iOS 15.6.1 Bugs Fixed! New Issues? Security Improvements

iOS 15.6.1 update

iOS 15.6.1 update

Apple has released iOS 15.6.1 build number 19G82. It brings bug fixes and security improvements. It’s a minor update but yet very important, because a lot of problems have been reported after the release of iOS 15.6, a month ago!

iOS 15.6.1 Bugs

iOS 15.6.1 bugs
Let’s split this section in:

A. New Issues

Any new bugs that surface in this release are highlighted below:

  • 1. Update failed error has been reported by some users.
    Fix: Restore in Finder with Mac or Windows (iTunes) computer. If the update is stuck, unplug iPhone and plug it back in for iOS 15.6.1 update to resume. Credits: Unsupported on MacRumors.
  • 2. App Store app updates not working for some applications. Reported by Noah in the comments.
    Fix: –

  • 3. iPhone screen too dim even when auto-brightness is disabled and brightness set to maximum. Reported by Patrick.
    Fix: Try the solution provided here (especially Steps 3 & 4).
  • 4. Clear History and Website Data greyed out in Safari Settings. | Reported by cgpandre on Reddit.
    Fix: Try the solution provided here (especially Steps 3 & 4).
  • 5. Green Camera dot showing in status bar although iPhone camera is not in use. | Reported by bk129607 on Reddit.
    Fix: Restart iPhone.
  • 6. Siri asks user to unlock iPhone when asked to send a text to [contact name] although it has the required permissions in Settings. | Reported by GtrDude on MacRumors.
    Workaround: Send texts manually.
  • 7. Emails removed from Mail accounts, and other Apple Mail issues, after iPadOS 15.6.1 update. | Reported by Anne C. and Garth in the comments.
    Workaround: Re-add email account (Not confirmed).
  • 8. iPhone stuck on the welcome to iOS 15.6.1 screen won’t unlock. | Reported by Miro.
    Workaround: Force restart iPhone.
  • 9. iPhone camera blacked out viewfinder shows a black screen after iOS 15.6.1 update. | Reported by Tasja N..
    Fix: Reboot iPhone.
  • 10. iPhone not charging anymore for some users. | Reported by Tom D..
    Workaround: Use wireless charging.
    Fix: Force restart device.
  • 11. Battery draining faster than usual. | Reported by denise.
    Fix: -.
  • 12. Group messages not working after iOS 15.6.1 update. | Reported by Natalie.
    Fix: -.
  • 13. Siri not available on iPhone 13 Pro Max. | Reported by Timothy L..
    Fix: Check Settings -> Screen Time -> Content & Privacy Restrictions -> Allowed Apps -> Siri & Dictation.
  • To be updated! (Please share new bugs in the comments.)

B. Problems Fixed

Take a look at bugs reported in iOS 15.6 that have been patched by this update:

  • 1. SIM card not recognized. SIM Failure, no cellular connectivity on iPhone. Reported by many readers!
    (Status: NOT Fixed) – Source: Vinod R.
  • 2. Storage full bug was not fixed in iOS 15.6, although it was mentioned as patched in the release notes.
    (Status: Partially fixed – some users report it’s fixed, others like Jack F., are still getting it.)
  • 3. Excessive battery draining a problem that carries on since iOS 15.5.
    (Status: FIXED)
  • 4. iPhone keeps restarting in a loop for some users.
    (Status: FIXED)
  • 5. Face ID not working after update in some cases.
    (Status: FIXED)
  • 6. Bluetooth accessories not connecting for some users in iOS 15.6.
    (Status: NOT Fixed) – Source: CD
  • 7. iPhone disconnecting from Wifi and reconnecting unexpectedly for some users.
    (Status: NOT Fixed) – Source: Philip
  • To be updated! (Please contribute in the comments!)
  • Fact: There are no bug fixes mentioned in the Developer release notes. In fact, at the time of writing there are no iOS 15.6.1 dedicated release notes issued!

iOS 15.6.1 Security Improvements

According to the security content of this update Apple has patches some Kernel and WebKit vulnerabilities that might have been actively exploited.

  • Kernel: “An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.”
  • WebKit: “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution.”
  • Tip: For more details please check Apple’s support document.

iOS 15.6.1 Features

There are no other changes mentioned in the release notes. However, if we spot any we will mention them here

  • To be updated!

iOS 15.6.1 Should I Update

It’s been less than 24 hours since the release, with no major bugs reported so far.

From the security point of view, yes you should definetly update.

Tip: If you’re running iOS 15.5, iOS 15.6, you should go for this update. We’re not sure about the dimension of the bug fixes, but it has to be at least one step forward.

Conclusion: If you’re on iOS 15.4 you might want to wait it out a couple more days until we receive more feedback.

iOS 15.6.1 Download

ios 15.6.1 download

  • This release is available as usual, over-the-air, in Settings -> General -> Software Update.
  • Tap Download and Install, provide Passcode and follow the on-screen prompts until the update is requested, downloaded, prepared, verified and installed!
  • Fact: The size of the iOS 15.6.1 update file is small around 209.5 MB (iPhone XS) when updating from iOS 15.6.

iOS 15.6.1 Not Available

Is this new release not showing up in Settings? Here are some potential causes:

1. iOS 16 Beta

If iPhone or iPad is running an iOS 16 / iPadOS 16 Public or Developer beta version, iOS 15.6.1 won’t show up, even if the iOS 16 Configuration profile is deleted an device restarted.

Fact: You can install iOS 15.6.1 from iOS 16 if you choose to downgrade with the help of a Mac or Windows computer. More, details are available here.

2. Not Available In Your Region

It seems that Apple is currently drip-feeding the iOS 15.6.1 release. Some users from Europe, including members from our staff aren’t getting this update yet.

Tip: If you get iOS 15.6, iOS is up to date, be patient and try again in the upcoming hours.

3. Internet Connection Not Working

ios 15.6.1 not available
If you get the Unable to Check for Update error message, informing you that “an error occurred while checking for a software update”, check the device’s Internet connectivity.

Open Safari and try to load

Tip: Reboot iPhone / iPad and try again!

Have you managed to update to iOS 15.6.1 / iPadOS 15.6.1? Did you spot any changes not mentioned in this article? What about bug fixes or new problems? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: Apple has also rolled out macOS 12.5.1 (21G83) and watchOS 8.7.1 (19U67).