Apple Releases Beta 1 of iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6

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In June, Apple will unveil iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 at WWDC 2022, but iOS 15 is not yet finished for Apple. Sometime in the summer, Apple will release iOS 15.6, the latest beta of which is now available. We don't expect many new features in there, as it may involve some bug fixes and other behind-the-scenes changes.

Latest iOS 15.6 Beta

iOS 15.6 Beta 1

May 18, 2022– The first beta of iOS 15.6 is ready for developers and has build number 19G5027e. As new features are discovered, we will update this article with the latest discoveries.

Latest iPadOS 15.6 Beta

iPadOS 15.6 Beta 1

May 18, 2022 – The first beta of iPadOS 15.6 is also ready. It contains the same improvements as in the beta of iOS 15.6. If any iPad-specific features have been discovered, you can read about them in this article.

iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 beta download for developers and public testers

Developers can download the beta from Apple's developer website. There you will find the correct beta profile to install on your iPhone. There are usually two ways to install the update. You can download the correct beta profile and install the beta over-the-air or switch right away if you already have the profile. Another way is to download the so-called Restore Image and then put it on your iPhone via the Finder on the Mac or iTunes on Windows.

The public betas of iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 are coming shortly after the developer beta available. Installing the iOS public beta does require you to have the correct beta profile and to be signed up for Apple's beta program.

Caution: these betas are only intended for developers and public testers and are not suitable for use on devices that you use every day.

Timeline iOS 15.6 Beta

Below is a timeline of the iOS 15.6 betas. We expect iOS 15.6 in June/July 2022.

  • iOS 15.6 Beta 1: May 18, 2022 (released; build number 19G5027e)
  • iOS 15.6 final: June/July 2022 ( expected)

Timeline iPadOS 15.6 Beta

Below is a timeline of the iPadOS 15.6 betas. We expect iPadOS 15.6 in June/July 2022.

  • iPadOS 15.6 Beta 1: May 18, 2022 (released; build number 19G5027e)
  • iPadOS 15.6 final: June/July 2022 ( expected)

About iOS 15.6
iOS 15.6 is the sixth major update since iOS 15 appeared. This is probably the last update before Apple releases iOS 16 in September. There are no more deferred features expected. We will keep you informed of all notable new features and improvements. In the near future, we expect Apple to add even more small improvements during the beta period. To learn more about what's new in iOS 15, read our overview of key features.

About testing beta’s
When testing beta&rsquo You can often run into problems. First of all, not all functions are usually available immediately, but they are added and expanded during the test period. You may also suffer from crashes or some apps may not yet work properly. So keep this in mind if you decide to test an iOS update. It is therefore not recommended to install a beta on a device that you use every day, because there can still be many problems in the beta. Read more about issues with the iOS 15 betas in our separate article.

Revision history:

  • 2022 – May 18, 19:13: New betas of Monterey, watchOS, HomePod and tvOS have also been released.