Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 15.2 update for iPhone and the software is currently in beta testing.
iOS 15.2 is official and the software will bring a batch of new features, bug fixes, and enhancements to iPhone users around the world.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 15.2 release date yet and it could be weeks before it touches down. If you don’t want to wait for the official release, you can try an early version of the software on your iPhone right now.
With iOS 15.2 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next major iOS 15 update for the iPhone.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through the iOS 15.2 update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 15.2 release date and release time, information about the iOS 15.2 beta, and more.
iOS 15.2 Beta
If you want to start using iOS 15.2 on your iPhone right now you can do so.
Apple’s pushed an iOS 15.2 beta to developers which means those enrolled in the company’s developer program can download a pre-release version of the firmware right now.
The company’s also pushed the iOS 15.2 beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. A developer account requires an annual fee while the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. Most people should go with the public iOS 15.2 beta.
Before you download the iOS 15.2 beta, note that pre-release software is typically always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your iPhone’s battery life, and its overall speed which can make it tricky to use as a daily driver.
You should be able to fix some problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.
If you can’t stand the iOS 15.2 beta’s performance on your iPhone, you can downgrade back to iOS 15.1.1 (iPhone 13/iPhone 12 only) or iOS 15.1. The downgrade path to older iOS firmware is permanently closed.
Apple is currently on iOS 15.2 beta 3.
iOS 15.2 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 15.2 release date and the software will likely stay in testing for several weeks as Apple and testers poke and prod it for issues.
At this point, we expect the release to land in November or December after the company releases a few more betas.
iOS 15.2 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 15.2 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on the date it chooses.
The official version of iOS 15.2 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right away.
Apple will also release iOS 15.2 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install new iOS 15.2 betas, or the official version of iOS 15.2, right away.
iOS 15.2 Features: What’s New
Apple’s milestone updates almost always bring new features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements to iPhone users and that’s what you should get from iOS 15.2.
Developers are digging through the iOS 15.2 beta and they’ve found some significant changes on board. Among them:
- App Privacy Report.
- Improvements to Emergency SOS.
- New communication safety features.
- Dedicated Store tab in TV app.
- Legacy Contacts.
- Always-On Dark Mode for CarPlay Maps.
- “Items That Can Track Me” in the Find My app.
- Hide My Email in Mail app.
- Toggle for Macro Mode (iPhone 13 Pro/iPhone 13 Pro Max)
- Search within a playlist for a song in Apple Music.
- “iCloud Private Relay” renamed to “Limit IP Address Tracking.”
- Tag can be renamed/deleted in bulk in the Reminders app.
- iOS no longer disables Face ID on the iPhone 13 series after a screen replacement.
One feature that won’t be on board iOS 15.2 is the ability to add your ID to the Wallet app.
Apple initially said this feature would arrive before the end of 2021, but it has been now been pushed into early 2022 meaning it won’t arrive on board iOS 15.2. Needless to say, it’s not available in the iOS 15.2 beta.
Apple could add, or subtract, from iOS 15.2’s change log during the beta period so keep an eye out for changes as the beta makes progress.
iOS 15.2 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 15.2 beta.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 15.2 beta. They haven’t released one for the official version of iOS 15 yet and that release may not come for awhile.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
Install iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 15.1 update right away.
iOS 15.1 has important security patches on board and they'll help protect your phone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
Apple's iOS 15.1.1 update for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 doesn't come with any known security upgrades on board. That said, if you missed iOS 15.1, you'll get its security patches when you move your iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 to iOS 15.1.1.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.1.1/iOS 15.1 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. The company will add a new App Privacy report feature in the next version of iOS 15 that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information.
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