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Well, that was quick. While we’re waiting for Apple to release iOS 15.1, which will have new features in it, the company has snuck out another quick update to sort out bugs and fix issues. Which tells you that they’re pretty urgent. After all, it was only 10 days ago that the last update was released.
Read on for what’s fixed and how to get the latest update.
Which iPhones can run iOS 15.0.2?
If you have a device that runs iOS 14, you’re in luck. Remarkably, Apple has ensured that every iOS 14-capable iPhone runs iOS 15, too. That’s a pretty stellar achievement, stretching back across every device released in the last six years.
It’s now available to download on compatible iPhones, with iPadOS 15.0.2 for suitable iPads. Compatibility for the phones reaches back as far as iPhone 6s, including iPhone SE first and current editions, plus the seventh-generation iPod touch. The complete list is: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, Phone 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 (second generation) iPhone SE (first generation) and iPod seventh generation.
For iPads, you’re good if you have any iPad Pro, any iPad Air from iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or newer and iPad from the fifth generation onwards.
How to get it
Go to the Settings app on the device and then choose General, then Software Update. Once you’ve clicked on Download and Install, it’ll work its magic. This is a focused update with issue fixes in mind.
What’s in the release
This is another bug fix update that may sound minor but is highly useful. First of all, and most importantly, there was a highly annoying bug which deleted photos saved to your library from Messages after the associated message had been got rid of.
If you have a Leather Wallet with MagSafe, the new model with access to Find My had some connection issues. That should be fixed now. If you’ve had issues with an AirTag not appearing in the Find My Items tab in Find My (not a problem that affected me), this should have been sorted.
CarPlay has been iffy for some users, with audio apps not opening or disconnecting during playback, which is annoying, so this fix will be welcome for those affected.
Finally, restoring an iPhone 13 when Finder or iTunes was used and, again, this should be fixed now.
The full Apple changelog follows at the end of this post.
This update came out on Friday, October 1, fixed the failed Unlock With Apple Watch feature that happened when iOS 15 came out. It’s a highly useful element, so getting this back was a big deal.
Additionally, a Settings app issue where an alert that storage was full was incorrectly displayed, has now been fixed, it seems.
And Audio Meditations could start a workout on Apple Watch, apparently, though I never saw this. That’s been sorted now, hopefully.
Released on Monday, September 20, the first version of iOS 15 was full of innovation and upgrade. FaceTime updates are among the most extensive, and in some ways the app is changing out of all recognition.
Apple’s Messages has always been a powerful app, but it’s now redesigned to allow you to share stuff more easily. Share a favorite music track in Messages and it’ll show up in Apple Music in a special Shared with You section. This new section will also be in Safari, Apple News, Podcasts, Apple TV and Photos.
iCloud+ is an addition to the services you get through iCloud but better and these premium services, iCloud+ Private Relay, Hide My Email and better HomeKit Secure Video come at no extra cost over your current iCloud subscription. Note that this means you have to be paying for iCloud, it’s not included in the free 5GB level, only 50GB for 99c a month and above.
iCloud+ Private Relay is one of the keenest privacy features, though right now it’s only in beta. It’s an internet privacy service which means you can connect to most networks in a more secure way, Apple says.
Hide My Email is along the same lines, meaning that you don’t have to reveal your true email address in a form on the web, for instance. Apple creates a random email address which it forwards to your inbox.
HomeKit Secure Video Recording in iCloud+ lets you connect up to an unlimited number of security cameras, and none of the video footage counts towards your iCloud storage.
Custom email domain is the other feature in iCloud+ and means that if you have a domain that you control, once you’ve configured iCloud as the email provider for your domain, you can set up up to three personal aliases for your iCloud email address using your domain.
Focus takes do not disturb to the next level, letting you choose times, locations and more for specific ways notifications come through.
That’s not all when it comes to Notifications. These have been redesigned, too, so it can group them together, offer a summary of relevant stuff and mute notifications as you wish.
New features for Memoji include body language with everything from high fives to yoga poses, now that upper body depictions are included, as well as new clothing headwear and glasses. Oh, and if you want your Memoji to have eyes where each is a different color, you can do that, too.
Weather has been upgraded. Apple bought the brilliant Dark Sky app a while back and some of the granular detail that that has is now on the Weather app. The app itself has been updated with significantly more realistic backgrounds and details of next-hour precipitation—a Dark Sky specialty.
Maps now looks stunning, in selected cities at least, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London. Well, where else do you need? Joking. But it’s a good start with gorgeous-looking improvements and additions. I’ll be honest, I don’t like the new Maps app icon, but there we are.
Safari is one of the big ones, thanks to the controversial redesign that put the address bar at the bottom instead of the top. There was a lot of pushback against this and Apple did what it did when it introduced natural scrolling on the Mac: it made it optional. If you like the simplicity of a tab bar at the bottom where you can scroll back and forth just with your thumb, then the new design is for you. If not, the classic version is still there.
Live Text is another biggie. If there’s text in the camera view, you can tap on it to, for example, dial a phone number or copy text. And it can translate text into English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Siri is certainly a capable voice assistant but now it’s more private. With iOS 15, it can process speech on the device.
More features are coming in the next weeks and months such as Universal Control to iPadOS 15 which will let you control an iPad and Mac from the same mouse and SharePlay which lets you share your screen while you’re enjoying a song or video, for instance, with someone else. Stay tuned for these additions as they arrive.
Here’s Apple’s full Changelog for iOS 15.0.2
This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone:
• Photos saved to your library from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message
• iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe may not connect to Find My
• AirTag might not appear in the Find My Items tab
• CarPlay may fail to open audio apps or disconnect during playback
• Device restore or update may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: support.apple.com/kb/HT201222