5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 15.5 Update
Apple’s pushed its iPadOS 15.5 update to the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini.
iPadOS 15.5 is a milestone upgrade and it brings an enhancement to the Podcasts application and important security patches to iPad users.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through the iPadOS 15.5 update’s performance, the current list of iPadOS 15.5 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iPadOS 15.5 jailbreak status, and more.
- iPadOS 15.5 Reviews
- iPadOS 15.5 Problems
- iPadOS 15.5 Features
- iPadOS 15.5 Jailbreak
- What’s Next for iPadOS
We’ll start with a look at the iPadOS 15.5 update’s performance.
iPadOS 15.5 Review
If your tablet is currently running Apple’s iPadOS 15.4.1 update, iPadOS 15.5 requires a fairly large download.
If your iPad is running an older version of iPadOS, your download could be even bigger. That’s because the features and fixes from iPadOS update(s) you skipped are baked into your device’s version of the firmware.
The iPadOS 15.5 installation should take around 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on one of our older iPad Pro models.
For more on the iPadOS 15.5 download and installation, have a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iPadOS 15.5 update on an iPad Pro (2018) for several weeks and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working fine right now.
- GPS and cellular data are working normally.
- Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine.
- First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are stable.
- iPadOS 15.5 feels as fast and smooth as iPadOS 15.4.1 did.
If you’ve dealing with bugs or performance issues on iPadOS 15.4.1 or an older version of iPadOS, you should think about installing the iPadOS 15.5 update today.
iPadOS 15.5 Problems
iPadOS 15.4.1 is causing problems for some iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air users.
The current list of problems includes installation issues, Bluetooth issues, issues with first and third-party apps, abnormal battery drain, Face ID problems, Touch ID issues, and Wi-Fi issues.
If you run into bugs after installing the software, take a look at our fixes for the most common issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve your iPad’s performance and tips that could help you improve your iPad’s battery life.
If you can’t stand iPadOS 15.5’s performance on your iPad, note that you can’t downgrade to older iPadOS software.
Apple has stopped signing on iPadOS 15.4.1 which means you can’t move your iPad’s software back to the previous version of iPadOS in an effort to improve its performance. Unfortunately, you can’t move your iPad’s software back to anything older than iPadOS 15.4.1 either.
This means those of you jumping up from iPadOS 15.4.1 and below should proceed with caution. Once you make the move to iPadOS 15.5, there’s no going back to your current version of iPadOS.
iPadOS 15.5 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) almost always bring a mix of enhancements and fixes to iPad users and that’s what you’ll get from iPadOS 15.5.
The iPadOS 15.5 change log notes the software brings a change to Apple Podcasts. The app now includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPad and automatically delete older ones.
It’s also worth noting that Apple has removed the beta tag from its Universal Control feature. Universal Control arrived on board iPadOS 15.4 earlier this year.
iPadOS 15.5 also carries 27 security patches on board and you can learn more about those over on Apple’s security site.
iPadOS 15.5 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 15.5 update.
The developer teams behind the Checkra1n and unC0ver jailbreaking tools have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iPadOS 14, but they aren’t compatible with iPadOS 15.
Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 15.6 update and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of its public release. We don’t have an official release date yet, but we expect it to stay in testing until July.
iPadOS 15.6 is a milestone upgrade which means it should deliver a mix of enhancements, security patches, and bug fixes for lingering issues.
For more on iPadOS 15.6 and the beta, have a look at our walkthrough. For more about the iPadOS 15.6 release date, check out our guide.
Apple’s also working on its new iPadOS 16 operating system and it’s currently in beta testing ahead of its official release later on this year.
We expect iPadOS 16 to arrive alongside new iPad Pro models in the fall. If you don’t want to wait, you can download the iPadOS 16 beta onto your device right now.
Install iOS 15.7.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7.5 update right away.
iOS 15.7.6 has several security updates on board. These patches are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. For more details, head here.
As for older updates, the iOS 15.7.5 update patched up actively exploited vulnerabilities making it an extremely important upgrade for your iPhone. To learn more about them, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.4 brought important security fixes to older iPhone models as well. If you want to learn more about these changes, check out Apple's guide.
iOS 15.7.3 also brought a batch of security patches to iPhone. You can learn more about these changes right here.
iOS 15.7.2 brought numerous patches along with it. For more about them, head over to Apple's website for more details.
iOS 15.7.1 update brought 17 security patches with it while iOS 15.7 delivered 11 security patches to iPhone. If you want a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more information.
If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board. 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 15.7.6 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 15.7.6 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.