iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 released with updates to Wallet, Podcasts and bug fixes

Apple has released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 software updates for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software updates contain new changes for Wallet and Podcasts apps, alongside a few bug fixes. Before this final release to the general public, Apple released four beta updates and one release candidate to testers.

iOS 15.5

What’s new in iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5?

Even though there’s a major update to the version number, iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 are relatively minor software updates. The only changes included in this update are for the Wallet app, with support for allowing Apple Cash customers to send and request money, and a new Podcasts app setting that allows users to set a limit on the number of episodes that can be stored on an iPhone or iPad.

A minor bug fix is also available for home automation which would not trigger as expected.

Here are the complete iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 release notes from Apple: 

iOS 15.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

– Wallet now enables Apple Cash customers to send and request money from their Apple Cash card
– Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones
– Fixes an issue where home automations, triggered by people arriving or leaving, may fail

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

In the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, iOS 15.5 update also adds support for Communication Safety in Messages. Read our article on how to enable “Communication Safety in Messages” for children’s safety.

There were some undocumented changes also find in iOS 15.5 which included an API that lets third-party Apple Music apps control playback speed, blockage of “sensitive locations” for Memories in Photos app, and references to Apple Classical app, which has yet to be officially announced.

iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 compatible devices

The following devices are compatible with this software update:

  • 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)
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later

Download iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5

The updates are available over the air and can be downloaded by going to Settings > General > Software Update on a compatible device.

If you’re looking to download the IPSW firmware files and clean install iOS 15.5 or iPadOS 15.5, you can download the iOS 15.5 IPSW files, and use Finder or iTunes to restore them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. These firmware files are downloaded directly from Apple’s servers and can be used to either upgrade a device or restore it. This is only recommended for advanced users, as the over-the-air updates are sufficient for most users.

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