Apple has released iPadOS 15 and iOS 15 beta 1 to developers. The update features massive design and usability improvements, along with enhancements focused on productivity and a distraction-free experience.
The update includes new updates for FaceTime, Messages, Maps, Notifications, Weather, Wallet, Safari, Health, and more. A new ”do not disturb’ feature called Focus is also part of this release which helps reduce distractions and notifications across Apple devices. The update also features new on-device intelligence improvements, advanced Spotlight search features, and improvements to Siri.
iOS 15 beta 1 and iPadOS 15 beta 1
You can check our detailed coverage of iOS 15 announcement and a feature-by-feature breakdown below:
- Focus and new notifications features in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey
- Messages in iOS 15: Shared with You, better integration with other Apple apps and more
- FaceTime in iOS 15: Spatial Audio, SharePlay, cross platform calls and more
We will continue to update this list over the coming days as we dive deep into the humungous list of new features that Apple announces for iPhone and iPad at WWDC 2021.
iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 compatible devices
iOS 15 beta and iPadOS 15 beta are compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone 6s and later
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air 2 and later
- iPad 5th generation and later
- iPad mini 4 and later
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Some of the devices in this list are 6 years old yet Apple is still supporting them.
Upgrade to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 beta
As both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 beta are currently available only for developers, they might have stability issues. If you are aware of the risks or have a secondary device, you can register with Apple Developer Center ($99/year) and download the beta profile by visiting the website from your iPhone or iPad.
Once the profile is downloaded to your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings and install it. You will be asked to restart your device. Once done, go to Settings > General > Software Update and you will see the new iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 beta for download. Before starting the download process, make sure that your device has at least 50% battery charge, and is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network.
Alternatively, you can also install the new beta update by download the IPSW file from Apple Developer Center to restore it to your iPhone and iPad. Connect your device to a Mac or Windows PC using a cable, open up the Files app (in macOS) or iTunes (in Windows), and restore the IPSW file by clicking on the restore button while holding down the Option key (or Shift key on Windows). This will let you select the IPSW file that you just downloaded.
Enjoy the new beta!