After a few weeks of testing, Apple has released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to the public. With iOS 15.4, developers can expect small changes to some apps that pave the way for larger improvements in the future (possibly with iOS 16). These updates are less feature-rich than previous versions, but there are still a few tweaks detailed below.
Apple’s new iOS 15.5 software update brings updates to Apple Cash, Photo Memories, and podcasts app, among other features.
iOS 15.5 release date
Apple released iOS 15.5 last Monday, May 16, alongside iPadOS 15.5. You can download iOS 15.5 by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. The 15.5 update is about 630 MB.
Below find out the new features of iOS 15.5
iOS 15.5 Apple Cash
Apple Cash customers can now send and request money using their Apple Cash cards. The biggest change in 15.5 is the inclusion of the “Send” and “Request” buttons for Apple Cash. Apple Cash card recipients and senders can receive and send money directly from their Apple Cash cards in iOS 15.5, eliminating transferring funds through a third-party service.
The Podcasts app
The updated feature in iOS 15.5 allows more control over podcast storage. Users of Apple Podcasts will be able to limit the number of episodes stored on their iPhones and automatically remove older episodes. It is possible to delete older episodes automatically by limiting the number of episodes stored on your phone.
‘Sensitive locations’ in Photo Memories
Apple’s iOS 15.5 tweaks the Memories feature of Photos. 9to5Mac notes that Photos will no longer recommend Memories from “sensitive locations,” which are currently all related to the Holocaust. Apple may expand this list in the future.
You can now see WiFi signal bars within the Home app, showing whether the HomePod is connected.
The beta version of Universal Control has been removed from iPadOS 15.5. The feature has now been officially released, and all bugs have been resolved.
Originally introduced in iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3, Universal Control allows you to access your apps on multiple devices using the same mouse/trackpad/keyboard.
iTunes Pass renamed Apple Balance
Apple Balance will be the new name for the iTunes Pass feature of Wallet. In Apple Wallet, you’ll now find a separate card for Apple Balance, much like you would have in your Wallet for a credit card.
iOS 15 does not include an Apple Classical app. Apple Classical appears to be the final product of Apple’s acquisition of classical music streaming service Primephonic last year, as MacRumors found references to it in the 15.5 beta. Apple may introduce a stand-alone classical music app for upcoming iOS updates.
More SportsKit support in iOS 15.5
Furthermore, iOS 15.5 adds more support for SportsKit as Apple adds live baseball to its content catalogue.
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External Links in Reader Apps
According to Apple, iOS 15.5 adds support for “External Link Account Entitlement”, which lets reader apps create and manage accounts by linking to external websites. Netflix can offer in-app purchases outside of the App Store by linking to an external website.
The reader app category includes apps that deliver digital content such as magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video, with Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and other examples serving as examples.
Photo Memories in iOS 15.5
In iOS 15.5, Apple added a list of “Sensitive Locations” to the Photos app, preventing those locations from appearing in photos. There are various concentration camps and Holocaust memorials on this list.
Communication Safety in Messages
Communication Safety in Messages is now available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK with iOS 15.5. “Communication Safety in Messages,” previously available only in the United States, detects nudity in incoming and outgoing iMessage images on children’s devices and alerts them to the danger. Children will be provided with resources from child safety groups if nudity is detected in a photo they receive. Whenever a child sends a photo of nakedness, a warning will appear asking the child not to do so.
The Communication Safety program is opt-in, privacy-focused, and must be enabled by parents. In this case, detection is done on-device, and it is not related to Apple’s anti-CSAM functionality under development that may be released in the future.
Apple’s security support site lists more than 25 fixes for iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5. Although none of these fixes was actively exploited, you should update as soon as possible.
A number of fixes are included for WebKit, the kernel, WiFi, and AppleAVD.
The iOS 15.5 update fixes a bug that could cause home automation triggered by people leaving or arriving to fail.
This update resolves an issue that may cause the iPhone SE (3rd gen) to shut down unexpectedly.
Settings for developers
By using Settings > Developer Settings > Run Throughput Test, you can now view average results for packet loss and idle ping latency during pings and download and upload speeds.
We have added support for the new DualSense adaptive trigger firmware available via GCDualSenseAdaptiveTrigger.
If you try to add the Blood Oxygen feature to the Health app from within the app, the app crashes. A family member can’t enable Health sharing later if skipped during the Apple Watch setup process.
You might not be able to purchase or download content from the iTunes Store and TV app again on some devices. Reboot your device to resolve the problem.
There may be some features that aren’t available in all regions or on all Apple devices. You can find information on the security content of Apple software updates on the Apple website.
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