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How to find out whether your iPhone or iPad will be updated to iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 this year

Apple this year decided to go a step further when it announced that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 would be available for users running smartphones launched all the way back in 2015.  

iOS 15 and iPad OS 15 are coming to compatible Apple devices later this year. 
iOS 15 and iPad OS 15 are coming to compatible Apple devices later this year.  (Apple )

Apple on Monday took the wraps off its upcoming iOS 15 release that will arrive on compatible iPhones later this year, alongside iPadOS 15 which will also be released for select devices later this year. However, not all of Apple’s devices will receive the updates to iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8 this year.

The Cupertino company currently holds the title for longest software support for its smartphones and tablets running up to five years since devices were launched on an average, but Apple this year decided to go a step further when it announced that iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 would be available for users running hardware launched in 2015.

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With support for devices that are around six years old at this point, Apple will be unbeatable next year when some of these devices will have been running iOS for seven years. These include the iPhone 6s and the first generation iPhone SE, which are quite outdated in terms of hardware, but run reasonably well on iOS 14.

If you have an iPhone and you are wondering whether Apple will roll out iOS 15 to your device later this year, there’s one simple way to check. If you are currently running iOS 14, then your device will be updated to iOS 15. If you’re still not sure, you can go to Settings > General > About and check the second entry on that page to check your iOS version -- hint, if you’ve updated your iPhone recently it should say iOS 14.6 next to the software version.

Meanwhile, if you have an iPad running iPadOS 14 at the moment, you will be able to update your device to iPadOS 15 later this year. You can go to your iPad settings by visiting Settings > General > About and checking your device’s Software version if you want to make sure you are running iPadOS 14 and are eligible to receive the update later this year.

For more details about iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, don’t forget to check out our coverage of WWDC related to Apple’s iOS 15 reveal as well as updates coming to iPadOS 15.

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