Apple Seeds Seventh Betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the seventh betas of iOS and iPadOS 15 to developers for testing purposes, with the updates coming one week after Apple released the sixth betas.

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Registered developers can download the profile for the iOS and iPadOS betas from the Apple Developer Center, and once the profile is installed, beta updates will be available over the air.

iOS 15 is a major update that introduces a slew of new features focused on cutting down on distractions and spending more time with friends and family.

FaceTime has a revamped interface with new SharePlay features for listening to music, watching videos, and sharing your screen with your friends and family members, though this is delayed until after the launch of iOS 15. In Messages, if something like a url, photo, news article, or song is shared with you, you can see the content in Apple's dedicated apps through a new Shared With You Feature.

Focus lets you create custom notification modes that hide irrelevant apps and notifications when you're doing things like working or spending time with your family so you can better focus on the activity at hand, and there's a new notification summary that de-prioritizes less important notifications so you're not constantly inundated with information.

Maps includes a new 3D view in select cities that lets you see 3D landmarks, there are immersive AR directions when walking, and driving directions are better than ever, especially at complex interchanges.

Safari has been redesigned with a new look that moves the Tab Bar to the bottom of the interface (though this is optional), plus it now supports Tab Groups for improved organization, and extensions can be used in Safari for iOS devices for the first time. Later this year you'll be able to add your ID card to the Wallet app in some U.S. states, and Apple is making it easier to add key cards for hotels, smart home locks, and more to the Wallet app.

Spotlight is better than ever and can bring up more tailored search results, and Photos has a "Live Text" feature that lets you take a photo of something with text like a receipt to translate it into typed text on your iPhone. ‌Photos‌ can also identify landmarks, books, plants, and pets, so you can snap a photo of a plant and get information on what it might be.

Apple has also added multiple privacy improvements, such as a new App Privacy report coming to the ‌iPhone‌ that will let you know how often apps access sensitive info like your location, a Mail feature that hides your IP address, and Siri processing that's done on device.

For a complete overview of everything that's new in iOS 15, we have a dedicated roundup that walks through all of the new features, and Apple has been adding feature refinements throughout the beta testing period. The sixth beta, for example, overhauled the design of Safari and added a toggle to disable changes introduced in earlier betas.

Related Roundup: iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Rated Comments

sniffies Avatar
17 months ago
I'm glad it's out, but macOS betas have fallen behind.

C'mone macOS beta!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghostface147 Avatar
17 months ago

We're getting close!!!
Yup, getting those weekly releases now.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bulbousnub Avatar
17 months ago
Would like to see a new macOS beta and Universal Control please
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PBG4 Dude Avatar
17 months ago

Tim Cook: "The Mac is in our DNA" ROTFL
They haven’t figured out what new function to remove from the next beta yet.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saturnine Avatar
17 months ago

Focus related: does anyone else think it’s crazy you can’t set a default for Focus sharing in messages. In settings you can toggle if read receipts are sent by default or not and then within individual conversations you can toggle it on or off. But this option isn’t available for Focus, it just shares and you have to manually toggle off for individual conversation.
I still don't understand why there isn't an option to allow notifications from all apps 'Except' when in a focus mode. Basically I want a mode that allows me, with the push of a button, to get rid of notifications from Teams, Outlook and two or three other work related apps for when I'm off duty.

Allowing the other 200 apps individually and remembering to add new ones as I install them is not a viable option.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PeeWee1963 Avatar
17 months ago

Would like to see a new macOS beta and Universal Control please
Tim Cook: "The Mac is in our DNA" ROTFL
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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