iOS 15.1 is about to be released. With the first major update, Apple is delivering numerous promised functions such as Shareplay that were not ready for the release of iOS 15 in September.
After two bug fixes, with which various bugs and security gaps have been fixed, iOS 15.1 is about to be completed. The upcoming Apple event on October 18 is an ideal day for the release announcement. What does the update bring? We summarize.
With iOS 15.1, the Shareplay function on iPhones and iPads (with iPadOS 15.1), which was already announced for WWDC 2021, can be used. The feature was initially tested in the iOS 15 beta, but removed in August because the function apparently did not work reliably enough. It can be assumed that Apple will also release Shareplay for macOS Monterey and the next tvOS update.
With the Shareplay function you can share media and screen content with your Facetime contacts. In this way, you can watch films or listen to music together, even if you are spatially separated and one person is staying in Berlin and the other in New York, for example. You can exchange ideas while you are sharing media using the chat function.
For owners of an iPhone 13 Pro (Max), the update brings the support for ProRes video recordings promised in September. It is a professional, higher quality video format that requires a lot of storage space. Across from Ray Wong from Inputmag had betrayed Applethat a one-minute recording in 4K with 10-bit and HDR consumed six gigabytes of memory. For this reason, ProRes recording is limited to 30 frames per second at 1080p on devices with only 128 gigabytes of memory.
The camera app also has a new auto-macro switch, which is only intended for the iPhone-13 Pro models. With the controller, users can deactivate the function if they wish. Previously, the camera automatically switched the ultra-wide-angle lens for a macro photo when it is held in close proximity to an object.
Paired with Homepod software 15.1, Homepod and Homepod Mini will in future receive Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with spatial audio support. This means that the Homepods are on the same level as iPhones, iPads and Macs in terms of sound format.
iOS and iPadOS 15.1 bring further bug fixes and patches with which the operating systems are to be cleaned of errors and made more stable. In the Release notes Apple mentions bug fixes in Safari, Telephony, iCloud, and more.
Meanwhile, it is unclear whether Apple will deliver the universal control function (“seamless control”) with the update to iPadOS 15.1 and the release of macOS Monterey. Because in the last beta of Monterey, the developer function is not yet available, but it was classified as beta, like 9to5 Mac reports. This function enables users to work with a mouse and keyboard and thus to switch smoothly between Mac and iPad without having to set up the function separately. It is also possible to move content back and forth between macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 devices using drag & drop.
IOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 are currently available as beta versions for developers and the curious to install. The updates should be published as final versions for everyone in the next few days.