Update iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6 now available to all users, here’s what’s new


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A couple of months after seeding beta 1 of iOS 15.6, Apple is finally releasing this update to all users, alongside iPadOS 15.6. Different from previous versions, there aren’t many new features for iPhones and iPads as Apple is focusing on iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Today’s build is 19G71, the same as the Release Candidate version 2 seeded last week. iOS 15.6 focuses on general improvements and bug fixes while tweaking some things here and there. Apple will roll this update over the air in a few moments from now.

  • TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game already in progress and pause, rewind, or fast-forward.
  • Fixes an issue where Settings may continue to display that device storage is full even if it is available.
  • Fixes an issue that may cause Braille devices to slow down or stop responding when navigating text in Mail.
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert to a previous page.


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Apple has added a new "Test Alerts" toggle to the Settings app in iOS 15.6 and the third beta of iOS 16. The toggle is visible only on iPhones connected to a U.S. carrier and allows users to enable test emergency alerts from the U.S. government.

Turning on "Test Alerts" enables test emergency alerts to be received on both the iPhone and Apple Watch. The toggle is located in the Settings app under Notifications → Government Alerts and is turned off by default. Apple says the government is responsible for the content and the frequency of the test alerts.

It was already possible to enable test alerts on previous versions of iOS by installing a special profile from Apple or dialing a code in the Phone app. The toggle simply provides users with an easier way to opt in to receive test alerts.

Apple has updated support documents for the iPhone and Apple Watch with more details.