Apple rolls out iOS 15.5, with updates to Apple Cash and Podcasts

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Apple has rolled out iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 in the run-up to WWDC. The update improves the functionality of Apple Cash and Podcasts.

The California tech giant keeps its promise to improve a number of functionalities in a new iOS update for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which starts on June 6. With iOS 15.5, Apple Cash users can now send and receive money with their card, while Podcast users can set an automatic limit on episode storage. You can set that based on the number of shows or the release date.

In the release notes we find this back:

  • Apple Podcasts now has a new setting for limiting the number of episodes stored on your iPhone and deleting episodes automatically
  • Fixed an issue where home automations triggered by people arriving or leaving would not run

No Bancontact in Apple Pay?

We can’t find anything on our iPhones about support for Bancontact in Apple Pay, even after update 15.5. Apple Pay already supported Maestro via debit cards from BNP Paribas, ING and KBC, but Bancontact integration is not yet active. It may follow later this year, as well as the support that can be rolled out at the banks.

iOS 15.5 on macOS 12.4

Apple has been preparing macOS 12.4 at the same time. It adds the same Podcasts features on desk and laptops. MacOS 12.4 also includes a fix for the poor webcam quality. Apple has also rolled out watchOS 8.6, as well as tvOS 15.5 and HomePod 15.5. On those platforms, it’s not so much about new features, but about bug fixes and performance problems.

iOS 15.5 may be the last update before the release of iOS 16. Apple will be saving some really big additions for the next generation of its mobile operating system. The focus is now on iOS 16, which will be released sometime in the fall.