iOS version history

The version history of the mobile operating system iOS, developed by Apple Inc., began with the release of iPhone OS 1 for the original iPhone on June 29, 2007.[1] Since its initial release, it has been used as the operating system for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and HomePod. Continuous development since its initial release resulted in new major releases of the software, typically being announced at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and later released in September, coinciding with the release of new iPhone models. Starting with the 13.0 release, the operating system for iPad was split off as iPadOS.[2] The latest stable version of iOS and iPadOS, 15.5, was released on May 16, 2022.[3] The latest beta version of iOS and iPadOS, 16.0 beta 2, was released on June 22, 2022. The latest beta version of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, 15.6 beta 4, was released on June 28, 2022.

Updates can be done over-the-air through Settings (since iOS 5), or via the iTunes or Finder applications.[4]

OverviewEdit

June 2007 saw the official release of iPhone OS 1 – concurrently with the first iPhone – which eventually became known as iOS. iOS did not have an official name until the official release of the iPhone software development kit (iPhone SDK) on March 6, 2008.[5] Before then, Apple marketing simply stated that iPhone ran a version of Mac OS X made specifically for the iPhone.[6] When iOS was introduced, it was named iPhone OS. It was officially renamed iOS on June 7, 2010, with the announcement and introduction of the first-generation iPad.[5] The introduction of what would later become the iPad line, and the existence of iPod Touch, meant the iPhone was no longer the only device to run the mobile operating system. iOS 4 was the first major iOS release that reflected the name change.[7] Apple licensed the "iOS" trademark from Cisco Systems.[8]

Apple concurrently provides the same version of iOS for the comparable model of iPhone and iPod Touch, usually devices released in the same calendar year. iPhone users receive all software updates for free, while iPod Touch users paid for the 2.0 and 3.0 major software updates. As of iOS 4, Apple no longer charges for iPod Touch updates.[9]

As of 2020, four versions of iOS were not publicly released, with the version numbers of three of them changed during development. iPhone OS 1.2 was replaced by a 2.0 version number after the first beta; the second beta was named 2.0 beta 2 instead of 1.2 beta 2. The second was iOS 4.2, replaced with 4.2.1 due to a Wi-Fi bug in 4.2 beta 3, causing Apple to release 2 golden masters (4.2 GM and 4.2.1 GM).[10] The third was iOS 13.4.5, which was renamed to iOS 13.5 when Beta 3 was released, with the introduction of the Exposure Notification API, which required an SDK update. Similarly, iOS 13.5.5 was renamed to iOS 13.6 in beta 2, with the introduction of new features for the Health app.

One version of iOS was pulled back by Apple after being released (iOS 8.0.1) due to issues with cellular service and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units.


Current iOS/iPadOS versions
Version Build Architecture Release date Device end-of-life
iPad iPhone iPod Touch
3.1.3 7E18 32-bit ARM February 2, 2010 N/A 1st gen 1st
4.2.1 8C148 November 22, 2010 3G 2nd
5.1.1 9B206 May 7, 2012 1st gen N/A 3rd
6.1.6 10B500 February 21, 2014 N/A 3GS 4th
7.1.2 11D257 32/64-bit ARM[11][12] June 30, 2014 4 N/A
9.3.5 13G36 August 25, 2016 2, 3rd, Mini (Wi-Fi only) N/A 5th
9.3.6 13G37 July 22, 2019 2, 3rd, Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular) 4S N/A
10.3.3 14G60 July 19, 2017 4th (Wi-Fi only) 5C
10.3.4 14G61 July 22, 2019 4th (Wi-Fi + Cellular) 5
12.5.5[13] 16H62 64-bit ARM[14] September 23, 2021 Air (1st), Mini 2, Mini 3 5S, 6 6th
15.5 19F77 May 16, 2022 Air 2, Mini 4 6S, SE (1st), 7 7th
15.6 beta 4 19G5056c June 28, 2022
16.0 beta 2 20A5303i June 22, 2022 N/A
Legend:   Discontinued   Old, still maintained   Current   Beta

Version historyEdit

Legend:   Obsolete; completely unsupported   Discontinued   Old, still maintained   Current   Beta

iPhone OS 1Edit

Apple announced iPhone OS 1 at the iPhone keynote on January 9, 2007, and it was released to the public alongside the original iPhone on June 29, 2007.[15] No official name was given on its initial release; Apple marketing literature simply stated the iPhone runs a version of Apple's desktop operating system, OS X.[16] During the development phase of iPhone OS 1, there were at least 17-18 different concepts developed. Many on the team were still hung up on the idea that everyone would want to type on a hardware keyboard, not a glass screen. The idea of introducing a complete touch screen was very novel to everyone.[17] Many user interfaces were prototyped, including the multi-touch click-wheel. Although many thought it was a waste of time, Apple CEO Steve Jobs insisted on prototyping all concepts before the Mac OS-X-based version of the operating system was selected. The release of iPhone OS 1.1 brought support for the iPod Touch (1st generation). iPhone OS 1.1.4 is the final version of iPhone OS 1 for the iPhone 2G, and iPhone OS 1.1.5 is the final version of iPhone OS 1 for the iPod touch (1st generation). It became unsupported on May 18, 2010.

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Supported device(s) Update Type
1.0 1A543a Heavenly June 29, 2007 Initial release for iPhone 2G.
  • Installed apps:
    • Text app to send and receive SMS messages
    • Calendar app
    • Photos app, to view photos taken
    • Camera app, to take pictures with the iPhone's camera
    • YouTube app, to view YouTube videos
    • Stocks app, to view stocks
    • Maps app, for directions
    • Weather app, to view weather in selected areas
    • Clock app, to set alarms, timers, and stopwatches
    • Calculator app
    • Notes app, to record notes
    • Settings app, for configuring device settings
    • Phone app, to initiate phone calls
    • Mail app, to send and receive emails
    • Safari app, for web browsing
    • iPod app, to play back music added to the iPhone via iTunes
iPhone 2G Initial Release
1.0.1 1C25 SUHeavenlyJuly July 31, 2007
  • Fixes a bug where visiting a malicious website led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where visiting a malicious website led to cross-site scripting
  • Fixes a URL spoofing bug[18]
iPhone 2G Bug Fixes
1.0.2 1C28 August 21, 2007 Bug fixes iPhone 2G Bug Fixes
1.1 3A101a Snowbird September 14, 2007 Initial release on iPod Touch (1st generation).

Adds the iTunes Store app, allowing on-device purchase of music, movies, and ringtones

iPod touch (1st generation) Initial Release
1.1.1 3A109a[a]

3A110a[b]

September 27, 2007
  • Adds the iTunes Store app to the iPhone 2G[19]
  • Fixes a bug that allowed an attacker in Bluetooth range to gain remote arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where going to a link preceded by "tel:" in Mail will dial a phone number without confirmation
  • Fixes a bug where disabling JavaScript in Safari would not take effect until Safari was restarted
  • Fixes multiple bugs where visiting a malicious website led to cross-site scripting[20]
iPhone 2G Feature Update
1.1.2 3B48b Oktoberfest November 12, 2007 Bug fixes iPhone 2G, iPod touch (1st generation) Bug Fixes
1.1.3 4A93 Little Bear January 15, 2008
  • Allows rearranging the apps on the Home Screen
  • Adds more options to Maps, such as pins, Satellite view, show/hide traffic information, and more
  • Allows adding Safari bookmarks to the Home Screen as Web Clips
  • SMS messages can now be sent to multiple numbers
  • Content on iPhone and iPod touch can now be manually managed in iTunes[21]
iPhone 2G, iPod touch (1st generation) Feature Update
1.1.4 4A102 February 26, 2008 Bug fixes iPhone 2G, iPod touch (1st generation) Bug Fixes
1.1.5 4B1 July 15, 2008 Bug fixes for iPod touch users who chose to not update to iPhone OS 2 iPod touch (1st generation) Bug Fixes
  1. ^ iPhone (1st generation) only
  2. ^ iPod Touch (1st generation) only

iPhone OS 2Edit

Apple announced iPhone OS 2 at the 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference on June 9, 2008, and it was released to the public on July 11, 2008, alongside the iPhone 3G. iPhone OS 2 was the first release to have the App Store, allowing developers to create third-party apps for the iPhone. This OS was made available to iPod touch users for $9.95 in which it introduced key requested features such as a push email. Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 2 was compatible with all devices released up to that time. The release of iPhone OS 2.1.1 brought support for the iPod Touch (2nd generation). iPhone OS 2.2.1 is the final version of iPhone OS 2.

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Update Type
2.0 5A347 Big Bear July 11, 2008 Initial release on iPhone 3G
  • Adds Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Dutch, Korean, Brazilian, and Portuguese language support
  • Allows importing contacts from SIM
  • Adds BCC support in the Mail app
  • Multiple calendars can now be used in Calendar and are differentiated via color-coding
  • Calendar menu is added to Settings
  • App Store is added, allowing installation of third-party apps
  • Adds support for WPA2 and 802.1X
  • Allows enabling only Wi-Fi while in Airplane Mode
  • Allows taking screen captures
  • Adds support for SVG images
  • Allows saving pictures from Mail or Safari to Photos
  • Adds Parental Controls
  • Allows toggling Parental Controls
  • Photos taken in Camera can be geotagged
Initial Release
2.0.1 5B108 August 4, 2008
  • Improves Contacts app stability
  • Improves Calendar app stability
  • Improves keyboard responsiveness[22]
Bug Fixes
2.0.2 5C1 August 18, 2008
  • Improves cellular communication on the iPhone 3G
  • Removes the "Update All" button in the App Store[23]
Bug Fixes
2.1

2.1.1[a]

5F136

5F138[a]

Sugar Bowl September 12, 2008[24]

September 9, 2008[a]

Initial release on iPod Touch (2nd generation)
  • Used storage space is now visible on-device
  • Updates are now faster
  • Fixes a passcode bypass
  • Increases speed of third-party app installation
  • Improves battery life
  • Improves 3G cellular strength reporting
  • 24-hour clock is now usable to UK users
  • Fixes the calculator bug where incorrect answers were reported if a calculation involved pi
  • Adds the option to erase all data after ten failed passcode attempts
  • Adds creation of Genius playlists
Feature Update
2.2 5G77

5G77a[a]

Timberline November 21, 2008[25]
  • Performance and stability improvements for Safari
  • Street View functionality for Maps
  • Call performance improvements
  • Bug fix for email fetching
  • Wide-format HTML support for email
  • Podcasts can be downloaded over Wi-Fi or cellular
  • Adds emoji support to SoftBank users in Japan
  • Update or Restore progress is now shown in iTunes
  • Keyboard autocorrect can be disabled[26]
Feature Update
2.2.1 5H11

5H11a[a]

SUTimberline January 27, 2009
  • Improves stability of Safari
  • Fixes an issue where images saved in Mail may not appear in Camera Roll
  • Updates the baseband to prevent unofficial unlock of the iPhone 3G[27]
Bug Fixes
  1. ^ a b c d e iPod touch (2nd generation) only

iPhone OS 3Edit

Apple announced iPhone OS 3 on March 17, 2009, and it was released to the public on June 17, 2009, alongside the iPhone 3GS. Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 3 was compatible with all devices released up to that time, but not all features were available on the original iPhone. The final release supported on the original iPhone and iPod Touch (1st generation) is iPhone OS 3.1.3. The first iPad was introduced along with iPhone OS 3.2.[28][29]

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Update Type
3.0 7A341 Kirkwood June 17, 2009 Initial release on iPhone 3GS
  • Adds cut, copy and paste for text and images
  • Adds the Voice Memos application
  • Allows app developers to access third-party accessories attached to iPhone
  • Adds support for in-app purchases
  • Adds MMS to the Messages app, which replaces the SMS app, for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS only
  • Adds Voice Control for iPhone 3GS only
  • Fixes a bug where viewing maliciously crafted image files led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes multiple bugs where viewing a maliciously crafted PDF led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where connecting to a malicious Exchange server allowed disclosure of sensitive information
  • Fixes a bug where vulnerabilities in racoon led to denial of service
  • Fixes a bug that allowed someone to forcefully initiate a phone call
  • Patches a bug where viewing of a maliciously crafted MPEG-4 video caused a device reset
  • Fixes a bug where clearing Safari search history in Settings did not correctly delete it, and it was still accessible to someone with physical access
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a remote attacker to initiate a device reset
  • Fixes multiple bugs where visiting a maliciously crafted website led to cross-site scripting, arbitrary code execution, or a device reset
  • Adds support for Find My iPhone, allowing users who have purchased a MobileMe subscription to remotely track and erase their iPhone
Initial Release
3.0.1 7A400 July 31, 2009 Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted SMS message to allow arbitrary code execution[30] Bug Fixes
3.1

3.1.1[a]

7C144

7C145[a] 7C146[b]

Northstar September 9, 2009

September 17, 2009[b]

  • Allows redeeming of gift cards in the App Store
  • Improves Bluetooth performance when Wi-Fi is enabled
  • Allows saving videos from MMS messages and Mail
  • Allows remote passcode locking of a device if a subscription to MobileMe is purchased
  • Allows Bluetooth Voice Control on iPhone 3GS only
  • Triple-clicking the home button opens the Accessibility menu, with options to enable VoiceOver, Zoom, and Invert Colors
  • Calendar events now display location on the Lock Screen
  • Allows video trimming to save as a new video, instead of overwriting the original video
  • Safari will now display a message if a user attempts to visit a potentially fraudulent website
  • Genius Recommendations now recommend apps in the App Store
  • Copy+paste can now be copied to the Phone app keypad, letters pasted will be automatically converted to numbers[31]
  • Fixes a bug where opening a maliciously crafted AAC or MP3 file caused arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where deleted Mail messages were still visible in Spotlight Search
  • Fixes a passcode bypass bug
  • Fixes a bug that caused passwords to be visible
  • Fixes a bug that caused website spoofing[32]
Feature Update
3.1.2 7D11 October 8, 2009
  • Fixes a bug that caused iPhones to not wake from sleep
  • Fixes a bug that caused cellular connectivity to intermittently disconnect
  • Fixes a crash that was caused by streaming video[33]
Bug Fixes
3.1.3 7E18 SUNorthstarTwo February 2, 2010
  • Improves battery percentage accuracy on the iPhone 3GS
  • Fixes a bug that caused third-party applications to fail to launch[34]
  • Fixes a bug that caused playback of a maliciously crafted MP4 file to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug that caused viewing of a maliciously crafted .tiff file to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a passcode bypass bug[35]
Bug Fixes
iPad (1st generation) only:
3.2 7B367 Wildcat April 3, 2010 Initial release on iPad (1st generation).
  • Adds performance and experience adjustments for the iPad's larger screen
  • Adds new Human Interface Guidelines
  • Allows the Home Screen to rotate to Landscape
  • Removes the SMS/Messages, Phone, Calculator, Clock, Weather, and Stocks apps
Initial Release
3.2.1 7B405 July 15, 2010
  • Fixes a bug that caused poor Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPad (1st generation)[36]
  • Adds support for using Microsoft Bing as a search engine
  • Improves reliability of the iPad's video-out capabilities when used with a VGA adapter
  • Fixes a bug with copy+paste and PDF documents
Bug Fixes
3.2.2 7B500 August 11, 2010
  • Fixes a bug where viewing a maliciously crafted PDF led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug where code running as user may gain system privileges[37]
Bug Fixes
  1. ^ a b iPod Touch (3rd generation) only
  2. ^ a b Re-release of 3.1.1 for iPod Touch (3rd generation) only

iOS 4Edit

Apple announced iOS 4 in March 2010 and it was released to the public on June 21, 2010, alongside the iPhone 4. With this release, Apple dropped support for the original iPhone and the 1st generation iPod Touch, which is the first time Apple had dropped support for any device in an iOS release. The iPhone 3G and the 2nd generation iPod Touch were capable of running iOS 4, but had limited features. For example, both devices lack multitasking capabilities and the ability to set a home screen wallpaper. However, iOS 4 was the first major release that iPod Touch users did not have to pay any money for. The release of iOS 4.2.1 brought compatibility to the original iPad and was the final release supported on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch due to major performance issues. The release of iOS 4.3 brought iPad 2 compatibility.[38][39]

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Update Type
4.0 8A293 Apex June 21, 2010[40] Initial release for iPhone 4 GSM
  • Allows use of multiple Mail inboxes
  • Adds support for folders for app organization
  • Allows creation of music playlists
  • Introduces the iBooks app
  • Adds 5x digital zoom for iPhone 4
  • Adds tap-to-focus in the Camera app
  • Allows uses of Bluetooth keyboards
  • Allows users to gift apps to other Apple IDs in the App Store
  • Adds spellcheck
  • iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 only:
    • Adds support for multitasking
    • Adds support for setting a home screen wallpaper
  • iPhone 4 only:
    • LED flash for camera
    • 5x digital camera zoom
    • FaceTime
Initial Release
4.0.1 8A306 July 15, 2010 iPhone only
  • Changes the algorithm that displays cellular signal strength after Antennagate[41]
  • Fixes a bug with Microsoft Exchange accounts
Bug Fixes
4.0.2 8A400 August 11, 2010
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted PDF to lead to arbitrary code execution[42]
  • Fixes a bug that allows code running as user to gain system privileges
Bug Fixes
4.1 8B117

8B118[a]

Baker September 8, 2010 Initial release on iPod Touch (4th generation)
  • Adds HDR photo capture support to the iPhone 4
  • Allows upload of high definition videos captured on the iPhone 4 to YouTube and MobileMe
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted .tiff image to lead to arbitrary code execution[43]
  • Fixes a bug that allowed an attacker in a privileged network position to redirect FaceTime calls
  • Fixes multiple bugs that caused visiting a maliciously crafted website to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Exclusive to iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch (3rd generation):
    • Game Center, a service that allows syncing of game save data, achievements, and more
Feature Update
4.2 Unknown Unknown November 22, 2010[44]
  • Adds AirPlay, allowing devices to stream audio or video to the Apple TV (1st generation)
  • Adds AirPrint, allowing devices to print wirelessly to some HP ePrint printers
  • Allows users to create a free MobileMe account to access Find My iPhone, which allows location tracking and remote locking or wiping of a device
  • Adds all features added in iOS 4.0 for iPhones to the iPad (1st generation)
Feature Update
4.2.1[b] 8C148

8C148a[c]

Jasper Last version of iOS to run on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch (2nd generation) due to hardware and performance issues.
  • Replaces iOS 4.2 as iOS 4.2 prevented Wi-Fi from working on the iPad (1st generation), iOS 4.2 was later pulled from public view
Bug Fixes
iPhone 4 (GSM) and iPad 2 only
4.3 8F190

8F191[d]

Durango March 4, 2011 Initial release on iPad 2
  • Adds personal hotspot to the iPhone 4 (GSM)
  • Introduces iTunes home sharing
  • Improves AirPlay[46][47]
  • Fixes multiple vulnerabilities in FreeType
  • Fixes multiple bugs that caused viewing maliciously crafted .tiff images to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes many, many bugs in WebKit that caused viewing a maliciously crafted website to lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug that allowed an attacker connected to the same network as an iPhone to be able to trigger a remote reset
Initial Release, Feature Update
4.3.1 8G4 March 25, 2011
  • Fixes iPod touch screen glitches
  • Fixes bugs that prevented activation and connection of iPhones[48]
  • Fixes image flicker when using Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Updates SSL certificates after fraudulent certificates were issued by a Comodo affiliate registration authority
  • Fixes multiple bugs that caused viewing of a maliciously crafted website to lead to arbitrary code execution[49]
Bug Fixes
4.3.2 8H7

8H8[e]

April 14, 2011
  • Fixes a bug that caused FaceTime calls to freeze
  • Fixes connectivity issues on cellular-equipped iPads
  • Updates SSL certificates after fraudulent certificates were issued by a Comodo affiliate registration authority
  • Fixes multiple bugs that caused viewing of a maliciously crafted website to lead to arbitrary code execution[50]
Bug Fixes
4.3.3 8J2 May 4, 2011 Fixes a bug that caused location to be reported incorrectly[51] Bug Fixes
4.3.4 8K2 July 15, 2011
  • Fixes bugs that caused viewing a maliciously crafted PDF to cause arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug that caused code running as user to gain system privileges[52]
Bug Fixes
4.3.5 8L1 July 25, 2011 Fixes a bug that allowed an attacker in a privileged network position to capture and/or modify data in SSL/TLS-protected network sessions Bug Fixes
iPhone 4 (CDMA) only
4.2.5 8E128 Unknown January 11, 2011 Preview release on iPhone 4 (CDMA). Only available to reviewers, never shipped on release devices Preview Release
4.2.6 8E200 Phoenix January 31, 2011 Initial release on iPhone 4 (CDMA), as while 4.2.5 also came with the device, 4.2.6 was the first public version.
  • Bug fixes for personal hotspots
Initial Release
4.2.7 8E303 April 14, 2011
  • Fixes a bug that caused FaceTime calls to freeze
  • Updates SSL certificates after fraudulent certificates were issued by a Comodo affiliate registration authority
  • Fixes multiple bugs that caused viewing of a maliciously crafted website to lead to arbitrary code execution[49][50]
Bug Fixes
4.2.8 8E401 May 4, 2011 Fixes a bug that caused location to be reported incorrectly[51] Bug Fixes
4.2.9 8E501 July 15, 2011
  • Fixes bugs that caused viewing a maliciously crafted PDF to cause arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug that caused code running as user to gain system privileges[52]
Bug Fixes
4.2.10 8E600 July 25, 2011 Fixes a bug that allowed an attacker in a privileged network position to capture and/or modify data in SSL/TLS-protected network sessions[52] Bug Fixes
  1. ^ iPod Touch (4th generation) only
  2. ^ No public release of iOS 4.2 is available, due to an issue that impacted Wi-Fi functionality on the iPad.[45]
  3. ^ iPhone 3GS only
  4. ^ iPad 2 only
  5. ^ iPad 2 (CDMA) only

iOS 5Edit

Apple announced iOS 5 on June 6, 2011, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on October 12, 2011, alongside the iPhone 4S.[54] Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release; iOS 5 was released for the iPhone 3GS onwards, iPod Touch (3rd generation) onwards, and the iPad (1st generation) onwards.[55] The release of iOS 5.1 brought support for the iPad (3rd generation). iOS 5.1.1 was the final release supported for the iPad (1st generation) and iPod Touch (3rd generation).

Version Build Codename Release date Notes Update Type
5.0 9A334 Telluride October 12, 2011 Initial release on iPhone 4S
  • Introduces iCloud
    • Devices can be set up, activated, and configured with Setup Assistant without iTunes
    • System updates can now be installed via Settings, not requiring iTunes
    • Music, Photos, Documents, Apps, Contacts, and more can be synced in iCloud
    • Find My iPhone allows users to track their iPhones running iOS 5
    • Apps and Books now have purchase history and can be automatically updated
  • Introduces the Notification Center
    • Notifications now briefly appear at the top of the screen
    • Notifications can be viewed from Lock Screen
    • Slide notifications on Lock Screen right to go to the app
  • Introduces iMessage
    • Other iOS 5 users can send and receive unlimited text, photo, and video messages with other iOS 5 users
    • iMessages can track delivery and read receipts
    • All messages are encrypted
    • Support for group messages
    • iMessage works over Wi-Fi and cellular
  • Integrates Twitter into Settings
  • Adds a Camera shortcut to a sleeping device
    • Double-click the home button to open the Camera app
    • Volume Up takes a picture
    • Overlays grid lines to better line up shots
    • Pinch to zoom is added to the preview screen
    • Red-eye removal, crop and rotate, and one-tap enhance edit features have been added to Photos
  • Text in Mail can be formatted with bold, italic, or underlines
  • Text can be indented
  • Personal photos can be used for Game Center profiles
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures to the iPad 2
    • Use 4 or 5 fingers to pinch to the home screen
    • Swipe left or right to switch between apps
  • Improves Accessibility features
    • LED flash can be lit when receiving a call or an alert on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
    • Highlighted text can be spoken aloud
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a user's Apple ID password to be logged to a local file
  • Fixes a bug that allowed remote attackers to reset a device
  • Fixes a bug that allowed local attackers to reset a device
  • Fixes a bug that allowed local attackers to recover the parental controls passcode
Initial Release
5.0.1 9A405 November 10, 2011
  • Fixes a bug that caused iPhone battery life to deplete rapidly
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures to the iPad 1
  • Fixes a bug that caused Documents to fail to sync to iCloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users
  • Fixes a bug that allowed an application to execute unsigned code
  • Fixes a bug that allowed local attackers to access user data on a locked iPad 2
Bug Fixes
9A406[a] December 12, 2011 Fixes an issue that caused iPhone 4S users' phones to report "No SIM" or "No Service" when a valid, active SIM was inserted Bug Fixes
5.1 9B176

9B179[a]

Hoodoo March 7, 2012 Initial release on iPad (3rd generation)
  • Adds Japanese support for Siri
  • Photos can be deleted from Photo Stream
  • The Camera shortcut is now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod Touch 4
  • Camera face detection now highlights all faces
  • The camera app has been redesigned for iPad 2
  • Adds Genius Mixes and Genius Playlists for iTunes Match subscribers
  • Audio for TV shows and movies is tweaked to sound louder and clearer for iPad
  • Adds playback speed and a 30-second rewind option for Podcasts on iPad
  • Improves battery life
  • Updates the AT&T network indicator
  • Fixes a bug that caused audio to drop for outgoing phone calls
  • Increases App Store app download limit over 3G to 50MB, from 20MB
  • Fixes a bug where applications could bypass their sandbox
  • Fixes a lock screen bypass
  • Fixes a bug that caused web browsing history to be recorded in Private Browsing
Feature Update
5.1.1 9B206 May 7, 2012
  • Improves reliability of HDR photos being taken using the Lock Screen Camera shortcut
  • Fixes a bug that caused the iPad 2 to fail to switch between 2G and 3G networks
  • Fixes a bug that affected AirPlay video playback from working correctly
  • Fixes an issue where "Unable to Purchase" displayed after a successful App Store purchase
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted website to spoof the currently loaded website link
Bug Fixes
9B208[b] May 25, 2012
  1. ^ a b iPhone 4S only
  2. ^ iPhone 4 (GSM) only

iOS 6Edit

Apple announced iOS 6 on June 11, 2012, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2012, alongside the iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation), and iPad (4th generation). With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPod Touch (3rd generation) and the iPad (1st generation) due to performance issues, and offered only limited support on the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation).[citation needed] The iPhone 4 onwards, the iPod Touch (5th generation), the iPad 2 onwards and the iPad Mini (1st generation) were fully supported.[56] iOS 6.1.6 was the final release supported for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation).

Version Build Codename Release date Notes Update Type
6.0 10A403

10A405[a] 10A406[b] 10A407[c]

Sundance September 19, 2012 Initial release on iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad mini (1st generation), and iPad (4th generation)
  • Introduces Apple Maps, to replace Google Maps
  • Siri can now tell you sports information
  • Facebook has been integrated into Settings
  • FaceTime calls can now be done over cellular data on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPad 3 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Do Not Disturb can be activated to suppress incoming calls and notifications
  • Adds the Reply with Message feature if a call is declined
  • Adds the Clock app to the iPad
  • Custom vibrations can be set for alerts on iPhone
  • Fixes a bug that allows a local attacker to learn what third-party app was in use before the device was locked
  • Fixes bugs that allowed a local attacker to bypass a device locked with a passcode
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a local attacker to initiate a FaceTime call on a locked device
  • Fixes a bug that allowed users to make purchases without inputting Apple ID credentials
  • Fixes a bug that caused SMS messages to disrupt cellular connectivity
Initial Release
6.0.1 10A523

10A525[a] 10A8426[d]

November 1, 2012
  • Fixes a bug that prevented iPhone 5 from installing updates wirelessly
  • Fixes a bug that prevented camera flash from activating
  • Fixes a bug that prevented cellular connectivity from being available
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted website to execute arbitrary code[57][58]
Bug Fixes
6.0.2 10A550[e]

10A551[a] 10A8500[f]

December 18, 2012 iPhone 5 and iPad mini (1st generation) only
  • Fixes a bug that prevented Wi-Fi from working[59][60]
Bug Fixes
6.1 10B141

10B142[g] 10B143[a] 10B144[h]

Brighton January 28, 2013
  • Adds support for more LTE cellular carriers
  • Integrates Siri and Fandango to allow Siri to purchase movie tickets (U.S. only)
  • Adds the Reset Advertising Identifier button in Settings
  • iTunes Match subscribers can download individual songs from iCloud[61][62]
Feature Update
6.1.1 10B145 February 11, 2013 iPhone 4S only, improves cellular reliability for iPhone 4S[63][64] Bug Fixes
6.1.2 10B146

10B147[f]

February 19, 2013 Fixes a bug in Exchange calendar that increased network activity and reduced battery life[65][66] Bug Fixes
6.1.3 10B329 BrightonMaps March 19, 2013
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a passcode lock screen bypass to access the Phone app
  • Improves the Maps app in Japan
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a user to execute unsigned code[67][68]
Bug Fixes
Exclusive to iPhone 5
6.1.4 10B350 BrightonMaps May 2, 2013 Fixes a speakerphone bug for iPhone 5[69][70] Bug Fixes
Exclusive to iPod touch (4th generation)
6.1.5 10B400 BrightonMaps November 14, 2013 Fixes a bug for iPod Touch 4 that caused FaceTime calls to fail[71][72] Bug Fixes
Exclusive to iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)
6.1.6 10B500 BrightonMaps February 21, 2014 Fixes the infamous goto fail; SSL verification bug[73][74] Bug Fixes
  1. ^ a b c d iPhone 5 only
  2. ^ iPad mini (1st generation) and iPod Touch (5th generation) only
  3. ^ iPad (4th generation) only
  4. ^ iPad (4th generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and iPad mini (1st generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) only
  5. ^ iPad mini (1st generation) (Wi-Fi) only
  6. ^ a b iPad mini (1st generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) only
  7. ^ iPhone 4S only
  8. ^ iPhone 4 (GSM) and iPod Touch (4th generation) only

iOS 7Edit

Apple announced iOS 7 on June 10, 2013, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 18, 2013, alongside the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 3GS due to hardware limitations and the iPod Touch (4th generation) due to performance issues. iOS 7 has limited support on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 since they do not support Siri. However, other devices from the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad (3rd generation) onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards were fully supported. The release of iOS 7.0.3 brought support for the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2. iOS 7.1.2 was the final release on the iPhone 4.

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Update Type
7.0 11A465

11A466[a]

Innsbruck September 18, 2013 Initial release on iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
  • Completely redesigns iOS UI to be flatter, and moves away from skeuomorphism
  • Adds Parallax effect that subtly shifts icons when the phone screen is rotated
  • Supports Touch ID function for iPhone 5S
  • Adds Control Center, a menu with useful buttons that is accessed from swiping up from the bottom of the screen
  • Introduces AirDrop, which allows sharing files between iPhones on iPhone 5 and newer
  • Unifies link bar and search bar in Safari
  • Introduces Find My iPhone activation lock, which prevents a device from being reactivated if Find My iPhone is on without the original owner's email and password
  • Allows playing music from iCloud in the Music app
  • Allows FaceTime calls using audio only
  • Allows blocking of unwanted Phone, Messages, and FaceTime callers
Initial Release
7.0.1[a] 11A470a September 20, 2013 iTunes purchases can now be done with Touch ID[75] Feature Update
7.0.2 11A501 September 26, 2013
  • Lock screen bypass fix
  • Restores Greek keyboard functionality for passcode entry[76]
Bug Fixes
7.0.3 11B511 InnsbruckTaos October 23, 2013 Initial release on iPad Air (1st generation) and iPad mini 2
  • Support for iCloud Keychain and password generator for the Safari web browser
  • Delays appearance of Slide to Unlock when Touch ID is in use
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iMessage from working for some users
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iMessage from activating for some users
  • Updates Bold Text to also bold the Phone keypad text
  • Fixes bug that allows a locked iPhone to place a call to any number
  • Fixes bug that prevented the passcode attempt limit to be bypassed
Feature Update
7.0.4 11B554a November 14, 2013
  • Addresses issue that made some FaceTime calls fail[77]
  • Addresses issue that allowed App Store and iTunes Store purchases to be made without proper authorization
Bug Fixes
7.0.5[a] 11B601 January 29, 2014 Fix correcting network provisioning for some iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models in China.[78] Bug Fixes
7.0.6 11B651 February 21, 2014
  • Fixes an SSL connection verification issue.[79][80]
  • Fixes bug that allowed a privileged person in a network to intercept data in SSL/TLS sessions
Bug Fixes
7.1 11D167

11D169[b]

Sochi March 10, 2014
  • Improves iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Introduces CarPlay,[81] which allows all Lightning-equipped iPhones to run some iOS apps in a compatible car
  • Adds manual control to when Siri will stop listening by releasing the home button, rather than waiting for Siri to recognize you've stopped talking
  • Home screen crash fix
  • Adds Bold Font support to the keyboard, calculator, and many glyphs
  • Adds automatic HDR support for the iPhone 5S
  • Fixes the Mail app to show more than 10,000 unread emails
  • Automatically clears FaceTime notifications if a call is answered on a different device
  • Updates root certificates
  • Some performance improvements for iPhone 4
  • Fixes bug that allows altered backups to edit the iPhone's filesystem
  • Fixes bug that allowed deleted photos to appear behind transparent photos in Photos
  • Fixes bug that allows a user to disable Find My iPhone without entering the account's iCloud password
  • Fixes bug that allows a user to view the home screen when the device is not activated
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a website to initiate and forcefully accept a FaceTime audio call
Feature Update
7.1.1 11D201 April 22, 2014
  • Further improves iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint recognition
  • Fixes a bug that prevented Bluetooth keyboard responsiveness
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Bluetooth keyboard use when VoiceOver is enabled[82]
Bug Fixes
7.1.2 11D257 June 30, 2014
  • Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.[83]
  • Fixes a bug with data transfer between iPhone and third-party accessories, such as barcode scanners
  • Fixes an issue with data protection of Mail attachments
Bug Fixes
  1. ^ a b c iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S only
  2. ^ iPhone 4 (GSM) only

iOS 8Edit

Apple announced iOS 8 on June 2, 2014, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 17, 2014, alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for one device, the iPhone 4. iOS 8 has limited support on the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and the iPod Touch (5th generation),[citation needed] as Apple received widespread complaints of extremely poor/slow performance from owners of these devices. All other devices from the iPhone 5 onwards, iPod Touch (6th generation) onwards, the iPad (4th generation) onwards, and the iPad Mini 2 onwards were fully supported. The release of iOS 8.1 brought support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, and the release of iOS 8.4 brought support for the iPod Touch (6th generation). iOS 8.3 was the first version of iOS to have public beta testing available, where users could test the beta for upcoming releases of iOS and send feedback to Apple about bugs or issues. The final version of iOS 8 was iOS 8.4.1.

Version Build Darwin version Release date Notes Update Type
8.0 12A365

12A366[a]

Okemo September 17, 2014 Initial release on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Adds Tap to Talk to send a voice recording, video, or photo with a swipe
  • Group Messages can now be named
  • Members can be added or removed during a Group Message rather than just at the beginning
  • Photos' light and color levels can easily be edited with a swipe
  • Controls are more fine-tuned
  • Photos can be searched for by date, location, or album name
  • Third-party photo filters and editing tools can be integrated into photos
  • Time-lapse mode has been added to Camera
  • Exposure can be adjusted with a nudge
  • Panoramic phots can be taken with iPad Air and iPad mini 2
  • Adds Continuity, for iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4, iPad Air 1, iPad mini 2, and iPod Touch 5
    • Calls and SMS/MMS messages can be made from an iPad or Mac
    • Instant Hotspots can be made to automatically share users' cellular connections to their other devices
    • Compatibility with OS X Yosemite has been added to AirDrop
  • Siri can now purchase content from the iTunes Store
  • "Hey, Siri" can now be used activate Siri using just a user's voice to recognize your voice when the device is plugged in
  • Siri can use Shazam to identify the playing music
  • Safari can now use DuckDuckGo as a search engine
  • Notes can edit rich text
  • Fixes a bug where an attacker can obtain Wi-Fi credentials
  • Fixes a bug where a malicious application may be able to identify the Apple ID associated with the device
  • Fixes a bug where the device may fail to lock the screen if AssistiveTouch is enabled
  • Fixes a bug where a local attacker may be able to install unverified applications without permission
  • Fixes a bug where an iOS device may think it is up to date
  • Fixes a bug where clicking on a FaceTime link in Mail triggers an audio FaceTime call without prompting
  • Fixes a bug where iCloud Activation Lock may be bypassed
  • Encrypts location data sent by the Weather app
  • Fixes a bug that allowed users to be tracked by their Wi-Fi MAC addresses
Initial Release
8.0.1 12A402 September 24, 2014
  • Enables third-party HealthKit app support
  • Fixes a bug where third-party keyboards become deselected after a user enters their passcode
  • Fixes an issue that prevented apps from accessing the Photo Library
  • Improves reliability of Reachability on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Addresses an issue that caused high data usage when receiving SMS/MMS messages
  • Better support of Ask To Buy for Family Sharing for In-App Purchases
  • Fixes a bug where custom ringtones failed to restore from iCloud backups
  • Fixes a bug that caused photos and videos to fail to upload in Safari
  • Disables cellular reception on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Disables Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus[84][85][86]
Bug Fixes
8.0.2 12A405 September 25, 2014
  • Reenables cellular reception on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • Reenables Touch ID on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus[87][88][89]
Bug Fixes
8.1 12B410

12B411[b]

OkemoTaos October 20, 2014 Initial release on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
  • Introduces Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the United States
  • Adds support for iCloud Photo Library (beta), allowing users to store photos in iCloud
  • Restores the Camera Roll in Photos
  • Alerts iPhone users that they are low on space before capturing Time-Lapse video
  • Fixes a bug that prevented messages from being marked as read
  • Adds the ability to select 2G, 3G, or LTE networks for cellular data[90]
  • Allows HealthKit apps to access Health data in the background
  • Allows use of OS X Caching Server for iOS updates
  • Fixes a bug where a maliciously crafted Bluetooth device may bypass pairing
  • Fixes a bug where QuickType may learn users' credentials
Feature Update
8.1.1 12B435

12B436[c]

SUOkemoTaos November 17, 2014
  • Increases performance for iPhone 4S and iPad 2[91]
  • Fixes a bug where a local user can execute unsigned code
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a local attacker to bypass the maximum incorrect passcode attempt count
Bug Fixes
8.1.2 12B440 December 9, 2014 Fixes an issue where ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store would be unexpectedly removed from an iOS device[92] Bug Fixes
8.1.3 12B466 SUOkemoTaosTwo January 27, 2015
  • Reduces OTA software update size
  • Fixes a bug that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password to enable iMessage and FaceTime
  • Fixes an issue that caused multitasking gestures to stop working on iPads[93][94]
Bug Fixes
8.2 12D508 OkemoZurs March 9, 2015
  • Adds support for the Apple Watch on iPhone 5 and later
    • Introduces the Watch app to pair and sync Watches
    • Introduces the Activity app to view fitness data and achievements; only appears when a Watch is paired
  • Allows setting the unit of measurement for distance, body temperature, weight, high, and blood glucose levels
  • Improves stability of many apps
  • Fixes an issue where Maps failed to navigate correctly to Favorite locations
  • Fixes an issue where duplicated iTunes purchases prevented an iCloud backup from completing
  • Fixes an issue where music and playlists failed to sync from iTunes to Music
  • Fixes an issue where all Calendar events appear in GMT instead of the user's local time zone
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
  • Fixes units for vitamins and minerals[95][96]
  • Fixes a bug where a local attacker may be able to view the home screen of an unactivated device
Bug Fixes
8.3 12F69

12F70[d]

Stowe April 8, 2015
  • Improves launch performance for many applications
  • Fixes a bug that caused users to be continually prompted for login credentials for Wi-Fi networks
  • Fixes a random disconnect bug for Wi-Fi
  • Fixes a bug that prevented a device from rotating its screen orientation from landscape to portrait
  • Fixes a bug that caused screen rotation to appear upside down on iPhone 6 Plus
  • Fixes a bug that caused group messages to split
  • Redesigns the Emoji keyboard and adds over 300 new emojis
  • iCloud Photo Library is now out of beta with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3
  • Adds new languages to Siri
    • English (India)
    • English (New Zealand)
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Turkish
    • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
    • Arabic (United Arab Emirates)
    • Hebrew (Isreal)
  • Improves stability for many system applications
  • Fixes a bug that caused Slide to Unlock to fail to unlock the device
  • Fixes a bug that caused time to incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock Screen[97]
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a malicious application to guess the device's passcode
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a local attacker to bypass the maximum incorrect passcode attempt limit
  • Fixes a bug that prevented a device from erasing itself after 10 incorrect passcode inputs
Feature Update
8.4 12H143 Copper June 30, 2015 Initial release on iPod touch (6th generation)
  • Introduces Apple Music, a subscription service for Music[98][99]
    • The Music app icon is redesigned
    • Adds the For You tab, where playlist and album recommendations are delivered by music experts
    • Adds the New tab, where newly published music is available
    • Adds the My Music tab, which shows all iTunes purchases, playlists, Apple Music songs, and more in one place
    • Introduces the MiniPlayer
    • iTunes Store can still be used to buy music
    • Audiobooks are moved to iBooks from Music
  • The iBooks app is redesigned
    • Now Playing is added to iBooks for audiobooks
    • Made for iBooks books now work on both iPhone and iPad
    • Audiobooks can be downloaded inside iBooks
    • Fixes a bug that prevented books from being downloaded from iCloud
    • Fixes a bug where deleted Apple Watch apps may reinstall themselves
    • Fixes a bug where visiting a maliciously crafted website may allow Apple ID takeover
    • Fixes a bug that allowed maliciously crafted SIM cards to execute arbitrary code
    • Fixes a bug that allowed maliciously crafted websites to spoof UI elements
Feature Update
8.4.1 12H321 Donner August 13, 2015
  • Bug fixes for Apple Music[100]
    • Fixes multiple bugs that prevented enabling iCloud Music Library
    • Fixes a bug that hid added Apple Music if Apple Music was set to show offline music only
    • Fixes an issue that may show incorrect artwork
    • Fixes multiple issues for artists posting to Connect
    • Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn't work when listening to Beats 1
    • Fixes a bug that allowed a maliciously crafted Apple File Conduit, or AFC command to access protected parts of the filesystem
    • Fixes a bug that allowed a malicious website to spawn an infinite number of alert messages, preventing iOS from being used without a force restart
    • Fixes a bug that allowed FaceTime calls to be forcefully accepted
    • Patches security flaws that allowed the TaiG jailbreak to work.
Bug Fixes

iOS 9Edit

Apple announced iOS 9 on June 8, 2015, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 16, 2015, alongside the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPad Mini 4. With this release, Apple did not drop support for any iOS devices. Therefore, iOS 9 was supported on the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. However, iOS 9 has limited support on devices with an Apple A5 or A5X processor: the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation).[citation needed] This release made the iPad 2 the first device to support six major releases of iOS, supporting iOS 4 through iOS 9. Despite Apple's promise of better performance on these devices, there were still widespread complaints that the issue had not been fixed. iOS 9.3.5 is the final release on the iPod Touch (5th generation), the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, the Wi-Fi-only iPad (3rd generation), and the Wi-Fi-only iPad Mini (1st generation). iOS 9.3.6 is the final release on the iPhone 4S, the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad 2, the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad (3rd generation), and the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad Mini (1st generation).

Version Build Codename Release date Notes Update Type
9.0 13A340[a]

13A342[b] 13A343[c] 13A344

Monarch September 16, 2015 Initial release on iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPad mini 4
  • Allows Siri to search personal photos and videos based on dates, locations, album names, etc.
  • Ask Siri can now remind users about things they have viewed in apps
  • Siri can now be asked for directions via public transit
  • Phone calls, FaceTime calls, and Messages conversations can now be initiated from contacts searched in Spotlight Search
  • iPad Only
    • Adds Slide Over, allowing users to switch between apps without exiting the current app, for Apple apps and supported third-party apps
    • Split View allows using two apps at once with Apple apps and supported third-party apps, with resizeable windows
    • Picture-in-picture video support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos, Podcasts, and supported third-party apps
  • Adds support in Maps for public transit, station details, schedules, and directions
  • Adds indicator for Apple Pay support on place cards
  • Allows adding photos to Notes from Photo Library or Camera
  • Can now draw notes with your finger
  • Redesigns the News app
  • Adds support for Discover cards with Apple Pay
  • Apple Pay can be prepared by double-tapping Home and keeping one's finger on Home
  • Increases battery life
  • Software updates now take up less space, can be installed later after downloading
  • Apple apps and the UI now use Metal to render, for better performance
  • Using a six-digit passcode is now default instead of a four-digit passcode
  • San Francisco is now the default system font
  • Wi-Fi assist automatically uses cellular data if Wi-Fi connectivity is poor
  • Content can be transferred from an Android device to an iOS device with the Move to iOS app
Initial Release
9.0.1 13A404 September 23, 2015
  • Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
  • Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
  • Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos apps where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
  • Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data
Bug Fixes
13A405[d] September 24, 2015
9.0.2 13A452 September 30, 2015
  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
  • Fixes an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Fixes an issue where an iCloud backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Fixes an issue where a lock screen issue allowed access to photos and contacts on a locked device
  • Improved the stability of Podcasts app
Bug Fixes
9.1 13B143 Boulder October 21, 2015 Initial release on iPad Pro 12.9" (1st generation)
  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when the iPhone is raised or lowered, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements p
  • Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
  • Improved overall stability, including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari and Search
  • Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Game Center from launching some users
  • Fixes an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
  • Fixes an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
  • Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
  • Fixes an issue that left a gray bar in the body of an audio message
  • Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store
Feature Update
13B144[e] November 17, 2015
9.2 13C75 Castlerock December 8, 2015
  • Apple Music improvements
    • Ability to create a new playlist when adding a song to a playlist
    • Most recently changed playlist is now listed at the top when adding songs to playlist
    • Ability to download albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping the iCloud download button
    • New download indicator next to each song in My Music and Playlists
    • See works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog
  • iBooks now supports listening to an audiobook while browsing the library, reading other books, or exploring the iBooks Store
  • iPhone support for USB Camera Adapter to import photos and videos
  • Siri support for Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)
  • Bug fixes
Feature Update
9.2.1 13D15 Dillon January 19, 2016
  • Fixes many bugs that allowed local users to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges
  • Fixes multiple bugs where visiting a malicious website led to arbitrary code execution
  • Fixes a bug that allowed captive web portals to read and write user's cookies
Bug Fixes
13D20[f] February 18, 2016
9.3 13E233

13E234[g]

Eagle March 21, 2016 Initial release on iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • Adds support for a new feature named Night Shift which, manually or automatically (based on user preference), makes the display color warmer so it is easier to view at night. Users can adjust the color temperature in the Settings app
    • Night Shift works only on 64-bit devices
  • Adds support for protecting notes inside the Notes app with a passcode or Touch ID
  • Support for pairing multiple Apple Watches to your iPhone
  • Support for Spanish (Latin America) display language
  • Siri support for Finnish, Hebrew and Malay
  • Fixes an issue where manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier could prevent 64-bit devices from turning on after a restart
Feature Update
13E236[h] March 25, 2016 Builds 13E236 and 13E237 were issued to devices that were affected by the Activation Lock bug. These re-issued builds helped correct the issue after the prior builds were withdrawn Bug Fixes
13E237[i] March 28, 2016
9.3.1 13E238 March 31, 2016
  • Fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari or other apps
  • Fixes an issue where connecting to a fake Apple time server which sets system time to January 1, 1970 can cause 64-bit devices to overheat and become unresponsive after a restart
Bug Fixes
9.3.2 13F69 Frisco May 16, 2016
  • Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to iPhone SE
  • Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail
  • Fixes an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages
  • Fixes an issue for VoiceOver users, using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces
Bug Fixes
13F72[j] June 2, 2016 A previous build of iOS 9.3.2 bricked some iPad Pros 9.7-inch. Build 13F72 fixes this issue
9.3.3 13G34 Genoa July 18, 2016
  • Fixes multiple bugs that allow for arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a local attacker to access contact information
  • Fixes a bug where visiting a malicious website can allow spoofing UI elements
Bug Fixes
9.3.4 13G35 August 4, 2016 Fixes a memory corruption vulnerability in IOMobileFrameBuffer found by Team Pangu that allows arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges Bug Fixes
9.3.5 13G36 August 25, 2016
  • Fixes bugs with the kernel that allow memory access and arbitrary code execution
Bug Fixes
Exclusive to iPhone 4S, iPad Mini (1st generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular), iPad 2 (CDMA) and iPad (3rd generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
9.3.6 13G37 Genoa July 22, 2019 Fixes an issue that would prevent cellular devices from maintaining an accurate GPS position after November 3, 2019 Bug Fixes

iOS 10Edit

Apple announced iOS 10 on June 13, 2016, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 13, 2016, alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for devices using an A5 or A5X processor: the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation). iOS 10 has limited support on devices with 32-bit processors: the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad (4th generation).[citation needed] However, the iPhone 5S onwards, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air onwards, and the iPad Mini 2 onwards are fully supported. The release of iOS 10.2.1 brought support for the iPad (5th generation), and iOS 10.3.2 brought support for the iPad Pro (10.5-inch) and the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2nd generation). iOS 10.3.3 is the final supported release for the iPhone 5C and the Wi-Fi-only iPad (4th generation). iOS 10.3.4 is the final supported release for the iPhone 5 and the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad (4th generation). iOS 10 is the last iOS version to run on 32-bit processors and also the last to run 32-bit apps.

iOS 10.0
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C

Version Build Release date Features
10.0 14A346 P7I P7Q P7PI P7PQ September 13, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-09-13) Initial release on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • Allow hiding home screen icons of most built-in apps:
    • Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch app, Weather.
  • New Sounds
    • Locking device.
    • Keyboard Clicks.
    • 2 new voices added to Arabic voiceover.
  • Lock Screen
    • Swipe left to open Camera.
    • Swipe right for Today view.
    • Press home button to unlock device (Removed Slide to Unlock).
  • Messages
    • Expressive Messaging
      • Bubble effects allows sending messages loudly, gently, with a slam or with invisible ink.
      • Full-screen effects.
      • Tapback for quick replies to messages, links and photos.
      • Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper.
      • Digital Touch allows sending of sketches, taps and heartbeats.
      • Tap to replace can emojify text with just a tap.
      • Rich links show a preview of shared web pages.
    • iMessage apps
      • New App Store for iMessage.
      • Use the power of apps in Messages to share and collaborate with friends.
      • Download stickers to send and place on text bubbles and photos.
  • Siri
    • Siri now works with the following types of apps.
      • Messaging apps to send, search and read back text messages.
      • VoIP apps to make phone calls.
      • Photo apps to search for images and photos.
      • Ride service apps to book rides.
      • Payment apps to make personal payments.
      • Fitness apps to start, stop and pause workouts.
      • CarPlay carmaker apps to adjust climate, radio, seat and personal settings.
  • Maps
    • All-new look.
      • Proactive suggestions for places user is likely to go next, based on routine or appointments in Calendar.
      • Improved search with new callout design, clustered results and category filters.
      • Home, work, favourite locations and locations from upcoming Calendar events are displayed on the map.
      • Displays where the users car is parked via CarPlay or Bluetooth.
      • Weather for the currently viewed area.
    • Extensions
      • Make a reservation within Maps using extensions from participating reservations apps.
      • Book a ride to a destination within Maps using extensions from participating ride service apps.
      • Turn-by-turn navigation improvements.
      • Search along route for petrol stations, food and coffee shops.
      • Automatic view adjustment of the road ahead.
      • Use pan and zoom during navigation.
      • Option to avoid tolls and motorways.
  • Photos
    • Advanced face recognition designed with deep learning to automatically group similar faces together.
    • Object and scene recognition to intelligently search for photos by what's in them using computer vision that scans the photo library locally on the device.
    • Places album to see all photos, videos and Live Photos on a map.
    • Memories
      • Intelligently highlights forgotten events, trips and people, and presents them in a collection.
      • Memory movies automatically edited with theme music, titles and cinematic transitions.
      • Related memories to rediscover photos, based on location, time, people, scenes and objects.
      • Easily share with family and friends.
    • Brilliance control applies region-specific adjustments to brightness, highlights and contrast.
  • Home
    • New Home app to securely manage and control HomeKit-enabled accessories.
    • Scenes to control groups of accessories with just a tap.
    • Rich notifications with quick actions to control accessories.
    • Optionally share home access with family and friends.
    • Remote access and automation of accessories with Apple TV or iPad.
  • Apple Music
    • An all-new design.
    • Navigate Library with modified menu and see all the Downloaded Music that can play on device while offline.
    • See recommendations in For You that highlight mixes, playlists, albums and Connect posts – selected based on their music and artist preferences.
    • Browse to see exclusive releases, find curated playlists and discover the most important new releases – picked by editors.
    • Modified Radio interface – clearly see what's live on Beats 1, hear favourite shows on demand or choose a curated station for any genre of music.
    • Modified Now Playing interface – swipe up to view available lyrics and quickly see or edit songs that are coming up next.
  • Apple News
    • All-new design in For You adds bold typography, vibrant colour and distinct sections to find stories on specific topics.
    • Important stories of the day within Top Stories – updated by editors throughout the day.
    • Find most popular stories right now within Trending Stories – selected based on what others are reading.
    • User can see all stories grouped into sections based on the topics they follow or read.
    • Featured Stories – selected by editors.
    • Share stories – tap the icon on any story to send it to a friend from For You.
    • Receive breaking news notifications from users trusted sources.
    • Subscribe to favourite magazines and newspapers directly in News.
    • New personalised Today View widget lets user keep up with the latest stories throughout the day.
  • Experience
    • Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as iPhone is raised.P6S P6SP PSE P7 P7P
    • Rich notifications that support real-time information, audio, photos and videos.
    • Today view is redesigned and supports all-new widgets for apps like Weather, Up Next, Maps, Stocks and more.
    • Control Center is redesigned including dedicated cards for music playback and Home.
    • Expanded use of 3D Touch.
      • Lock screen notifications to support an expanded view and access to quick actions.
      • New quick actions for built-in apps like Weather, Stocks, Reminders, Health, Home, FaceTime, iCloud Drive and Settings.
      • Home screen widgets.
      • Control Center for access to quick actions for Torch, Timer, Calculator and Camera.
      • Clear all in Notification Center.
  • QuickType
    • New emoji, including gender-diverse options to existing characters, single-parent family variations, rainbow flag and redesigns of popular emoji.
    • Contextual predictions for current location, recent addresses, contact information and calendar availability using deep neural network technology.
    • Emoji predictions.
    • Calendar events are intelligently populated using deep learning technology with information from conversations in Mail and Messages.
    • Multilingual typing now lets user type in two languages at once without having to switch keyboards.
    • Rest & Type on iPad intelligently adapts to users unique typing patterns.
    • Predictive typing now uses deep neural network technology for greater prediction accuracy.
  • Phone
    • Voicemail transcription (beta).
    • Spam call alerts with spam call identification apps.
    • Support for third-party VoIP apps receiving calls on the Lock screen, including support for Call Waiting, Mute and Do Not Disturb.
  • Contacts
    • Emergency bypass allows call and text notifications to sound aloud regardless of silent or Do Not Disturb mode.
  • Other improvements
    • Apple Pay in Safari P6 P6P P6S P6SP PSE P7 P7P.
    • View two pages at once using Split View in Safari on iPad.
    • Notes collaboration lets user invite people to work on notes together.
    • Markup support in Messages, Photos and PDFs stored in Notes.
    • Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets user set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders.
    • Health adds support for health records and organ donation (US only).
    • Stabilisation support for Live Photos for improved camera capture.
    • Live Filters support when capturing Live Photos.
    • iCloud Drive now supports Desktop and Documents folders from macOS.
    • Live search results in Spotlight for Chinese and Japanese.
    • Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa).
    • Ling Wai and Kaiti Black document fonts for Chinese.
    • Yu Kyokasho and Toppan Bunkyu fonts for Japanese.
    • New definition dictionaries in Traditional Chinese and Danish and bilingual dictionaries in Dutch and Italian.
    • New keyboard for Spanish (Latin America).
    • New display languages and locales for English (Ireland), English (New Zealand), English (Singapore), English (South Africa), Spanish (Argentina), Spanish (Chile), Spanish (Colombia), Spanish (Costa Rica), Spanish (Ecuador), Spanish (United States), Spanish (El Salvador), Spanish (Guatemala), Spanish (Honduras), Spanish (Nicaragua), Spanish (Panama), Spanish (Paraguay), Spanish (Peru), Spanish (Puerto Rico), Spanish (Dominican Republic), Spanish (Uruguay), Spanish (Venezuela), French (Belgium), Dutch (Belgium), Dutch (Netherlands), and Traditional Chinese (Macau).
  • Accessibility
    • Magnifier now uses the camera on iPhone or iPad like a digital magnifying glass for real-life objects.
    • New range of display colour filters to support different forms of colour blindness or other vision challenges.
    • VoiceOver adds a Pronunciation Editor to customise the way words are pronounced, additional voices and support for multiple audio sources.
    • Additional text highlighting options in Speak Screen and Speak Selection, as well as the ability to speak keyboard letters and predictive typing suggestions to support multi-modal learning.
    • Switch control now lets user control iOS, macOS and tvOS all from the same iPhone or iPad, so user doesn't need to configure switches for the secondary device.
    • Software textphone allows user to make and receive textphone calls without the need for traditional hardware teleprinter accessories.
  • Bug Fixes from 10.0 (iPhone 7/Plus changelog)
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent recognizing "Hey Siri" requests.
    • Fixes issues that could affect audio quality for calls made over VoLTE.
    • Fixes issues that could impact Bluetooth connectivity and pairing with Apple Watch.
    • Improves stability of the Camera and Contacts apps.
10.0.1 14A403 September 13, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-09-13)
  • Fixes a bug that caused any device upgrading to iOS 10.0 to enter Recovery Mode, preventing the phone from functioning[101]
  • Fixes a bug that allows applications to disclose kernel memory[102]
10.0.2 14A456 September 23, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-09-23)
  • Fixes an issue that could temporarily prevent headphone audio controls from working.
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented enabling some app extensions.
10.0.3 14A551 P7I P7Q P7PI P7PQ October 17, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-10-17) iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus only
  • Fixes an issue where cellular connectivity could drop on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
iOS 10.1
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C

Version Build Release date Features
10.1 14B72

14B72c P7I P7Q P7PI P7PQ

October 24, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-10-24)
  • Camera and Photos
    • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta).
    • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups.
    • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app.
    • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users.
    • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library.
  • Maps
    • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.
    • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations.
    • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes.
  • Messages
    • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects.
    • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled.
    • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages.
    • Fixes an issue where Messages could open to a white screen.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders.
    • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio.
  • Apple Watch
    • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace.
    • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch.
    • Fixes an issue that was preventing invitations and data from appearing in Activity Sharing.
    • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled.
    • Fixes an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text.
  • Other improvements and fixes
    • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with third party accessories.
    • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep.
    • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off.
    • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview.
    • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard.
    • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages.
    • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly.
    • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text.
    • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly.
    • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched.
    • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data.
    • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results.
    • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off.
    • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users.
    • Fixes an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup.
  • Security updates
10.1.1 14B100

14B150

October 31, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-10-31)

November 9, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-11-09) (14B150)

  • Fixes an issue where Health data could not be viewed for some users.
  • New security entries added since iOS 10.1.[103]
iOS 10.2
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C

Version Build Release date Features
10.2 14C92 December 12, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-12-12)
  • TV
    • Use Up Next to see the movies and shows you're currently watching and pick up where you left off.
    • Get recommendations for new movies and TV shows in Watch Now.
    • Discover new apps and the latest iTunes releases in the Store.
    • Access the Library for your iTunes purchases and rentals.
    • New Widget for TV and Videos app.
  • Videos
    • Removed from iOS completely, as the TV app replaces it (US only, as of this update).
  • Emoji
    • Redesigned emoji that reveal even more detail.
    • Over 100 new emoji including new faces, food, animals, sports, and professions. Unicode 9.0 support.
  • Photos
    • Improves stabilization and delivers faster frame rate for Live Photos.
    • Improves accuracy of groupings of similar photos of the same person in the People album.
    • Fixes an issue where Memories might generate a memory from photos of screenshots, whiteboards or receipts.
    • Fixes an issue where the camera would stay zoomed in after switching back from the Camera Roll on iPhone 7 Plus.
    • Additional support for RAW digital cameras.
  • Messages
    • Adds new love and celebration full screen effects in Messages.
    • Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented the keyboard from displaying in Messages.
  • Music
    • Swipe up the Now Playing screen to more easily access Shuffle, Repeat and Up Next.
    • Choose how to sort Playlists, Albums, and Songs in Library.
    • 'Show Star Ratings' option under Music Settings.
  • News
    • Stories you've saved for later now appear in the new Saved section.
    • The best paid stories from channels you subscribe to will now appear in a dedicated section in For You.
    • It's now easier than ever to get to the next story, just swipe left or tap Next Story while reading.
  • Mail
    • Fixes an issue that caused the Move sheet to persist after filing a Mail message.
    • Fixes an issue with long press activating copy and paste in Mail.
    • Fixes an issue in which the wrong message would be selected after deleting a Mail conversation.
  • Settings
    • New wallpapers for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – These include the ones Apple showed off at their iPhone 7 press event.
    • New 'Preserve Settings' menu under Camera Settings.
    • New 'Press and Hold to Speak' menu under Home Button Accessibility settings.
    • New TV app section
    • New TV Provider section for Single-Sign-On.
  • SOS
    • iPhone calls emergency services if power button is pressed five times (India only).
  • Siri
    • New introduction screen for Siri.
  • Accessibility
    • Adds BraillePen14 support to VoiceOver.
    • Fixes an issue where the braille table could switch unexpectedly with VoiceOver.
    • Fixes an issue where sometimes Siri enhanced voices were unavailable to VoiceOver.
    • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists.
    • Fixes an issue where Switch Control was sometimes unable to delete Voicemails.
  • Other improvements and fixes
    • Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door/window, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors.
    • Adds notification support for HomeKit accessories when software updates are available.
    • Improves Bluetooth performance and connectivity with third party accessories.
    • Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime participants to appear out of focus.
    • Fixes an issue that could cause FaceTime calls to appear with incorrect aspect ratio and orientation.
    • Fixes an issue that prevented some Visual Voicemail from completing playback.
    • Fixes a Safari Reader issue that could cause articles to open as empty pages.
    • Fixes an issue that could cause Safari to quit unexpectedly after marking an item as read in Reading List.
  • Security updates: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207422
10.2.1 14D27 January 23, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-01-23)

Initial release on iPad (5th generation), and 32 GB iPhone 6

iOS 10.3
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C

Version Build Release date Features
10.3 14E277[104] March 27, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-03-27)
  • Find My iPhone
    • There's a new "Find My AirPods" tool in Find My iPhone to help users locate lost AirPods.
    • The Location and Play Sound is now supported for AirPods.
      • This sound emits a noise from the AirPods that reaches a high volume after a few seconds. Users should remove their AirPods from their ears before playing the sound.
  • HomeKit
    • Expanded HomeKit Programmable Light Switch accessory support.
  • Siri
    • Siri can now display cricket scores from the Indian Premier League and the International Cricket Council.
    • Siri updated to be able to pay bills, check on the status of payments, and schedule future rides via Uber and Lyft and other apps that support the function.
    • Siri now has breadcrumb support. For example, users can say "Hey Siri, open the App Store" and a back arrow (or left arrow) will appear in the left of the iOS status bar to jump back to the Siri interface.
  • Safari
    • Safari now supports the Reduced Motion accessibility preference for web apps.
  • Maps
    • The weather icon in the Maps app includes 3D Touch to show hourly forecasts.
    • Removed 3D globe, replaces it with a flat 2D look.
  • Calendar
    • Shows an alert below the "Event Details" page, for event invitations sent from unknown senders, and allows users to report event invites sent from unknown senders as junk.
  • CarPlay
    • CarPlay includes new shortcuts for launching recently used apps.
    • EV charging station locations show up in CarPlay.
    • New "Up next" option and quick access to albums.
  • News
    • The navigation bar icons are now visibly bolder.
    • There is now an option to 'show disliked' channels on the bottom of the "Favorites" page.
    • An option has been introduced to where users can now quickly favorite or dislike news channels from the "Explore" section or the news channel that is currently open.
  • Home
    • There is now support in Home which allows users to trigger scenes which use accessories that contain switches and buttons.
    • There is now support in Home which allows users to see the remaining charge of the batteries in their HomeKit accessories.
  • Mail
    • Conversation View in the Mail app features navigation improvements.
    • When an email is open in the Mail app, the "back" button in the left corner of the screen shows the number of unread emails in the mailbox you opened the email in (Similar to the Messages app).
  • Animations
    • Slightly refined opening animation for apps to where rounded edges are now visible when opening applications (more noticeable on applications that load slowly).
  • Field Test
    • Now updated for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices which contain modems from Intel.
  • Podcasts
    • Support for 3D Touch and a Today widget has been added which allows users to access recently updated podcasts.
    • Podcast shows or episodes can now be shared in the Messages app and they feature full playback support.
  • Settings
    • Notifications
      • Users can now get notifications for settings other than software updates such as for two-factor authentication.
    • Restrictions
      • Users can now restrict certain TV providers.
    • iTunes and App Store
      • New system level way for developers to request app ratings, opt out option in Settings.
    • iCloud
      • The iCloud tab has moved to the top of Settings instead of being at the bottom, and also now displays the user's name and picture along with the email address(es) associated with their Apple ID(s).
      • Underneath this new tab is where settings notifications appear.
      • The amount of storage users have and how much storage users have used is now shown.
      • iCloud Drive cellular data usage settings have been moved to the cellular tab.
      • "Backup" has been renamed to 'iCloud Backup".
    • General
      • "Diagnostics and Usage" is now labeled "Analytics", corresponding changes included in menu.
      • There is a new button to toggle iCloud data over cellular networks.
    • Touch ID and Passcode
      • When choosing an alphanumeric code with numbers only, passcodes can no longer be shorter than 4 characters in length. An error displays saying that "this passcode must be longer".
    • Calling
      • Calls on Other Devices even when not nearby is now enabled for Verizon's Integrated Calling feature.
    • News
      • An option was added where users can disable the Next Up button from appearing while in a news article.
      • "Show Disliked" section under Favourites, this shows the channels that you have disliked.
  • Keyboards and IME
    • Facemarks have been shuffled around in the Chinese and Japanese keyboard layouts.
    • The icon of the emoji button on the keyboard is now filled in and no longer outlined like it was in previous versions of iOS.
  • Music
    • It is now possible to rearrange songs while repeat mode is turned on.
  • App Store
    • Developers can now respond to reviews on the App Store.
    • Developers will now be able to update the icons for their apps at any time, with an app update no longer required to push out new icon artwork for their apps.
    • App Store reviews now include the publish date of when the review was published.
    • When a user uses 3D Touch on an app review, they can rate the review as Helpful, Not Helpful, or Report a Concern with the review.
    • Users no longer have to enter their Apple ID password when writing a review.
  • Spotlight
    • Spotlight Search Suggestions now have a border; floating text no longer appears.
  • Other improvements, bug fixes, and enhancements
    • Users can now rent a movie once and they can watch their iTunes movies across their various devices.
    • Fixes the 30% battery bug that was present in previous versions of iOS 10 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S devices.
    • An alert is now displayed to indicate that 32-bit apps on 10.3 need to be updated and will no longer work in future versions of iOS. An "App Compatibility" list of 32-bit apps can be accessed by going to General > About > tapping on "Applications".
    • Improves performance across the system and the responsiveness of the operating system.
    • The file system has been updated to the Apple File System (APFS) on 64-bit devices, which replaces HFS Plus, and is designed for Flash/SSD storage. APFS also features improved security and encryption, and improves system performance.
    • Fixes an issue related to the Messages app where the app would freeze and crash upon receiving a long text message.
    • Fixes an issue on the iPad Pro where the Apple Pencil's battery wouldn't charge above 5%.
    • Fixes an issue where the Telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus would not activate while in the 2x zoom mode.
    • Fixes an issue in Notification Center where tapping the search bar in between the Today view and Notification Center would cause the Springboard to crash and reload.
    • The passcode menu UIs have been updated to show dots instead of dashes.
    • VoiceOver stability improvements for the Phone, Safari, and Mail apps
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying a user's current location after resetting Location & Privacy settings.
  • Security
10.3.1[105] 14E304 April 3, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-04-03)

Fixed in this release:

  • Security
    • Fixes a Wi-Fi-related vulnerability through improved input validation where an attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chipsets of iPhone 5 and later.
10.3.2[106] 14F89

14F8089R3C R4C
14F90S7 S7L
14F91M4C

May 15, 2017; 5 years ago (2017-05-15) Initial release on iPad Pro 10.5" and 12.9" (2nd generation)

Security and Bug Fixes; see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207798

10.3.3 14G60 July 19, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-07-19) Final release supported on iPhone 5C and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi
  • Includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.
    • One of the bugs that is fixed is in the Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset formally known as CVE-2017–9417 and is nicknamed "Broadpwn".[107] Broadpwn allows a worm to propagate among affected Broadcom Wi-Fi chipsets just by having the Wi-Fi chipset turned on even if it is not connected to any networks, and can be used to force a remote code execution on the main CPU of an affected smartphone.[108]
    • Information on security updates in iOS 10.3.3 can be found at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207923.
  • 3 new wallpapers on 12.9" iPad Pro
EOL updates
10.3.4 14G61 July 22, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-07-22) iPhone 5 and iPad (4th Generation) WiFi + Cellular only

Final release supported on iPhone 5 and iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

  • Fixes a GPS Week Number Rollover issue that would prevent iOS devices from maintaining an accurate GPS date or position after November 3, 2019, including but not limited to App Store, iCloud, email, web browsing, OTA update, and iCloud backup .[109]

iOS 11Edit

Apple announced iOS 11 on June 5, 2017, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2017, alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for the 32-bit iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad (4th generation), and also dropped support for 32-bit applications, making iOS a 64-bit-only OS that only runs 64-bit apps. iOS 11 has limited support on devices with the Apple A7 or A8 processors: the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4.[citation needed] However, all other devices from the iPhone 6S/6S Plus onwards, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Pro, and iPad (5th generation) onwards are fully supported. iOS 11.0.1 brought support for the iPhone X and iOS 11.3 brought support for the iPad (6th generation). The final version of iOS 11 to be released was iOS 11.4.1.

iOS 11.0
iPad:
iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
Version Build Release date Features
11.0 15A372 September 19, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-09-19)

Initial release on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

  • New Features
    • App Store
      • Redesigns the App Store to make the discovery of new apps and games easier.
      • Introduces the Today tab, a curated portal with stories, how-to guides, and more to help users discover new apps and games.
      • Dedicated Games and Apps tabs, allowing easier access and better curation of both app categories.
      • Redesigned app pages putting more of a focus on video previews, nicer display of Editors' Choice badges, easier access of user ratings and reviews, and more information about the In-App Purchases for an app.
    • Apple Music
      • Support for user profiles, allowing users to follow other users and see what they are listening to as well as see their playlists (if they have been made public).
    • Camera
      • Adds HDR, Optical Image Stabilization, and True Tone Flash to Portrait Mode.
      • Photos and Videos now use the HEIF / HEVC image and video formats by default, with the ability to use the JPEG / H.264 formats instead via an option in Camera Settings.
        • HEVC supports 8-bit and 10-bit with hardware decoding supported on devices containing an Apple A9 chip or newer while software-level decoding is supported on devices that have an Apple A8 chip and older.
      • Introduces a redesigned set of filters, optimized for natural skin tones. There are 9 filters in total.
      • Adds a QR code scanner allowing users to scan QR codes.
    • Photos
      • Several new Live Photo effects have been added: Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure.
      • The ability to mute, trim, or choose a new Key Photo for a Live Photo has been added.
      • Memory Movies now automatically adapt to the given content for Landscape and Portrait orientations.
      • More than a dozen new types of memories have been added including the following: Pets, Babies, Weddings, Sporting Events, and more.
      • The "People" album has been made more accurate and now stays synchronized across devices with iCloud Photo Library.
      • Support for animated GIFs has been added.
    • Maps
      • Indoor maps for places such as Airports and Shopping Centers has been introduced.
      • Lane guidance and speed limit information is now available for Turn-by-turn directions / navigation.
      • Support for one-handed zoom by double tapping and swiping has been added.
      • Flyover: View renderings of places and cities in 3D.
    • Do Not Disturb while Driving
      • Notifications are automatically silenced while driving and puts the iPhone in silent mode while keeping the display turned off to avoid distractions.
      • Users can turn on iMessage auto-reply to alert any chosen contacts when they send a message and the user is driving.
    • Control Center
      • Redesigns the Control Center to be a customizable one page layout, replacing the previous 3 page system previously in place.
      • Introduces several new Control Center widgets: Accessibility, Guided Access, Screen Recording, and Wallet.
    • iPad-specific Features
      • Dock
        • The Dock has been redesigned, allowing access to apps that have been pinned to the dock as well as access to Recently Used / Continuity apps via the right portion of the Dock.
        • The Dock can automatically resize itself, allowing the user to pin more than 4 apps.
        • The Dock can now be accessed when a user is in an app by swiping up from the bottom of the display.
      • Slide Over and Split View
        • Apps can now be placed into Slide Over / Split View by touching and holding an app from the Dock and then dragging.
        • Apps in Split View and apps running in the background can now run simultaneously.
        • Apps in Slide Over / Split View now have the ability to be placed on the left side of the display.
      • Drag and Drop
        • Users can now move text, images, and files between apps.
        • Users can take advantage of Multi-Touch capabilities to move multiple items at the same time.
      • Markup
        • Markup allows users to markup webpages, documents, PDFs, screenshots, photos, and more.
        • Users can optionally use an Apple-Pencil
      • Notes
        • Notes can now be created even with the screen off by tapping the Lock Screen with an Apple Pencil.
        • Drawing in a note can be instantly activated by placing an Apple Pencil in the note's body.
        • Users now have the ability to search for handwritten text within notes.
        • The document scanner has been enhanced with the ability to autocorrect for skewing and now removes shadows with the use of image filters.
        • Notes can now contain tables to organize information into rows and columns.
        • Notes can now be pinned to the top of a folder for easy access.
      • Files (also available on iPhone and iPod Touch)
        • Allows users to search, browse, and organize files.
        • Supports iCloud Drive as well as third-party file storage providers.
        • Includes a Recents view allowing users to see and access recently accessed files across apps and cloud services.
        • Supports the ability to create folders as well as sort files by various parameters such as name, date, size, and tags.
    • QuickType
      • The ability to flick down on letter keys to easily enter symbols, numbers, and punctuation marks without having to hold down on a letter key has been added.
      • A keyboard layout designed for one-handed use is now supported on iPhone.
      • Several new keyboard types have been added: Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili, and Welsh.
      • Support for English input is now available on the 10-key Pinyin and Japanese Romaji keyboard layouts.
    • HomeKit
      • Support for various new accessory types have been added including AirPlay 2 speakers, sprinklers, and faucets.
      • Occupancy, Time, and accessory-based triggers have been expanded.
      • The ability to pair an accessory by scanning a QR code has been added.
    • Accessibility
      • Support for image descriptions in VoiceOver.
      • Support for tables and lists in PDF files in VoiceOver.
      • Support for Type to Siri, allowing users to manually type Siri queries.
      • Spoken and braille captions are now supported for videos.
      • Dynamic Type has been enhanced, adding support for more text styles and reworked to work better across the iOS system.
      • Invert Colors has been redesigned, making media such as photos and videos easier to see.
      • Improvements have been made to Highlight Colors in Speak Selection and Speak Screen.
      • Typing in Switch Control can now scan and type whole words at a time.
  • Features and APIs targeted at Developers
    • ARKit — Allows app developers to create augmented reality experiences.
    • Core ML — Allows app developers to implement machine learning in their apps using the same APIs that power technologies and apps like Siri, the QuickType keyboard, and the Camera app.
    • Core NFC — Allows app developers to tap into the NFC chips of iPhones and scan nearby environments and possibly provide users with more information.
    • MusicKit — Allows app developers to implement support for various Apple Music features into their apps such as playback, search, playback queues, recommendations and more.
  • Architectural Changes
    • Support for 32-bit ARM architectures has been removed. Apps designed for 32-bit architectures will no longer work until updated by the respective app developer to support 64-bit architectures.
  • Other Changes and Features
    • Redesigns the Apple Podcasts app and introduces several new capabilities, such as the ability to display seasons, trailers and bonus episodes of a podcast. Also introduces a Listen Now tab granting easy access to new Podcast episodes and episodes currently in the playback queue.
    • Support for annotating PDF files in iBooks.
    • Support for several new features in the Apple News app including Top Stories For You, Siri recommendations, Videos of the Day, and editor curated stories via a new tab called Spotlight.
    • Automatic set up
      • Automatically signs a user into essential Apple services, including iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, the App Store, iMessage, and FaceTime with the given Apple ID.
      • Restores device settings including Language, Region, Network Settings, Keyboard Preferences, Frequently Visited Places, Siri preferences, as well as Home and Health data.
    • Introduces the ability for a user to easily share access to a given Wi-Fi network.
    • A new section in Settings dedicated to storage management. Storage optimization notifications are also now available.
    • Introduces Emergency SOS, allowing users to quickly call emergency services based on their current location while automatically notifying emergency contacts, sharing the user's location, and displaying the Medical ID profile of the user.
    • Users can check flight status via Spotlight Search and Safari.
    • Definitions, conversions, and math calculations are now supported by Safari.
    • Bilingual dictionaries have been added for Russian – English and Portuguese – English.
    • Arabic fonts are now supported by the system.
  • Removed Functionality
    • The iCloud Drive app has been removed in favor of the redesigned and more capable Files app.
    • The native iOS system integrations for Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Vimeo have been removed.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208112
11.0.1 15A402/15A403
15A8391 PXI PXQ
September 26, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-09-26)

November 3, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-11-03) on iPhone X

Initial release on iPhone X.

  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue with Exchange email servers where email would fail to send.[110]
  • Security Notes: Identical to iOS 11.0.
11.0.2 15A421 October 3, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-10-03)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue where, for a small amount of iPhone 8 / 8 Plus users, a crackling sound had the chance of occurring while on a call.
    • Fixes an issue where some photos could end up becoming hidden.
    • Fixes an issue where some email attachments would not open.
  • Security Notes: Identical to iOS 11.0.
11.0.3 15A432 October 11, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-10-11)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue where haptic feedback was not working on some devices.
    • Fixes an issue where touch was not working properly due to the displays not being replaced with genuine Apple displays.
  • Security Notes: Identical to iOS 11.0.
iOS 11.1
iPad:
iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
Version Build Release date Features
11.1 15B93/15B101 October 31, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-10-31)
  • New Features
    • Emoji
      • More than 70 new emoji characters were added.
  • Bug Fixes and Improvements
    • 3D Touch
      • Restores the ability to access the App Switcher by hard pressing on the edge of a display with 3D Touch enabled.
    • Accessibility
      • Improves support for Braille with Grade 2 input.
      • Improves access to multi-page PDFs with VoiceOver.
      • Fixes and improvements to VoiceOver rotor.
    • Photos
      • Fixes an issue where some photos could become blurry.
      • Fixes an issue where Live Photo effects would play slowly.
      • Fixes an issue when restoring photos from an iCloud Backup.
      • Fixes an issue that could cause a performance implication when swiping between device screenshots.
    • Other Fixes
      • Fixes an issue where already cleared notifications sent from the Mail app could reappear on the Lock Screen.
      • Fixes an issue where data could not be moved between managed apps in enterprise environments.
      • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories giving inaccurate results.
      • Fixes an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications would appear in the Apple Watch app for 1st generation devices.
      • Fixes an issue on Apple Watch where app icons would refuse to appear in notifications.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208222
11.1.1 15B150 November 9, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-11-09)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue with keyboard auto-correct.
    • Fixes an issue where Hey Siri would stop working.
  • Security Notes: Identical to iOS 11.1.
11.1.2 15B202 November 16, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-11-16)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue where a rapid drop in temperature caused problems with the touch screen of the iPhone X.
    • Fixes an issue where distortion could be caused in Live Photos and videos captured on the iPhone X.
  • Security Notes: Identical to iOS 11.1.
iOS 11.2
iPad:
iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
Version Build Release date Features
11.2 15C114 December 2, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-12-02)
  • New Features
    • Apple Pay Cash (US only)
  • Improvements
    • Improved wireless charging on the iPhone 8 / 8 Plus and iPhone X.
    • Three new Live Wallpapers have been added on the iPhone X.
    • Improves stabilization for videos in the Camera.
    • Apple Podcasts now has the ability to automatically advance to the next episode in the current podcast / show.
    • HealthKit now has distance while skiing or snowboarding as an activity.
  • Bug Fixes and Reliability Improvements
    • Fixes an issue where Mail would appear to be checking for new messages even after a download has successfully completed.
    • Fixes an issue where cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts had a chance to reappear.
    • Improved stability in the Calendar app.
    • Fixes an issue where the Settings app had the chance of opening to a blank / empty screen.
    • Fixes a potential issue that could prevent the ability to swipe to the Today View or the Camera from the Lock Screen.
    • Fixes a potential issue with displays on the Home Screen and Lock Screen.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent users from being able to delete recent photos from iCloud when their storage limit has been exceeded.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent Find my iPhone from displaying the map.
    • Fixes an issue with truncated and overlapping content in Messages.
    • Fixes an issue in Calculator where rapidly typing numbers could lead to incorrect calculation results.
    • Fixes an issue that could cause the keyboard to appear slowly.
    • Accessibility
      • Introduces support for Real-time text calls.
      • Improves the stability of VoiceOver in the following apps: Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music.
      • Fixes an issue with VoiceOver to announcements.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208334
11.2.1 15C153 December 13, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-12-13)
11.2.2 15C202 January 8, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-01-08)
11.2.5 15D60 January 23, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-01-23) This update introduces support for the HomePod.
  • New Features
    • Support for the HomePod
      • Users can set up and automatically transfer their Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to their HomePod.
    • Siri News (US, UK and AU regions only)
      • Siri now has the ability to read the news. Users can say "Hey Siri, play the news" to begin news playback. Users can also ask for news from specific categories including: Sports, Business, Music, and more.
  • Bug Fixes and Improvements
    • Fixes an issue where the Phone app had the chance of displaying incorrect information in the call list.
    • Fixes an issue where notifications sent to the Mail app from Exchange accounts had the chance of disappearing from the Lock Screen when using Face ID to unlock the iPhone X.
    • Fixes an issue where conversations in Messages could end up being temporarily listed out of order.
    • Fixes an issue in CarPlay where the Now Playing controls had the chance of becoming unresponsive after multiple track changes have been made.
    • Adds ability for VoiceOver to announce playback destinations and the battery level of AirPods.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208463
11.2.6 15D100 February 19, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-02-19)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to crash when using certain character sequences.
    • Fixes an issue where in some instances third-party apps would fail to connect to external accessories.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208534
iOS 11.3
iPad:
iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
Version Build Release date Features
11.3 15E216/15E218 March 29, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-03-29) Initial release on iPad (6th generation). Includes support for ARKit 1.5.
  • New Features
    • Augmented Reality
      • Introduces ARKit 1.5, granting developers the ability to place virtual objects on vertical surfaces such as walls or doors in addition to horizontal surfaces.
      • Adds the ability to detect and implement images such as movie posters or artwork into Augmented Reality experiences.
      • A higher resolution real world camera view is now supported when in an AR experience.
    • iPhone Battery Health (Beta)
      • Displays information about an iPhone's battery, such as its current maximum capacity and if the battery is still supporting peak performance capabilities.
      • Indicates if the iPhone Performance Management feature is turned on, while including the option to disable the feature if desired.
        • This feature dynamically monitors performance to try and prevent automatic and unexpected shutdowns by reducing performance if necessary.
      • Gives a recommendation if the battery inside of the given iPhone should be replaced.
    • iPad Charge Management
      • Maintains the health of the battery when it has been connected to power for extended periods of time, such as when the device is being stored in kiosks, Point of sale (POS) systems, or charging carts.
    • Animoji
      • Introduces four new Animoji characters: Lion, Bear, Dragon, and a Skull.
    • Privacy
      • A link to more information explaining how a user's data is used / protected appears when an Apple-provided feature asks to use their personal information.
    • Business Chat (Beta) – US only
      • Communicate with companies / businesses directly from the Messages app on iPhone / iPad.
    • Health Records (Beta) – US only
      • Access health records using the Health app.
    • Apple Music
      • The music video experience has been revamped and redesigned, with an updated music videos section featuring playlists containing exclusive videos.
      • Genre suggestions have been revamped, allowing users to more easily find new friends who share similar tastes in music as well as displaying mutual friends.
    • Apple News
      • Top Stories has been moved to the top of the For You tab.
      • New Top Videos, curated by Apple News editors.
    • App Store
      • Adds the ability to sort customer reviews on app pages by the following filters: Most Helpful, Most Favorable, Most Critical, and Most Recent.
      • Improves the Updates tab information for an update by now showing the update's version number as well as the update's file size.
    • Safari
      • Usernames and passwords are now only automatically AutoFilled after selecting the respective field in web forms.
      • Warnings are now shown when accessing unencrypted webpages.
      • Autofill in web views are now supported by apps for username and password information.
      • When articles are shared to Mail from Safari, they are now formatted with Reader Mode by default if Reader Mode is available for the given article.
      • Icons added for bookmarks within favorites folders.
    • Keyboards
      • Introduces two new Shuangpin keyboard layouts.
      • Connected hardware keyboards are now supported when using the Turkish F keyboard layout.
      • Improves the Japanese and Chinese keyboards on 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch devices.
      • Users can now switch back to the keyboard from dictation mode with one tap.
    • Accessibility
      • The App Store now supports bold and large text when customizing display appearance.
      • Images on webpages and Mail Messages are now supported by Smart Invert.
      • Improvements have been made to the RTT experience and is now supported by T-Mobile.
      • App Switching on iPad for VoiceOver and Switch Control users has been improved.
  • Bug Fixes and Improvements
    • Keyboards
      • Fixes an issue where auto-correct had the chance of incorrectly capitalizing some words.
      • Fixes an issue where on iPad Pro the iPad Smart Keyboard wouldn't work when connected to a Wi-Fi network using Captive Login.
      • Fixes an issue with the Thai keyboard when in landscape view.
    • Accessibility
      • Fixes an issue with VoiceOver giving incorrect descriptions and failing to present an End Call button or an in-app app rating.
      • Fixes an issue where audio playback could be distorted when using Live Listen.
    • Other Fixes and Improvements
      • Support for the AML standard has been introduced granting the ability for more accurate location data to be provided to emergency responders when the Emergency SOS feature has been triggered.
      • Software authentication support has been added to HomeKit, allowing developers to create new accessories supporting the platform without relying on hardware authentication.
      • Episodes in the Podcasts app can now be played with a single tap, and users can tap the Details button to learn more about a given podcast episode.
      • Improves the performance of Search for users with long notes in the Contacts app.
      • Improves the performance of Handoff and Universal Clipboard when both devices are located on the same Wi-Fi network.
      • Fixes an issue where incoming calls could prevent a device's display from waking up from sleep.
      • Fixes an issue where playback of voicemails in the Visual Voicemail tab in the Phone app could be prevented or delayed.
      • Fixes an issue where web links could be prevented from opening in the Messages app.
      • Fixes an issue where users could be prevented from returning to the Mail app after opening a message attachment.
      • Fixes an issue where Mail notifications could reappear on the Lock Screen after they have already been cleared.
      • Fixes an issue where time and notifications could disappear from the Lock Screen.
      • Fixes an issue that could prevent Ask to Buy requests from being able to be authorized with Face ID.
      • Fixes an issue in the Weather app where the current weather conditions may not have been updated.
      • Fixes an issue with syncing with a vehicle's phonebook when connected over Bluetooth.
      • Fixes an issue where audio apps could be prevented from playing in vehicles if the app was running in the background.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208693
11.3.1 15E302 April 24, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-04-24)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue where on some iPhone 8 devices touch input could be unresponsive due to the displays being serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208743
iOS 11.4
iPad:
iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4
Version Build Release date Features
11.4 15F79 May 29, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-05-29) Introduces support for AirPlay 2.
  • New Features
    • AirPlay 2
      • AirPlay 2 allows the user to control their home audio system.
      • Allows users to broadcast music via multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers.
      • Users can control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers via Control Center, the Lock Screen, or via AirPlay controls within apps on their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
      • Voice control of AirPlay 2-enabled speakers using Siri from their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, HomePod, or Apple TV.
      • Users can take calls or play games on their iPhone or iPad without having to interrupt playback on their AirPlay 2-enabled speakers.
    • HomePod Stereo Pairing
      • When pairing, the HomePod balances the sound based on the location of the speakers.
      • HomePod provides Advanced Beamforming, a technology that provides a wider sound stage than a traditional stereo pair.
      • HomePod automatically updates, unless updates are disabled in the Home app.
    • Messages in iCloud
      • Stores a user's content in iCloud and free ups space on their device(s).
      • All of the user's messages appear when they sign into a different device.
      • Deleted content is removed from all of the user's devices.
      • Messages in iCloud can be enabled by going to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud and turning on Messages under the "Apps Using iCloud" section.
  • Bug Fixes and Improvements
    • Adds the ability for teachers to assign reading activities to their students in iBooks with the Schoolwork app.
    • Fixes an issue where the Messages app could crash when certain character sequences are encountered.
    • Fixes an issue where some messages could appear out of order in the Messages app.
    • Fixes an issue with logging in or accessing files in Safari on certain sites such as Gmail and Google Drive.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent Health data from syncing.
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent users from being able to change what apps have the ability to access Health data.
    • Fixes an issue where audio playback had the chance of being distorted in CarPlay.
    • Fixes an issue with the Bluetooth connection on some vehicles.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208848
11.4.1 15G77 July 9, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-07-09)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixes an issue where some users could be prevented from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in the Find My iPhone app.
    • Improves reliability when syncing data sources such as Mail and Contacts with Exchange accounts.
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208938

iOS 12Edit

Apple announced iOS 12 on June 4, 2018, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 17, 2018, alongside the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. With this release, Apple did not drop support for any iOS devices. Therefore, iOS 12 was supported on the iPhone 5S onwards, iPod Touch (6th generation), the iPad Air onwards, and the iPad Mini 2 onwards. However, iOS 12 has limited support on devices with the Apple A7 or A8 processors: the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4.[citation needed] All other devices from the iPhone 6S/6S Plus onwards, the iPad Air (2019), the iPad (5th generation) onwards, and all iPad Pro models are fully supported. iOS 12.1 brought support to the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 3rd generation) and iPad Pro (11-inch, 1st generation) and iOS 12.2 brought support to the iPad Mini (5th generation) and iPad Air (3rd generation). iOS 12.5.5 is the last supported release for the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air (1st generation), iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation).

iOS 12.0
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on devices that have less than 2 GB of RAM (the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2)

Version Build Release date Features
12.0 16A366 September 17, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-09-17)

September 21, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-09-21) on iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
October 26, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-10-26) on iPhone XR

Initial release on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

View a more complete list of features here.

  • Apple Books (formerly iBooks)
    • iBooks has been renamed to Apple Books. A continuation of Apple's phasing out of the "i" prefix for its services. Rebranding also includes a redesign, featuring a new introduction, a Reading Now screen that's like Apple Music and the App Store in being more editorialized, and new cards for individual books.
    • Apple Books settings preferences have been updated. More options and a change of layout when looking at Books under the Settings app.
  • Compass
    • Leveler has been removed and the function moved to the Measure app as one of its features, still working the same way as previous versions.
  • Measure
    • The new app built using ARKit 2.0, which allows users to measure the dimensions of real-world objects viewed through the iOS device's camera.

Measure app only works with A9 devices and later.

  • News
    • Redesigned to have three tabs at the bottom of the iPhone version including Spotlight section. A new tab was added, named Channels, which provides a browsable list of followed topics and outlets.
  • Stocks
    • Redesigned for easier-to-view stocks on a new welcome screen, as well as interactive charts. One of a number of first-party iOS apps that have also been ported to macOS Mojave, using new tools still under development.
    • Apple News integration, this allows you to see news in a panel at the bottom of the app. Expanding the news panel shows stocks in a ticker at the top of the app.
    • Now available on iPad.
  • Voice Memos
    • Redesigned; immediately shows a clear list of existing recordings when opening the app, with new recordings produced in a compact pop-up panel at the bottom of the app, complete with repositioned waveform graphic.
    • Now available on iPad.
  • Weather
    • Air quality settings preferences to track air quality. Scrolling to the bottom of the day's weather shows a general "Air Quality" category ("Good" etc.) for the location.
    • Weather app now tracks the air quality index. As with the general air quality feature, the "Air Quality Index" figure for the detected location is provided at the bottom of the day's weather report.
  • Phone
    • Field test mode now supports landscape view.
  • Settings
    • Redesigned app notifications
    • New wallpaper; removed older wallpapers
    • Screen Time added
    • Automatic updates toggle added in Software Update tab
    • Bedtime Feature in Do Not Disturb
    • Stocks section added
    • New Measure section
    • New app limits page
    • New Battery Statistics Chart
    • More battery information: Battery Health out of Beta for more accurate battery capacity readings
    • Improved Safari privacy
12.0.1 16A404/16A405 October 8, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-10-08)
  • Fixes Lightning charging issue with iPhone XS
  • Fixes iPhone XS rejoining Wi-Fi networks at 2.4 GHz rather than 5 GHz
  • Puts the ".?123" key back to its original position on the iPad keyboard
  • Fixes subtitles not appearing in some video apps
  • Fixes issue where Bluetooth becomes unavailable
  • Security Notes
iOS 12.1
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on devices that have less than 2 GB of RAM (the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2)

Version Build Release date Features
12.1 16B92/16B93
16B94 PXR
October 30, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-10-30)

November 7, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-11-07) on iPad Pro (3rd generation (12.9-inch)) and iPad Pro (11-inch)

Initial release on iPad Pro (3rd generation, 12.9-inch) and iPad Pro (11-inch)

Group FaceTime

  • Adds support for video and audio calls with up to 32 participants simultaneously
  • Encrypted end-to-end so your conversations remain private
  • Start Group FaceTime directly from a group Messages conversation or join an active call at any time

Emoji

  • Over 70 new emoji, including new characters with red hair, grey hair and curly hair, new emoji for bald people, more emotive smiley faces and additional emojis representing animals, sport and food

Dual SIM support

  • Introduces Dual SIM with eSIM, which allows two numbers in one device for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Other improvements and fixes

  • Introduces Depth Control in Camera preview for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
  • Improves mobile connectivity for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
  • Adds the ability to change or reset your child's Screen Time passcode using Face ID or Touch ID
  • Fixes an issue where the sharpest reference frame was not always selected in front-facing photos for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR
  • Fixes an issue that caused messages to be merged into one thread when two users were signed in with the same Apple ID on multiple iPhones
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some voicemails from appearing in the Phone app
  • Fixes an issue in the Phone app that could cause phone numbers to appear without their corresponding contact name
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Screen Time from reporting specific websites in the activity report
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent adding or removing family members from Family Sharing
  • Improves reliability of VoiceOver in Camera, Siri and Safari
  • Fixes an issue that could cause MDM Device Enrolment to report an Invalid Profile error for some enterprise users

Security

12.1.1 16C50 December 5, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-12-05) Features and improvements
  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional service providers on iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • One-tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation
  • National Relay Service (NRS) when using Wi-Fi calling on iPad and iPod touch
  • Stability improvements for dictation and VoiceOver

Bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue where Face ID may temporarily become unavailable
  • Fixes an issue that prevented visual voicemail from downloading for some customers
  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could prevent predictive text suggestions when typing on the Chinese or Japanese keyboards
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Voice Memos recordings from uploading to iCloud
  • Fixes an issue where time zones may not have updated automatically

HomePod compatibility

  • Support in Mainland China and Hong Kong
  • HomePod LEDs illuminate during Group FaceTime calls

Security

12.1.2 16C104 December 20, 2018; 3 years ago (2018-12-20) iPhone only

Bug fixes

  • Fixes bugs with eSIM activation for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
  • Fixes an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey for iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
12.1.3 16D39/16D40 January 22, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-01-22) Bug fixes
  • Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view
  • Fixes an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet
  • Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro (2018)
  • Fixes an issue that could cause certain CarPlay systems to disconnect from iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

HomePod bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue that could cause HomePod to restart
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Siri to stop listening
12.1.4 16D57 February 7, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-02-07) Security
iOS 12.2
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on devices that have less than 2 GB of RAM (the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2)

Version Build Release date Features
12.2 16E227 March 25, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-25) Initial release on iPad Mini (5th generation) and iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • Apple News+ released and Apple News in Canada
  • New Animoji
  • Air Quality information in US, UK, India and can turn off weather information in Apple Maps
  • New Screen Time scheduling options
  • Wallet layout changes, Apple Pay Cash can transfer to a bank account
  • Third party support for AirPlay 2
  • Apple TV remote layout redesigned
  • AT&T 5G E icon added
  • Redesigned About page in Settings
  • Warranty information available in Settings

Safari

  • Enables TLS 1.3 support
  • Stronger messages for non-secure sites
  • Do Not Track removed, motion data privacy option
  • Password autofill submits the form automatically

Siri

  • Hey Siri support on AirPods
  • Play videos on Apple TV
  • Inline music playback

Security

iOS 12.3
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on devices that have less than 2 GB of RAM (the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2)

Version Build Release date Features
12.3 16F156 May 13, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-05-13)
  • Redesigned Apple TV App
  • AirPlay 2 support for Smart TVs
  • iOS now disables Bluetooth accessories with insecure connections.
  • Now you can follow a magazine with Apple News+ catalog view
  • Updates throughout the day for Apple Music's For You tab
  • Other bug fixes and stability improvements
12.3.1 16F203/16F8202 May 24, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-05-24)

May 28, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-05-28) on iPod Touch (7th generation)

Initial release on iPod Touch (7th generation)
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent making or receiving VoLTE calls
  • Fixes issues in Messages that could cause messages from unknown senders to appear in your conversation list even though Filter Unknown Senders is enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent the Report Junk link from appearing in Messages threads from unknown senders
12.3.2 16F250 June 10, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-06-10) iPhone 8 Plus only
  • Fixes an issue with taking pictures in portrait mode
iOS 12.4
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on devices that have less than 2 GB of RAM (the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2

Version Build Release date Features
12.4 16G77 July 22, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-07-22)
  • Support for wirelessly transferring data between iPhones during initial set up
  • Important security fix for Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie app concerning eavesdropping[111][112]
  • HomePod support in Japan and Taiwan
  • Other bug fixes and improvements
12.4.1 16G102 August 26, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-08-26)
  • Security update: patches a vulnerability that was accidentally unpatched in the previous update, allowing jailbreaks and hacking attempts to take place.[113]
Post-iOS 13 updates (iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPod Touch (6th generation) only)
12.4.2 16G114 September 26, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-26)
  • Security update: patches a vulnerability that permitted an attacker to access a user's phone and terminate running applications and potentially execute an arbitrary code execution attack.[114]
12.4.3 16G130 October 28, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-28)

Security update: Corrected an issue where AirDrop file transfers could be unexpectedly accepted while the user has permitted AirDrop file transfer requests from everyone.[115]

12.4.4 16G140 December 10, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-12-10)

Security update: patches a vulnerability that permitted an attacker to access a user's phone and execute an arbitrary code with a malicious FaceTime video.[116]

12.4.5 16G161 January 28, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-01-28)

Security update; no published CVE entries

12.4.6 16G183 March 24, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-03-24)

Security update; no published CVE entries

12.4.7 16G192 May 20, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-05-20)

Security Update: [117]

  • Corrected an issue where a maliciously crafted email could unexpectedly lead to heap corruption
  • Corrected an issue where a maliciously crafted email could unexpectedly modify memory or terminate applications
  • Corrected a vulnerability where a remote attacker could unexpectedly corrupt kernel memory or cause system termination.
12.4.8 16G201 July 15, 2020; 23 months ago (2020-07-15)

Security update; no published CVE entries

12.4.9 16H5 November 5, 2020; 19 months ago (2020-11-05)

Security update[118]

iOS 12.5
iPad:
iPhone:
iPod touch:
Version Build Release date Features
12.5 16H20 December 14, 2020; 18 months ago (2020-12-14)[119]
  • Support for COVID-19 Exposure Notifications[120]
  • Security fixes[121]
12.5.1 16H22 January 11, 2021; 17 months ago (2021-01-11)
  • Fixes an issue where Exposure Notifications could incorrectly display logging profile language.
12.5.2 16H30[122] March 26, 2021; 15 months ago (2021-03-26)
12.5.3 16H41[124] May 3, 2021; 13 months ago (2021-05-03)
12.5.4 16H50[126] June 14, 2021; 12 months ago (2021-06-14)


12.5.5 16H62[128] September 23, 2021; 9 months ago (2021-09-23)

Final release supported on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPod Touch (6th generation)

  • Security fixes addressing actively exploited vulnerabilities in the CoreGraphics (PDF), WebKit (web content) and XNU (kernel) leading to arbitrary code execution [129]

iOS 13 / iPadOS 13Edit

Apple announced iOS 13 on June 3, 2019, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2019, alongside the iPhone 11 series (11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max). The principal features include dark mode and Memoji support for A9+ devices. The NFC framework now supports reading several types of contactless smartcards and tags.[130] The iPad gains several tablet-oriented features, and its operating system has been rebranded as iPadOS; iPadOS 13 was announced at the 2019 WWDC as well. With this release, Apple dropped support for all devices with less than 2 GB of RAM, which included the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Air. iOS 13/iPadOS 13 has limited support on devices with the A8/A8X.[131] However, all other devices from the iPhone 6s/6s Plus onwards, iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad Pro (1st generation), iPad (5th generation), and iPad Mini (5th generation) onwards are fully supported (A9 and A10 devices having almost full support, A11 and on having full support). iOS 13 brought support for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max, second-generation iPhone SE, and iPadOS 13 brought support for the iPad (7th generation), the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 4th generation) and the iPad Pro (11-inch, 2nd generation).

iOS 13.0

Only available on iPhone.

Version Build Release date Features
13.0 17A577 September 19, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-19)

Initial release on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro / iPhone 11 Pro Max

The OS on the iPad 2017, 2018, Air 2, Air 3, Mini 4, Mini 5, and Pro line has been renamed to iPadOS. It is similar to iOS 13, but has some features exclusively for iPad.[132]

  • Dark Mode
    • When enabled, the UI, native apps, and supported third-party apps undergo a basic light-on-dark color scheme, and the iOS 13 wallpapers have a darker color scheme. The user can also set a schedule for what time Dark Mode comes on, and what time Light Mode comes back on.
  • Siri
    • Siri's voice is now done by software called "Neural TTS" instead of human voice clips, making Siri sound much more natural.
    • Siri can now play audio, including music, podcasts, audio books, and radio, with third-party apps.
    • There is now an option for an Indian-English voice.
    • Siri now offers personalized suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari, and Maps. Siri can also now detect reminders in messages and events in third-party apps.
    • Siri can now tune into radio shows on command.
  • Keyboard
    • The QuickType keyboard now includes QuickPath, which allows the user to type in a word by sliding a finger between the letters without moving it up. QuickPath supports English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
    • Swiping or tapping to type works interchangeably, even mid-sentence.
    • Alternate word options now appear in the predictive bar.
    • Dictation will automatically detect what language a user is speaking. This language will be chosen from up to four keyboard languages enabled on the device.
  • Camera
    • After taking a picture in Portrait Mode, the user can adjust the position and intensity of each Portrait lighting effect.
    • A new Portrait Lighting effect, called High-Key Mono, "creates a beautiful, classic look with a monochromatic subject on a white background."
    • Portrait Segmentation API now has skin, hair, and teeth segmentation.
    • All-new Camera app on the iPhone 11 series
  • App Store
    • Apple Arcade: A new subscription service with over 100 new games, with no ads or additional purchases.
    • The Updates tab found in iOS 12 and earlier has been removed and merged into the Account bottom sheet.
    • The App Store now has support for Arabic and Hebrew in stories, collections and lists, product pages, and searches.
    • Apps with large sizes (especially games) can now be downloaded over a cellular connection, but the user will be warned if the file size exceeds a certain threshold.
  • Maps
    • The map itself has been redone from the ground up. According to Apple, it features "significantly improved and more realistic details" for areas like roads, beaches, parks, buildings, and more.
    • The user can now explore the area they are going to before they arrive with a 3D, 360-degree experience.
    • Collections of favorite locations can be built and shared with others.
    • The user can now make a list of places they visit often to access them quickly.
    • A feature called Junction View helps drivers in China eliminate wrong turns and directional misses by lining them up in the correct lane before they need to turn or enter an elevated road.
    • The process of submitting customer feedback has been redesigned to be faster.
    • Siri's navigation uses more natural language. For example, instead of saying "in x feet turn left," it says "turn left at the next traffic light". Navigation is also more accurate.
    • The user can now see departure times live, the location of their bus or train on its route, and a more detailed schedule of transit stops.
    • Flight details now include info about a terminal, gate locations, departure times, and more.
    • Place cards have more improved info, such as Today @ Apple sessions at Apple Store locations, and movie theater time listings.
    • MapKit now has vector overlays, point-of-interest filtering, camera zoom and pan limits, and Dark Mode support.
    • CarPlay now has easier route planning, search, and navigation. It also includes Junction View (China only), Favorites, and Collections.
  • Apple Music
    • Introduces support for lyrics synchronized to the song a user is currently listening to. Not all songs support this feature.
    • Redesigns the Now Playing bottom sheet, moving the Up Next queue to a dedicated action, while moving the Shuffle and Repeat actions to the Up Next view.
    • Adds over 100,000 live radio stations to the service.
  • Performance
    • Apps can now launch up to twice as fast as on iOS 12.
    • Unlocking the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, and XR using Face ID is up to 30% faster compared to iOS 12.
    • Apps from the App Store are packaged in a new way, making them as small as half the size compared to iOS 12, which makes them download faster and take up less storage.
    • App updates are on average 60% smaller compared to iOS 12, allowing for faster downloads.
  • Other Changes
    • Introduces support for pinch to zoom in the Voice Memos app when editing voice recordings.
    • Adds support for the DualShock 4 and Xbox One wireless controllers.
iOS / iPadOS 13.1
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.1 17A844 September 24, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-24)

Initial release on iPad (7th generation)

  • New Features and Improvements
    • AirDrop
    • Shortcuts
    • Maps
    • Battery Health
  • Bug Fixes[133]
13.1.1 17A854 September 27, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-27)

Bug Fixes

13.1.2 17A860/17A861 September 30, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-09-30)

Bug Fixes

13.1.3 17A878 October 15, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-15) Bug Fixes
iOS / iPadOS 13.2
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.2 17B84 October 28, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-28)
  • Camera
    • Better representation of colors and lighting
    • Ability to adjust video resolution and framerate within the Camera app P11 P11P P11PM
    • Deep Fusion on the iPhone 11 series
  • Volume HUD and Control Center
    • The volume indicator disappears from view quicker
    • When connected to an audio device, an icon of the device will appear within the volume indicator
  • 3D Touch/Haptic Touch
    • New sound when invoking 3D Touch/Haptic Touch, reminiscent of sounds made when typing on the keyboard
    • Icons on the Home screen can be deleted directly from the 3D Touch/Haptic Touch menu
  • Multitasking line is smaller if there are 3 apps or less
  • Emoji
    • 59 new emoji
    • Some emoji, specifically couples, use a new emoji picker to select different skin tones or genders
  • Reintroduced "Announce Messages with Siri"
  • Bug Fixes
    • Delete Event is now available again for Calendar invites originating from emails
  • Provides support for new HomePod features [Update Pulled for HomePod][134]
    • The ability for HomePod to recognize the voices of different family members to provide a personalized experience
    • Handoff music, podcasts or phone calls by bringing the iPhone close to HomePod
    • Add music to HomeKit scenes
    • Play relaxing high-quality soundtracks with Ambient Sounds
    • Set sleep timers to fall asleep to music or Ambient Sounds
13.2.1 17B90 October 30, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-10-30) HomePod-only update
  • Fixes an issue caused by iOS 13.2 that bricked HomePod devices when installed or after a reset.
13.2.2 17B102 November 7, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-11-07) Bug fixes and improvements.
13.2.3 17B111 November 18, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-11-18) Bug fixes and improvements.
iOS / iPadOS 13.3
iPad:
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.3 17C54 December 10, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-12-10) [135]
  • Screen Time
    • Communication Limits: In the Screen Time app, time limits can now be set for phone calls, messages, and FaceTime calls. Individual limits can be set for each contact.
  • Apple News
    • There is a new layout for Apple News+ stories from some "leading newspapers" such as the Wall Street Journal.
    • There is now a quick option to like or dislike a story from the main page.
  • Stocks
    • Stories from Apple News have been made available in Canada in English and French.
    • There is a new "continue reading" option with links to more stories that are related or from the same publisher.
    • New "Breaking" and "Developing" labels for Top Stories
  • Safari
  • Bug Fixes & Other Improvements
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210785
13.3.1 17D50 January 28, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-01-28) Bug fixes and improvements.
iOS / iPadOS 13.4
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.4 17E255
17E8255PSE2G
March 24, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-03-24)
April 24, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-04-24)PSE2G
Initial release on iPad Pro (4th generation, 12.9-inch, 2nd generation, 11-inch) and iPhone SE (2nd generation)
13.4.1 17E262
17E8258PSE2G
April 7, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-04-07)
April 23, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-04-23)PSE2G
Bug fixes, including an issue that prevented FaceTime calls with devices running iOS 9.3.6 or OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 or older
iOS / iPadOS 13.5
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.5 17F75 May 20, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-05-20)
13.5.1 17F80 June 1, 2020; 2 years ago (2020-06-01) Security Update
  • Patches CVE-2020-9859, a memory consumption vulnerability that can be used by an application to perform arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges.[136] This vulnerability was used by the unc0ver jailbreak.
iOS / iPadOS 13.6
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.6 17G68 July 15, 2020; 23 months ago (2020-07-15)
  • CarKey
    • Allows users to unlock, lock, and start compatible cars with an iPhone.
    • Uses NFC to communicate with compatible vehicles.
    • Can be found in the Wallet app.
    • Features
      • iCloud integration: Allows the removal of digital keys from devices that have been lost.
      • iMessage: Share digital keys with contacts using iMessage, potentially with restrictions.
      • Power Reserve: Allows users to unlock / start their car up to five hours after their iPhone has run out of battery.
  • Health
    • New 'Symptoms' section in the Health app.
  • News
    • Apple News+ Audio: Allows the user to listen to news stories as opposed to reading them, if subscribed to Apple News+.
  • Bug Fixes & Other Improvements
    • Settings Improvements
      • Automatic Updates
        • Renamed to "Customize Automatic Updates" from "Automatic Updates".
        • The "Automatic Updates" toggle was renamed to "Download iOS Updates".
          • If this toggle is enabled, an additional toggle labelled "Install iOS Updates" becomes visible, allowing users to automatically install new updates.
      • COVID-19 Exposure Logging
        • Enabled in more regions and states.
          • If not available in a given user's region, a notice letting the user know that the feature is "not currently available in their region" as well as a description of what the feature does is now visible.
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to become unresponsive while syncing from iCloud Drive.
      • Fixes an issue that could cause calls originating from Saskatchewan to appear as originating from the United States.
  • Release Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210393#136
  • Security Notes: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211288
13.6.1 17G80 August 12, 2020; 22 months ago (2020-08-12)
  • Bug Fixes & Other Improvements
    • Addresses an issue where unneeded system data files might not be automatically deleted when available storage is low
    • Fixes a thermal management issue that caused some displays to exhibit a green tint
    • Fixes an issue where Exposure Notifications could be disabled for some users
iOS / iPadOS 13.7
iPod touch:

Limited support on iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4

Version Build Release date Features
13.7 17H35 September 1, 2020; 21 months ago (2020-09-01)
  • Support Exposure Notifications Express.[137]
    • Allows to opt-in to COVID-19 exposure notifications without the need to download an app
    • Depends on local health authority
    • An app is still required to report positivity to COVID-19

iOS 14 / iPadOS 14Edit

Apple announced iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 on June 22, 2020, at its annual WWDC 2020 event, with a developer beta released on the same day and a public beta released on July 9, 2020.[138] iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released on September 16, 2020, alongside the iPad (8th Generation) and iPad Air (4th Generation). All devices that supported iOS 13 also support iOS 14. This makes the iPad Air 2 the first device to support seven versions of iOS and iPadOS, from iOS 8 to iPadOS 14. Some new features introduced in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 include redesigned widgets that can now be placed directly on the homescreen (only for iOS), along with the App Library, which automatically categorizes apps into one page, Picture in Picture in iPhone and iPod touch, and the CarKey technology to unlock and start a car with NFC. iOS and iPadOS 14 also allow the user to have incoming calls shown in banners rather than taking up the whole screen (the latter view is still available as an optional function).[139]

The release of iPadOS 14.0 brought support for the 8th generation iPad and the 4th generation iPad Air and the release of iOS 14.1 brought support for the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 have limited support on devices with A8, A8X, A9, A9X, and A10 Fusion chips, whereas devices with A10X Fusion and A11 Bionic chip have almost full support, and devices with A12 Bionic chip and later have full support.[citation needed]

iOS / iPadOS 14.0
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.0 18A373 September 16, 2020; 21 months ago (2020-09-16) For a complete list of features https://web.archive.org/web/20210912235923/https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-14/features/

Initial release on iPad (8th generation) and iPad Air (4th generation)

All-new widgets

  • Redesigned widgets can be placed right on the Home Screen
  • Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display
  • Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time
  • Widget gallery includes all available widgets to browse and choose from
  • Redesigned Apple widgets for Weather, Clock, Calendar, News, Maps, Fitness, Photos, Reminders, Stocks, Music, TV, Tips, Notes, Shortcuts, Battery, Screen Time, Files, Podcasts, and Siri Suggestions

App Library

  • The App Library automatically organizes all of your apps into categories
  • The Suggestions category uses on-device intelligence to show apps you're likely to be looking for based on factors like time of day or location
  • The Recently Added category shows apps that were recently downloaded from the App Store, as well as App Clips that were recently launched
  • Ability to hide Home Screen pages to get to the App Library even faster by tapping on the dots at the bottom of the screen while in jiggle mode

Compact design

  • Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen
  • Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Picture in Picture enables watching a video or making a FaceTime call while you use another app

Messages

  • Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list
  • Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation
  • Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view
  • Group photos can be customized for a shared group look

Memoji

  • 11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji
  • New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush
  • Six added age options
  • Face covering options

Maps

  • Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is
  • Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands
  • Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route
  • Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris
  • Speed cameras let you know when you're approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route
  • Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal

App Clips

  • An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task
  • Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds
  • Discover App Clips through tapping NFC tags or scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari
  • Recently used App Clips show up in App Library's Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around

Translate

  • The new Translate app is designed for conversations and can work completely offline so your conversations stay private
  • A split-screen design in conversation mode has a single microphone button that automatically detects which of the selected languages is being spoken and transcribes the original and translated text on the correct sides of the screen
  • Attention mode shows translations in larger text so you can capture someone's attention
  • Voice and text translations are supported for any combination of 11 languages

Siri

  • A new compact design allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago
  • Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the Internet
  • Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay
  • Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation

Search

  • One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search
  • Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites
  • Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters
  • As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing
  • Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results
  • Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files

Home

  • Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap
  • A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention
  • Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center
  • Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity
  • Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app
  • Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define

Safari

  • Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine
  • A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach
  • Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese

Weather

  • Next-hour precipitation chart shows a minute-by-minute forecast of the intensity of rain or snow over the coming hour for the U.S.
  • Severe weather information displays government-issued alerts about certain severe weather events including tornados, winter storms, flash floods and more, for the U.S., Europe, Japan, Canada, and Australia

AirPods

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience
  • Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac
  • Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Privacy

  • A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera
  • Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location
  • Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access
  • App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple

Accessibility

  • Back Tap is a quick way to trigger accessibility features by tapping on the back of your iPhone
  • Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual's hearing
  • Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call
  • Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications
  • VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences
  • Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web
  • Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos
  • Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps

App Store

  • Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing

Apple Arcade

  • Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they're released
  • See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more
  • Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab
  • Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices
  • Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game

Apple Cash Family

  • Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18
  • Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri
  • Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur
  • Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to
  • Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18
  • Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group

Augmented Reality

  • Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
  • Extended face tracking support is extended to the new iPhone SE
  • Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

Camera

  • Improved shot-to-shot performance speeds up the time to first shot and makes shooting photos even faster
  • QuickTake video can now also be captured on iPhone XS and iPhone XR when in Photo mode
  • Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
  • Updated Night mode capture experience on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro provides guidance to help you stay steady throughout the capture, as well as an option to cancel the shot mid-capture
  • Exposure compensation control lets you lock an exposure value for an entire camera session
  • Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview
  • Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects

CarPlay

  • New categories of supported apps for parking, EV charging, and quick food-ordering
  • Wallpaper options
  • Share ETA and send audio messages with Siri
  • Horizontal status bar support for cars with portrait screens
  • Chinese and Japanese keyboard support gives users an additional option to search for points of interest

FaceTime

  • Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPhone X and later
  • New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even when you're looking at the screen instead of the camera

Files

  • APFS encryption support for external drives

Health

  • Wind Down helps you create a pre-bedtime routine with apps and shortcuts, like listening to a relaxing playlist
  • Custom sleep schedules help you meet your sleep goals with bedtime reminders and wakeup alarms
  • Sleep mode minimizes distractions during Wind Down and Bedtime by turning on Do Not Disturb and simplifying your Lock screen
  • Health Checklist helps you track and manage health and safety features in one place
  • New Mobility category in the Health app, including metrics like walking speed, double support time, step length, and walking asymmetry

Keyboard and International

  • On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.
  • Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase
  • Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps
  • New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English
  • Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese
  • Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk
  • Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers
  • Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages

Music

  • A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes
  • Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play
  • Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type
  • Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster

Notes

  • Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting
  • Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results
  • Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded
  • Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes
  • Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos

  • Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos
  • Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums
  • Photos and videos caption support
  • Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View
  • Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies
  • Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share

Podcasts

  • Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you

Reminders

  • Assign reminders to people you share lists with
  • New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list
  • Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap
  • Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols
  • Rearrange or hide smart lists

Settings

  • Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts

  • Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you
  • Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns
  • Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen
  • New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app
  • New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more
  • Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night's sleep

Voice Memos

  • Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings
  • Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later
  • Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites
  • Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation

[140]

14.0.1 18A393 September 24, 2020; 21 months ago (2020-09-24) Bug Fixes [141]
  • Corrects a problem where default applications were reset after a device restart
  • Camera previews now display properly on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • Corrects an issue with devices being unable to access Wi-Fi
  • Corrects an issue where users were unable to send mail using certain providers
  • Images now appear properly in the News widget
iOS / iPadOS 14.1
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.1 18A8395 October 20, 2020; 20 months ago (2020-10-20) Initial release on iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max[142]
  • Support for HomePod Mini and MagSafe certified accessories
  • Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in Photos for iPhone 8 and later
  • Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue where dragging widgets on the Home Screen could remove apps from folders
  • Fixes an issue where some messages in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent incoming calls from displaying region information
  • Fixes an issue on some devices where selecting zoomed display mode and an alphanumeric passcode could result in the Lock Screen emergency call button overlapping with the text input box
  • Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent zeroes from appearing in Calculator
  • Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback
  • Fixes an issue that prevented setting up a family member's Apple Watch for some users
  • Resolves an issue where the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app
  • Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable
  • Improves compatibility with Ubiquiti wireless access points

[140]

iOS / iPadOS 14.2
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.2 18B92, 18B111 November 5, 2020; 19 months ago (2020-11-05)[143]

New features:

  • Support for the new emoji for Unicode 13.0, including animals, food, smileys, faces, household objects, musical instruments, gender-inclusive emoji
  • Eight new wallpapers
  • Magnifier can detect people and report their distance using the LiDAR sensorP12PP12PM
  • Support for the iPhone 12 Leather Sleeve accessory
  • Optimized Battery Charging feature for AirPods (analogous to iOS)
  • Headphone audio level notifications to alert the user if the audio level may be harming
  • New AirPlay controls to manage other devices' playback
  • Intercom support for HomePod and HomePod Mini
  • Option to provide statistics about Exposure Notifications, without identifying the user, to participating public health authorities

Bug fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where apps could be realigned on the home screen dock
  • Fixes an issue where the camera viewfinder may appear black when launched
  • Fixes an issue where the keypad in the lock screen could not register inputs
  • Fixes an issue where reminders could default to times earlier than intended
  • Fixes an issue where the Photos widget may not display content
  • Fixes an issue where the Weather widget could display the high temperature in Celsius even if set to Fahrenheit
  • Fixes an issue where the Next-hour precipitation chart in Weather could incorrectly indicate when the precipitation stops
  • Fixes an issue where the voice memo recordings are interrupted by incoming calls regardless of whether they were answered
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could not show any image during Netflix video playback
  • Fixes an issue where Apple Pay Cash could fail to send or receive money when used via Siri
  • Fixes an issue where the Apple Watch app may crash when opened
  • Fixes an issue where the Workout GPS routes or Health data could not sync between Apple Watches and iPhones for some users
  • Fixes an issue where audio is incorrectly labeled as not playing in the CarPlay dashboard regardless of media playback
  • Fixes an issue where devices could fail to charge wirelessly
  • Fixes an issue where Exposure notifications are disabled when restoring an iPhone with an iCloud backup or transferring data to a new iPhone using the migration tool
14.2.1 18B121 November 19, 2020; 19 months ago (2020-11-19)[144] iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max only

Bug fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where some MMS messages may not be received
  • Fixes an issue where Made for iPhone hearing devices could have sound quality issues when listening to audio from iPhone
  • Fixes an issue where Lock Screen could become unresponsive on iPhone 12 mini
iOS / iPadOS 14.3
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.3 18C66 December 14, 2020; 18 months ago (2020-12-14)

Fitness and Fitness+

  • New Fitness app on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV to browse Fitness+ workouts, trainers and personalised recommendations
  • A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with studio-style workouts available on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV
  • Video workouts added each week in ten popular workout types: High Intensity Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, Dance, Rowing, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill Running and Mindful Cooldown
  • Playlists curated by Fitness+ trainers to complement your workout
  • Fitness+ subscription available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States

AirPods Max

  • Complete support for AirPods Max

Photos

  • Apple ProRAW support on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app
  • Option to record video at 25 fps (PAL format)
  • Mirror the front-facing camera for still photos on iPhone 8, iPhone X and earlier

Privacy

  • New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app's privacy practices

TV app

  • Apple TV+ tab for Apple Original shows and movies
  • Enhanced search to browse by category such as genre and see recent searches and suggestions
  • Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels and sports

App Clips

  • Support for launching App Clips by scanning QR codes

Health

  • Ability to indicate pregnancy, lactation or contraceptive use in Cycle Tracking in order to better manage period and fertile window predictions

Weather

  • Air quality data is now available in Weather, Maps and Siri for locations in mainland China
  • Air quality health recommendations are provided in Weather and Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India and Mexico at certain air quality levels

Safari

  • Ecosia search engine option in Safari

Bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue where some MMS messages may not be received
  • Fixes an issue where some Messages notifications may not be received
  • Fixes an issue where contact groups failed to display members when composing a message
  • Fixes an issue where some videos would not appear correctly when shared from the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where app folders may fail to open
  • Fixes an issue where Spotlight search results and opening apps from Spotlight may not work
  • Fixes an issue where Bluetooth could be unavailable in Settings
  • Fixes an issue where devices could be prevented from charging wirelessly
  • Fixes an issue where MagSafe Duo Charger could wirelessly charge at less than the maximum power
  • Fixes an issue where wireless accessories and peripherals using the WAC protocol could fail to complete set up
  • Fixes an issue where the keyboard would dismiss when adding a list in Reminders while using VoiceOver
iOS / iPadOS 14.4
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.4 18D52[145] January 26, 2021; 17 months ago (2021-01-26)
  • Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera
  • Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications
  • Notifications for when the camera on your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera in iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Image artifacts could appear in HDR photos taken with iPhone 12 Pro
  • Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data
  • Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard
  • The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages
  • Audio stories from the News app in CarPlay may not resume after being paused for spoken directions or Siri
  • Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock Screen
14.4.1 18D61[146] March 8, 2021; 15 months ago (2021-03-08) Fix CVE-2021-1844, which allows a malicious web page to perform remote code execution in WebKit.[147]
14.4.2 18D70[148] March 26, 2021; 15 months ago (2021-03-26) Fix CVE-2021-1879, a vulnerability that permits malicious web content to perform universal cross-site scripting.[149]
iOS / iPadOS 14.5
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.5 18E199 April 26, 2021; 14 months ago (2021-04-26) Initial release on iPad Pro (5th generation, 12.9-inch, 3rd generation, 11-inch)[150]

Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

  • Ability to unlock your iPhone X and later with Apple Watch Series 3 and later when you attempt to use Face ID while wearing a face mask
  • Unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch when wearing a mask
  • You can now backup your Apple Watch to iCloud by a toggle function under the iCloud control panel on your iPhone

AirTag and Find My

  • Adds support for Apple AirTags within the "Find My" app using the U1 chip in the iPhone 11 and later for precision finding
  • Support for AirTag to keep track of and find your important items like your keys, wallet, backpack, and more, privately and securely in the Find My app
  • Precision Finding uses visual, audible, and haptic feedback to guide you directly to your nearby AirTag using Ultra Wideband provided by the U1 chip o iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models
  • Under the "me" tab you can now toggle on or off "Item Safety Features". This will allow a person to see if an AirTag had been paced them without their knowledge
  • AirTag can be located by playing sound via the built-in speaker
  • Now supports Beats headphones, and Belkin wireless earbuds. located under the new "Items" tab
  • The Find My network with hundreds of millions of devices can help you find your AirTag, even when it isn't nearby
  • Lost Mode notifies you when your AirTag is found, and you can enter a phone number where you can be contacted

Apple Maps

  • Adds a reporting feature to Apple Maps, similar to Waze
  • Uses crowdsourcing for reporting of Accidents, Hazards, and Speed Checks
  • Accidents, hazards, or speed checks along your route can be reported by telling Siri on your iPhone or on CarPlay
  • When doing a walking or cycling route, you can now send an ETA to an individual using the Messages App
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA) can be shared when cycling or walking, in addition to driving, by asking Siri or tapping on the route card at the bottom of the screen, then tapping Share ETA
  • Can send an ETA message from Apple Maps in CarPlay via Siri or keyboard controls

CarPlay

  • ETA in Apple Maps can be easily shared while driving with new Siri or keyboard controls in CarPlay

Fitness+ and AirPlay 2

  • Added support for Fitness+ workouts to be streamed to an AirPlay 2 compatible TV or device
  • Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-eabled TVs and devices
  • Apple watch metrics cannot be displayed on screen of AirPlay 2 devices. Must view them on iOS device used to cast to AirPlay 2

Gaming

  • Xbox Series X
14.5.1 18E212[151] May 3, 2021; 13 months ago (2021-05-03)
iOS / iPadOS 14.6
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.6 18F72 May 24, 2021; 13 months ago (2021-05-24)

Apple Card Family

  • Apple Card can be shared with up to five people, including anyone 13 years or older in your Family Sharing group
  • Apple Card Family adds support for families to track expenses, manage spending with optional limits and controls, and build credit together

Podcasts

  • Subscription support for channels and individual shows

AirTag and Find My

  • Lost mode option to add an email address instead of a phone number for AirTag and Find My network accessories
  • AirTag will show the partially masked phone number of the owner when tapped with an NFC-capable device

Accessibility

  • Voice Control users can unlock their iPhone for the first time after a restart using only their voice

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Unlock with Apple Watch may not work after using Lock iPhone on Apple Watch
  • Reminders may appear as blank lines
  • Call blocking extensions may not appear in Settings
  • Bluetooth devices could sometimes disconnect or send audio to a different device during an active call
  • iPhone may experience reduced performance during startup [153]
iOS / iPadOS 14.7
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.7 18G69/18G70 July 19, 2021; 11 months ago (2021-07-19)
iPadOS: July 21, 2021; 11 months ago (2021-07-21)
  • MagSafe Battery Pack support for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple Card Family adds the option to combine credit limits and share one co-owned account with an existing Apple Card user
  • Home app adds the ability to manage timers on HomePod
  • Air quality information is now available in Weather and Maps for Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, and Spain
  • Podcasts library allows you to choose to see all shows or only followed shows
  • Share playlist menu option missing in Apple Music
  • Dolby Atmos and Apple Music lossless audio playback may unexpectedly stop
  • Battery service message that may have disappeared after reboot on some iPhone 11 models is restored
  • Braille displays could show invalid information while composing Mail messages
  • Audio may skip when using USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapters with iPad
14.7.1 18G82 July 26, 2021; 11 months ago (2021-07-26)
  • Fixes an issue where iPhone models with Touch ID cannot unlock a paired Apple Watch using the Unlock with iPhone feature.
  • Security fixes
iOS / iPadOS 14.8
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Pro (1st generation)
Version Build Release date Features
14.8 18H17 September 13, 2021; 9 months ago (2021-09-13)
14.8.1 18H107 October 26, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-10-26)
  • This release fixes CVEs CVE-2021-30907, CVE-2021-30917, CVE-2021-30903, CVE-2021-30919, CVE-2021-30900, CVE-2021-30883, CVE-2021-30909, CVE-2021-30916, CVE-2021-30918, CVE-2021-C0902, CVE-2021-30888

iOS 15 / iPadOS 15Edit

Apple announced iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on June 7, 2021, at its annual WWDC 2021 event, with a developer beta released on the same day and a public beta released a few weeks later, at the end of June 2021. All devices that supported iOS 13, iPadOS 13, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14 also support iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. However, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have limited support on devices with A8, A8X, A9, A9X, A10 Fusion, A10X Fusion, and A11 Bionic chips, which include iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation), and iPad Pro (2nd generation).[155] The release of iOS 15.4 brought support for the iPhone SE 3rd generation, while the release of iPadOS 15.4 brought support for the iPad Air 5th generation.

iOS / iPadOS 15.0
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.0 19A346 September 20, 2021; 9 months ago (2021-09-20)

Initial release on iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPad (9th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)

FaceTime

  • Spatial audio makes people’s voices sound like they’re coming from the direction in which they’re positioned on the screen on Group FaceTime calls (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Voice Isolation blocks background noises so your voice is crystal clear (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Wide Spectrum brings all background noises into your call (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Portrait mode blurs your background and puts the focus on you (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Grid view displays up to six people at a time in Group FaceTime calls in the same-size tiles and highlights the current speaker
  • FaceTime links allow you to invite your friends into a FaceTime call, even friends on Android or Windows devices can join from their browser

Messages and Memoji

  • Shared with You shows content sent to you by friends in Messages conversations in a new section in Photos, Safari, Apple News, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, or the Apple TV app
  • Pinned content elevates the shared content you choose and makes it more prominent in Shared with You, Messages search, and the Details view of the conversation
  • Multiple photos sent in Messages are displayed as a glanceable collage or a swipeable stack
  • Over 40 Memoji outfit choices and up to three different colors to customize your Memoji stickers’s clothing and headwear

Focus

  • Focus lets you automatically filter notifications based on what you’re currently doing, such as fitness, sleep, gaming, reading, driving, work, or personal time
  • Focus uses on-device intelligence during set up to suggest apps and people you want to allow notifications from in a Focus
  • Home Screen pages can be customized to match your apps and widgets to a specific Focus
  • Contextual suggestions intelligently suggest a Focus based on your context, using signals like location or time of day
  • Status appears to your contacts in Messages conversations, indicating your notifications are silenced with Focus

Notifications

  • A new look displays contact photos for people and larger icons for apps
  • Notification summary delivers a helpful collection of your notifications daily, based on a schedule you set
  • Notifications can be muted from any app or messaging thread for the next hour or for the day

Maps

  • Detailed city maps display elevation, trees, buildings, landmarks, crosswalks and turn lanes, and 3D views to navigate complex interchanges, and more in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and London, with more cities coming in the future (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • New driving features include a new map that highlights details like traffic and incidents, and a route planner that lets you view your upcoming journey by choosing a future departure or arrival time
  • Immersive walking directions show step-by-step directions in augmented reality (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Updated transit experience provides one-tap access to departures near you, makes it easy to see and interact with your route using one hand, and notifies you when approaching your stop
  • Interactive 3D globe shows enhanced details for mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, and more (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Redesigned place cards make it easy to learn about and interact with places, and a new home for Guides editorially curates the best recommendations for places you’ll love

Safari

  • Bottom tab bar is easier to reach and helps you move between tabs by swiping left or right
  • Tab Groups help you save and organize your tabs and easily access them across devices
  • Tab overview grid view displays your open tabs
  • Start page can be customized with a background image and new sections like Privacy Report, Siri Suggestions, and Shared With You
  • Web extensions on iOS help you personalize your browsing and can be downloaded through the App Store
  • Voice search lets you search the web using your voice

Wallet

  • Home keys let you tap to unlock a supported home or apartment door lock (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Hotel keys allow you to tap to unlock your room at participating hotels
  • Office keys allow you to tap to unlock your office doors for participating corporate offices
  • Car keys with Ultra Wideband help you unlock, lock, and start your supported car without having to take your iPhone out of your bag or pocket (iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models)
  • Remote keyless entry functions on your car keys allow you to lock, unlock, honk your horn, preheat your car, or open your trunk on your supported vehicle

Live Text

  • Live Text makes text interactive in your photos so you can copy and paste, look up, and translate in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, Safari, and live previews with Camera (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Data detectors for Live Text recognize phone numbers, emails, dates, street addresses, and more in photos so you can take action on them
  • Live Text is available from the keyboard letting you insert text directly from the camera viewfinder into any text field

Spotlight

  • Rich results brings together all the information you’re looking for on contacts, actors, musicians, movies, and TV shows
  • Photos can be searched from your photo library by locations, people, scenes, text in the photos or other things in the photos, like a dog or a car
  • Web image search allows you to search for images of people, animals, monuments, and more

Photos

  • New look for Memories with a new interactive interface, animated cards with smart, adaptive titles, new animation and transition styles, and multiple image collages
  • Apple Music can be added to your Memories for Apple Music subscribers, and personalized song suggestions combine expert recommendations with your music tastes and what’s in your photos and videos
  • Memory mixes let you set the mood by selecting from different songs and a Memory look to match
  • New memory types include additional international holidays, child-focused memories, trends over time, and improved pet memories
  • Info pane now displays rich information about the photo like which camera and lens, shutter speed, file size, and more
  • Visual Look Up recognizes art, landmarks around the world, plants and flowers, books, and dog and cat breeds in your photos so you can learn more about them

Health

  • Sharing lets you choose health data, alerts, and trends to share with people important to you or those who are caring for you, including your healthcare provider
  • Trends lets you see how a given health metric is progressing over time and can notify you when a new trend has been detected
  • Walking Steadiness is a new metric that can assess your risk of falling and notify you if your walking steadiness is low (iPhone 8 and later)
  • Verifiable health records enable you to download and store verifiable versions of COVID-19 vaccines and lab results
  • Lab results can now be pinned for quick access and include highlights that show how your labs have changed over time

Weather

  • A new design shows the most important weather information for that location and includes new maps modules
  • Weather maps can be viewed in full-screen and show precipitation, temperature and air quality in supported countries
  • Next-hour precipitation notifications alert you when rain or snow is about to start or stop in Ireland, U.K., and US
  • New animated backgrounds more accurately represent the sun position, clouds, and precipitation (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)

Siri

  • On-device processing means audio of your requests does not leave your device by default, and means Siri is able to process many requests while offline (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)
  • Share items with Siri lets you send on screen items like photos, web pages and Maps locations to any of your contacts
  • Onscreen context can be used by Siri to refer to contacts on screen to send them a message or place a call
  • On-device personalization allows Siri speech recognition and understanding to improve privately (iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and later)

Privacy

  • Mail Privacy Protection protects your privacy by preventing email senders from learning about your Mail activity, your IP address or whether you've opened their email
  • Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention now also prevents known trackers from profiling you using your IP address

iCloud+

  • iCloud+ is a cloud subscription service that gives you premium features and additional iCloud storage
  • iCloud Private Relay (beta) sends your requests through two separate internet relays and encrypts the internet traffic leaving your device so you can browse Safari in a more secure and private way
  • Hide My Email lets you create unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox so you can send and receive email without having to share your real email address
  • HomeKit Secure Video supports connecting more security cameras without using your iCloud storage quota
  • Custom email domain personalizes your iCloud Mail address and allows you to invite family members to use the same domain

Accessibility

  • Image exploration with VoiceOver allows you to get even more details about people and objects, and learn about text and table data in photos
  • VoiceOver image descriptions in Markup let you add your own image descriptions that can be read by VoiceOver
  • Per-app settings allow you to customize display and text size settings only for the apps you want
  • Background sounds play balanced, bright, or dark noise, ocean, rain, and stream sounds continuously in the background to mask unwanted environmental or external noise
  • Sound actions for Switch Control enable you to control your iPhone with simple mouth sounds
  • Audiograms can be imported in Settings so you can customize Headphone Accommodations based on your hearing test results
  • New Voice Control languages include Mandarin Chinese (China mainland), Cantonese (Hong Kong), French (France), and German (Germany)
  • Memoji options including a cochlear implant, oxygen tubes, or a soft helmet

This release also includes other features and improvements:

  • Tags in Notes and Reminders help you quickly categorize your items to make them easy to find, and you can use custom Smart Folders and Smart Lists to automatically collect your notes and reminders based on rules you can define
  • Mentions in Notes enable you to notify others of important updates in shared notes, and an all-new Activity view displays all the recent changes in a note in a single list
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking in Apple Music brings an even more immersive experience to Dolby Atmos music with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max
  • System-wide translation lets you select text throughout the system and translate it with a tap, even in photos
  • New widgets include Find My, Contacts, App Store, Sleep, Game Center, and Mail
  • Cross-app drag and drop function lets you pick up images, documents, and files from one app to another
  • Keyboard magnification loupe magnifies the text when moving the cursor
  • Apple ID Account Recovery Contacts lets you to choose one or more people you trust to help you reset your password and regain access to your account
  • Temporary iCloud storage grants you as much iCloud storage as you need to create a temporary backup of your data, free of charge, for up to three weeks when you buy a new device
  • Find My separation alerts notify you if you leave a supported device or item behind and Find My will give you directions to your item
  • Game highlights of up to the last 15 seconds of gameplay can be saved using game controllers like the Xbox Series X
15.0.1 19A348 October 1, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-10-01)
  • Fixes issue where iPhone 13 fails to unlock Apple Watch.
  • Settings app may incorrectly display an alert that storage is full
  • Audio meditations could unexpectedly start a workout on Apple Watch for some Fitness+ subscribers
15.0.2 19A404 October 11, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-10-11)
  • Photos saved to your library from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message
  • iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe may not connect to Find My
  • AirTag might not appear in the Find My Items tab
  • CarPlay may fail to open audio apps or disconnect during playback
  • Device restore or update may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models
  • Fix CVE-2021-30883, a kernel memory corruption vulnerability caused by an integer overflow which is reported to be under active exploit.[156]
iOS / iPadOS 15.1
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.1 19B74/19B75 October 25, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-10-25)

SharePlay

  • SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other supported App Store apps
  • Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward
  • Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show or song when your friends speak
  • Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on iPhone
  • Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look a photos, browse the web, or help each other out

Camera

  • ProRes video capture using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple Wallet

  • COVID-19 vaccination card support allows you to add and present verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet

Translate

  • Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and for system-wide translation

Home

  • New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor

Shortcuts

  • New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos
  • Weather app may not show current temperature for My Location, and may display colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly
  • Audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen
  • Wallet may unexpectedly quit when using VoiceOver with multiple passes
  • Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected
  • Battery algorithms updated on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time


15.1.1 19B81 November 17, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-11-17)

iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max Only

  • Improved call drop performance on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models
  • Fixes call drop performance on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models
iOS / iPadOS 15.2
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.2 19C56/19C57 December 13, 2021; 6 months ago (2021-12-13)

iOS 15.2 adds Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier that provides access to music using Siri. This update also includes the App Privacy Report, new safety features for children and parents in Messages, and other features and bug fixes.[157]

Apple Music Voice Plan

  • Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription tier that gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri
  • Just Ask Siri suggests music based on your listening history and likes or dislikes
  • Play it Again lets you access a list of your recently played music

Privacy

  • App Privacy Report in Settings lets you see how often apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days, as well as their network activity

Messages

  • Communication safety setting gives parents the ability to enable warnings for children when they receive or send photos that contain nudity
  • Safety warnings contain helpful resources for children when they receive photos that contain nudity

Siri and Search

  • Expanded guidance in Siri, Spotlight and Safari Search to help children and parents stay safe online and get help with unsafe situations

Apple ID

  • Digital Legacy allows you to designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death

Camera

  • Macro photo control for switching to the Ultra Wide lens to capture macro photos and videos can be enabled in Settings on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

TV app

  • Store tab lets you browse, buy, and rent movies and TV Shows all in one place

CarPlay

  • Enhanced city map in Apple Maps with road details like turn lanes, medians, bike lanes, and pedestrian crosswalks for supported cities

This release also includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Hide My Email is available in the Mail app for iCloud+ subscribers to create unique, random email addresses
  • Find My can locate iPhone for up to five hours when in Power Reserve
  • Stocks allows you to view the currency for a ticker and see year-to-date performance when viewing charts
  • Reminders and Notes now allow you to delete or rename tags
  • Siri may not respond while VoiceOver is running and iPhone is locked
  • ProRAW photos may appear overexposed when viewing in third-party photo editing apps
  • HomeKit scenes that include a garage door may not run from CarPlay when your iPhone is locked
  • CarPlay may not update Now Playing information for certain apps
  • Video streaming apps may not load content on iPhone 13 models
  • Calendar events may appear on the wrong day for Microsoft Exchange users


15.2.1 19C63 January 12, 2022; 5 months ago (2022-01-12)

This release contains bug fixes including:

  • Messages may not load photos sent using an iCloud Link
  • Third-party CarPlay apps may not respond to input
  • Fix CVE-2022-22588, a remote HomeKit denial of service vulnerability also known as doorLock[158][159]
iOS / iPadOS 15.3
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.3 19D50 January 26, 2022; 5 months ago (2022-01-26)
  • Bug fixes
  • Security fixes


15.3.1 19D52 February 10, 2022; 4 months ago (2022-02-10)
  • Fixes an issue that may cause Braille displays to stop responding.
  • Security fixes
iOS / iPadOS 15.4
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.4 19E241 March 14, 2022; 3 months ago (2022-03-14)

Initial release on iPhone SE (3rd generation) and iPad Air (5th generation)

Universal Control

  • Universal Control allows you to use a single mouse and keyboard across iPad and Mac
  • Text can be typed on either iPad or Mac and you can drag and drop files between them

Face ID

  • Face ID while wearing a mask option on iPhone 12 and newer
  • Apple Pay and password autofill in apps and Safari can be used with Face ID while wearing a mask

Emoji

  • New emoji including faces, hand gestures, and household objects are now available in emoji keyboard
  • Handshake emoji allows you to choose separate skin tones for each hand

FaceTime

  • SharePlay sessions can be initiated directly from supported apps

Siri

  • Siri can provide time and date information while offline on iPhone XS, iPhone 11 or newer
  • Siri now includes an additional voice, expanding the diversity of options

Vaccine cards

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate support in health enables you to download and store verifiable versions of COVID-19 vaccination, lab results, and recovery records
  • COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet now support the EU Digital COVID Certifiable format

This release also includes the following enhancements for your iPhone and iPad:

  • Volume controls can be set to adjust as you rotate your iPad, on iPad (5th generation and newer), iPad mini (4th and 5th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Air (3rd and 4th generation), and iPad Pro
  • Safari Webpage translation adds support for Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
  • Podcasts app adds episode filter for seasons, played, saved, or downloaded episodes
  • iCloud custom email domains can be managed from Settings
  • Camera in keyboard can be used to add text to Notes and Reminders
  • Shortcuts now supports adding, removing, or querying tags with Reminders
  • Emergency SOS settings have changed to use Call with Hold for all users. Call with 5 Presses is still available as an option in Emergency SOS settings
  • Close-up in Magnifier uses the ultra-wide camera on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to help you see small objects
  • Security recommendations can now be hidden
  • Saved passwords can now include your own notes in Settings

This release also includes bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad:

  • Keyboard may insert period between typed numbers
  • News widgets in Today View may not open articles when tapped
  • Photos and videos may not sync to iCloud Photo Library
  • Speak Screen Accessibility feature may quit unexpectedly within the Books app
  • Live Listen may not turn off when switched off in Control Center


15.4.1 19E258 March 31, 2022; 2 months ago (2022-03-31)

This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad:

  • Battery may drain more quickly than expected after updating to iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4
  • Braille devices may become unresponsive while navigating text or displaying an alert
  • Made for iPhone and iPad hearing devices may lose connection within some third-party apps
  • Security fixes
iOS / iPadOS 15.5
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.5 19F77 May 16, 2022; 43 days ago (2022-05-16)

Wallet

  • Wallet now allows Apple Cash customers to send and request money with their Apple Cash card

Podcasts

  • The Podcasts app can now be set to limit the number of locally stored episodes; if set older episodes will automatically delete

This update includes the following bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad:

  • Fixes an issue where Home automations triggered by people arriving or leaving may fail to activate
  • Fixes an issue that may cause iPhone SE (3rd gen) to unexpectedly shutdown
  • Fixes numerous bugs where malicious applications may be able to gain arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges
  • Fixes a bug that allowed a program with arbitrary read/write to bypass pointer allocation
  • Fixes a sandbox escape
  • Fixes a bug that allowed malicious websites to track users in Safari Private Browsing
  • Fixes a bug that allowed malicious applications to bypass signature validation
  • Fixes a partial lock screen bypass bug that allowed attackers to access the Photos app
  • Fixes multiple bugs where processing of maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
iOS / iPadOS 15.6
iPad:iPhone:iPod touch:
Limited support on iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
15.6 beta 4 19G5056c June 28, 2022; 0 days ago (2022-06-28)

iOS 16 / iPadOS 16Edit

Apple announced iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 on June 6, 2022, at its annual WWDC 2022 event, with a developer beta released on the same day. With iOS 16, Apple will drop support for iPhone models with A9 and A10 Fusion chips, such as iPhone 6S/6S Plus, the 1st gen iPhone SE and iPhone 7/7 Plus, as well as the 7th gen iPod touch, and with iPadOS 16, it will also drop support for iPad models with A8 and A8X chips, such as iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. iOS 16 has limited support on iPhone models with A11 Bionic chips, such as iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, while iPadOS 16 has limited support on iPad models with A9, A9X, A10 Fusion, and A10X Fusion chips, such as the 5th gen iPad, the 6th gen iPad, the 7th gen iPad, the 1st gen iPad Pro and the 2nd gen iPad Pro. However, devices with A12 Bionic and A12X Bionic chips or newer, such as iPhone XS/XS Max and onwards, iPhone XR and onwards, the 2nd gen iPhone SE and onwards, the 8th gen iPad and onwards, the 5th gen iPad Mini and onwards and the 3rd gen iPad Pro and onwards, are fully supported.

iOS / iPadOS 16.0
iPad:iPhone:
Limited support on iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Pro (1st generation), and iPad Pro (2nd generation)
Version Build Release date Features
16.0 beta 2 20A5303i June 22, 2022; 6 days ago (2022-06-22)

Notable software bugs and issues in iOSEdit

Device codesEdit

See alsoEdit

Information on other operating systems developed by Apple Inc.
Version histories for other operating systems and products by Apple Inc.
Version histories for other mobile operating systems

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External linksEdit

  • iOS – official site