Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 15.4 update for iPhone and the software is currently in beta testing.
iOS 15.4 is a milestone upgrade which means the firmware will likely bring more than bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users. You can expect it to deliver new features as well.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 15.4 release date yet and it could be weeks before it touches down. If you don’t want to wait for the stable release, you can try an early version of the software on your iPhone right now.
With iOS 15.4 in the works, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next major iOS 15 update for iPhone.
In this walkthrough we’ll take you through the iOS 15.4 update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 15.4 release date and release time, information about the iOS 15.4 beta, and more.
iOS 15.4 Beta
If you want to start using iOS 15.4 on your iPhone you can do so right now.
Apple’s pushed the iOS 15.4 beta to developers which means those enrolled in the company’s developer program can download a pre-release version of the firmware right now.
The company will also push the iOS 15.4 beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. A developer account requires an annual fee while the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. The public iOS 15.4 beta should come soon.
Before you download the iOS 15.4 beta, note that pre-release software is typically always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your iPhone’s battery life, and its overall speed which can make it tricky to use as a daily driver.
You should be able to fix some problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.
If you can’t stand the iOS 15.4 beta’s performance on your iPhone, you can downgrade back to iOS 15.3 or iOS 15.2.1. The downgrade path to older iOS firmware, like iOS 15.1.1 and iOS 15.1, is closed.
Apple is currently on iOS 15.4 beta 1.
iOS 15.4 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iOS 15.4 release date. It will likely stay in testing for several weeks while Apple and testers poke and prod it for issues.
As of right now, we expect the iOS 15.4 release date to land sometime in the spring. Apple will reportedly launch a new iPad Air and a new iPhone SE in March or April.
If that’s the case, there’s a good chance iOS 15.4/iPadOS 15.4 is the software that accompanies these devices to shelves.
iOS 15.4 Release Time
We don’t have an official iOS 15.4 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on the date it chooses.
The official version of iOS 15.4 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right away.
Apple will also release iOS 15.4 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install new iOS 15.4 betas, or the official version of iOS 15.4, right away.
iOS 15.4 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) almost always bring new features, enhancements, security patches, and bug fixes to iPhone users and that’s what you should get from iOS 15.4.
Developers are digging through the iOS 15.4 beta and we’ll let you know if they find anything substantial as we push away from the release.
Apple could add, or subtract, from iOS 15.4’s change log during the beta period so keep an eye out for changes as the beta makes progress.
iOS 15.4 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 15.4 beta.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 15.4 beta. They haven’t released one for the official version of iOS 15 yet and that release may not come for awhile.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.3 & 11 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 15.3 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple’s iOS 15.3 update right away.
Apple says iOS 15.3 has 10 new security patches on board. If you’re interested in the details, you can read more about the patches right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you’ll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple’s website.
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company’s security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company’s App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple’s communication safety features for kids. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.3 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple’s website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you’ll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’ll be moving up from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple’s security website.
Apple’s updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user’s private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you’ll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.3 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you’ll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple’s also included a built-in authenticator that’s similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There’s also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. The company will add a new App Privacy report feature in the next version of iOS 15 that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information.