As promised, several of Apple’s most important software platforms are getting major updates today after three months of testing: iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 are all available now as free updates to compatible devices.
“iOS 15 introduces new ways to stay connected, powerful updates that help users focus and explore, and intelligent features to get more done with iPhone,” Apple says of its new OS version for iPhone. “FaceTime updates provide more natural video calls, Focus helps users reduce distraction, new features like Live Text use on-device intelligence to surface useful information, upgrades to Maps provide brand new ways to navigate the world, and much more.” You can learn more here.
iPadOS 15, meanwhile, is an even smaller update, with an improved multitasking experience, new widget layouts for the Home Screen that match what happened first in iOS 14, App Library (another iOS 14 debut feature), FaceTime updates, and more. You can learn more here.
And watchOS 8 adds new workout types, cycling updates, a new Mindfulness app, new Wallet features, a redesigned Photos app, new watch faces, and new Messages tools. You can learn more here.
I assume new versions of tvOS and macOS are shipping soon as well.