Over the past few years, it’s become more apparent that Apple’s big WWDC reveal of new iOS and macOS releases are more about providing an overall roadmap of what the company has in store for the entire major release cycle, rather than a list of features that are going to land when the first version arrives in September.
We saw the first hint of this in iOS 10, which didn’t release the promised Portrait mode for the shiny new dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus until iOS 10.1 arrived a few weeks later. This strategy was in full swing by the time the iOS 11 cycle began, with a whole slew of features that were revealed at WWDC 2017 — such as Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 — that didn’t actually show up until iOS 11.4 arrived well into the following spring.
Since then, it’s been pretty safe to assume that when Apple shows off a new iOS feature at WWDC that doesn’t mean it’s coming right away, and a careful reading of Apple’s iOS 15 Preview Page shows that this year is no exception. Continue reading to browse 5+ features that Apple doesn’t expect to have ready for iOS 15.0 in September.