We tried the iOS 15 Public Beta: Here is what’s new, exciting, and what went wrong.

Apple’s iOS 15 Public Beta is rolling out for those who signup for the Apple Beta Software Program. And it can be installed on supported iPhone Models today.

How To Install the iOS 15 Public Beta

To install the iOS 15 Public Beta users, need to register at the Apple Beta Software. If you own an eligible iPhone model you will be asked to install a configuration profile that would register the device for beta testing.

Now you will receive the public beta similar to regular over the air updates and can be install by going to Settings > General > Software Update and then choosing Download and Install.

Note the iOS 15 beta software does come with bugs and glitches hence it is recommended to only install the beta to a secondary phone and to create a backup before doing so.

What’s New

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iOS 15 announced in WWDC back in June brought in improvement and new features to various parts of the iOS operating system. FaceTime now supports spatial audio, portrait mode, and a grid view and now also allowing Android and Windows users to join a facetime call. Apple also announced a feature called SharePlay that lets users watch movies & TV or listen to music or just share your screen with your friends and family completely in sync

iMessage in iOS 15 will now have a better way to manage photos and other multimedia sent and will also allow users easily find articles, photos, news, and more that are shared in the chat in the respective apps.

iOS notifications also get a completely new look with larger icons making the UI look more colorful and easier to recognise. A notification summary can be scheduled to give you a brief about all your notifications, letting you focus on what is really important and have a glance at the less important notifications later.

Apple now uses on device intelligence to allow Siri process all the speech recognition on device making it a lot faster, and a lot of your tasks can now be done without even an internet connection. The iPhone maker also used the on-device intelligence to add a new feature called Live Text that allows users to interact with text in photo as if it was types in, and this as the name suggests happens live.

Apple also added a lot of privacy related features using the on-device intelligence and various other modern protocols and methods to improve the Privacy and Security of the iPhone.

Bugs and Issues with the iOS 15 Public Beta

The Beta software is having various problems and bugs including various FaceTime issues, WiFi issues, Screen brightness problems, crashes, lags and problems with Apple’s own first party apps as well as third party apps. We recommend installing the beta software only on a secondary device and getting a backup of the entire device before you actually install the system.

How To Downgrade to iOS 14

The beta update will carry multiple bugs and if you need to just get back to the good old iOS 14, you can get back to the iOS 14.

To remove the beta install, you need to erase and restore your device, then you can recover all of your data from a backup you created before installing the beta.

  1. Make sure your computer has the latest version of macOS or latest version of iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer, then put your device in recovery mode.
  3. Click the Restore option when it appears. This erases your device and installs the current non-beta version of iOS. If the download takes more than 15 minutes and your device exits the recovery mode screen, let the download finish, then repeat step 2.
  4. Wait for the restore to finish. If asked, enter your Apple ID and password, which disables Activation Lock. 

You now have recovered your iOS 14 and your device is ready to be used.

iOS 15

Here’s how you could get the new iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 today, but we do not recommend it.

iOS 15 was reveled at WWDC keynote 2021 and would be available publicly later this year with the upcoming iPhone 13 series devices.

Users can currently test the new update to iOS installing a developer beta but we do not recommend doing that. These developer betas are buggy and meant to be installed on secondary devices by developers to test their apps on the system that would come out later in the year.

iOS 15

Find out what’s new in iOS 15 here

Find out what’s new in iPadOS 15 here

How To Install the iOS 15/iPadOS 15

You need to register as an Apple developer if not already registered. You can register as a developer here.

  1. Create a backup of your supported iPhone and/or iPad on your PC or Mac in case you decide to downgrade back to a stable version. (Note the developer betas can be extremely buggy and we recommend having a backup before moving to next step.)
  2. After creating an backup open your web browser and head to Apple Developer Website.
  3. Go to the Downloads tab from the navbar.
  4. Swipe down and tap Install Profile next to your device type.
  5. Head to settings app on your device. Open Profile Downloaded near the top.
  6. Now tap Install and enter your passcode.
  7. Once you read the agreement and accept it tap install.
  8. Your iPhone/iPad will now require a restart.
  9. After the reboot head to Settings>General>Software Update.
  10. You can now see the new available as an OTA update. You can now update to the latest developer betas as they are available.


iOS 15

iOS 15 is a genius and has some really powerful new features

Apple announced the next generation of its flagship iOS operating system at WWDC 2021. The iOS 15 upgrade brings some powerful new features that elevate the experience of being connected. iOS 15 includes updates to FaceTime, new Focus features, updates to the Wallet, Weather, and Maps app, and a major update to iMessage and a lot better on-device intelligence. The new update though did not a UI revamp like a lot of people were expecting.

FaceTime and SharePlay

FaceTime Apple’s video calling/conferencing app got some major updates. FaceTime now supports Spatial Audio making you sound more natural and dynamic. The video calling app also adds new modes that let users separate their voices from the background, allowing the conversation to be a lot more clear and noise-free. iOS 15 also adds a new portrait mode to FaceTime which blurs the background and brings focus on the person.

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SharePlay allows users to share experiences in real-time with those who matter. Users can now live share music from the Apple Music app, watch movies and tv on the Apple TV+ app, or sharing your phone screen to share from other apps and websites, all in real-time sync so you can enjoy the content together. Apple also released a SharePlay API allowing third-party apps to be used with FaceTime.

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Apple also now allows iPhone users to FaceTime their friends, family, and colleagues who use Android and Windows Devices using their web browser. (Note android and windows devices can not start a FaceTime call, they can only join one using the link shared to them)

New Notifications

Notifications on iOS have been a bit messed up earlier but Apple now claims to have made it a lot better.iOS 15 brings new redesigned notifications which now will have contact photos for people and larger icons for app notifications.

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Using on-device intelligence in iOS 15 notifications are arranged based on priority with messages from people notified at the top, and notifications that aren’t as important being added to a notification summary that can be read when you are free. These notifications are based on how and how much users react to an app.

A redesigned Safari experience

Safari now gets a one-hand usage-friendly UI that brings all the controls and also the Address bar at the bottom of the screen. This new bottom tab bar floats over the bottom when required and hides into a compact UI when not. Users can now swipe on the tabs bar towards left or right to go to the next or last tab. While on the latest tab swiping towards the left will open a new tab. The start page also is now customizable and users can save Tab groups which can be accessed through all their devices.


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iOS 15 brings a new system-wide filter that Apple calls Focus. Focus allows users to focus on notifications and apps based on what the user is doing. This feature works through iCloud on every Apple device. This feature uses on-device intelligence to allow notifications only from people and apps that are important at the moment.

Maps, Wallet, and Weather

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Apple Maps in iOS 15 contains a significant amount of detail about cities, lanes, and over and under ways which can now be viewed in 3D with a beautifully designed 3D world. The Navigation UI shows a 3D view of the surroundings giving a better understanding of turn lanes, medians, bike lanes, crosswalks, etc.

Apple Wallet adds support for New Keys for a lot of third-party companies like Walt Disney World, Hayaat Hotels, etc along with car keys which were added last year. The wallet app can now also legally hold your IDs like Driver’s Licence in the participating US States.

The iOS 15 Weather app also gets a major UI revamp with new background animations and a lot more weather data that can be easily accessed and viewed in the Weather app.

On Device Intelligence, Live Text, Offline Siri, improved spotlight, and more.

Apple has always been promoting on-device intelligence unlike Google and others who keep pushing cloud-based processing.

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This genius iOS 15 allows the photos app to treat text in photos like traditional text, allowing users to directly select and copy text from photos. Users can also lookup about things in their surroundings using just the camera app and the crazy Apple Neural Engine.

Spotlight Now uses intelligence to search photos by location, people, scenes, or objects. Spotlight can also find text in photos and videos using Live Text. Spotlight search now also can search images on the web, and all-new rich results for actors, musicians, TV shows, movies, and music. Contacts in spotlight also get results from recent conversations, shared media, and location if they have shared it using Find My.

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The photos app now integrates with the Apple Music service to create beautiful memories with perfect music from apple music, the on-device intelligence adjusts the pace of the memories to match the beats in the playing music.

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