Apple has released the first public beta version for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 after unveiling them at WWDC 2021. The new updates bring along features like upgraded FaceTime, improved Focus modes, and better use of on-device intelligence that allows for offline Siri, and Live Text, which is similar to Google Lens.
The final version release will begin alongside the launch of the new iPhones in September. Ahead of that, Apple will release a multitude of beta updates for testing purposes.
In order to install these public betas, users will have to first enrol in the Apple Beta Software Program with their Apple ID. Apple has some detailed guides about this in the FAQ section for the Beta.
As mentioned, both these updates (iOS 15 and iPadOS 15) are in public beta at the moment and may have unknown bugs and glitches. It is recommended that you do not download this onto your daily driver. Users must also backup their data before beginning the download process on their iPhones and iPads.
Once you’ve enrolled into the Apple Beta Software Program, head to Settings > General > Software Update from your chosen device to download the update. It is advisable to have at least 50 percent battery and a strong Wi-Fi connection before beginning the process.
iOS 15 can be downloaded on iPhones 6S and later phones, including both the iPhone SE models. The new iPadOS 15 public beta is compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first to fifth generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (first to third generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad (fifth to eighth generation), iPad Mini (fourth and fifth generation) and iPad Air (second to fourth generation) devices.