iOS 15 Release Candidate Now Available To Public Beta Participants

By Anthony Karcz, Contributor
iOS 15 Release Candidate Anthony Karcz

Apple Beta Program participants, your hard work is about to be rewarded. The final release candidate, the version that'll be released to the public, is available for download right now ahead of the Monday, September 20 release. 

Just keep in mind that this is a big download. Clocking in at three-four hours of download time, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of battery life.

What's New?

What you see is what you get. As I mentioned with iOS 15 Public Beta 8, Apple isn't introducing anything new at this point. Missing features, like SharePlay, will be found in future versions of iOS 15. That said, take a look at five awesome features that you can get excited about. 

What's Broken/What's Fixed? 

The official developer release notes show a surprising amount of bugs that persisted into the final build. Using Matter devices in the Home app seems to be particularly troublesome. In fact, this is the same list we saw for iOS 15 Public Beta 8. Looks like iOS 15.1 is going to have some bug fixes to contend with. 

  • When using Guided Access with VoiceOver, you might be unable to enter the Guided Access passcode to end Guided Access
  • Text indicating the Find My network is active when your iOS device needs to be charged will only display if the device language is set to English. 
  • Matter issues continue to plague iOS 15, but there are workarounds for most of the known issues. Apple TV can't reach them when on WiFi (only ethernet), you can't connect to a third-party hub, accessories may give a No Response message after pairing, pairing might take a long time and fail anyway, you can only pair five accessories, and only the owner of the home account can pair them. 
  • After cancelling a widget gallery search, the cancel button remains visible.
  • Rounded corners on buildings are vanishing in the Maps app
  • No new reality for you! You might not be able to create new projects in Reality Composer
  • In Safari, the extension UI might not make room for the keyboard.
  • On-device (i.e. offline) Siri speech recognition is available for only these languages at this time:  Chinese (Mandarin - China mainland), English (Australia), English (Canada), English (United Kingdom), and English (US)
  • In Siri, VoiceOver and Spoken Content users might not initially see all available voice options. Voice options should populate after some time.

Feel free to report more bugs as you find them, but they won't be fixed by next week (unless they're truly iOS-breaking). Most likely, any minor bugs you report in the Feedback app will be tackled for iOS 15.1. 

What's Next

With the announcement of iPhone 13 and new iPads, it's no wonder that Apple is releasing iOS 15 next week. This'll be the operating system that we see on our new devices when they land in our hands at the end of the month. 

Speaking of, how will those new iPhones play with the upcoming iOS 15.1 Public Beta starting next week or the week after? If Apple sticks to the same development cycle as last year, they'll have profiles available for download as soon as the new iPhones are shipped, letting you enroll your new device, then restore it from your current Beta-enrolled iPhone 12. 

What will iOS 15.1 bring? SharePlay is a good guess, given how much it was still being mentioned during today's Apple keynote even though it's MIA. Additionally, Private Relay will hopefully come out of beta as well. 

In the meantime, download the release candidate and enjoy your week off of testing! I'll be back next week with the start of the iOS 15.1 Public Beta. 

How to Get the iOS 15 Public Beta Release Candidate

If you're new to Apple betas, click here to check out my Apple Beta Program guide for everything you need to get started.

Once you've enrolled your device, you'll see the new profile in the Settings app of your device. There, you'll have to make your first big decision as a public beta tester. While iOS 14 introduced the ability to install a stable public build or the current beta build, they have to be from the same base. Meaning that, in order to participate in the iOS 15 beta, you'll need to delete the iOS 14 beta profile from your phone. 

This is beta software. Things will go wrong. Features won't work. Apps won't work. Things might just break without reason. If you install this on your main device, be ready with a reliable backup in case things fall apart during testing.

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