iOS 15

Apple's next-generation iOS operating system, preview expected on June 7.

By MacRumors Staff
iOS 15

iOS 15 - What We Expect

Apple is working on the next update to the iOS and iPadOS operating systems that run on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch at its headquarters in Cupertino, California.

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There are months to go before the new iOS updates are unveiled, so we don't know too much about what to expect from iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 at this time, but we'll be updating this roundup as details about the new operating system leak out, and what we've heard so far is outlined below.

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According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, iOS 15 will include an updated Lock Screen, plus new privacy and notification features.

Notification Updates

Users will be able to set different notification preferences based on current status, so if you're awake for example, you may get notifications with sound, while sound might be disabled if you're sleeping.

Users will be able to choose categories like driving, working, or sleeping, plus there will be an option to create custom categories for handling notifications in different ways. The menu options for choosing a mode will be available on the Lock Screen and in the Control Center.

Apple is also adding new options for setting automatic replies to incoming messages based on these statuses. The only currently available auto-reply option works when driving but not in other situations.


There are updates to iMessage in the works, though specifics are not available at this time. Apple is said to be aiming to better compete with WhatsApp.


Apple will add a new menu that shows which apps are silently collecting data from users, with Apple aiming to increase device privacy even further.

iPadOS Additions

For the iPad, Apple is planning to introduce a new Home Screen for the iPad. Users will be able to place widgets anywhere on the Home Screen, and an entire app grid will be replaceable with widgets.


Rumors suggest that the iOS 15 update will drop support for the 2016 iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus. That would mean the update will be available on the following devices:

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus originally launched in 2015, while the first-generation iPhone SE came out in 2016, so it would not be a surprise to see the new update drop support for these older iPhones.

There's no word yet on which iPads will be able to run iPadOS 15, but if iPadOS 15 drops support for chips older than the A10, it will be incompatible with the iPad mini 4 (2015), iPad Air 2 (2014), iPad 5 (2017), which are equipped with A8, A8X, and A9 chips, respectively.

Release Date

iOS 15 will be previewed at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference, which will take place from June 7 to June 11. Apple will hold a keynote event on June 7 where iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8 will be shown off.

WWDC 2021 will be a free digital-only event open to all developers, much like the 2020 event. Apple will provide labs, sessions detailing new features, and opportunities for developers to interact with Apple engineers.

After being previewed at WWDC, the software will be provided to developers for testing purposes, and later in the summer, the public beta testing group. When beta testing has finished in the fall, iOS 15 will see a public launch alongside new iPhones.

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