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Here we go, the last update of iOS 15, almost certainly, before attention turns to iOS 16. Unless there’s a hiccup, of course, we can never rule those out.

It’s not a big update, but it has some neat features and it’ll download quickly. Some of the features have leaked already, but here’s what made the cut in the general-release software. Here’s how to get it and what’s in it.


Make Forbes your destination for all-things iOS. Stay ahead of the curve with Anthony Karcz when each version hits public beta. Read full details of what’s in the release from me the moment it lands. Kate O’Flaherty looks at the security considerations of each new release. And then read Gordon Kelly’s analysis of whether you ought to install or wait.


Which iPhones can run iOS 15.5?

If you have a device that runs iOS 14, you’re in luck. Impressively, Apple has ensured that every iOS 14-capable iPhone runs iOS 15, too. That’s quite the achievement, stretching back across every device released in the last six years. That’s every iPhone from the iPhone 6s onwards and includes all three generations of iPhone SE, including the new model which goes on sale this Friday.

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For iPads, you’re good to go with iPadOS 15.4 if you have any iPad Pro, any iPad Air from iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or newer and iPad from the fifth generation onwards. This includes the iPad Air fifth generation which is on sale from Friday.

How to get it

Updating couldn’t be simpler: open the Settings app on the device and then choose General, then Software Update. Once you’ve clicked on Download and Install, it’ll do everything for you. Within a few minutes, it’ll be good to go. On an iPhone 13 Pro Max coming from iOS 15. 4.1, it was all done and dusted in under 15 minutes.

What’s in the release

Well, first of all, what’s not. It had been assumed, after analysis of some of the beta code, that the long-awaited Apple Classical, the dedicated app or part of Apple Music, whichever it turns out to be, would appear with iOS 15.5.

Don’t lose heart, it could still arrive with the release of a new app or an update server-side to Apple Music. The groundwork has been laid, so it could be here any time. Just not yet.

Wallet now enables Apple Cash customers to send and request money from their Apple Cash card, as predicted.

Then there’s Podcasts, with gentle adjustments to make the experience smoother by limiting how many episodes can be downloaded to spare you precious storage.

The Apple Messages update that lets parents the ability to let their children see warnings about nudity in messages is in this update in some regions, for instance, the U.K.

And there’s a fix for an issue for home automations, where if someone arrived or left, certain automations could fail. That’s sorted, Apple says.

With so few details, it may seem superfluous to list the changelog supplied by Apple but, for completeness’s sake, here it is…

iOS 15.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

· Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones

· Communication safety setting for Messages gives parents the ability to enable warnings for children when they receive or attempt to send photos that contain nudity

· Safety warnings in Messages contain helpful resources for children when they receive photos that contain nudity

· Fixes an issue where home automations, triggered by people arriving or leaving, may fail

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

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