Apple’s Global Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off Monday at 10:30 p.m. IST with a keynote address. In this keynote, Tim Cook and other Apple executives will unveil the future of the company’s software efforts. Of course, Apple will preview the next version of iOS which could fundamentally change its iPhones. But this year’s changes to iOS will likely be less dramatic. That being said, we still expect a lot of new features to roll out as part of iOS 15.
Here’s everything we know so far about Apple’s next major mobile operating system update.
When is WWDC 2021?
Apple will be hosting its all-digital Global Developer Conference (WWDC) online from June 7-11. Consumers and developers will be able to watch online for free.
What will be announced at WWDC 2021?
It’s almost certain that Apple will announce the next version of iOS, the operating system that powers the iPhone next week. For iOS 15, rumors say that iOS will bring more granular controls over notifications. Apparently, users will be able to set different notification preferences based on their current state (e.g. sleeping or driving). iOS 15 could also add new device privacy protections, an updated lock screen, and a redesigned iPad home screen with widgets. Apple is also reportedly working on the iMessage redesign, with the goal of becoming a competitor to WhatsApp.
iOS 15: Which devices will be compatible?
With iOS 15, we can see that the new iOS update will probably work on iPhone 7 and later devices. This means that the original iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE will not work with iOS 15. If the information is correct, these iPhones will work with iOS 15:
* iPhone 7
* iPhone 7 Plus
* iPhone 8
* iPhone 8 Plus
* iPhone X
* iPhone XR
* iPhone X
* iPhone Xs Max
* iPhone 11
* iPhone 11 Pro
* iPhone 11 Pro Max
* iPhone SE (2020)
* iPhone 12
* iPhone 12 mini
* iPhone 12 Pro
* iPhone 12 Pro Max
What about the beta version of iOS 15?
Well, if you are a developer, you will be able to download iOS 15 Developer Beta after the new iOS update is announced. For the public beta of iOS 15, we have to wait until July. Apple, like the previous year, will release iOS 15 later this year. This usually happens in September. It was then that Apple announced the new iPhone. Once iOS 15 is available for download this fall, you will be able to download the update by going to the Settings app>General>Software update.