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Apple rolled out iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 on Monday with the anticipated inclusion of SharePlay, missing from the recent iOS 15 release. The update also features camera improvements for iPhone 13 Pro models, enables adding COVID-19 vaccination records to Wallet and includes a bunch of other features.
Of course, macOS Monterey is newly available, as well, as Cult of Mac reported earlier today.
iOS 15.1: SharePlay
After more than a month of beta testing, iOS 15.1 brings support for SharePlay to your iPhone and iPad.
Initially planned for the release of iOS 15, SharePlay ended up delayed so Apple could refine it further. The company describes SharePlay as a “new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime.” It syncs content like movies, TV and music and lets people using different devices experience it together.
Built-in applications like the Apple TV app, Apple Music and Fitness+ support SharePlay. In addition, third-party developers can allow you to use SharePlay via a variety of different apps, streaming services, games and more.
More camera options for iPhone 13 Pro models
The new iOS 15.1 update also adds improvements to the camera options for iPhone 13 Pro models. Users can take advantage of a new Auto Macro toggle, allowing them to switch off the automatic macro mode if they so choose.
Another addition is ProRes video capture, which lets people take even higher-quality video on an iPhone 13 Pro at 30fps / 1080p on models with 128GB of storage or 4K on models with 256GB or more storage.
Add your COVID-19 vaccination record to Wallet
With iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, Apple is helping users to add their COVID-19 vaccine card to the Wallet app. This will make it easy for people to prove their vaccinated when necessary without having to carry the physical card. You can get a little more information on it here.
HomePod audio improvements
If you use a HomePod or HomePod mini, iOS 15.1 adds Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to the devices. That should improve sound quality in various settings — especially the home-theater experience.
iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 are both available now from Settings > General > Software Update on compatible devices.