Everything new in iOS 15.5 Beta 1: Apple Classical benchmarks, Apple Pay Cash updates and more


Apple today released the first betas of iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to developers after a long wait of three weeks after the launch of iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4. The new updates aren’t as feature-rich as previous updates and mostly focus on under-the-hood changes, but there are still a few minor tweaks left, which we’ve outlined below.

Classic Apple References

There are references to the upcoming “Apple Classical” app that Apple has in development to complement Apple Music, suggesting the standalone app could see a launch soon. There’s “Open in Apple Classical” and “Open this in the new app designed for classical music” in the Music app code, but the Classical app hasn’t launched yet.

Apple classic app
Apple acquired classical music streaming service Primephonic in August 2021 and said it would create a new classical music experience for ‌Apple Music‌. Apple plans to launch a new standalone app dedicated to classical music, and the app will combine Primephonic’s user interface and specializations for classical music with ‌‌Apple Music‌‌ and features like Lossless and Spatial Audio. Apple hasn’t provided details on when the app will be released, but preparations are clearly underway.

Pay Apple Cash

In the Apple Pay Cash section of the Wallet app, there are now “Request” and “Send” buttons to make it easier to manage money directly from Wallet.

apple crate buttons

Universal control

According to Apple’s macOS release notes, Universal Control in the new iPadOS 15.5 and macOS Monterey 12.4 updates is not compatible with machines running macOS 12.3 or iPadOS 15.4, so Apple suggests that, as a workaround, the users update their ‌Universal Control‌ devices to the new beta versions. .

macos monterey universal control

SportsKit Updates

Apple continues to expand its “SportsKit” support as it prepares to launch Friday Night Baseball, and there are mentions of TV apps for reporting scores from various baseball innings.

Rebranding iTunes Pass

Apple is apparently working on renaming the “iTunes Pass” in Wallet, renaming it “Apple Balance”. References to Apple Libra were highlighted by 9to5Mac and have been confirmed by MacRumors.

Previously, there was an option to add an “iTunes Pass” to the Wallet app which contains the money associated with your Apple ID. Apple seems to have removed the option to add an iTunes Pass in the US, but it’s still present in other countries. It’s possible that a whole new Apple Balance option will appear in the Wallet app in the future.

“Your account balance can be used to purchase products, accessories, apps, games, and more online or in-store with ‌Apple Pay‌,” reads the code.

Other Features

Find another iOS 15.5 feature we left out? Let us know in the comments.


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