iOS 15 incomplete: which features are missing and which won’t make it to older iPhones

How complete will iOS 15 be for you? It will depend on the model of your iPhone.


iOS 15 arrived this Monday for Apple users . While the update is compatible with the older iPhone 6S and iPhone SE, they do not all receive the same features.

At the same time, Apple released its new version with some outstanding features.

Here’s what’s to come in the course of the year, and what older iPhone users won’t be able to enjoy.

Features that exclude older iPhone models

Available on iPhone 7 or higher

Spatial Audio on Apple Music. (Requires subscription).

Available on iPhone 8 or higher

The iPhone will tell you if you are walking crooked.

Available on iPhone with A12 Bionic (iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr) or higher

Portrait mode in FaceTime.

Noise cancellation in FaceTime.

Spatial audio in FaceTime.

Interactive view of the 3D Earth in Apple Maps.

Immersive walk with directions for Apple Maps.

Detailed city exploration (San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City and London) for Apple Maps.

Live Text: take text from photos in English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Speech recognition processing on the device with Siri.

Siri speed improvement when recognizing voice commands.

Siri support without internet connection.

Improved voice recognition in Siri.

Dictation on the device.

Animated backgrounds in the Weather app.

Available on iPhone XS or higher

Add home, hotel, office and car keys on iPhone and Apple Watch with Wallet.

UWB support for car keys and remote control of locks without physical key.

Available on iPhone 12 or higher

Improvements in 5G connectivity.

Features coming later

SharePlay: watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, share screen on FaceTime.

Store identification document and driver’s license in Wallet.

App privacy report.

Ability to choose contacts that will access your Apple ID account in case you die.

Events related to apps in the App Store.

Using the Find My network to find lost AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.

USA-only features

Share data saved in the Health app with your doctor.

Detailed laboratory results explained in Health.

Highlights of glucose measurements with a compatible meter in Health.