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iOS 15 release: free software update available today

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It’s Monday, 20 September 2021, and today is the day iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are released to the public.

After three months of beta testing – resulting in Apple backpedaling some controversial design changes – it’s finally time for the whole world to experience the new features first showcased as WWDC back in June.

Some of the new features we’re most excited by include Focus Mode and Live Text, though some notable additions including SharePlay are set to be added later in the year.

By the time you read this, the update may already be available. You can install it from the Settings app under General > Software update. But if it’s still early in the day, you might be disappointed to see no update pending just yet.

So when can you expect it to go live?

Apple’s official release time is expected to be 10am PST. Of course, that equates to 1pm EST, 5pm BST, 6pm GMT, just to name a few.

You may experience slow download times if you attempt the update as soon as it goes live, so please be patient – and don’t forget to back up your device before updating if possible, just in case.