Apple has released iOS 15.5, the latest version of its iPhone operating system. It’s short on user-centric improvements, but could appease regulators concerned about Apple’s dominant control over in-app purchases.
New iOS 15.5 features include a few buttons added to the Wallet app that allow Apple Cash card users to quickly request or send money, as well as a new setting in the Apple Podcasts app that lets you put limits on the number of episodes saved on your device. phone. According to Apple’s release notes, the update also includes several bug fixes, including one aimed at improving the reliability of home automation devices activated by people arriving and departing.
The full release notes read:
iOS 15.5 includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
Wallet now allows Apple Cash customers to send and request money with their Apple Cash card
Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and delete older ones automatically
Fixes an issue where home automation, activated by people arriving or departing, may not work
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In addition to the latest iOS update, Apple has also released an update for macOS. Monterey 12.4 is notable for being the version of macOS that includes a fix for the poor webcam quality of Apple’s Studio Display monitor. In our testing with the beta update, we found that the webcam’s performance is still far from perfect, but the update reduced the amount of visible noise in the image, improved contrast and improved color accuracy. We will of course retest the webcam now that the software is finalized to see if anything has changed.
While iOS 15.5 is short on user-centric changes, 9to5Mac Previously reported that it includes references to “third-party purchases,” suggesting the update lays the foundation for select apps to link to third-party purchasing systems, in line with changes Apple announced last month. Apple generally requires developers to use their own in-app payment system for in-app digital purchases (which often earns it a 30 percent commission), but this policy is increasingly being scrutinized by regulators around the world. In some countries, such as South Korea and the Netherlands, Apple has been instructed to allow various developers to link to third-party payment systems.
The release of iOS 15.5 comes less than a month before Apple is expected to announce its upcoming iOS 16 update at its annual developer conference. Instructions for updating your iPhone may include: found on Apple’s site†