Apple unveiled the latest version of their iOS operating system, iOS 15, in June 2021, and it was launched on September 20, 2021. iOS 15 includes new capabilities for FaceTime conversations, distraction-reduction tools, a new notification experience, privacy enhancements, and entire redesigns of Safari, Weather, and Maps, among other things. On the related note, Apple releases iOS 15.3 beta: Here’s everything you need to know,
Apple Releases iOS 15.3 Beta
Notifications in iOS 15 have been revamped, including contact photographs for people and bigger app icons. A notification summary collects alerts for distribution at an opportune time and organizes them by importance to prevent distraction. After an odd hiccup, Apple has resumed its beta testing of iOS 15.3. The iOS 15.3 beta was not released on December 17, but astute watchers saw that the developer’s site page for the download simply had the entire iOS 15.3 portion commented out of its HTML.
The beta version was formally provided to developers a few hours later. It’s unclear why the iOS 15.3 section was commented out on the download page, and there don’t appear to be any new features in this update for the time being.
What’s New in the Beta?
We’re not aware of any new functionality in the initial release of iOS 15.3, but it’s not uncommon for some beta builds to include bug patches or support for undisclosed, hidden features or services.
How to be able to test 15.3 beta?
If you want to test iOS 15.3 (or iPadOS 15.3), you should do it on a device that isn’t your primary iPhone or iPad. The features in the officially published beta will likely be different. There will very certainly be numerous betas of iOS 15.3 before the final version is released, and later ones may include new functionality.
So there is still some chance that it will be an intriguing update, but we are not enthusiastic because we would have expected to see more in this early beta if there was going to be much of note.
News on the Public Release of 15.3
Because iOS 15.2 was only released on December 13, and upgrades normally take at least a month, don’t anticipate iOS 15.3 to be released in its entirety before mid-January.
You may then obtain a developer beta profile from there. To enable the beta profile, go to Settings > General > VPN & Device Management. After that, your iPhone or iPad will restart, and you can download the newest version by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Oh, and wait!
While there isn’t much new in iOS 15.3, Apple has already revealed one major addition that we’re looking forward to the option for US users to link their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app.
This would potentially be recognized as identification at TSA checkpoints and, ultimately, for admission to businesses, venues, and events. Apple has postponed the feature until early 2022, but if it doesn’t appear as part of iOS 15.3 – which it most likely won’t base on this leak — we won’t see it until mid-February, if not later when iOS 15.4 or later is released.