iOS 15.5 Is Almost Here!

At present Apple despatched out the ultimate Launch Candidate (RC) variations of iOS 15.5 and its associated OS updates to builders, signaling the upcoming public availability of the following huge iOS 15 level launch.

Particularly, Apple has seeded iOS 15.5 RC (19F77), iPadOS 15.5 RC (19F77), macOS 12.4 RC (21F79), watchOS 8.6 RC (19T572), and tvOS 15.5 RC (19L570). Whereas Apple doesn’t provide an open developer beta of its HomePod Software program, a HomePod 15.5 RC has additionally gone out to its non-public testing program members.

With every of the releases, Apple notes that “The time period “Launch Candidate” (RC) replaces “GM seed” and signifies this model is close to remaining.”

Ordinarily, these “near-final” variations are an identical to what in the end will get despatched out to the general public.

The aim of the Launch Candidates is to ensure there aren’t any show-stopping bugs, however that’s very hardly ever occurred within the historical past of Apple’s working system releases. So, it’s a protected guess that the identical construct numbers will seem throughout the subsequent week or two for the general public releases of iOS 15.5

Though it’s not strictly crucial, Apple possible desires to get iOS 15.5 and the remaining put to mattress in time for this yr’s Worldwide Builders Convention (WWDC), the place it’s anticipated to unveil the primary developer previews of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply that iOS 15.5 would be the final main level launch within the iOS 15 household. At one time, it was fairly unusual to see new iOS releases after WWDC. Nonetheless, that’s modified in recent times. In 2020 and 2021, iOS 13.6 and iOS 14.7 noticed July releases. Apple took that even additional with iOS 13.7 and iOS 14.8 arriving in September — solely days earlier than the following full iOS model was publicly launched.

It’s not even honest to say that that is the tip of recent options for iOS 15 customers. In 2020, iOS 13.6 added Automotive Key for BMW homeowners, and the July 2021 launch of iOS 14.7 added help for Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack plus Apple Card Household and new HomePod timer controls within the Dwelling app.

What’s Coming in iOS 15.5?

In comparison with earlier iOS 15 level releases, a lot of the modifications in iOS 15.5 are anticipated to be comparatively minor and are centered primarily round Apple Pockets and Apple Pay:

  1. Apple is including underlying help for its new Faucet to Pay on iPhone function. It’s nonetheless not clear if this may launch earlier than iOS 16, however since Apple is already making some items of it accessible to builders, it could bear a restricted rollout sooner, very similar to Automotive Key confirmed up in iOS 13.6.
  2. In Messages and Apple Pockets, the Apple Pay Money card has been rebranded as “Apple Money” all through. Whereas it’s not particularly linked to iOS 15.5, Apple additionally lately switched the Apple Money card from Uncover to Visa Debit.
  3. Now you can ship and request cash out of your Apple Money card in Apple Pockets.
  4. There’s help for a brand new Apple Account Card to exchange the older “iTunes Go.” That is anticipated to be an Apple Pay model cost card that can be utilized to spend present playing cards and Apple ID account balances inside Apple’s retail shops. There’s no phrase but on whether or not it will likely be able to launch with iOS 15.5, and it’s not talked about anyplace within the launch notes.
  5. Apple Podcasts affords a brand new setting to restrict what number of episodes are saved in your system and mechanically delete older ones.
  6. Apple notes that iOS 15.5 additionally features a repair the place dwelling automations normally triggered by individuals arriving or leaving might typically fail.

The modifications in watchOS 8.6 are a bit extra mundane until you reside in Mexico, the place Apple is lastly including help for the ECG app and irregular coronary heart rhythm notifications. Whereas it’s absolutely not Apple’s fault that it took this lengthy, Mexico remains to be very late to the occasion on this one.

Lastly, macOS 12.4 provides the identical new setting to Apple Podcasts present in iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5, plus a brand new “iOS” 15.5 replace for the Studio Show firmware that “refines digital camera tuning, together with improved noise discount, distinction, and framing.”

There’s no phrase on when these iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS updates shall be accessible to most of the people. Nonetheless, barring any issues, Apple usually pushes out the general public launch one to 2 weeks after the Launch Candidates exit to builders.

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