Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 15.6 update and the software is in beta testing ahead of an official release for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini
iPadOS 15.6 is a milestone upgrade which means it will likely bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches to iPad users.
We don’t have an official iPadOS 15.6 release date yet, but iPad users who don’t want to wait can try a pre-release version of the software right now.
With iPadOS 15.6 in the works, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s sixth milestone update for iPadOS 15 users.
In this guide we’ll tell you about the update’s changes, provide you with info about the iPadOS 15.6 release date and release time, tell you about the iPadOS 15.6 beta, and more.
iPadOS 15.6 Beta
If you want to try iPadOS 15.6 out on your iPad right now, you can do so right now.
Apple’s pushed the iPadOS 15.6 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. A developer account requires you to pay Apple money while the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID and a compatible device.
Before you download the iPadOS 15.6 beta onto your iPad you’ll want to recall that pre-release software is typically plagued with bugs and performance issues.
These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your iPad’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes beta software a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official iPadOS 15.6 release.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 15.5. The downgrade path to older iPadOS updates, including iPadOS 15.4.1, is closed.
Apple is currently on iPadOS 15.6 beta 1.
iPadOS 15.6 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iPadOS 15.6 release date and the software will likely stay in testing alongside iOS 15.6 for several weeks. As of right now, we expect the final release to come sometime in June or July.
For more about the iPadOS 15.6 release date, check out our guide.
iPadOS 15.6 Release Time
We don’t have an official iPadOS 15.6 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it selects.
The official version of iPadOS 15.6 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears a few minutes after 10AM.
Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 15.6 release time in other U.S. timezones:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
Apple will also release iPadOS 15.6 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 15.6 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 15.6, right away.
iPadOS 15.6 Features
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) almost always bring new features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements to iPad users and that’s what should expect from iPadOS 15.6.
Developers are digging through the iPadOS 15.6 beta, but they haven’t found anything substantial yet. Right now, it looks like iPadOS 15.6 will be a relatively minor upgrade.
Apple could add, or subtract, from iPadOS 15.6’s change log during the beta period so keep an eye out for changes as the beta makes progress.
iPadOS 15.6 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, avoid the iPadOS 15.6 beta.
We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 15.6 beta. They haven’t released one for the official version of iPadOS 15 yet and that release may not come for awhile.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15.5 & 11 Reasons You Should
Install iOS 15.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, you’ll want to think about installing Apple’s iOS 15.5 update right away.
iOS 15.5 brings 27 new security patches to the iPhone and they are essential if you want to keep your device and its data protected. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple’s security site.
If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had just one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple’s website.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple’s security site for the particulars.
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple’s security page.
If you missed iOS 15.3, you’ll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you’re interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you’ll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple’s website.
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company’s security site.
iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company’s App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple’s communication safety features for kids. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.5 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple’s website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you’ll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’ll be moving up from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple’s security website.
Apple’s updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user’s private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you’ll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.5 update as well.
In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you’ll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple’s also included a built-in authenticator that’s similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
There’s also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.