Macs have leaked their beta code. Expect big news from Apple here at WWDC on June 6th.
That being said, the potentially transformative introduction to iOS 15.5 is the ability to now receive money through Apple Cash, not just send it. This could have a big impact on small businesses, booth vendors, etc. It’s also useful for getting friends/family members to pay off their debts fast!
And yet, the number one reason why you should upgrade to iOS 15.5 is security. The official iOS 15.5 security page unveiled no fewer than 34 security patches. The good news is that there are no known “zero-day” vulnerabilities (bugs that hackers actively exploit before a fix can be released), but there are a variety of affected areas including: graphics, memory, Apple Notes, Shortcuts, WiFi and WebKit (the engine that powers Safari) and Safari Private Browsing.
Apple iOS 15.5 Verdict: Upgrade
Despite one Dumpster Firestart, iOS 15 is now a very sophisticated platform. Few releases in the past few months have had any serious issues, and iOS 15.5 looks like another solid entry on this list, as Apple shuts it down ahead of iOS 16.
For the most hesitant, you can bookmark this guide. I will continue to update it with any relevant bugs or features I find and you will have my final verdict here in a week.
Along the road
At the time of publication, Apple has yet to release a new beta version of iOS 15, and although several “minor point” versions (iOS 15.5.1 etc.) are likely to launch from iOS 16.
And we’ll see that soon. Apple will unveil iOS 16 at WWDC 2022, which begins June 6, and early leaks suggest it will hope can be great. Developer and public betas will follow, although reports claim test builds more flawed than normal what can delay this.
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