iOS 15 for iPhone is here: How to download and install Apple's software update right now

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New tweaks and features are available on iOS 15. 

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are now ready to be downloaded and installed on your iPhone and iPad, as Apple just made the new mobile software available. The software updates come with an array of new features for iPhones and iPads. For example, Apple added new FaceTime features that, for the first time, will let Android and PC users participate, and iMessage improvements that make it easier to track links and photos your friends have sent. The iPad is getting a complete home screen makeover, and multitasking is finally receiving the boost it's needed for years.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 come packaged into the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Mini, and its newest iPad and iPad Mini that Apple announced last week. All are available for preorder now. (Apple also announced the new Apple Watch Series 7 to go with them.)

Below, we'll explain how to install iOS 15 on your iPhone and iPadOS 15 on your iPad. But do make sure to get your devices ready before downloading the software -- we'll tell you how to do that. 

Make sure to clear out any clutter, such as photos and apps you don't need anymore, to free up storage on your phone. If you haven't done so recently, you'll also want to create a fresh backup so you don't lose anything important on your device. (Here's a guide that'll walk you through how to do it all.) Once you've done this, your phone and iPad will be ready for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

Now that the update is live -- Apple launched it around 10 a.m. PT today (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST) -- you can install it much like any other software update. It's a good idea to have your device plugged into a charger to ensure that the update doesn't drain the battery, and a strong Wi-Fi connection will help speed up the process without burning through your data plan. Bear in mind you may want to wait a little while -- here's why.

If you're eager to get going, on an iPhone or iPad, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select General

4. Under the Also Available section, tap Upgrade to iOS 15.

5. Select Download and install to begin the installation. You may be prompted to enter your passcode if you have one. 

Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, it will be running iOS 15. Follow the same steps with an iPad to update it to iPadOS 15.

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iOS 15 still has plenty to give

However, iOS 15 has seen some changes since its unveiling at WWDC. Safari has seen its new redesign mostly reverted back to iOS 14, and other features such as SharePlay and Universal Control now scheduled for a later release.

But this doesn’t mean that iOS 15 is a release to avoid - it’s certainly the opposite, with better privacy settings, a new weather app, and much more.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the five best features of iOS 15 that you’ll likely wonder how you managed without them.

This is a redesign that’s seen many variants since its announcement back at WWDC. While its user interface saw some huge changes, strong user feedback resulted in a final redesign that’s a mix of what came before, and what’s been refined in the months since WWDC.

By default, the address bar will be located at the bottom, making it much easier to reach with your thumb, while swiping to the left or right on the address bar will switch between any open tabs. But you can switch it back to its original position if you want Safari to look the same as it always has.

There’s also a new home screen that you can set a wallpaper to, which can also show any open tabs on your other Apple devices thanks to iCloud, alongside any suggestions of websites to check.

Tabs also see an improvement in Safari for iOS 15. Tab Groups can open up a collection of your favorite websites at once so you can check up on the latest news, without having to separately open a tab and navigate to the website. These are also synced across your Apple devices, similar to how individual tabs are synced, so you can open the same groups on your iPad.

Sometimes you may be at work or busy attending an event where you don’t want certain notifications to make you aware of something. This is where Focus redesigns how apps can let you know when you want them to. You can set up different Focus moments, so if you arrive in a certain location, or you open a certain app, the right Focus will be enabled, allowing you to read or complete a project in a curated way.

This feature also applies to Messages, so if someone sends you a picture for example, it will be delivered to your device, but not as a notification. Focus will let the recipient know that you’re busy, but they can bypass this to deliver it with a notification if it’s urgent. These Focus settings also apply to your other Apple devices, so any notifications will also be muted at certain times of the day if needed.

You can also set Focus to change your home screen when a certain scenario has been enabled. This can bring other apps to the forefront that you’ll most likely use for that period of time.

You may be on vacation and will want to visit a restaurant, but it’s in a language you don’t understand. By taking a photo of this in iOS 15, LiveText can tell what’s text in the picture, and can offer to translate it for you.

LiveText is a feature that can apply to all the photos you’ve taken so far, alongside when you’re facing your iPhone to an object in real time.

This is a topic that’s a big focus for Apple, and there’s plenty of new features in iOS 15 that showcase this.

There’s an App Privacy Report that gives you an overview of the installed apps on your iPhone that have used certain hardware features such as the camera or microphone, and whether an app has been trying to use any personal data.

When sending mail in iOS 15, your IP address is hidden, so recipients won’t know if their email has been opened or deleted.

iCloud+ is also a big tentpole for iOS 15, where Hide My Email which allows you to generate a random email alias so you’re protected from spam, similar to the Sign in with Apple feature that appeared in iOS 12.

There’s also a Private Relay feature, which can hide your IP address when browsing in Safari, but this will only be available in beta to try out once iOS 15 is released.

After the acquisition of Dark Sky in 2019, the Weather app is seeing a big redesign for iOS 15. There’s now notifications for rain, thunderstorms and snow, alongside new animations for all weather changes on the main screen.

There’s now a second window that can show you much more detail of your current location or other places, from the timing of sunsets and sunrise, to the probability of rain in the next hour.

There’s also maps integrated into the weather app, so you can check the forecast in various locations to see the status of air quality, precipitation and temperature.

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Everything you need to know about iOS 15: Release date, new features, supported devices

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The eight most interesting iOS 15 features to try on your iPhone right now

If you have an iPhone dating back to the iPhone 6s, then you'll be able to run iOS 15. And the new iPhone 13 will come with Apple's latest mobile operating system out of the box, meaning a lot of people will be able to give the new features a go. 

With that in mind, here are the eight features we think offer the most interesting changes for your iPhone.

Apple's video call app is expanding in scope to make it a more practical service, even for users without Apple devices. 

In iOS 15 you have the ability to create unique links for calls that you can access from Android or Windows devices as well as Apple gear. That could make FaceTime a more practical rival to Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Meet, since Apple's video chat app will no longer be platform-specific. Another pair of enhancements that will go well with this are the introduction of grid view and portrait mode video, allowing you to blur your background and see more participants at once.

The other big changes for FaceTime are the introduction of Spatial Audio, new machine learning-enhanced noise cancellation and wide spectrum audio. These should all combine together to provide natural-sounding conversations both on your end and for whoever you're calling.

If you wish that your iPhone wouldn't just overload you with notifications, iOS 15 is here to stop you getting distracted. Your notifications will now get sorted by importance, with your conversations going straight to the top, and others coming in afterward. You can also mute an app temporarily if it's giving you too many updates to deal with.

If you want a more tailored option, you can set up a Notification Summary, which delivers all the notifications from a selected group of apps all at once according to a customizable schedule. Now you can ask your phone to only bother you with emails a handful of times a day, or to distill all your social media notifications into a single evening digest.

The icons on notification banners are also larger, so it's easier to tell which app they're from, or which contact is messaging you. Taken together, these changes should help you have have a much easier time managing the various pings and alerts that you get on your iPhone every day.

Even with those notification changes, sometimes you just need some full-on concentration time with your phone. That's what Focus mode is for. It is set to expand Do Not Disturb's powers, giving access to similar settings but also letting you make it a much more tailored experience across all your Apple devices.

Focus lets you pick which contacts and apps can contact or notify you in certain Focus modes. The defaults are work, personal and sleep, although you can make your own profiles if you wish. You can also set different parameters for more urgent notifications, so you don't miss timely reminders or emergency notifications while other pings from the app remain quiet. Any contacts who try to contact you through the Messages app will be able to see if you're in Focus mode too, hopefully making them less likely to disturb you or to worry about why you're not replying.

Focus mode also allows you to set custom homescreens for different modes, with unique layouts of apps and widgets. With only the apps you need right there and then visible, you should be less tempted to check your social media or Amazon order status when you should be doing something more important, or to make sure you aren't tempted to open your emails once you've clocked out.

Words within your photos won't have to stay there with the new Live Text feature in iOS 15.

Your phone is now able to recognize text within photos, and let you copy/paste it elsewhere. It doesn't have to be images you've taken either, as LiveText works across other apps on your iPhone. You do need to have a phone with an A12 Bionic chip or later though, so anything older than an iPhone XR or iPhone XS won't be able to use this feature.

It's a fairly simple feature, but one that promises to have a lot of potential uses. Plus, it helps Apple catch up with Google Lens, an app present on Android phones that's already capable of doing this. If you are particularly curious about this feature, we already have a guide on how to use Live Text in iOS 15 so you can learn how to use it ahead of time.

Another feature Apple's borrowing from Google Lens is Visual Look Up, which adds the ability to visually search for items.

Whether you want to learn something about what's in front of you, or need to remember the details of the subjects of your holiday snaps, you can tap the icon on the image and then Siri will pop up with useful links. You don't need to have taken the image with an iPhone for this to work, the image just needs to be on your phone.

Our comparison of Visual Look Up to Google Lens yielded mixed results, but with a bit more work Apple will have a feature that can rival Google's for utility.

iPhones already make for some of the best gaming phones thanks to their combination of top quality displays, battery life and chipsets, plus the enviable selection of titles on Apple Arcade. However, Apple now offers developers a new boon for making games for iOS: an API for adding pre-set gaming controls.

With the help of customizable virtual controllers, play across multiple games large and small should become more and more consistent. It should feel better too, because these controls support haptic feedback just like the rest of the iOS interface.

The use of this feature is dependent on game devs actually using it, so it's not guaranteed that you'll see this unified controller in popular games straight away. We're still excited to see what this means for gaming on iPhones in the future though.

You keep more than just money, tickets and loyalty cards in your regular wallet, and Apple's working to make the iPhone Wallet app capable of holding a more diverse set of details.

Your iPhone is able to act as a valid form of ID for the TSA when traveling and within eight U.S. states (at least when the feature goes live — more states are coming later). Wallet will also be able to open certain brands of car, your hotel room door for specific hotel chains or be able to store corporate ID badges.

This feature again relies on third parties to take advantage of what Apple offers. Given the popularity of iPhones and the convenience that the new Wallet is offering, it likely won't be long before more companies and authorities will let you use your iPhone as an official ID or access method.

Apple's long-serving browser has been given a big makeover with iOS 15. Fortunately, it's optional if you don't care fo Safari's new look.

The new version of Safari turns the old top navigation bar into a bubble at the bottom of the screen, which offers a handful of options at your fingertips with more available with a long press of the bubble. This lets you navigate more easily with one hand and lets you see more of a webpage at once.

This is a well-intentioned change but one that's drastically different from the Safari you're used to. Happily Apple introduced the option to switch between the new and old styles of Safari in iOS 15, so you can decide which version you prefer.

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iOS 15 release date and time – what to expect from Apple’s latest iPhone update and when it’s out...

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The tech giant announced the major update to its operating system back in June and said it would be released sometime during "fall 2021".

Apple has confirmed that iOS 15 will be available to download from September 20.

And while we don't know an exact time of release, we can make educated guesses based on previous rollouts.

In the United States, we can expect the update to arrive around 10am PDT or 1pm EDT. That's roughly 6pm BST in the UK.

Once it's out, you can download the update by heading to your Settings app. Tap General > Software Update.

In addition to the major iPhone update, iPadOS 15watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 will also be arriving on Monday.

A release date for macOS 12 Monterey has yet to be announced.

One new iOS 15 features is called Focus and it's a tool that enables users to set different notification preferences depending on what they're doing.

You’ll be able to use a new menu to select if you’re driving, working, sleeping or a custom status of your choosing.

The menu will be shown on the updated lock screen and in Control Centre, the iPhone and iPad’s menu for quickly getting to settings.

Focus will even notify your iMessage contacts of your status to let them know why you're not responding to their texts.

Apple is also working on major updates to iMessage that will make it more like a social media platform, like WhatsApp.

One way it's doing this is by making it easier to manage and engage with the photos and news articles that your friends share through the app.

The Apple Photos and Apple news apps will have new areas that only store the content shared by your friends.

A number of the company’s other apps, such as Wallet, Safari, Apple Maps and Health, are also getting minor improvements.

FaceTime, for instance, will let you blur the background of your videos.

It'll give your video feed a similar effect to the Portrait mode available on the cameras of recent iPhones.

You'll also be able to upload your passport or drivers license to Apple Wallet, letting you check in at, for instance, airports using your phone.

Another new feature unveiled by Apple is designed to make it easier to show your friends what you're listening to or watching.

Called “Share Play”, it allows you to listen to music or watch a streaming app with members of a call, with the video synced up for all users.

Notifications are getting a new look, and will now be grouped into a helpful collection called Notification Summary.

Apple will use AI to figure out which notifications are most important to you. You can set which time of day you’d like to be reminded to read them.

Apple periodically releases software updates for iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone.

As well as bug fixes and the patching of security holes, the downloads add new features that Apple's engineers have been working on.

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In other news, Apple has finally revealed the new iPhone 13 series.

It also revealed the Apple Watch 7.

And, Apple users are being told to update their devices now to fix a bug that could have let government agencies install spyware.

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