iOS 15.5 is here: the new iPhone features that Apple just released


Apple’s latest iOS update has arrived. After a developer beta phase, iOS 15.5 is now publicly available for download on your iPhone (here’s what you need to know before installing iOS 15.5 on your phone). The operating system hasn’t changed too much since iOS 15.4, but it does bring some small upgrades and improvements to the apps that lay the groundwork for bigger iPhone updates in the future (perhaps in the form of iOS16). Instead of more important new features like Universal controliOS 15.5 brings updates to Apple Cash, Photo Memories, and the Podcasts app, to name a few.

Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 15.5 launch.

iOS 15.5 release date

Apple released iOS 15.5 on Monday, May 16, alongside iPadOS 15.5.

How to download iOS 15.5?

You can download iOS 15.5 by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. The 15.5 update is around 630MB.

apple money

The biggest functional change in 15.5 is the inclusion of “Send” and “Request” buttons for apple money. With these buttons in iOS 15.5, you can receive and send money directly from your Apple Cash card, saving you a few steps for these transactions.

Podcast app

A new feature in iOS 15.5 lets you change your podcast app settings to better manage your phone’s storage. The setting lets you limit the episodes stored on your phone and can automatically delete older episodes.

‘Sensitive places’ in Photo Memories

iOS 15.5 tweaks the Memories feature in Photos. Photos will no longer recommend memories of “sensitive places”, which Notes 9to5Mac are currently all linked to the Holocaust. Apple may expand this list of locations in the future.

iTunes Pass renamed Apple Balance

Another change includes the iTunes Pass for Wallet feature renamed Apple Balance. You will now find a separate card in Apple Wallet for Apple Balance, similar to how a credit card appears in your wallet.

classic apple

There is no Apple Classical app in iOS 15.5. But MacRumors found references to a new Apple Classical app in the 15.5 beta which appears to be endgame for Apple’s acquisition of classical music streaming service Primephonic Last year. Future iOS updates may include a standalone classical music app.

More support for SportsKit

iOS 15.5 also offers more support for SportsKit because Apple launches live baseball in its content catalog.

As you explore the changes coming to iOS 15.5, check out all the rumors we’ve heard about Apple iOS 16. We will also show you how to unlock your iphone while wearing a mask and the latest privacy features you should try. We also answer the question of when WWDC, Apple’s developer conference could happen, where we await the first look of iOS 16.

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