Apple Releases iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 with SharePlay, iPhone 13 Pro Camera Options and More
Apple has begun rolling out iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, with the biggest new feature being the return of SharePlay. SharePlay is a feature that was expected to debut in iOS 15 that allows users to call friends or family members and view movies, TV shows, or listen to music with them. SharePlay allows everyone to see the same content at the same time. Apple Music, Apple TV+, and Apple Fitness+, as well as Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, SoundCloud, TikTok, and Twitch, currently support SharePlay, with more services to follow. It's compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.
The camera choices for iPhone 13 Pro devices have been improved in iOS 15.1 as well apple has also introduced the ability to turn off the camera's automatic switch to macro mode. When you get near to your subject, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max cameras will automatically switch to macro mode, with no user control over the change. The user can now prevent the automated transition when the camera comes close to the subject with this update. Apple has also added ProRes video capture support in iOS 15.1, allowing you to capture even higher-quality video on an iPhone 13 Pro at 30 frames per second / 1080p on 128GB models and 4K on 256GB models and above.
Other changes in iOS 15.1 include the option to save your COVID-19 vaccination certificate in the Wallet app, enhancements to the Home app, tweaks to Shortcuts, and more.
By navigating to the Settings app, selecting General, and then Software Upgrade, you can update your iPhone.
List of Updates in iOS 15.1
- SharePlay is a new way to share synchronised FaceTime experiences with material from Apple TV, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other App Store apps that are compatible
- Everyone can pause, play, rewind, or fast forward using shared controls
- When your friends speak, the smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show, or song
- Apple TV allows you to see the shared video on your big screen while keeping the FaceTime chat going on your iPhone
- Everyone on a FaceTime chat can look at images, browse the web, or help one other out by sharing their screens
- iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max video capture in ProRes
- Setting on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to disable automatic camera switching when taking macro images and movies
- Support for COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet allows you to upload and present verifiable vaccination information
- Support for Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) in the Translate app as well as system-wide translation
- New automation triggers based on a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor's current reading
- New pre-built actions let you add text to photos or gifs, and a new game library lets you kill time with Siri
The following issues are also addressed in this release:
- When importing photographs and movies, the Photos app may mistakenly suggest that storage is full
- The current temperature for My Location may not be displayed in the Weather app, and the colours of dynamic backdrops may be improperly displayed
- When you lock the screen, audio from an app may pause
- When using VoiceOver with many passes, Wallet may crash abruptly
- It's possible that available Wi-Fi networks aren't detected
- On iPhone 12 models, battery algorithms have been upgraded to better estimate battery capacity over time
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