Apple has officially released the iPhone 12 series running the latest iOS 14 software. The iOS 14 brings tons of cool features and improvements. But it has missed out on some features that fans were expecting. Fans expect to see their wishes fulfilled with the next year’s iOS 15 software. Let’s check out the iOS 15 concept renders, early rumors, and the expected release date.
iOS 15 release date
Apple typically announces the new iOS software at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. It also introduces new versions of macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iPadOS at the same event.
This year’s WWDC event was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s too early to predict whether the 2021 WWDC would be a physical or online-only event.
The Cupertino company typically rolls out the developer beta version soon after the announcement. Public beta arrives a few weeks later. The iOS 15 would undergo months of rigorous beta testing before the stable build rolls out to the public. The months-long beta testing allows Apple to identify and fix bugs, and improve the new features.
The iOS 14 supports a long list of devices going all the way back to the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, 7th-gen iPod Touch, and the 2016 iPhone SE. It’s too early to say which devices the iOS 15 would keep supporting.
But older models such as the 2016 iPhone SE, the iPhone 6S series, and the 7th-gen iPod Touch may not get the iOS 15 support. The iPhone 7 and later models should be compatible with the upcoming software.
Here’s a list of iPhones that will most likely get iOS 15:
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- 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 SE (2020)
iOS 15 concept
Folks at Tech Blood have come up with an interesting iOS 15 concept video. It sheds light on the features missing from the iOS 14 that the concept designers want to see in the iOS 15.
They imagine the next year’s iOS would support an Always-on Display, which is a reasonable expectation. Most Android phones already offer the Always-on Display support. Tech Blood also imagines Split View support, Face ID app locking functionality, and lock screen widgets. The concept video also boasts a modified keyboard with Memoji and Animoji bar at the bottom.
1- Detach native apps from OS
Most third-party apps on the iOS App Store receive frequent updates to fix bugs and improve the user experience. But Apple’s first-party apps get updates only when Apple rolls out an update to the iOS software. We expect Apple to detach its native apps from the OS. It will allow the company to update specific apps more quickly.
2- FaceTime with screen sharing
Engineer Luke Zilioli expects the iOS 15 to offer screen sharing with FaceTime. People stuck at home due to the COVID-19 lockdowns realized that such a feature would be really useful. Zilioli also suggested that Apple could offer shared video watching with FaceTime.
Only time will tell if the Cupertino company will introduce this feature. But imagine being able to binge-watch Netflix with your loved ones over FaceTime even when you are apart. The iOS 15 is still almost a year away, meaning Apple has plenty of time to develop and test these features.
3- Widgets on the Lock screen
Rumors suggest iOS 15 might be releasing interactive widgets that the user can interact with, i.e. change volume, turn on specific toggles, and more. Currently, there are small, medium, and large sizes but many new in-between sizes could be added. This way the widget support on iOS 15 will become useful and more customizable.
4- Always-on display and redesigned lock screen
One major rumor about the iPhone 13 is that it would get an always-on display similar to the one found on the Apple Watch. The lock screen will be improved so as to display notifications in an easier way to suit the always-on display.