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iPadOS 15 is a major update to iPadOS that was developed to succeed iPadOS 14. It was announced on June 7 at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference and was released on September 20, 2021.[2]

New features[]

Newly announced features include:[2][3]

  • SharePlay feature allows shared viewing of video or listening to music with friends during FaceTime calls.
  • 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.
  • Widgets can be dragged from Today View to the Home Screen.[4]
  • Low Power Mode is introduced for the first time to supported iPad models.[5]

Earlier development[]

In Spring 2021, Apple began beta testing its new anti-tracking privacy feature to shield user information from websites.[6] However, this feature was already deployed with the release of iPadOS 14.5 on April 26, 2021.[7] Facebook reportedly planned to file a lawsuit against Apple's tracking feature changes as "unfair".[8]

Supported devices[]

Contrary to early reports,[9] 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.[10]

Release history[]

Version Build Release date Notes
15.0 beta 19A5261w 2021-06-07 1st developer beta.
15.0 19A346 2021-09-20 First official public release.
15.0.1 19A348 2021-10-01 Bug fix for storage space reported in Settings.
15.0.2 19A404 2021-10-11 Bug fixes.
15.1 19B74
19B75
2021-10-25 Adds SharePlay and Live Text.[11]
15.2 19C56
19C57
2021-12-13 Adds App Privacy Report, Apple Music Voice Plan, Apple ID Legacy Contacts, and Hide My Email in iCloud Mail.[12]
15.2.1 19C63 2022-01-12 Bug fixes.[13]
15.3 19D50 2022-01-26 Bug and security fixes.[14]
15.3.1 19D52 2022-02-10 Security fixes.[15]
15.4 19E241 2022-03-14 Adds Universal Control, new emoji, and Magic Keyboard brightness control.[16]
15.4.1 19E258 2022-03-31 Bug fixes.[17]
15.5 19F77 2022-05-16 [18]
15.6 19G71 2022-07-20 [19]
15.6.1 19G82 2022-08-17 Security fixes.[20]
15.7 19H12 2022-09-12 Security fixes.[21]
15.7.1 19H117 2022-10-27 Security fixes.[22]
15.7.2 19H218 2022-12-13 Security fixes.[23]
15.7.3 19H307 2023-01-23 Security fixes.[24]
15.7.4 19H321 2023-03-27 Security fixes.[25]
15.7.5 19H332 2023-04-10 Security fixes.[26]
15.7.6 19H349 2023-05-18 Security fixes.

References[]

  1. iPadOS 15.7.6 (19H349), Apple Developer. 2023-05-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 WWDC 2021 — June 7 by Apple, YouTube. 2021-06-07.
  3. Apple Introduces iPadOS 15: First Look at New Features by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors. 2021-06-07.
  4. Apple previews new iPad productivity features with iPadOS 15, Apple Inc. 2021-06-07.
  5. Apple brings low power mode to Mac and iPad by Christian Zibreg, iDownloadBlog. 2021-06-11.
  6. Apple's anti-tracking privacy feature arrives in next iOS beta, launches in spring by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider. 2021-01-28.
  7. What's in iOS 14.5 by Karen Haslam, Macworld. 2021-04-26.
  8. Facebook is reportedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple by Kris Holt, Engadget. 2021-01-28.
  9. iOS 15: Apple to drop support for iPhone 6s and SE by Mikael Markander, Macworld. 2021-01-25.
  10. iPadOS 15 coming to all iPads supported by iPadOS 14 this fall, here’s the full list by José Adorno, 9to5Mac. 2021-06-07.
  11. iPadOS 15.1 (19B75), Apple Developer. 2021-10-25.[DEAD LINK]
  12. iPadOS 15.2 (19C56/19C57), Apple Developer. 2021-12-13.[DEAD LINK]
  13. iPadOS 15.2 (19C56/19C57), Apple Developer. 2021-12-13.[DEAD LINK]
  14. iPadOS 15.3 (19D50), Apple Developer. 2022-01-26.[DEAD LINK]
  15. iPadOS 15.3.1 (19D52), Apple Developer. 2022-02-10.[DEAD LINK]
  16. iPadOS 15.4 (19E241), Apple Developer. 2022-03-14.[DEAD LINK]
  17. iPadOS 15.4.1 (19E258), Apple Developer. 2022-03-31.[DEAD LINK]
  18. iPadOS 15.5 (19F77), Apple Developer. 2022-05-16.[DEAD LINK]
  19. iPadOS 15.6 (19G71), Apple Developer. 2022-07-20.[DEAD LINK]
  20. iPadOS 15.6.1 (19G82), Apple Developer. 2022-08-17.[DEAD LINK]
  21. iPadOS 15.7 (19H12), Apple Developer. 2022-09-12.[DEAD LINK]
  22. Apple Releases iPadOS and iOS 15.7.1 With Important Security Fixes by Juli Clover, MacRumors. 2022-10-27.
  23. iPadOS 15.7.2 (19H218), Apple Developer. 2022-12-13.[DEAD LINK]
  24. iPadOS 15.7.3 (19H307), Apple Developer. 2023-01-23.[DEAD LINK]
  25. iPadOS 15.7.4 (19H321), Apple Developer. 2023-03-27.[DEAD LINK]
  26. iPadOS 15.7.5 (19H332), Apple Developer. 2023-04-10.[DEAD LINK]

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