Apple’s released a new iOS 15.7 update for iPhone.
iOS 15.7 is a milestone upgrade though it’s much smaller than your average milestone release. It doesn’t carry any known bug fixes or features on board.
If you want to skip Apple’s new iOS 16 update for the time being, you have the option to move to iOS 15.7. It’s unclear if this will be the final version of iOS 15 or if Apple will continue to push iOS 15 firmware to devices like the iPhone SE and iPhone 7. Neither device is compatible with iOS 16.
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 walkthrough we’ll take you through iOS 15.7’s changes, the software’s current performance, iOS 15.7 problems, the iOS 15.7 jailbreak status, and more. We’ll start with some thoughts on iOS 15.7’s performance.
iOS 15.7 Review
If your iPhone is currently running iOS 15.6.1, you’ll see the smallest download size.
For iOS 15.6.1 users, the iOS 15.7 download will be around 350 MB. You can expect a similar size for other iPhone models running the previous version of iOS 15.
The exact size of the iOS 15.7 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 iOS updates you skipped.
If you’re moving up from iOS 15.6.1, the installation process should take 10 minutes or less to complete. It took about six minutes to install on an iPhone 12 Pro.
We’ve been using iOS 15.7 on an iPhone 12 Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about the software’s performance thus far:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- 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.
- iOS 15.7 currently feels as fast as iOS 15.6.1
If you’ve been dealing with bugs and/or performance issues on iOS 15.6.1 or an older version of iOS 15, you might want to install the iOS 15.7 update on your iPhone today.
If you need help making a decision about an upgrade to iOS 15.7 check out our reasons to, and not to, install the software on your iPhone right now.
iOS 15.7 Problems
The iOS 15.7 update is causing problems for some iPhone users. Some problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iOS 15.
The current list of iOS 15.7 problems includes abnormal battery drain, installation issues, UI lag, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, and issues with first and third-party apps.
If you do encounter a problem on iOS 15.7, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common issues. 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 if you encounter it.
Apple recently stopped signing on iOS 15.6.1 which means you can’t move your iPhone’s software back to the previous version of iOS 15 in an effort to improve your iPhone’s performance. You can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 15.6.1 either.
Keep this in mind if you’re having a good experience on iOS 15.6.1 or older. Once you make the move to iOS 15.7, you won’t be able to get back.
For more on the downgrade process, check out our guide.
iOS 15.7 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) typically bring new features, enhancements, security patches, and bug fixes to iPhone users. iOS 15.7 isn’t your typical milestone upgrade.
iOS 15.7 improves security and it brings 11 new patches to compatible iPhone models. You can learn about those changes over on Apple’s security site.
iOS 15.7 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 15.7 update.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with iOS 15.7 update today or at any point in the near future. If you still jailbreak, keep an eye out for new information.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
Again, it’s unclear if iOS 15.7 will be the final version of iOS 15. Apple could choose to push additional versions of iOS 15 but that hasn’t been confirmed.
The company’s also released its new iOS 16 operating system and the software is currently available to download right now if you own a compatible iPhone model.
Install iOS 15.7 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7 update right away.
iOS 15.7 brings 11 security patches along with it. If you want to take a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website.
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.
Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 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.
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