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Apple releases iOS 15.1 with SharePlay support, ProRes Video for iPhone 13 Pro

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Highlights:

  • Apple’s latest OS update includes missing iOS 15 features.
  • iOS 15.1 is a milestone upgrade, the first for iOS 15, and it brings some notable changes to the iPhone.
  • SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other supported App Store apps.

Apple is releasing iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 today, and the big new feature is SharePlay’s return. SharePlay is a feature that was originally supposed to ship in iOS 15; it lets people call friends or family and watch movies, TV, or listen to music together. Unlike the previous version of iOS 15 (iOS 15.0.2), iOS 15.1 is a milestone upgrade and it’s a much larger update than its predecessor. It brings a mix of new features, fixes, and enhancements to the iPhone.

iOS 15.1 is compatible with all iOS 15-powered phones, a list that includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, and the new iPhone 13 series.

New Features:

iOS 15.1 makes FaceTime calls more natural, introduces SharePlay for shared experiences. FaceTime now comes with Voice Isolation. The feature will help give out a clear voice from a person in a video call. It will do so by reducing noise from the background.

SharePlay lets you synchronize watching videos or listening to music with everyone in a FaceTime call. Users can just press play in Apple Music, Apple TV, or any third-party app that implements this feature.

Another massive improvement to iOS 15, group chats now gain collages, as a way to easily display multiple images. Craig Federighi also demoed a feature where you can take a photo of text, and it will highlight it, and then copy it into a document, or even translate it. This is a direct competitor to Google Lens and looks to be very convenient if you take many photos or you have a holiday booked.

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Bug Fixes

  • Fixes an issue where the Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos.
  • Fixes an issue where the Weather app may not show the current temperature for My Location and may display colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly.
  • Battery algorithms are updated on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time.
  • Fixes an issue where audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen.
  • Fixes an issue where Wallet may unexpectedly quit when using VoiceOver with multiple passes.

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