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The new iOS 15 is here — how to update your Apple iPhone or iPad to the latest software

Following the launch of the iPhone 13 last week, Apple has now released the latest version of its mobile operating system⁠—iOS 15.

iOS 15 has been described as one the most incremental iOS upgrades in years. While it doesn’t make a significant difference to your smartphone experience, there are a few minor improvements and new features that will help you get more out of your device.

You don’t even have to upgrade iOS 15 to enjoy the incremental changes. If you’re happy with iOS 14 and want to stick with it, you can⁠—Apple will continue to provide you with vital security updates.

If you want to be up-to-date with the latest iOS features, this guide will show you how to get them.

iOS 15 is out - here's how to update
The new iOS 15 is described as the most incremental in years, but does add some nice new features

New features: Focus mode, notifications, live text, and more

The biggest visible change with iOS 15 has been to notifications. You can combine lower-priority notifications, and schedule them once per day. Notifications now feature contact photos and app logos.

iOS 15 also adds a ‘Focusmode, which lets you organise different apps and notifications into profiles such as ‘work’, ‘sleep’ or ‘home’, each with their own home screen. This will allow you to have more control over your phone’s activities and what you see each day.

There are many new camera features in the iPhone 13. The latest iOS update is proof of this. It uses AI to recognize live text and handwriting in photos, and the camera app. The camera can be used to look at different objects, such as landmarks or artworks.

If you’re a bit ahead of your friends and family when it comes to gadgets, you’ll be pleased to hear that FaceTime can now be used on Android and Windows devices without any need for an Apple account. You will only need to share a link to join the call, just like Zoom and Google Meet.

There’s a few other upgrades: Safari has been redesigned, there’s enhanced multitasking, and Siri can now be used offline, which means a major boost to both privacy and speed.

How to install iOS 15 on iPhone or iPad

First, backup your data and pictures using iCloud. Then…

  1. Open ‘Settings’ on your iPad or iPhone
  2. Tap ‘General’
  3. Choose ‘Software update’
  4. You’ll be presented with an iOS 15 page. Hit ‘download’ to proceed.
  5. Follow the prompts, and your phone should be set up.

iOS 15 is out - here's how to update
Make sure you backup your phone to iCloud before updating

iOS 15 is out - here's how to update
You can easily install iOS 15 via your phone settings menu if you haven’t received a notification

Even if you haven’t nabbed one of Apple’s shiny new iPhones, this soft update to iOS allows some features to mature and refines others. This update is not going to be a judge on you.

The new iOS 15 is here — how to update your Apple iPhone or iPad to the latest software
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.


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