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We knew there were issues with iOS 15 that needed to be fixed. But while we knew Apple was on the case with iOS 15.1 – public beta versions are now live – today’s update comes as a surprise and promises to fix one of the more annoying issues. iOS 15 ships for the iPhone 13 series phones. To be fair to Apple, this patch comes exactly one week after the new iPhones went on sale. Fast.
Oh, and oddly enough, the update is coming to iOS 15 but no changes were needed for the Apple Watch which remains on watchOS 8.0.
Which iPhones can run iOS 15.0.1?
If you’ve got a device that’s running iOS 14, you’re in luck. Remarkably, Apple has ensured that every iOS 14 compatible iPhone will also run iOS 15. It’s a pretty stellar achievement, stretching back to every device released in the past six years.
It is now available for download on compatible iPhones, with iPadOS 15 for appropriate iPads. Phone compatibility dates back to the iPhone 6s, including the first and current editions of the iPhone SE, as well as the seventh generation iPod touch. The full list is: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, Phone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (second generation) iPhone SE (first generation) and iPod seventh generation.
For iPads, you are good if you have any iPad Pro, any iPad Air from iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or newer and iPad from the fifth generation.
How to get it
Go to the Settings app on the device, then choose General, then Software Update. Once you click on download and install, it will work like magic. This is a small update with some bug fixes in mind, so it shouldn’t take long.
What’s in the version
This is a very specific update designed to fix the very annoying issue that iOS 15 broke. If you’ve ever used your iPhone Face ID with a mask, you’ll know it’s difficult to remove your mask for the phone to recognize it’s you.
Unlocking with Apple Watch meant that if you had an Apple Watch on your wrist, the iPhone would speak to the watch to confirm that it is you. It was a fast, transparent and efficient system.
But iOS 15 broke it for many iPhone 13 users (me included). And since every iPhone 13 came with iOS 15 installed, there was no way to avoid this. This new update fixes things.
Additionally, an issue in the Settings app where an alert stating that the storage was full was displayed incorrectly has now been reportedly fixed.
And Audio Meditations could start a workout on Apple Watch, apparently, although I’ve never seen this. This has been sorted out now, hopefully.
Apple’s full changelog follows at the end of this article.
Released on Monday, September 20, the first version of iOS 15 is packed with innovations and upgrades. FaceTime the updates are some of the most comprehensive and in some ways the app is changing and becoming unrecognizable.
Apples messages has always been a powerful app, but now it’s been redesigned to make it easier for you to share things. Share a favorite piece of music in Messages and it will appear in Apple Music in a special Shared with you section. This new section will also be available in Safari, Apple News, Podcasts, Apple TV and Photos.
iCloud + is an addition to the services you get through iCloud but better and these premium services, iCloud + Private Relay, Hide My Email and Better HomeKit Secure Video are provided at no additional cost compared to your current iCloud subscription. Note that this means you have to pay for iCloud, it is not included in the 5GB free tier, only 50GB for 99c per month and above.
ICloud + private relay is one of the more extensive privacy features, although at the moment it’s only in beta. It’s an internet privacy service, which means you can connect to most networks more securely, according to Apple.
Hide my email along the same lines, meaning you don’t have to reveal your real email address in a form on the web, for example. Apple creates a random email address that it forwards to your inbox.
HomeKit Secure Video Recording in iCloud + allows you to connect to an unlimited number of security cameras, and none of the video footage counts for your iCloud storage.
Custom email domain is the other feature of iCloud + and means that if you have a domain that you control, once you’ve set up iCloud as the email provider for your domain, you can set up up to three personal aliases for your email address iCloud using your domain.
To concentrate takes do not disturb to the next level, letting you choose times, locations, and more for the specific ways notifications are delivered.
That’s not all when it comes to Notifications. These have also been redesigned, so that it can group them together, offer a summary of relevant items, and turn off notifications as you wish.
New features for Memoji include body language with everything from high fives to yoga poses now that upper body representations are included, along with new headgear and glasses. Oh, and if you want your Memoji to have eyes where each one is a different color, you can too.
Time has been upgraded. Apple bought the brilliant Dark Sky app some time ago and some of the granular detail in it can now be found on the Weather app. The app itself has been updated with significantly more realistic backgrounds and details of the next hour’s precipitation, a specialty of the starry sky.
Plans now looks stunning, at least in some cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London. Well where else do you need it? Joke. But it’s a good start with some wonderful improvements and additions. I’ll be honest, I don’t like the new Maps app icon, but here we are.
Safari is one of the biggest, thanks to the controversial overhaul that put the address bar at the bottom instead of the top. There was a lot of backlash against this and Apple did what it did by introducing natural scrolling on the Mac: it made it optional. If you like the simplicity of a tab bar at the bottom where you can scroll back and forth just with your thumb, then the new design is for you. Otherwise, the classic version is still there.
Live Text is another big problem. If there is text in the camera view, you can tap it to, for example, dial a phone number or copy text. And it can translate text in English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
Siri is certainly a capable voice assistant, but now it’s more private. With iOS 15, it can process speech on the device.
Other features will arrive in the weeks and months to come, such as Universal Control to iPadOS 15 which will let you control an iPad and a Mac from the same mouse and SharePlay which lets you share your screen while you listen. a song or a video, for example, with someone else. Stay tuned for these additions as they arrive.
Here is Apple’s full changelog for iOS 15.0.1.
This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone.
• Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch may not work on iPhone 13 models
• The Settings app may incorrectly display an alert that the storage is full
• Audio meditations may unexpectedly trigger a workout on Apple Watch for some Fitness + subscribers
For more information about the security content of Apple Software Updates, please visit this website: support.apple.com/kb/HT201222