The release of iOS 16 is just a couple of weeks away, but Apple still has plans for iOS 15. Just days after iOS 15.5 arrived, Apple started iOS 15.6 iPadOS 15.6 beta testing. It was first made available to developers on May 18, with the public beta following a day later.
Most of the attention is now on iOS 16, which Apple announced at WWDC in June. With iOS 15.6, we don’t expect major new features–in fact, none have yet been found during the beta testing process. Instead, this appears to be a release primarily focused on bug fixes and security updates.
Update 6/14/22: The third beta of iOS 15.6 is now available for developers and public testers.
iOS 15.6 new features
So far, there haven’t been any significant new features discovered in the iOS 15.6 beta. It seems likely that this release will focus entirely on bug fixes and security updates.
On Twitter, Aaron Zollo notes that the iOS 15.6 beta fixes a bug that was automatically adding Apple Music to the dock and replacing Spotify and other apps upon download.
How to get the iOS 15.6 beta
In order to download the iOS 15.6 beta, head over to beta.apple.com on the device upon which you wish to run the beta OS. Register for the beta, then download the profile.
After you’ve got the profile, head to Settings > General > VPN and Device Management to activate the profile, which requires restarting your iPhone or iPad. Once it has restarted and the profile is activated, go to General > Software Update to download and install the iOS/iPadOS 15.6 beta.
Registered developers can download the profile for the developer beta by visiting developer.apple.com/download on the device upon which they wish to install the beta.