If you’re tempted to install a beta version of an Apple OS, iOS 15, or iPadOS 15, don’t give in to the temptation to install too quickly. Here are some tips and information to read before you get started.

iOS 15 is here! Well almost. The iPhone update presented at WWDC 2021 has been available as of June 30 in public beta for a number of iPhones and iPods, as well as for iPad with iPadOS 15. If you have the want to download and install an iOS beta, we will explain the process to you.

How do I install the public beta of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15?

The public beta is being rolled out. If you’re having trouble accessing Apple’s site, keep trying. Apple’s servers are currently overloaded.

Start by registering your iPhone or iPad at public beta program. You will need to use Safari on your iPhone or iPad to visit this page. If you’ve participated in the public beta before, sign in with the same Apple ID you used previously. Otherwise, click on the Register button and follow the instructions. Obviously, you’ll need to sign in with the same Apple ID you use on your iPhone or iPad.

Now that you are logged in, click on the appropriate system version for your device. For example, click on iOS if you are registering your iPhone, or click on iPadOS if you are registering your iPad. In the section To start, there will be a link titled Register your device ; you just have to click on it. Read Apple’s instructions, which include the same basic but important tips: create a backup before going any further, charge your device sufficiently… Once your device has been saved, install the beta profile by pressing the blue button Download the profile.

Once the iOS 15 beta profile is installed on your iPhone, you will be asked to restart your iPhone. Do it, then go to your iPhone settings again, in the General tab, then Software update. You will then be able to download the beta of iOS 15 as a simple OTA (over the air) update.

It’s a pretty large download, so make sure you have a reliable Wi-Fi connection. We also recommend that you plug your phone into a charger to make sure your device doesn’t run out of power.

What’s new for iOS 15?

iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

The new Weather app displays much more detail than the previous one

The new Weather app displays much more detail than the previous one

Focus is a new feature that can filter notifications and apps based on what you want to focus on at any given time. We have described and used these modes of concentration in a dedicated file.

This “Focus” mode is accompanied by a new design for notifications, with slightly different bubbles. For example, the faces of your contacts are displayed instead of the app icon, like on Android. Each morning, your iPhone or iPad will also take care of giving you a quick summary of all your pending notifications by eliminating the alerts that it deems dispensable.

Safari presents a whole new design. Controls are now easier to reach with one hand and put more emphasis on the content of a web page. As you’ll see, there’s a new compact tab bar that floats across the bottom of the screen so users can easily switch between tabs. New tab groups allow users to save tabs and easily access them anytime on any device. Finally, there is a new customizable start page and you can install web extensions for the first time.

The Maps app now offers a new 3D view in cities with significantly improved details, be it buildings, crosswalks, cycle paths… There is also a new city driving experience with road details additional and enhanced transit features, such as pinned favorite lines, subway exit notifications, and augmented reality walking routes.

Live Text is a new feature that uses the intelligence of the device to recognize the text of a photo that users can search, highlight, and copy. In fact, the Spotlight internal search engine can now search for photos by location, people, scenes, objects and text. Spotlight also offers a richer web image search and results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies.

iOS 15 also introduces new privacy measures, such as processing Siri requests directly on the iPhone, which also has the advantage of providing better responsiveness, Mail Privacy Protection to prevent senders from knowing if an email has been opened and detecting the IP address of a recipient, and a new screen to display the How often apps use their assigned permissions.

There is also the possibility ofinvite your friends on Android and Windows to your FaceTime calls. We have also tested this function. For iMessages, Apple’s messaging application is improving to allow you to better find the links that are sent to you, based on “For you” sections and a pinning system. New Memoji are also available, while people who send a lot of photos at once will appreciate the possibility of sending several at once, with a folder that will take the form of a stack.

SharePlay is a new feature that allows users to share experiences with each other during FaceTime calls, including content such as music on Apple Music, TV shows, or movies on Apple TV. The benefit is that the media is played in a synchronized fashion for all participants and there are shared playback controls, so that anyone in a SharePlay session can play, pause or skip content, as well as add it. to a shared queue. SharePlay also gives users the ability to share their screens to view apps together during a FaceTime call.

What’s new for iPadOS 15?

iPadOS 15 also arrives with its list of new features. For example, Apple has added widgets to home pages, like on iPhones. Apple is also adding its “application library” to the iPad. But unlike the iPhone, where you have to swipe to the right several times to access it, Apple adds the “application library” to the lower dock.

Apple is also revamping the way multitasking works. With iPadOS 15, Apple added a “shelves” feature that displays open windows in an app. So, in an email application, the shelves can be your open emails or your draft messages.

In addition, iPadOS 15 is eyeing macOS and its Finder to improve the Files app. The iPad’s file manager thus benefits from some features directly from that of the Macs. For example, the Files app now supports devices formatted as NTFS.

Do iOS 15 and iPad 15 work with my iPhone and iPad?

All iPhone and iPod Touch already compatible with iOS 14, the version released in 2020, can benefit in principle from the update to iOS 15. This is a preliminary list that may change between now and the release of the system, although this is unlikely at this point.

  • iPod Touch (7th generation)
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

Regarding compatible iPads, here is the list:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first to fifth generation)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (first to third generation)
  • 10.5 inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Pro 9.7 inch
  • iPad (fifth to eighth generation)
  • iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation)
  • iPad Air (second to fourth generation)
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