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That was fast. While we wait for Apple to release iOS 15.1, which will have new features in it, the company has sneaked out of yet another quick update to fix bugs and fix issues. Which tells you they’re pretty urgent. After all, it was only 10 days ago that the last update was released.
Read more about what has been fixed and how to get the latest update.
Which iPhones can run iOS 15.0.2?
If you have a device running iOS 14, good luck. Remarkably, Apple has ensured that all iOS 14-compatible iPhones also run iOS 15. It’s a pretty amazing performance that stretches back across every device released in the last six years.
It can now be downloaded on compatible iPhones with iPadOS 15.0.2 for suitable iPads. The compatibility of the phones reaches all the way back to the iPhone 6s, including the first and current versions of the iPhone SE 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 are good if you have an iPad Pro, an iPad Air from iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or later and iPad from fifth generation onwards.
How to get it
Go to the Settings app on your device, then select General, then Software Update. After clicking Download and Install, it works magically. This is a small update with fixes in mind so you can get started again quickly
What’s in the release
This is another bug fix that may sound minor but is very useful. First of all, and most importantly, there was a very annoying bug which deleted photos stored in your library from Messages after the associated message had been removed.
If you have a Leather Wallet with MagSafe, the new model with access to Find My had some connectivity issues. That should be fixed by now. If you’ve had a problem with an AirTag not appearing on the Find My Items tab in Find My (not an issue that affected me), this should have been sorted.
CarPlay has been inconvenient for some users, as audio apps do not open or shut down during playback, which is annoying, so this solution will be welcome for those affected.
Finally, you need to restore 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 1st, fixing the failed unlock with Apple Watch feature that happened when iOS 15 came out. It’s a very useful item, so it was a great thing to get this back.
Additionally, a problem with the Settings app, where a warning that the warehouse was completely incorrectly displayed incorrectly, has now been fixed, it seems.
And audio meditations could apparently start a workout on the Apple Watch, though I’ve never seen this. It has been sorted now, hopefully.
Released Monday, September 20, the first version of iOS 15 was full of innovation and upgrades. Facetime updates are among the most comprehensive, and in some ways the app changes from all recognition.
Apples Messages has always been a powerful app, but it’s now redesigned so you can share things more easily. Share a favorite music track in Messages and it will appear 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 via iCloud, but better, and these premium services, iCloud + Private Relay, Hide My Email and better HomeKit Secure Video come at no extra cost compared to your current iCloud subscription. Note that this means you have to pay for iCloud, it is not included in the free 5 GB level, only 50 GB for 99c per month and above.
iCloud + private relay is one of the sharpest privacy features, even though it’s only in beta right now. It’s an Internet protection service, which means you can connect to most networks more securely, says Apple.
Hide my email is in the same direction, which means that you e.g. do not have to reveal your true email address in any form on the web. Apple creates a random email address, which it forwards to your inbox.
HomeKit secure video recording iCloud + lets you connect to an unlimited number of security cameras, and none of the video footage counts in your iCloud storage.
Custom email domain is the second feature of iCloud + and means that if you have a domain that you control after setting up iCloud as the email provider for your domain, you can configure up to three personal aliases for your iCloud email address using your domain.
Focus does not take interference to the next level so you can select times, locations and more for specific ways in which messages get through.
That’s not all when it comes to Messages. These have also been redesigned so that it can group them together, offer a summary of relevant things and ignore messages that you want.
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 headgear and glasses. Oh, and if you want your Memoji to have eyes where each has a different color, you can do that too.
Weather has been upgraded. Apple bought the ingenious Dark Sky app a while ago, and some of the detailed details now found on the Weather app. The app itself has been updated with significantly more realistic backgrounds and details about next hour’s rainfall — a Dark Sky specialty.
Map now looks amazing, at least in select cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London. Well, where else do you need? Make fun. But it is a good start with beautiful improvements and additions. I have to be honest, I do not like the new icon for the Maps app, 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 recall 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 at the bottom where you can just scroll back and forth 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 is text in the camera view, you can tap it, for example, to call a phone number or copy text. And it can translate text into English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
Siri is certainly a skilled voice assistant, but now it’s more private. With iOS 15, it can process speech on the device.
More features are coming in the coming weeks and months, e.g. Universal Control for iPadOS 15, which lets you control an iPad and Mac from the same mouse, and SharePlay, which lets you share your screen while, for example, Enjoying a song or video, with another. Keep an eye on these additions as they come.
Here is Apple’s full change log for iOS 15.0.2
This update fixes bug fixes for your iPhone:
• Photos saved in your library from Messages may be deleted after removing the associated thread or message
• Leather wallet for iPhone with MagSafe may not be able to connect to Find My
• AirTag may not appear on the Find My Items tab
• CarPlay may not open audio apps or disconnect during playback
• Restoring or updating the device may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models
For information about the security content of Apple’s software updates, visit this site: support.apple.com/kb/HT201222