Apple released iOS 15.6.1 on August 17, just over a month short of the iOS 15 release date. It is a pretty minor point update that focuses mainly on patching up a couple of security issues and some bug fixes. The newest iOS update was released along with updates for the iPad (iPadOS 15.6.1), Apple watch (watchOS 8.7.1), and Mac (macOS 12.5.1).
New iOS Version 15.6.1 Supported
The new version of iOS 15.6.1 is available to all iOS 15-powered devices. Here’s a list of the supported devices:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone SE 2
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 3rd Gen
The iOS new version download size will depend on your iPhone model as well as your current iOS version. iOS 15.6 users can expect a pretty small download size of around 264 MB. The older the iOS version you have, the bigger the download size you can expect.
To update manually, do the following steps:
Open the Settings app.
Tap on General.
Tap on Software Update.
Tap Download and Install.
Tap Install to complete the update.
You can also set up your iPhone so that it automatically downloads new updates. Simply do the Following:
Open Settings and tap General.
Tap on Software Update.
Tap on Automatic Updates.
Swipe the Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates buttons to the right, turning them green (Automatic updates occur overnight when your phone is charging and locked).
If you don’t see the update, you can try turning off the Auto Updates and then check again. Also, you may not see the update if you are an iOS 16 beta tester as well as if you have iOS 15 Beta profiles installed.
What’s Up with the New Version iOS 15.6.1?
The iOS 15.6.1 mainly addresses a couple of security updates and some bug fixes. In terms of anything new that came with the update, while Apple did not make any specific announcements, you might notice changes in Garageband (17 new remix sessions, Katy Perry remix sessions, Modular Rhythms, New loops, and more).
Performance Issues Addressed
iOS 15.6.1 is also meant to address some performance issues including:
- Abnormal battery drain
- Busted Wi-Fi connectivity
- UI lags
- Bluetooth issues
- Random reboots, lockups, and freezes
- Issues with first-party applications
Bug Fixes Delivered
Downloading the latest update is a must especially if you missed the previous iOS 15 version. Here are some of the bug fixes that came with iOS 15.6.1:
- Storage Issues. Settings displays that device storage is full even if it’s available.
- Braille Device Issues. Braille devices slow down or stop responding when navigating text in Mail.
- Safari Issues. Tab reverts to the previous page.
Security Issues Patched
Apple announced two main security updates with the release of iOS 15.6.1. Security company Sopho, in a recent blog by their principal research scientist Paul Ducklin, has shed some light on these security issues.
- iPhone Kernel Vulnerability (CVE-2022-32894)
The security issue could allow certain applications to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. This could be done by attackers by exploiting the WebKit bug and could allow them to spy on apps, access your data, change your security settings, read your messages, and more. To prevent further explorations, an out-of-bounds write issue was addressed with improved bounds checking.
- WebKit Flaw (CVE-2022-32893)
This security flaw could allow compromised web pages to trick iOS devices into running unauthorized and untrusted software codes. This implies that a cybercriminal with the know-how could implant malware on your device from visiting a supposedly innocent web page. To prevent any such attacks, Apple released a security patch through the iOS 15.6.1 update.
Should You Update to the New iOS Version?
System updates are generally a good thing. Here are some key notes that might help you decide whether you should update to the new iOS version or not.
- The iOS 15.6.1 could help deal with bugs as well as performance issues that you may be experiencing with the iOS 15.6 or older.
- There have been certain problems including abnormal battery drain, first-party and third-party app issues, and Touch ID and Face ID issues, that have been reported. To be fair, some of these issues may have been carried over from older versions of iOS 15.
- You can’t move your software back to iOS 15 if iOS 15.6.1 starts causing problems.
- You can’t downgrade to anything lover than iOS 15.6. This could mean saying goodbye permanently to iOS 15 features or older version features that you find to be working just fine at the moment.
- You should avoid iOS 15.6.1 if you still jailbreak your iPhone.
The iOS 15.6.1, just like any other system update, generally provides fixes and updates that make for a smoother and safer use of your iOS device. On another note, Apple’s new iOS 16 operating system is already in beta testing and is supposed to be released sometime in September. This will probably be a few days after the September 7th launch event for iPhone 14.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the new version of iOS?
iOS 15.6.1, the newest iOS version, is set to have some bug fixes along with two major security patches. It was released about a month from when the new iOS 16 is set to be released.
How do I install the latest version of iOS on the new iPhone?
You can enable automatic download and installation for new updates. You can also manually update by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install > Install.
When was the latest iOS update released?
iOS 15.6.1 was released on August 17, a few weeks after the previous update and also a few weeks before the new iOS 16 is set to be released.
Is the latest Apple update causing problems?
There have been reports on certain problems including UI lags, abnormal battery drain, third-party apps (yes, even those downloaded from the App Store) issues, Touch ID and Face ID issues, and more. Some of these problems may have been carried over from previous iOS versions though.