Apple has kept the promise and, as expected, has now made the latest update for the iPhone available for download with iOS 15.5. But owners of Macs, iPads, Apple Watches, HomePods, Apple TVs and a new Apple Studio display can also look forward to the update party.
Update from May 17, 2022: Development work on the latest iPhone update is complete and after last week’s “Release Candidate” distribution, Apple is now releasing iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 final for download. Apart from various security updates, the update includes the following new features:
iOS 15.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
- With Wallet, Apple Cash customers can now send and request money from their Apple Cash card
- Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on iPhone and automatically delete older episodes
- Fixes an issue where home automations triggered by people arriving or leaving may fail
However, there is no trace of the previously unmasked classic app from Apple, you will have to be patient here. A release could be due at WWDC in June, for example. Apple also published the macOS 12.4, watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5. Also the improved firmware update with version number 15.5 for the Studio Display and for the HomePod, also in version 15.5.
After the release of iOS 15.4 and the corrective update to iOS 15.4.1 with iOS 15.5 another update for the iPhone is in the starting blocks. The next round of system updates from Apple follows, as developers now also have access to pre-release versions of iPadOS 15.5, macOS 12.4, watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5. A release of the updates for the general public can be expected in a few weeks.
Apple hides hints in iOS 15.5: New classic app for the iPhone is to come
Particularly exciting within the updates for the iPhones and iPads that are currently in progress hide hints of a new app – “Apple Classical”, a complementary offering to Apple Music. Specifically, there are two suspicious lines in the code of the music app (source: MacRumors).
“Open in Apple Classical”
“Open this in the new classical music app”
Both options imply the existence of the very new app that has not yet been released by Apple, but could now be announced in the wake of iOS 15.5. Basically an open secret, because Apple has already admitted to working on it.
Classical music was not yet the focus when Apple Music was launched:
The background: In August 2021, Apple took over the classic streaming service Primephonic. Goal of the whole: Introducing a new and standalone classical music app. The user interface and the specialization of Primephonic in classical music are to be combined with Apple Music and functions such as lossless and 3D audio (spatial audio). Apple has not yet presented a detailed schedule, but development is obviously in full swing and could soon bear fruit. Of course, there’s no guarantee, it’s quite possible that “Apple Classical” will come later, maybe with iOS 16.