Apple rolls out iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5: Here’s all that is new

By Dhriti Datta | Published 17 May 2022 13:35 IST
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Apple rolls out iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5: Here’s all that is new

Apple has officially updated its iPhone and iPad devices to iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 respectively. This is the fifth major update to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 since their initial release back in September 2021. The 15.5 update comes merely two months after the launch of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. Naturally, the update isn’t a massive one but it does pack a few key features. 

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According to Apple’s support page, iOS 15.5 includes enhancements to features such as Apple Cash, Apple Podcasts, and other bug fixes. As for iPadOS, the support page indicates improvements to Apple Podcasts and bug fixes. Let’s delve into the changes and fixes in detail.

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iOS 15.5: How to install and all you need to know

iOS 15.5 can be downloaded for iPhone models launched after the iPhone 6S and the iPod Touch Gen 7. The software is free and can is available via an OTA (over the air) update. To download the new software, head over to Settings > General > Software Update.

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First off, the iOS 15.5 update enables Apple Cash customers to send and request money from their Apple Cash Card via the Wallet app. Secondly, the Apple Podcasts app includes a brand new setting to limit the episodes that are stored on your device. It also automatically deletes older episodes. 

The update also fixes some bugs. An issue where home automation would sometimes fail when triggered by people arriving or leaving has been fixed. The update also fixed an issue that would cause the iPhone SE (3rd Gen) to shut down unexpectedly. The update also consists of 25 security fixes, none of which have been actively exploited so far, according to Apple.

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iPadOS 15.5: How to install and all you need to know

The iPadOS 15.5 update is available to all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later devices, iPad Gen 5 and later devices, and iPad Mini 4 and later devices. In order to download the new software, follow the same process as mentioned in the sub-head above.

iPadOS 15.5 includes the same setting introduced in iOS 15.5 to Apple Podcasts, where a limit has been set for the number of episodes stored on your iPad and older ones get deleted automatically. Additionally, a few bug fixes have also been done but the support doesn’t mention the specific bugs. Similar to iOS 15.5, this update also consists of security fixes, so it is best to install the update as soon as possible.

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Users with eligible iPhones and iPads should be notified about the update; and if not, you can use the method mentioned above to manually update your device. Apple has reportedly already begun working on iOS 16, so this could be the last major update to the iOS and iPadOS 15 operating systems. iOS 16 is expected to launch on June 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. 

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