What’s new in iOS 15.5


For the first time in 46 days, Apple has released a new software update for both iPhone and iPad. According to the new software release notes, there are three major changes expected on the iPhone, and one on the iPad. First, on iPhone, you’ll find that Wallet now lets you send and request money from your Apple Cash Card (the digital card that collects refunds from your Apple Card). This is a welcome extension to the Apple Pay feature of iMessage, which allows you to send money to and request money from other iMessage users. Now, you should be able to do this from the same Apple Cash card in Wallet, so you know from the get-go how much Apple Cash you have.

Next, we have an update for Apple Podcasts. The company added a new setting in iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 that limits the number of episodes saved on your iPhone or iPad while old titles are automatically deleted. This change is necessary, if not a bit too late: Apple’s massive podcast redesign last year made it too popular for settings to scatter, saving far too many episodes on your device.

Finally, we have the iPhone bug fix: Apple has fixed an issue where home automation might fail if triggered by people arriving or leaving. Getting into or leaving your home is a big sale for setting up home automation, as doing one or the other can automatically allow you to adjust things like lighting, air conditioning, and home security, so Apple squashing that bug is definitely a good thing. Still, this update is undoubtedly minor.

How to update your iPhone and iPad to version 15.5

As of this writing, the update should be available on all compatible devices. This includes iPhone 6S and later, iPod touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation) and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad Pro mini 4 and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation) and later, iPad Pro 9.7 – inch, iPad Pro 10.5 inch, and iPad Pro 11 inch (1st generation) and later. To update, head to Settings > General > Software Update, then wait for iOS or iPadOS to check for new software. When it appears, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install 15.5 on your device.

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