For a few hours, version 15.5 of iOS has been available for download for everyone, after a long beta-testing phase. Same for iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5. Let’s take this opportunity to take stock of the new features and changes that Apple has planned with these minor updates.
iOS 15.5: what’s new?
- Sensitive places: any photograph located in a so-called sensitive place will never be included in a souvenir. To date, sensitive locations include: Yad Vashem Memorial, Dachau Concentration Camp, American Holocaust Museum, Majdanek Concentration Camp, Berlin Holocaust Memorial, Schindler Factory, Extermination Camp de Belzec, Anne Frank house, Sobibor extermination camp, Treblinka extermination camp, Chelmno-Kulmhof extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp
- UniversalControl: allows you to use the same keyboard mouse kit on a Mac and a linked iOS or iPadOS device, and even drag files between the two machines with a simple click of the mouse
- iTunes Pass: this service allows you to use your available balance on the App Store and iTunes to pay for physical purchases, in Apple Stores, via QR code. It should be renamed Apple Account in iOS 15.5 and be integrated into Apple Wallet as a card. That’s what the iOS 15.5 code shows anyway
- Apple Podcasts: new setting to limit the number of episodes downloaded. With this setting, old downloaded episodes are automatically deleted to make room for new ones. Apple also announced a new feature for podcast creators: support for third-party distribution services.
- Apple Cash: Wallet’s Apple Cash feature (available in the United States only) has two new “Request” and “Send” buttons, making it easier to send and receive money. See here detail about Apple Cash
- HomePod: HomePod settings, in the Home app, displays the Wi-Fi connection quality from the speaker using a 3-bar Wi-Fi symbol. When all three are met, the signal is good
- Home Kit: fixed a bug where automations and triggers by user location could sometimes not work correctly
- Security : nearly 30 security vulnerabilities resolved by iOS 15.5. The complete list of breaches concerned is available there
- Streaming app: possibility for the latter to integrate links to websites
- Accessories : improved support for game controllers with DualSense functionality
- Child protection : the new features for protecting children against sensitive content in iMessage (see paragraph “Sexual image warning tool” in this article), initially only available in the United States and Canada, are now also in place in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In the near future, new countries will also benefit
- Apple Classic: the iOS 15.5 source code contains mentions of what appears to be a new app or at least a new Apple service, called Apple Classical. It would probably be a streaming service dedicated to classical music. His arrival, which until then had only been rumored, is therefore confirmed, but for a date still unknown.
- iTunes Pass: this service allows you to use your available balance on the App Store and iTunes to pay for physical purchases, in Apple Stores, via QR code. It should be renamed Apple Account in an upcoming version of iOS 15.5 and be integrated with Apple Wallet. That’s what the iOS 15.5 code shows anyway
- Sports Kit: Apple is improving its tools for tracking sporting events. In particular, new mentions have been detected in the code of the TV app for the announcement of changes in baseball game scores
- AppStore: iOS 15.5 also delivers clues for a major novelty prepared by Apple, the possibility for applications to use a payment system other than via the App Store. Initially, only reading applications (ebooks, music, etc.) will benefit from this feature. Notifications will notify users in particular if the application concerned is deleted on the iPhone, to remind them that a subscription is potentially still in progress. Some apps may also indicate, when they are first opened, that payment outside the App Store is possible
See in the video below, in English, all the changes brought by iOS 15.5 illustrated:
How to update your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV or HomePod?
- How to update your iPhone or iPad → follow our update guide for iOS 15, the operation is identical for iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5
- How to update your Apple Watch → follow the procedure explained for watchOS 7
- How to update your Apple TV → go to the Settings app, then to System > Software Updates. You can also select Update automatically. This way you will no longer have to install each new version manually
- How to update your HomePod → The HomePod operating system updates automatically. You normally don’t have to do anything
Also read all our iOS 16 articles, including the following: