The new iPhone update isn’t feature-rich and you probably won’t even find any changes, but it contains several improvements that are meant to appease regulators.
- Apple is rolling out a new iOS 15.5 update for eligible iPhone users.
- This update isn’t very user-oriented, but the improvements are meant to appease regulators.
- The iOS 15.5 update is around 600-700MB in size and can be installed immediately.
Apple has released a surprise update for the iPhone. The new iOS 15.5 update is now available to all users with an eligible iPhone. The new iPhone update isn’t feature-rich and you probably won’t even find any changes, but it contains several improvements aimed at placating regulators who aren’t happy with Apple’s in-app purchase system on iOS.
Although it’s more focused on under-the-hood optimizations, iOS 15.5 still brings some improvements. For example, the Apple Wallet app now has a pair of buttons that allow Apple Card users to quickly send or receive money with just one click. The Apple Podcasts app will not allow you to limit the number of episodes of a podcast series that will be automatically downloaded. There are also various bug fixes in the update that will refine the experience. Apple said in the release notes that the bug affecting home automation has been fixed in this update.
Here are Apple’s full release notes for iOS 15.5:
- iOS 15.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
- Wallet now lets Apple Cash customers send and request money with their Apple Cash card
- Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones
- Fixes an issue where home automation, triggered by people arriving or leaving, may fail
Apple’s new iOS 15.5 doesn’t offer a lot of consumer-facing features, but according to 9to5Mac, this release does contain references to something called “external purchases.” This indicates that Apple is working on giving some apps the ability to offer an external payment system to users. — which is in line with changes to the App Store announced by Apple last month. iOS 15.5 lays the foundation for this capability, which means the next update might bring it. Apple has announced that it will allow certain apps to connect to external payment services after coming under intense scrutiny from regulators around the world. Apple has been accused of dominating the ecosystem’s payment system as well as charging hefty 30% fees on every transaction. South Korea and the Netherlands have already ordered Apple to start offering its users more payment options for digital in-app purchases.