Apple’s iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 will officially launch on September 20, 2021, but you can test them out right now in the public beta if you’re willing to risk running into any bugs. Here we explain the steps to install the software. It’s a similar process for the iPhone and iPad, but we’ve created separate sections for each operating system.
As expected, Apple announced the release date at its September event, where it also showcased the new iPhone 13, iPad Mini with USB-C charging, and more.
Before we get started, here’s the usual word of warning about installing unfinished beta software: These releases might seem stable for general use, but they might contain a few bugs. Your experience may differ from others depending on the apps you use. And finally, if you decide to install, I suggest you back up your device data, in case things go wrong.
What are the new features in iOS 15?
Some new features coming to iOS 15 include FaceTime updates, messages, notifications, privacy controls, and more. For example, FaceTime will support spatial audio and mirror the location of the speaker to the screen, with a new voice isolation capability that can remove background noise. Other changes for FaceTime include the ability to share music and videos during calls and invite Android users to a FaceTime call with a shareable link.
SharePlay, which will allow people to enjoy streaming entertainment together at the same time, was one of the most anticipated features of iOS 15, but Apple recently decided that it won’t be coming to the final version of iOS. 15 launched on September 20. Instead, it will arrive later in the fall of 2021.
What devices are supported by iOS 15?
Here is the list :
- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
- iPhone X, iPhone XR
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone SE (first and second generation)
- iPod Touch (seventh generation)
How to install the iOS 15 beta
- Go to the Apple Beta Software Portal from your phone’s Safari browser and agree to sign in with your Apple ID.
- Select “Enroll your devices” from the drop-down menu at the top right of the web page, if it doesn’t automatically route you there.
- Select “iOS,” which is the leftmost option on the next page. This will display a reminder to make sure you’ve sent a backup of your phone’s content to your macOS computer, in case you need to revert to a previous state.
- Scroll down until you find a button that says “Download Profile,” and then tap it. This will display a warning that the website is trying to download a configuration profile. Select “Allow”. You will get a pop-up stating that you can set the new profile from the Settings app.
- Open the Settings app. A new section titled “Uploaded Profile” should be added near the top. Select it and you will have access to download the beta software. You may need to restart your phone for the profile to activate.
- Congratulations, you did it!
What new features come with iPadOS 15?
This year’s version of iPadOS makes the Home screen more customizable and makes split-screen multitasking easier. The App Library feature introduced in iOS 14 last year has made its way to this new iPad software. Additionally, many of the features Apple brings to iOS 15 are also coming to the tablet lineup, including more spatial sound for FaceTime, portrait mode, and SharePlay, which lets you watch TV or listen to music. with others who are on the call. Chris Welch has written all about the new features here, including a section on how the iPadOS 15 “backs off for another year on” pro “demands,” delivering features that will appeal to people more generally rather than consumers. professional level users.
What devices are supported for iPadOS 15?
Here is the list :
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first to fifth generation)
- 11-inch iPad Pro (first to third generation)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (fifth to eighth generation)
- iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation)
- iPad Air (second to fourth generation)
How to download the beta version of iPadOS 15
- Go to the Apple Beta Software Portal from your iPad’s Safari browser.
- Click “Enroll your devices” at the top of the web page (you may have to scroll horizontally to find it).
- Click on “iPadOS,” which is the option which is second from the left on the next page. This will reveal a reminder to take a backup on your macOS computer first in case you need to revert your operating system to a previous state.
- Scroll down until you find a button that says “Download Profile,” and select it. This may display a warning that the website is trying to download a configuration profile. Select “Allow”. You will get a pop-up stating that you can set the new profile from the Settings app.
- Open the Settings app and a new section titled “Downloaded Profile” should be added at the top. Select it and you should have access to download the beta software. You may need to restart your iPad first.
- Finally, if nothing prompts you to start the download, open the Settings app, go to General, and then search for “Software Update” to install the beta software.
Updated September 15, 2021, 2 p.m. ET: This article was originally published on June 30, 2021 and has been updated to add new information about iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
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