iOS 15 release date – HUGE free iPhone update coming next week

APPLE'S new iOS 15 software is finally about to be released to the public.

The tech giant announced iOS 15 back in June and said it would be released sometime during "fall 2021".

iOS 15 release date

Apple has since confirmed that iOS 15 will be avaliable to download on September 20.

Before then, iPhone users should be updating to iOS 14.8, which was recently rolled out to fix a bug that could let spyware infect your device.

iOS 15 features

One new iOS 15 features is called Focus and it's a tool that enables users to set different notification preferences depending on what they're doing.

For instance, you will have the option to select if the phone makes a sound or not, or whether it vibrates, depending on your current status.

You’ll be able to use a new menu to select if you’re driving, working, sleeping or a custom status of your choosing.

The menu will be shown on the updated lock screen and in Control Centre, the iPhone and iPad’s menu for quickly getting to settings.

Focus will even notify your iMessage contacts of your status to let them know why you're not responding to their texts.

Major iMessage updates

Apple is also working on major updates to iMessage that will make it more like a social media platform, like WhatsApp.

One way it's doing this is by making it easier to manage and engage with the photos and news articles that your friends share through the app.

The Apple Photos and Apple news apps will have new areas that only store the content shared by your friends.

A number of the company’s other apps, such as Wallet, Safari, Apple Maps and Health, are also getting minor improvements.

FaceTime, for instance, will let you blur the background of your videos.

It'll give your video feed a similar effect to the Portrait mode available on the cameras of recent iPhones.

You'll also be able to upload your passport or drivers license to Apple Wallet, letting you check in at, for instance, airports using your phone.

Another new feature unveiled by Apple is designed to make it easier to show your friends what you're listening to or watching.

Called “Share Play”, it allows you to listen to music or watch a streaming app with members of a call, with the video synced up for all users.

Notifications are getting a new look, and will now be grouped into a helpful collection called Notification Summary.

Apple will use AI to figure out which notifications are most important to you. You can set which time of day you’d like to be reminded to read them.

Apple periodically releases software updates for iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone.

As well as bug fixes and the patching of security holes, the downloads add new features that Apple's engineers have been working on.

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In other news, Apple has finally revealed the new iPhone 13 series.

It also revealed the Apple Watch 7.

And, Apple users are being told to update their devices now to fix a bug that could have let government agencies install spyware.

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