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5 Things to Know About the iOS 15.7.2 Update

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Apple’s released a new iOS 15.7.2 update for iPhone and the software brings some important changes to iPhones still lingering on iOS 15.

iOS 15.7.2 is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. It’s not available for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone SE 3, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, or iPhone 13 series.

Like the previous version of iOS 15, iOS 15.7.2 is a point upgrade. It’s a small release focused on patching up security issues. With that in mind, we want to take you through everything you need to know about Apple’s latest iOS 15 update for the iPhone.

In this guide we’ll walk you through iOS 15.7.2’s changes, the software’s current performance, iOS 15.7.2 problems, the iOS 15.7.2 jailbreak status, and more. We’ll start with some quick thoughts on iOS 15.7.2’s performance.

iOS 15.7.2 Review

If your iPhone is currently running iOS 15.7.1, you’ll see the smallest iOS 15.7.2 download size.

The exact size of the iOS 15.7.2 download depends on your iPhone model and the version of iOS it’s currently running. If your iPhone is running an older version of iOS, you may see a bigger download because your update comes with the changes from the updates you skipped.

If you’re moving up from iOS 15.7.1, the installation process should take 10 minutes or less to complete. It took about six minutes to install on an iPhone 7.

We’ve been using iOS 15.7.2 on an iPhone 7 for several weeks now and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working normally.
  • GPS and cellular data are both stable.

App Performance

  • Third-party apps including Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine at the moment.
  • First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are also stable.

Speed

  • iOS 15.7.2 currently feels as fast as iOS 15.7.1.

If you’ve been dealing with bugs and/or performance issues on iOS 15.7.1 or an older version of iOS 15, you might want to install the iOS 15.7.2 update on your iPhone today.

If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 15.7.2 update on your iPhone right now.

iOS 15.7.2 Problems

iOS 15.7.2 is causing problems for some iPhone users. Some of problems are brand new and others have carried over from older versions of iOS 15.

The current list of iOS 15.7.2 problems includes weird battery drain, installation issues, UI lag, issues with Touch ID, and issues with first and third-party apps.

If you encounter a problem on iOS 15.7.2, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 15 problems. We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your phone’s performance and some tips that could help you fix bad iOS 15 battery life.

Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 15.7.1 which means you can’t move your iPhone’s software back to the previous version of iOS 15 if iOS 15.7.2 starts causing problems. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 15.7.1 either.

Keep this in mind if you’re having a good experience on your current version of iOS 15. Once you make the move to iOS 15.7.2, you won’t be able to get back.

For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.

iOS 15.7.2 Features

Apple’s point upgrades (x.x.x) are typically focused on patching up issues and that’s exactly what iOS 15.7.2 brings to older iPhones.

The official change log notes the update brings important security patches to iPhone users and you can learn more about those over on Apple’s security site.

iOS 15.7.2 doesn’t have any known features or bug fixes on board.

iOS 15.7.2 Jailbreak

Developers have finally released a tool that’s compatible with iOS 15 and iOS 16, but it only works with select iPhone models.

The new palera1n jailbreak is based on checkm8 and it works with all versions of iOS between iOS 15.0 and iOS 16.2. Currently, it only works with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

There aren’t a ton of tweaks available yet and there are some caveats, but at least a jailbreak option is now available to those who still love to jailbreak.

What’s Next

It’s unclear if iOS 15.7.2 will be the final version of iOS 15. Apple could choose to push additional versions of iOS 15 in 2023, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

It looks like it won’t push additional iOS 15 upgrades to iPhone 8 and later going forward. That being said, we could still see releases for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, and iPhone SE down the road.

The company’s released its new iOS 16 operating system and the software is currently available to download right now if you own a compatible iPhone model (iPhone 8 and later).

For more about the iOS 16 update, take a look at our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 16.3 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 16.3 for Better Security

Install iOS 16.3 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.3 update right away.

iOS 16.3 brings 12 new security patches (including one for the Weather app) with it and you can learn more about all of those right here

In addition, the software comes with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.

If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.3. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site

The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide

If you decided to hold off on installing iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.

If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.

If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.

If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.

iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others." 

The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.

Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks. 

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