iPadOS 15 is the next major update to iPadOS that is in development to succeed iPadOS 14. It was announced on June 7 at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference and is scheduled to be released in Fall 2021.
- SharePlay feature allows shared viewing of video or listening of music with friends during FaceTime connections.
- Focus settings allow users to block distractions while working or doing other activities.
- New summary feature for Notifications.
- Live Text automatically recognizes written or printed text in images or photos that can be converted into selectable text.
- Redesigned Safari interface.
- Updated Maps with improved 3D models and AR support.
- More Privacy controls.
- Redesigned Notes app.
- Siri requests can be processed entirely within iPads with an Apple A12 chip or later.
In Spring 2021, Apple began beta testing its new anti-tracking privacy feature to shield user information from websites. However, this feature was already deployed with the release of iPadOS 14.5 on April 26, 2021. Facebook is reportedly planning to file a lawsuit against Apple's tracking feature changes as "unfair".
Contrary to early reports, iPadOS 15 will support all previous models that could support iPadOS 13 or 14. Features that require newer hardware, such as spatial audio will be disabled in older models.
- iPad (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th generation)
- iPad Air (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation)
- iPad mini (4th, 5th generation)
- iPad Pro (all models)
- WWDC 2021 — June 7 by Apple, YouTube. 2021-06-07.
- Apple Introduces iPadOS 15: First Look at New Features by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors. 2021-06-07.
- Apple previews new iPad productivity features with iPadOS 15, Apple Inc. 2021-06-07.
- Apple's anti-tracking privacy feature arrives in next iOS beta, launches in spring by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider. 2021-01-28.
- What's in iOS 14.5 by Karen Haslam, Macworld. 2021-04-26.
- Facebook is reportedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple by Kris Holt, Engadget. 2021-01-28.
- iOS 15: Apple to drop support for iPhone 6s and SE by Mikael Markander, Macworld. 2021-01-25.
- iPadOS 15 coming to all iPads supported by iPadOS 14 this fall, here’s the full list by José Adorno, 9to5Mac. 2021-06-07.