Second iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 Betas Now Available to Public Testers

Apple today seeded the second public betas of upcoming iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 betas, one week after seeding the first betas and a little over a week after releasing iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to the public.

General iOS 15
Public beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program can download the iOS and ‌iPadOS 15.1‌ updates over the air after installing the proper certificate from the Public Beta website.

SharePlay makes a return in iOS 15.1, with Apple once again testing the feature that was removed before the launch of iOS 15. SharePlay is designed to let users call their friends and family and interact by watching movies, watching TV, or listening to music together.

Apple has added features like shared playlists and TV show syncing so everyone sees the same thing at the same time. SharePlay also has a built-in screen sharing feature, and Apple is still working out the bugs.

Paired with the HomePod 15.1 beta (which is invite only), iOS 15.1 adds Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to the HomePod and the HomePod mini, bringing Apple's speakers in line with iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

iPhone users who have a health care provider or state record that uses SMART Health Cards can import their COVID-19 vaccination records into the Health app and can then add a vaccine card to the Wallet app. This is an opt-in feature that uses a global specification, but healthcare providers need to implement it.

Right now, Smart Health Cards are or will be available to those in California, Louisiana, New York, Virginia, Hawaii, and some Maryland counties, as well those who were vaccinated at Walmart, Sam's Club, and CVS Health. Healthcare providers like electronic health record vendors like Epic and Cerner also support Smart Health Cards.

The second beta of iOS 15.1 fixes an Unlock with Apple Watch bug that prevented an authenticated Apple Watch from unlocking an ‌iPhone‌ when the user is wearing a mask. The feature was unable to be toggled on the iPhone 13 Pro, but after the iOS 15.1 update, it is once again functional.

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Top Rated Comments

zorinlynx Avatar
13 months ago

Well no one reported these bugs I guess if they made it to the final version
I used to report every single bug I found. Apple would get back to me, sometimes it was a dupe of another bug, sometimes they'd ask for more info and I'd provide.

I helped Apple debug a DNS issue a few years ago.

Then, at some point, they just stopped answering bug reports. I take the time to send them with all the necessary information, and... I never hear back anymore. The bugs don't get fixed.

So I've mostly given up bug reporting, except for more egregious serious bugs. And even those.. not a single response back.

So, if someone from Apple is reading this... have some more respect for your beta testers that submit issues. Respond and acknowledge them at least. The silence just makes me not want to bother.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
13 months ago

iPhone forum is filled with reports of iOS 15 anomalies. Hope the 15.1 update fixes a few
I've been surprised at how buggy this release was for one that didn't bring a lot of new stuff to the table. Apple must be revamping a lot of code behind the scenes.

I haven't had too many issues myself; my Stocks widget doesn't seem to update as often as it should but I'm not sure if that's a new problem.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
13 months ago
iPhone forum is filled with reports of iOS 15 anomalies. Hope the 15.1 update fixes a few
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xpxp2002 Avatar
13 months ago
I'm surprised this is going through all these beta cycles. Usually the x.1 or x.0.1 bug fix update after a major iOS release drops within a week of the x.0 release.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mjs916 Avatar
13 months ago
I just want to say I appreciate those of you taking the time to report bugs.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarpalMac Avatar
13 months ago

I used to report every single bug I found. Apple would get back to me, sometimes it was a dupe of another bug, sometimes they'd ask for more info and I'd provide.

I helped Apple debug a DNS issue a few years ago.

Then, at some point, they just stopped answering bug reports. I take the time to send them with all the necessary information, and... I never hear back anymore. The bugs don't get fixed.

So I've mostly given up bug reporting, except for more egregious serious bugs. And even those.. not a single response back.

So, if someone from Apple is reading this... have some more respect for your beta testers that submit issues. Respond and acknowledge them at least. The silence just makes me not want to bother.
Considering you are doing their job for them, for free, that is appalling. It's not like they are a start-up.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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