Following a six-week beta cycle, it looks like Apple is finally getting ready to release iOS 15.2 to the public later this month, with the final Release Candidate going out to developers yesterday.
Releases Candidates, or “RC” versions, are the final step in the beta cycle for a new Apple operating system release. These are sent out to developers and beta testers a week or two before the public release to make sure there are no show-stopping bugs.
For all intents and purposes, an RC version is bit-for-bit identical to what will become the public release. Assuming everything goes smoothly, what developers and public beta testers are getting this week is exactly what everybody else will get later this month. Only once in the history of iOS/iPadOS has Apple ever had to pull back on a release candidate to make critical fixes.
Since the RC is the same as the final version of iOS, Apple also packages it in the same way, which means all the official release notes are now available, offering us a sneak peek at what we can expect in iOS 15.2. Although much of this was revealed in previous betas, the release notes make those features official and often include one or two other new tidbits. Read on for everything that’s arriving in iOS 15.2!