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.
There are months to go before the new iOS updates are unveiled, so we don't know 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.
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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 is compatible with all iPads able to run iPadOS 14, it will run on the iPad Air 2, 3rd-generation iPad Air, iPad mini 4 and 5, 5th, 6th, and 7th-generation iPads, and all iPad Pro models.
iOS 15 will be previewed at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference, which we expect will take place in June. Exact dates for the event will be shared later in the year. Apple shared dates for the 2021 event in May, so we could see a similar timeline this year.
Last year's WWDC event started on Monday, June 22, which was later in the month than past events have been held. Apple could stick to the same late June date for 2021, or shift back to a date earlier in June as there are no unexpected changes this year.
The 2021 WWDC event will most likely be a free digital-only event open to all developers, much like the 2020 event. In prior years, WWDC was a physical gathering, but we do not expect large in-person events to be able to take place by June 2021.
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.