iPadOS 15 Features, Release Date, Supported Devices, and More

iPadOS 15 is probably going to be the next major release of Apple’s operating system for the iPad. And Apple is soon going to release the iPadOS 15 along with iOS 15, watchOS 8 in their next event. So, if you are excited about new upcoming updates, then you are at the right place. In this article, we will talk about iPadOS 15 Features, Release Date, Supported Devices, and more.

It is not long ago when Apple starts rolling updates separately for iPhones and iPads, all this happen with the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 release. And later in iPadOS 14, Apple introduced Home Screen widgets for the first time, expanded stock apps with unique iPad design elements like sidebars in Photos and Apple Music, new interfaces for Siri, phone calls, and more.

iPadOS 14 brought a new search experience, a system-wide handwriting recognition, and other changes designed to improve the iPad experience with Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard. And it will be interesting to see what Apple is planning to bring with iPadOS 15.

iPadOS 15 Features

Over the years, Apple has made changes to its internal development process for iPadOS updates that make it easier for developers to add and remove new features. This makes each yearly release more stable because they can remove features that are not ready. And as you know iPadOS generally comes with features similar to iOS except for a few exclusive features for iPad. So also check out our iOS 15 article.

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Now let’s take a look at the expected iPadOS 15 Features.

New Notification Controls

Apple is reportedly working on new notification controls for iPadOS 15. Mark Gurman says these new features will give users the ability to customize notification settings depending on current activity, such as working, sleeping, or other categories.

Apple is also reportedly working on a smarter auto-reply feature for notifications.

iMessage Changes

iMessage has become an important feature of iPadOS and Apple is reportedly working on ways to make it even more powerful. Apple is plotting new features that would make iMessage more closely compete with WhatsApp.

Redesigned Home Screen with Widgets

In April, Mark Gurman reported iPadOS 15 will feature a redesigned iPad Home Screen with the option to add widgets anywhere. This is known to be the biggest change to the iPad Home Screen ever.

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More details on the redesigned iPad home screen are not disclosed. However, iPad users have been anticipating a significant iPad software overhaul following the release of the latest-generation of iPad Pros.

The new M1 iPad Pro packs a lot of processing power, but the operating system remains limited in key areas such as multitasking. A redesigned home screen may enable users to make the most out of Apple’s latest devices.


Apple is heavily investing in improving privacy of users, and iPadOS 15 will allegedly include new alerts to tell users when apps are secretly collecting data about them.

So, these are some expected iPadOS 15 features. Of course, there will be many other features that we don’t know about. But once the iOS 15 is announced we are going to share all the official features with you. Some iPad users may not get to experience all these new features. So now let’s take a look at the list of iPadOS 15 Supported Devices to know if you can enjoy iOS 15 features.

Always-On Display

Multiple sources (reliable and not so reliable sources) have been mentioning a lot about an always-on display on the iPad. There were a few concepts created by multiple people showing the layout of the always-on display and what the always-on display would look like altogether.

We would love to see it in action. It doesn’t use a lot of battery life, especially because it just goes into a low power mode and the display refresh rate goes down to 1 Hertz, which makes a lot of sense for it to be featured on an iPad, where it could control the actual refresh rate of the display, just like it does with the Apple Watch with an always-on display.

iPadOS 15 Supported Devices

In the last two years, Apple hasn’t dropped support for any iPhones and iPads. All iPads that received iPadOS 13 also received iPadOS 14 last year. But iPadOS 15 will supposedly drop compatibility for some older iPads.

As Apple is increasingly focusing on the power of iPads, the A8 and A9 powered iPads could be ditched this year. This includes the 2nd generation iPad Air, iPad Mini 4, 5th generation iPad, and original iPad Pro models.

This year’s iPadOS 15 update will likely be compatible with the following iPads:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 (5th gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (3rd gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (4th gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (2nd gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (1st gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd gen)
  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • iPad (8th gen)
  • iPad (7th gen)
  • iPad (6th gen)
  • iPad Mini (5th gen)
  • iPad Air (4th gen)
  • iPad Air (3rd gen)

If your iPad makes it to the list, then you will be excited to know when you can try the iOS 15. Well, we can say it’s not too far when you can get access to the iOS 15 beta. You can check out specific dates in the iPadOS 15 release date section. For iPads that are not eligible for iPadOS 15 will continue receiving security updates.

iPadOS 15 Release Date

iPadOS 15 will be introduced at Apple’s WWDC 2021 on June 7, 2021.

The iPadOS 15 developer beta program will be released after the update is unveiled at WWDC. A public beta testing program will probably begin soon after the Developer Beta Program, and a public release will be after Apple’s September event.

So that was it on the iOS 15 Release Date, expected features, and supported devices. Let us know if your iPad is going to get the next iOS 15 update. And in case if we missed any important feature from the list, make sure to let us know in the comment section. Also get ready for the WWDC 2021 event.

We hope you likes this article and also, let us know what you want to see the most in iOS 15 in the comments below.

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