What you need to know
- Apple's first iOS 15.5 beta is now in the hands of developers.
- A new report suggests Apple will rename the current iTunes Pass to something more on-brand.
Apple's upcoming iOS 15.5 update could be set to rebrand the iTunes Pass that currently lives in the Wallet app. It's thought that the new name will be Apple Account Card once iOS 15.5 ships to the public.
Apple made iOS 15.5 available to developers today and while it's only the first beta release, one change appears to foreshadow a bigger one coming later this year. 9to5Mac reports that internal iOS files point to a new Apple Account Card replacing the iTunes Pass card within the Wallet app.
The current iTunes Pass card uses your App Store and iTunes credit and can be used to buy products in Apple Stores via its included QR code. The new Apple Account Card appears to be more similar to Apple Card in the way it looks and functions, allowing it to be used like any other Apple Pay-enabled card.
Apple hasn't enabled the feature, even for beta testers, so it's likely we're still some way off it being formally announced. It might not even make it to iOS 15.5, although it does seem likely that it wouldn't be in the first beta if it wasn't going to make it into a final release. We'll all be keeping our eyes on future betas, and Apple's Newsroom, for more information over the next days and weeks.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.