The last few iOS updates have been pretty extensive, too iOS 15.2 bring app privacy reports, Older contacts and more while the headline offers iOS 15.1 was SharePlay and ProRes, but it looks like iOS 15.3 may be missing some notable upgrades.
MacRygter reports that an initial beta for iOS 15.3 has been leaked, and the only real changes are the wording around the child safety features added in iOS 15.2, minor changes to the Podcasts app, and adjustments to the text about automatically downloading magazines in Apple News Plus.
Beyond that, there will likely be bug fixes and security updates as part of iOS 15.3, which may be more important, but these have not been named.
It is worth noting that as this is only a leak, it is possible that the features of the officially released beta will differ. We’ll probably also see more beta versions of iOS 15.3 before the finished version launches and may get additional features afterwards.
So there is still some hope that it could be an interesting update, but we are not optimistic as we would expect to have seen more in this initial beta if there should be much to note.
iOS 15.2 only landed on December 13th, and there is usually at least a month between updates, so do not expect iOS 15.3 to land in finished form before mid-January, although if it is really that small, it may come sooner. .
Analysis: more is on the way, but maybe not before iOS 15.4
Although we do not see much remarkable in iOS 15.3, Apple has already announced a major feature that we are waiting for, namely the ability of the United States users to add their driver’s license or state ID to the Wallet app.
This would theoretically be an accepted form of ID at TSA checkpoints and would ultimately also work for access to retailers, venues and events. Apple has delayed the feature until early 2022, but if it does not come as part of iOS 15.3 – which it probably will not based on this leak – then it is unlikely that we will see it before mid-February, if not later when iOS 15.4 or later launches.
For many people, however, the wait for this feature may be even longer, as it sounds like it will initially only be available in select US states, and although it is likely to expand to the entire United States and hopefully eventually much of the world, could take time.