Here's When You Can Download iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 [Now Available]

Update: iOS 15 is now available for download. See our iOS 15 release announcement, and our iOS 15 Roundup for a full breakdown of new features.



As announced at Apple's "California Streaming" media event on September 14, the public release of iOS 15 will be on Monday, September 20. iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 will be arriving on the same date, while a release date for macOS 12 Monterey has yet to be announced.

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While we know iOS 15 is coming on September 20, Apple has not specified exactly what time of day it will be released. We can, however, make an educated guess as to the release timing.

The most frequent time of day for Apple software releases is right around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. In some parts of the world, this corresponds to times early in the morning of the following day, and Apple's regional websites for some of these countries do list the release date as September 21 rather than September 20.

Based on this information, it seems very likely that iOS 15 will indeed be released right around 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, September 20. For the local time in your area, we've put together this list covering some major cities in time zones around the world:

  • Honolulu, Hawaii — 7:00 a.m. HAST
  • Anchorage, Alaska — 9:00 a.m. AKDT
  • Cupertino, California — 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Phoenix, Arizona — 10:00 a.m. MST
  • Vancouver, Canada — 10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Denver, Colorado — 11:00 a.m. MDT
  • Dallas, Texas — 12:00 noon CDT
  • New York, New York — 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Toronto, Canada — 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Halifax, Canada — 2:00 p.m. ADT
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — 2:00 p.m. BRT
  • London, United Kingdom — 6:00 p.m. BST
  • Berlin, Germany — 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Paris, France — 7:00 p.m. CEST
  • Cape Town, South Africa — 7:00 p.m. SAST
  • Moscow, Russia — 8:00 p.m. MSK
  • Helsinki, Finland — 8:00 p.m. EEST
  • Istanbul, Turkey — 8:00 p.m. TRT
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 9:00 p.m. GST
  • Delhi, India — 10:30 p.m. IST
  • Jakarta, Indonesia — 12:00 a.m. WIB next day
  • Shanghai, China — 1:00 a.m. CST next day
  • Singapore — 1:00 a.m. SGT next day
  • Perth, Australia — 1:00 a.m. AWST next day
  • Hong Kong — 1:00 a.m. HKT next day
  • Seoul, South Korea — 2:00 a.m. KST next day
  • Tokyo, Japan — 2:00 a.m. JST next day
  • Adelaide, Australia — 2:30 a.m. ACST next day
  • Sydney, Australia — 3:00 a.m. AEST next day
  • Auckland, New Zealand — 5:00 a.m. NZST next day

Apple has on occasion released software updates closer to 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time, but that does not line up with the information on Apple's Indian site, which specifies a September 20 launch. In order for that to be the case, a release would need to happen before 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Device Compatibility

iOS 15 is compatible with the same iPhones as iOS 13 and iOS 14, including older devices like the original iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. iOS 15 compatible devices are listed below.

  • ‌iPhone‌ 12 and 12 mini
  • ‌iPhone‌ 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • ‌iPhone SE‌ (2020)
  • ‌iPhone‌ 11
  • ‌iPhone‌ 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • ‌iPhone‌ XS and XS Max
  • ‌iPhone‌ XR
  • ‌iPhone‌ X
  • ‌iPhone‌ 8 and 8 Plus
  • ‌iPhone‌ 7 and 7 Plus

  • ‌iPhone‌ 6s and 6s Plus

  • ‌iPhone SE‌ (2016)

  • iPod touch (7th generation)

iPadOS 15 is compatible with all of the same devices that were able to run iPadOS 13 and iPadOS 14, which include:

watchOS 8 can be installed on Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, and Series 6 models, as well as the Apple Watch SE. It is not compatible with the original first-generation Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 1, or Apple Watch Series 2.

tvOS 15 is designed to run on the Apple TV 4K (1st and 2nd generation ) and the ‌Apple TV‌ HD (originally called the 4th generation ‌Apple TV‌). It is not compatible with earlier versions of the ‌Apple TV‌, as those models do not support tvOS.

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Mr. Dee Avatar
37 months ago
I don’t know why Macrumors insist on leaving out the Wakanda time.
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SnakeEater1993 Avatar
37 months ago
I am gonna wait till 15.1 as always.... No reason to hurry.
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HeavenDynamic Avatar
37 months ago
Remember when iOS 14 was supposed to drop at 10AM PT and they waited something like 3 more hours and we were wondering what the f was going on? Fun times
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CrazyMacUser Avatar
37 months ago
Will it make my device slower? I can't wait for an upgrade that would make it faster.
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fbr$ Avatar
37 months ago
It's kind of frustrating that the Files app on iPadOS 15.0 didn't get much attention from Apple. I still can't:
- set the Files app to show file extensions (like .pdf, .js, .pages etc)
- set which default app to open each specific file type
- use tabs (like those that already exist in iOS/iPadOS Safari)

And to make things worse, now on iPadOS 15.0 Files app when I quick look a .pdf file there is a thumbnails left column that I can't disable. It's like the one that exists on macOS Preview, but of course on Preview I can disable it.

It's a shame that I have to go to a third-party app like PDF Expert just to read my pdf files because the native iPadOS Files app is very bad.
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jwolf6589 Avatar
37 months ago

The main thing I'm hoping for is that iOS 15 will fix reception issues... ?
Thats carrier related.
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