Apple may be about to release its iPhone 13 range later this week but if you’re not in the market for a new smartphone then don’t panic. The US technology firm is also pushing out its iOS 15 software upgrade today, Monday September 20, which comes packed with new features including improved FaceTime calls, better ways to stop annoying texts from distracting you, more Memoji options and a huge upgrade to the Apple Maps app.
As long as your iPhone is running iOS 14 you should have no issues upgrading later today and, like all iOS updates, it’s totally free to download and install.
What time will iOS 15 be available?
Apple never reveals an exact launch time for its iOS software upgrades but things usually get pushed out from 6pm BST.
There was a slight delay in 2020 which left some users waiting until almost 8pm before they received the download but this is pretty rare.
It’s worth remembering that it can take longer to access the iOS update on launch day as millions of Apple fans attempt to install things at the same time. So if you’re not bothered about having the new features tonight it might be worth waiting until tomorrow or later this week before attempting to upgrade.
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How do you download iOS 15?
To get iOS 15 on your iPhone simply head to Settings > General > Software Update.
Once you see it’s available tap Download and Install. It’s likely that iOS 15 will be a pretty big file size so make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi and have plenty of free space available on your device.
Is your iPhone compatible with iOS 15?
As we mentioned earlier, any device running iOS 14 should be all good to go later tonight. If you’re unsure then here is a full list of devices that work with iOS 15.
iPhone 13 • iPhone 13 mini • iPhone 13 Pro • iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 12 • iPhone 12 mini • iPhone 12 Pro • iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 11 • iPhone 11 Pro • iPhone 11 Pro Max • iPhone XS • iPhone XS Max
iPhone XR • iPhone X • iPhone 8 • iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 • iPhone 7 Plus • iPhone 6s • iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (1st generation) • iPhone SE (2nd generation) • iPod touch (7th generation)
What’s new in iOS 15?
This update, which was first announced back in June, includes big changes to FaceTime with the video chat app getting improved audio and the option to block out background sound that can disrupt your chats. Then there is the ability to watch movies together via SharePlay with everyone able to interact with the film even if they are on different sides of the world.
Safari has also been completely redesigned with the search bar being moved to the bottom of the screen to make things easier to use one-handed.
Another change is coming to Apple Maps with this service being given a massive lick of paint and new features including a three-dimensional city-driving experience.
Other extras include Live Text which adds the ability to copy-paste any text from within a photo. So, menus, restaurant names, passport details and even handwritten notes can be copied and pasted into Messages and emails as editable text. There are also new ways to customise Memojis with more outfits and styles to choose from.
And a new Focus Mode is being introduced to allow users to switch off certain alerts or change the look of the home screen depending on what they are doing during the day.