Apple has released iOS 15.1 for all compatible iPhone models. iPad users have also received iPadOS 15.1 as a new software update. Both iOS and iPadOS updates offer SharePlay support, which allows users to share content from services like Apple TV and Apple Music directly from a FaceTime call. The iOS 15.1 update also brings ProRes support to the iPhone 13 Pro models for an improved video recording experience. Additionally, Apple provided the expected spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support for the HomePod and lossless playback with Apple Music for both the HomePod and HomePod mini.
iOS 15.1: What’s New?
One of the biggest changes iOS 15.1 brings to iPhone users is the availability of SharePlay. This allows users to virtually watch movies and TV shows together over a FaceTime call. It also allows you to stream music and albums available on Apple Music while talking to contacts on FaceTime. In addition, you can also use SharePlay to share your screen with people who are connected to you on a FaceTime call. Apple detailed all of these features in its keynote at WWDC earlier this year. However, SharePlay wasn’t included in the original iOS 15 version.
iOS 15.1 also allows Apple Wallet to keep a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination certificate, which you can show in stores or in public places, including airports, while on the go.
IOS 15.1 offers ProRes video recording especially for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max users. Apple claims that ProRes is an advanced video codec that has previously been used for commercials, movies, and broadcasts. It offers higher color fidelity with lower compression compared to a conventional video codec.
The iOS 15.1 update also includes the setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Apple updated the Translator app available in iOS 15.1 to include support for Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan). The new language is also available for system-wide translation.
iOS 15.1 also brings an updated home app with new automation triggers based on the current reading from a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality or light level sensor. There are also pre-made actions in the Shortcuts app that you can use to overlay text on pictures or GIFs and create new home automation experiences. There is also a new collection of games that can be accessed through Siri.
The latest iOS update also fixes some known issues with the Photos, Weather, and Wallet apps. It also fixes the problem with audio playback that might pause while locking the screen. Additionally, the iPhone 12 users have received updated battery algorithms that can help better estimate battery capacity over time. IOS 15.1 also gives you a solution to an issue that resulted in Wi-Fi networks not showing up in Settings.
Apple has not yet released details of the security issues that have been fixed in iOS 15.1. However, you can keep an eye on the dedicated security website.
iPadOS 15.1: What’s New?
Just like iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 has translation support for SharePlay and Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan). It also brings an updated camera app with live text support to recognize content like text, phone numbers, and addresses right from the camera sensor on the iPad. It works with the iPad models that have A12 Bionic and above. There is also keyboard support so users can paste text into any text field directly from the camera. It is also available specifically for the iPad models that have at least the A12 Bionic SoC.
The iPadOS 15.1 also brings the new home app with automation triggers that are based on the current reading from a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality or brightness sensor. In addition, there are pre-installed actions in the Shortcuts app that you can use to overlay text on images and GIFs. You will also get new games through Siri.
Apple also includes a list of bug fixes in iPadOS 15.1. This includes a fix for the issue that caused the Photos app to incorrectly report that the memory was full when importing photos and videos. Fixed an issue that caused audio playback from an app to pause while locking the screen. In addition, the availability of the Wi-Fi network has been fixed.
iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1: How do I download it?
You can download iOS 15.1 to your iPhone or iPod touch model that is compatible with iOS 15. Similarly, iPadOS 15.1 is intended for iPad models that can be upgraded to iPadOS 15. Both new iOS and iPadOS updates can be found under. downloaded settings > Generally > Software update from the device.
Here’s how to enable spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support and lossless playback on HomePod
In addition to iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, Apple has released HomePod software version 15.1, which brings spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support to the HomePod and lossless playback with Apple Music on the HomePod and HomePod mini. The update will be installed automatically after the connected iPhone or iPad is updated to the latest software version. Once it’s available on your device, you’ll be able to enable Dolby Atmos and lossless audio playback.
To enable Dolby Atmos and lossless audio playback on your HomePod, you’ll need to open the Home app, then tap the Home icon in the top left. Choose Home settings > persons and scroll down a little to tap your name. Now choose Apple music from your profile and then scroll down to enable support for ‘Lossless Audio’ and ‘Dolby Atmos’.
The new experience is limited to Apple Music in particular. This means that you need to use Apple’s music streaming service to get spatial and lossless audio playback on your HomePod. The service starts at Rs. 99 per month for its regular single users, although it is also available at a monthly cost of Rs. 49 for the newly introduced speech-only plan.
Apple first tested spatial audio and lossless playback on the HomePod and HomePod mini via a beta version released in August.
HomePod software version 15.1 also includes performance and stability improvements for Apple’s smart speakers.