Your iPhone will only have iOS 15 recently, but iOS 15.1 is already on the horizon and fast approaching. While it’s only a 0.1 update, it also looks like it will bring some significant features and improvements to the iOS experience.
These include the main SharePlay feature, plus several camera enhancements and more.
Below we will tell you exactly what we expect from this, which we have a good idea thanks to betas. You’ll also find information on the release date and compatibility of iOS 15.1.
- What is? The next version of iOS
- When does it come out? Very soon
- How much does it cost? It will be completely free
IOS 15.1 release date and compatibility
There is no official news on when iOS 15.1 could be released, but the fourth beta is now available, suggesting that a finished version will arrive imminently.
Maybe Apple could launch it on October 18, as it is hosting an event back then, although it is not expected to have anything to do with the iPhone, so we wouldn’t count on it. Meanwhile, a leak covered by Apple Insider suggested it could land on October 25, but it appears to be false.
As a reference, most, but not all, of the iOS 14 updates landed about a month apart, so given that iOS 15 was released on September 20, assuming that the updates for this follow a similar pattern, we are likely to have iOS 15.1 anytime now.
As for compatibility, if your phone can get iOS 15, it can also have iOS 15.1. In fact, any model from the iPhone 6S can do it.
IOS features 15.1
Thanks to the different beta versions, we are pretty sure of what we will see in iOS 15.1. The following functions are the ones we have found so far.
SharePlay was supposed to land with iOS 15, but it was delayed and is now released as the main feature of iOS 15.1.
This allows users to stream movies and shows or listen to music while on FaceTime calls and have content synchronized for everyone, and also includes a screen sharing feature.
Such things would have been ideal during the height of the pandemic when most interactions were at a distance, but even now we can imagine that it is a useful feature for many people.
There is more than one great feature in iOS 15.1, with ProRes also appearing. However, this is exclusive to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, so it is less available.
It’s a video recording format, and while it’s not new, it’s the first time a smartphone can record it. It is designed to have no visual loss (although it is technically compressed) and is also less CPU intensive on your computer than formats like H.264 and H.265 when edited.
However, ProRes files take up a lot of space, so just limit yourself to 1080p recording at 30 fps if you have a phone with only 128GB of storage, but for other models, ProRes outperforms 4K quality at 30 fps.
To enable ProRes once you have iOS 15.1, go to the Camera section of the Main Settings app and select ProRes from the Formats option.
Automatic macro switching
A smaller camera feature that is added is the option to turn off the auto macro mode found on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Currently, these phones will automatically switch to the ultra wide lens when you approach something, as this lens feeds the macro mode and can focus only 2 cm away.
Therefore, in most cases it is the best target for the job if you approach it, but there may be times when you prefer to use a different target and, if you turn off Auto Macro, you can choose.
Lossless audio and Dolby Atmos for HomePods
When used in combination with HomePod 15.1, iOS 15.1 allows you to play lossless audio and Dolby Atmos with spatial audio support using the HomePod or HomePod mini. These features are already available on other Apple devices, so they are overdue.
Covid-19 vaccination records in Health and Wallet applications
iOS 15.1 allows users to add their Covid-19 vaccination records to the Health app. Once done, you should also be able to add a vaccination card to the Wallet app, which will include a QR code that any company or organization you want to prove your vaccination status can scan.
That said, these features will only work if your healthcare provider has chosen and implemented them. It seems that, for the time being, it is limited to providers using smart health cards, which are currently only used by some US states and vaccination centers.
A solution to unlock with Apple Watch
In addition to the new features, iOS 15.1 also includes bug fixes, a great one is the solution to a bug that prevents some users from using the Unlock feature with Apple Watch, designed to allow iPhone users wearing masks to pass overlook facial identification.
Other bug fixes
We would expect that there will be many other bug fixes in iOS 15.1, although it remains to be seen exactly what they are.