UPDATE – 10:00 AM (PDT): iOS 15 final version is now available to all users out there. The build number is 19A346 as opposed to 19A344 of the RC version. This new 19A346 build brings in bug fixes over the RC version that was released to beta testers last week.

Those of you on the beta program using the RC version can only update your devices after the iOS 15 Beta profile is deleted. If you wish to update (and we recommend you to) to the latest available version of iOS 15, simply follow the steps detailed below.

NOTE: Users updating from iOS 14 can skip the steps given below and scroll down to the original article to learn more.

  1. Go to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management.
  2. Tap iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Beta Software Profile.
  3. Select Remove Profile, enter your device passcode, and confirm Remove.
  4. Tap Restart and your device will reboot.
  5. Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check, download and install iOS 15.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The next-generation software update from Apple. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are all set to release later today. The update will be available to all users rocking eligible devices (listed below). The major software update will begin rollout at 10:00 AM (PDT) which translates to 10:30 PM in India, 01:00 PM in New York, and 6:00 PM in the UK.

We recommend users update their devices to experience the new features. Speaking of which, before updating to iOS 15, we urge our readers to update to the now latest iOS 14.8 as it contains a critical security patch.

Users currently on the iOS 15 beta program received the RC version of iOS 15 last week which is basically the final version of iOS 15 that’ll be released to the public later today.

iOS 15 brings with it some feature additions like Safari tweaks, new Focus mode, notification center improvements to name a few. And yes, the magnifying glass makes a comeback, and the beneficial Live Text feature for A12 devices and later is a nice addition. Prior to updating, we need to carry out preparations to ensure a smooth upgrade process.

iOS 15 compatible devices

iPhone and iPod iPad
iPhone 13 Pro Max iPad Pro 12.9" (5th gen)
iPhone 13 Pro iPad Pro 11" (3rd gen)
iPhone 13 iPad Pro 12.9" (4th gen)
iPhone 13 mini iPad Pro 11" (2nd gen)
iPhone 12 Pro Max iPad Pro 12.9" (3rd gen)
iPhone 12 Pto iPad Pro 11" (1st gen)
iPhone 12 iPad Pro 12.9" (2nd gen)
iPhone 12 mini iPad Pro 12.9" (1st gen)
iPhone 11 Pro Max iPad Pro 10.5"
iPhone 11 Pro iPad Pro 9.7"
iPhone 11 iPad (9th gen)
iPhone XS Max iPad (8th gen)
iPhone XS iPad (7th gen)
iPhone XR iPad (6th gen)
iPhone X iPad (5th gen)
iPhone 8 Plus iPad mini (6th gen)
iPhone 8 iPad mini (5th gen)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad mini (4th gen)
iPhone 7 iPad Air (4th gen)
iPhone SE (2020 & 2016) iPad Air (3rd gen)
iPhone 6S Plus iPad Air (2nd gen)
iPhone 6S
iPod touch (7th gen)

New Safari experience in iOS 15

Backup your iPhone and iPad

This is a very important and self-explanatory process, although optional. You can backup your device to your Mac or PC via the iTunes software. An iCloud backup is also another option but we only recommend the iTunes route as iOS 15 is a major update and things could go wrong.

How to update to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Now that you’ve backed up your iPhone and iPad, checking for updates is easy. Just head over to Settings app > General > Software Update. Please do wait a few seconds for the iOS 15 update screen to pop up.

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