iOS 15.3 release date rumors, news and all the new features coming to your iPhone

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iOS 15.3 is expected to land soon, hot on the heels of iOS 15.2, an update that brought a legacy Contacts feature, app privacy reports, and several other additions.

So far iOS 15.3 appears to be a much smaller update than its predecessor – one that can mostly be limited to bug fixes.


Still, it’s possible that Apple is just keeping things quiet, and there are some notable features on the horizon that could be included. Below you’ll find everything we know about iOS 15.3 so far, including a possible release date and update’s features.

cut to the chase

  • What is this? next minor ios release
  • When is it out? it could come any day now
  • How much will it cost? it will be free

iOS 15.3 Release Date and Compatibility

There’s no news yet on when iOS 15.3 will land, though its initial public beta is available now (as of December 20th). There is usually at least a month between the update and iOS 15.2, which launched on December 13.

That actually means iOS 15.3 could land anytime, as it was about a month ago at the time of writing. Given that it doesn’t seem to have much in the way of new features, we think it will land sooner, as it will probably give Apple less work than some updates.

In terms of compatibility, if your iPhone can run any version of iOS 15 then it will be able to run iOS 15.3. That means you’ll be able to get it on everything from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone SE (2020) and the original iPhone SE, as well as the iPod touch (7th generation).

iOS 15.3 Features

The initial iOS 15.3 beta doesn’t include any new features, and Apple certainly hasn’t highlighted them if there are any, saying in the release notes that “there are no new release notes for this beta software update. “

Below we’ll detail some of the minor changes that have been found, followed by some features that are known to be in the works, but that may not arrive until iOS 15.4 or higher. And we’ll update this article as soon as we hear anything new.

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Users report that the first iOS 15.3 beta includes wording of child safety features and automatic downloading of magazines in Apple News Plus, as well as small changes to the Podcasts app, but nothing notable or significant.

bug fixes

No word on what bugs are being fixed in iOS 15.3, but we fully expect there will be some, with security vulnerabilities likely to be patched as well.

These don’t make for exciting updates unless you’re suffering from a certain bug, but they’re certainly important.

Digital ID in Wallet App

We’re now on to a big feature that iOS 15.3 doesn’t really have any indication of yet, but which may be included, as we know it’s being worked on.

The feature will allow US users to add their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app, and it will then be accepted at TSA checkpoints in select airports, with retailers, events and locations eventually supporting these digital IDs as well. Hope to add.

However, even once this feature is added, the roll out is likely to be slow. It will land on a state-by-state basis in the US (with Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah looking first in line), and there’s no word on exactly if or when the feature will be available. Will expand to other countries.

universal control

Another important feature that we know is being worked on, but that hasn’t been specifically rolled out with iOS 15.3, is Universal Controls.

It’s more of an iPadOS feature than an iPhone one, as it will allow users to connect an iPad to a Mac and use the Slate as an external display, simply by placing the two next to each other. It’s already possible, but what’s really new here is that you’ll be able to use the same mouse and keyboard in both devices, with the iPad’s display being like an extension of the Mac.

While it’s not much of an iPhone feature, we have a feeling that iOS will see some signs of it when it drops, but there’s no sign here yet — or in the iPadOS 15.3 beta that landed around the same time.

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