Any day now, possibly as early as Monday May 16 or Tuesday May 17, Apple will almost certainly release its latest update for iOS 15 (unless a crisis must be averted).
Here are the best features we can expect in the update.
1. Classic Apple
This is the big problem. Apple bought the brilliant classical music app Primephonic in August 2021 and has been talking a lot about the importance of classical music lately. So the fact that the beta software for iOS 15.5 mentions something called Apple Classical comes as no surprise.
The exact nature of what this will mean has yet to be revealed. Will it be an entirely separate app or part of Apple Music? I guess it will be the same, but we’ll see.
More importantly, will this require a separate additional fee or will it be rolled into the $9.99 Apple Music fee? Or will it be another reason to encourage subscribers to upgrade to Apple One, with no distinct feel when you sign up for all the services?
I think Apple will want to bundle it into the same Apple Music subscription and pitch it as the best classical music streaming service in the world, which it probably will be, at no extra cost.
The groundwork for this is in the beta software, although the Classical app may not arrive yet.
2. Apple Pay Cash
It looks like smaller upgrades are coming to iOS 15.5, with the Request and Send buttons being spotted in the Apple Pay Cash beta in the Wallet app. With these buttons, Apple Pay Cash users can receive and send money from their Cash card.
3. External Website Links for Reading Apps
It seems likely that there will be updates under the hood dealing with, for example, purchases made outside of the App Store. Already, Apple has allowed developers of so-called playback apps like Spotify, Netflix and others to have what’s called an external link account right.
This sounds boring but could be important because it means a Netflix subscriber could follow the link to sign up for a subscription or manage an existing one. This will include disclaimers that if you subscribed to a subscription through an external link, it cannot be canceled through the App Store, only by dealing directly with the company.
There’s a slight upgrade coming for podcasts, enabling new settings so you can limit the number of episodes kept in your precious on-device storage and automatically delete older ones.
The Home app will be able to show Wi-Fi signal indicators for HomePods, which is actually more useful than it sounds, especially if you have more than one network in your home and one HomePod is passing through. invariably at the wrong time at the wrong time.
This new update is almost certain to arrive in the next few days. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s live.