iOS 15.5 updates released

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While we all were expecting iOS 16 update with greater changes to the Operating System, Apple has released iOS 15.5, its latest version of iPhone operating system, ahead of the Apple’s annual developer conference. Unlike the previous version, 15.4, which came with apparently massive features like Universal Control, iOS 15.5 includes much smaller tweaks and unnoticeable system updates that would lay the foundation for better and bigger future changes.

Here are the newly enhanced features of the new update.

Apple Cash

One thing very significant about the new update is the two buttons added to Apple Cash. With this new feature, you are able to send and receive money directly from Apple Cash easily, saving few steps for those transactions.

Podcast App

The new update has given more authority to the users over the Podcast App, allowing changing its storage setting. Now you can limit the number of episodes stored on the phone and automatically delete the older ones, to better manage your phone’s storage.  

Sensitive-Locations

There is a new tweak to the Memories feature, which recognises people, places and events to create collections with a slide show. The new tweak to the native Photos app has a list of ‘sensitive-locations’, so that the photos taken at those locations are not included in memories. Apparently the whole list is related to the Holocaust. Here is the list.

  • Yad Vashem Memorial
  • Dachau concentration camp
  • US Holocaust Museum
  • Majdanek concentration camp
  • Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Schindler Factory
  • Belzec extermination camp
  • Anne Frank House
  • Sobibor extermination camp
  • Treblinka extermination camp
  • Chelmno-Kulmhof extermination camp
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

Apple will be extending the list in future with new iOS updates.

Apple Balance

The iTunes Pass feature for Wallet has been renamed as Apple Balance. There is a separate card in Apple Wallet for Apple Balance, similar to how a credit card shows up in your Wallet.

Apple Classical

Actually there is no Apple Classical app in iOS 15.5. Nonetheless there are references like “Open this in the new app designed for classical music” and “Open in Apple Classical” in the Music app code hinting about the new standalone Apple Classical app in the forthcoming updates, which would probably terminate the Apple’s acquisition of classical music streaming service Primephonic last year.

More support for SportsKit

The new update seems to better support SportsKit as it has included live baseball in its content catalogue.

Communication Safety in messages

iOS 15.5 expands the Communication Safety in Messages feature, which was available only in the United States previously, to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.  This feature scans iMessage images sent to children and warn them if there is nudity. It also sends an alert encouraging the child not to send the image. However this feature is available only for children’s devices and needed to be activated by Parents.

External Links in Reader Apps

Now Apple supports ‘External Link Account Entitlement’ that is designed to allow reader apps, apps that provide digital content like magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, or video as the primary functionality of the app, with Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc., to add links to external websites for creating and managing accounts.

How to download iOS 15.5?

You can download iOS 15.5 by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. The 15.5 update is about 630 MB.

While enjoying iOS 15.5 for now buckle-up for bigger changes that would come with iOS 16 that will be launched in Apple’s annual developer conference in early June!

By Induwara Athapattu