Everything New in iOS 15.1 Beta 1

Just a day after releasing the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates, Apple has already seeded the first betas of iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1. The new updates reintroduce features like SharePlay, and below, we have a list of what's new.

iOS 15

SharePlay

SharePlay is enabled in the iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, and tvOS 15.1 betas to allow Apple to further work out bugs to get the feature ready to launch. Apple decided to pull SharePlay from the iOS 15 launch because it was not properly functioning and was still riddled with issues.

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Available in FaceTime, SharePlay is designed to let users call up their friends and family and then watch TV, watch movies, and listen to music together using neat features like shared playlists and TV show syncing for all users. SharePlay also allows for screen sharing.

If testing goes well, SharePlay could see an official launch in iOS 15.1.

Announce Calls

In the Settings for the Phone app, there's a new icon for the "Announce Calls" setting.

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Lossless Audio for HomePod

The HomePod 15.1 beta that accompanies the iOS 15.1 beta adds Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to the HomePod and HomePod mini.

Vaccine Cards in Wallet

In iOS 15, verifiable health records can be downloaded and stored in the Health app, and this includes COVID-19 vaccination records and health results. In iOS 15.1, vaccination records are able to be added to the Wallet app so a vaccine card can be provided to businesses, restaurants, venues, and more where vaccines are required for entry.

See our previous article for more details and discussion. Discussion should be limited to the iOS 15 update and political comments will be immediately removed.

Other Features

Know of a feature that we left out? Let us know in the comments.

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Top Rated Comments

arn Avatar
36 months ago
Please direct any vaccine card in wallet discussion to the previous article: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/09/21/ios-15-vaccine-card-wallet-app/

Political discussion is not allowed.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zachari Avatar
36 months ago
Everything that should have been in iOS 15.0. Nice.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jw77777 Avatar
36 months ago
Apple hard at work. I love it. :)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
b11051973 Avatar
36 months ago
I've said this before. Very much look forward to Shareplay. Will really help providing technical support to my parents. I had to help my mom reset her Facebook password a couple weeks ago. That was torture. One of the most frustrating experiences of my life.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
36 months ago
No fixes for the Shortcuts app? It is super buggy. I’m surprised that Apple released it in the current state.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aforty Avatar
36 months ago
SharePlay is cool and would have been really useful like a year ago.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)