usually indicates WWDC to an updated operating system version and Keynote was no exception. Introduced Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and his friends The latest version of iOS And there’s plenty of new features to come: FaceTime improvements, much better mapping, new notifications, fancy things you can do with your photos, help when you need that focus, and a wallet that can collect official papers (i.e. your driver’s license and different keys).
But all these things are not available now. The public release is likely to be in September, around the time Apple unveils the next generation of iPhones. If you’re the tech-savvy type, there are ways you can get iOS 15 a little earlier. We have them all below.
Can my iPhone run iOS 15?
Even if your old iPhone is still on, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can handle iOS 15. If you have one of these iPhones, you’re in good shape and can use the update.
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE (first generation)
Become an Apple Developer
If you want to be the first to try any software updates from Apple, do Join the Apple Developer Program. The program is designed for application developers – individuals and companies. But anyone can join for $99 a year. A cautionary note, though: Since you have an early version of iOS, you’ll run into more bugs than just minor annoyances you’re used to on stable versions of iOS. The whole point of the developers who own the software is to test it with their apps, so you may find that some of your apps become unusable or lose some information. Make sure you are comfortable with that before signing up. Or install the dev version on a second non-primary iOS device.
If you want to get involved in iOS development and trial early, consider the public beta. Some of your existing apps may not work with the operating system and you may lose data, but if you want to give it a try, there is no fee to join. The goal of the public beta is to find developers bugs that have not yet been discovered. If you are an iOS fan, this could be an interesting side project. Especially if you have an older iOS device, you can upgrade using buggy software. Sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program, which is scheduled to launch for iOS 15 in July.
Once the stable version is ready to run, you can either wait for your phone to remind you with a popup alert that iOS 15 is available, or you can force a manual update. (Before updating, it is always better to backup your data.)
Go to Settings > General > Software Update and select Download and Install.
Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and select Download and Install.
If your iPhone has a passcode, you will be asked to enter it. Agree to Apple’s terms and then…wait. You will see the required update on the screen, which means that Apple has added you to its download queue. Once the download starts, you will see the time estimate bar at the top; How long you will wait depends on how many people are trying to upgrade. Your phone will then need to restart, which may also take a few minutes.
If there isn’t enough space on your iOS device, you’ll get a message asking to remove apps temporarily. Press Continue and the apps will be restored when the installation is finished. If you have trust issues, tap Cancel and remove the apps manually before going back to the update.
If you need your phone during the day, there’s also an Install Tonight option, which will do just that – install iOS 15 while you sleep, provided your device is charging.
You can also turn on automatic updates. Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates.
Your iOS device will then automatically update to the latest version of iOS overnight when it is plugged in and connected to a Wi-Fi network.