iOS 15.3 is likely to arrive soon, after iOS 15.2, which included a Legacy Contacts feature, App Privacy Reports, and a slew of other improvements.
However, iOS 15.3 appears to be a considerably smaller update than its predecessor, with the majority of bug fixes.
Still, it’s possible that Apple is simply being coy, and there are a few notable additions on the horizon that could be included. Then, below, you’ll find all we know about iOS 15.3, including the expected release date and features.
Date of release and compatibility
There’s no word on when iOS 15.3 will be released, but the first public beta is now available (as of December 20). Between updates, Apple usually waits at least a month, and iOS 15.2 was released on December 13th.
Since that was roughly a month ago at the time of writing, that means iOS 15.3 might arrive at any time. Given that it doesn’t appear to contain many new features, we expect it to arrive sooner rather than later, as it will likely require less work from Apple than other updates.
In terms of compatibility, your iPhone will be able to run iOS 15.3 if it can run any version of iOS 15.
That implies it’ll work on all iPhones starting with the 6S, including the 2020 iPhone SE and the original iPhone SE, as well as the 7th gen iPod touch.
There doesn’t appear to be any new features in the initial iOS 15.3 beta, and if there are, Apple hasn’t mentioned them in the release notes, which state, “There are no new release notes for this beta software update.”
Users indicate that the first iOS 15.3 beta includes minor changes to the phrasing of the Child Safety features and the automatic downloading of magazines in Apple News Plus, as well as minor changes to the Podcasts app, but nothing noticeable or substantial.
There’s no news on which issues will be corrected in iOS 15.3, but we’re confident that some will, along with security holes.
These aren’t particularly exciting changes unless you’re experiencing one of the resolved bugs, but they’re crucial.
Digital IDs in the Wallet app
This feature will allow users in the United States to connect their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app, which would subsequently be accepted at TSA checkpoints in select airports, with businesses, events, and venues expected to follow suit in the future.
Even if this functionality is added, the implementation appears to be slow. It will be available in the US on a state-by-state basis (with Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah likely to be first in line), and there’s no news on if or when it will be available in other locations.
Universal Control is another big feature that we know is in the works but hasn’t been officially referenced to iOS 15.3.
This is more of an iPadOS function than an iPhone feature, as it allows users to connect an iPad to a Mac and utilize the tablet as an external display simply by placing the two devices close together.
That’s already conceivable, but the big innovation here is that you’ll be able to use the same mouse and keyboard on both devices, with the iPad’s display acting as an extension of the Mac’s.
While this isn’t primarily an iPhone feature, we’d expect to see some indications of it in iOS when it launches, but there aren’t any yet — or in the iPadOS 15.3 beta that arrived at the same time.