APPLE is due to unveil a major update for the iPhone as the company enters the final days of preparation for one of its biggest annual events.
Expected to roll out worldwide this summer, iOS 15 is rumoured to be adding some handy new features to your Apple handset.
What is iOS 15?
Apple periodically releases software updates for iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones around the globe.
As well as bug fixes and the patching of security holes, the downloads add new features that Apple’s engineers have been working on.
The latest major update due for release is iOS 15.
We’re expecting Apple to give us a preview of the update during its WWDC 2021 conference, which kicks off on June 7.
The Cupertino firm typically unveils a handful of new features and tools that it’s working on during the annual event’s keynote presentation.
Engineers then spend the next few months making tweaks and building other features ahead of the software’s release in late summer.
iOS 15 release date
It’s unclear precisely when Apple plans to release the update to general users, though it’s heavily rumoured to be rolling out in September.
Generally, Apple launches an iOSx update once a year around the time it releases the latest iPhones.
The last major upgrade, iOS 14, dropped September 16, 2020, while iOS 13’s release date was September 19, 2019.
It’s safe to assume, therefore, that iOS 15 will arrive sometime in mid-September.
Of course, to make the most of iOS 15, you’ll need to download it once it’s been released by Apple.
The Cupertino firm will send a notification once the update is ready. To get it, head to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.
iOS 15 news and rumours
We still don’t know all that much about iOS 15, as Apple has even announced the software update yet.
According to Bloomberg, iOS 15 will include an updated Lock Screen, plus new privacy and notification features.
“The company is planning a new feature that will allow users to set different notification preferences, such as if the phone makes a sound or not, depending on their current status,” the site reported.
“The enhancement will come in the form of a new menu that lets users select if they are driving, working, sleeping or custom categories of their choosing.
“The menu will be shown on the updated Lock Screen and in Control Center, the iPhone and iPad’s menu for quickly accessing settings.”
The company is also said to be working on major updates to iMessage that will make it more like a social media platform, like WhatsApp.
We’ll likely know more on what to expect next week, when Apple is due to unveil a handful of key features during WWDC 2021.
The firm’s keynote address is scheduled for 1pm ET (6pm BST) on June 7.
As well as iOS 15, Apple is rumoured to be unveiling new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops during the online-only event.
Fans will also get their first look at the next update to the iPadOS operating systems that runs on Apple’s popular line of tablets.
You’ll be able to stream the WWDC keynote at apple.com, in the Apple TV app and on Apple’s YouTube channel.
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