Here’s what iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 have fixed for iPhone and iPad

Our iPhone or iPad is going to get (or may already have) a new software update in the form of iOS 15.2.1 or iPadOS 15.2.1.

It’s here to correct a few glitches you may be encountering on your iPhone or iPad, and it arrives precisely a month after the iOS 15.2 update. This upgrade, however, will not bring any big new features.

In reality, Apple’s changelog only lists two bug fixes, making this an unexpected upgrade. That’s particularly unexpected given that the download takes up 970.7MB, which is a lot of space for such a little update.

First and foremost, there’s a fix for a problem that prevented messages from loading when using an iCloud link to transmit photographs.

Third-party CarPlay applications that “may not react to input” are the subject of the second bug update. The changelog doesn’t go into detail about the CarPlay applications that were creating the problem, but it’s possible that this upgrade may make your phone work better with your car’s entertainment system in the future.

There are a few more security fixes in iOS 15.2.1 or iPad 15.2.1, but they’re all small tweaks that Apple doesn’t usually go over in its update notes.

The update started trickling out on January 12, so if you haven’t already, expect to see it on your iPhone or iPad in the coming days. To determine whether you have the most recent software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

It’s possible that iOS 15.3 will be in a similar scenario

As you’ve seen, iOS 15.2.1 isn’t expected to make any significant changes to your iPhone. While we advocate updating whenever possible, it isn’t a must, and waiting to download it won’t prevent you from getting new features.

While we would generally anticipate new features to arrive with iOS 15.3, none are presently available in the newest iOS 15.3 beta.

Instead, iOS 15.3 is expected to include some unspecified bug fixes as well as changes to the language of several Apple services. Apple’s Child Safety features, for example, maybe slightly reworded with the following version.

The ability to upload your driver’s license or state ID into the Wallet app for iPhone is the next major feature we’re looking forward to. This has been postponed, as iOS 15.3 presently shows no evidence of it.

It’s possible that this may be included in a future iOS 15 version, such as iOS 15.4 later this year, or that we’ll have to wait until iOS 16 to see it.