Yesterday, Apple started rolling out iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 updates to all of its compatible devices. This new update is compatible with iPhone 6S and later devices. The major changes in this new update include SharePlay and ProRes support on the select models.
With SharePlay, you will be able to listen to songs, watch a movie, complete workouts together, or share your screen with your friends and family while on a FaceTime call. Presently, SharePlay is supported by Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Fitness+, Disney+, ESPN+, HBO Max, Hulu, MasterClass, Paramount+, Pluto TV, SoundCloud, TikTok, & Twitch. Apple also lets us know that it will be supported by other services in the future. It works on all Apple devices like iPhone, Mac, iPad, and Apple TV.
During the launch event of the iPhone 13, Apple bragged about how the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will have the option to record videos in ProRes. And Yes, it is now available thanks to the iOS 15.1 update. If you don’t know, ProRes is a high-quality video codec used in the professional industry. On the iPhone, it will record in the highest quality available with less compression than the H.264 & HEVC codec.
Also, Apple has given you the option to disable automatic transition to macro mode when using the camera. With iOS 15, the new iPhone 13 Pro models will automatically switch to macro mode once you’re close to a subject leaving you with no control. With iOS 15.1, you are now able to disable the automatic transition when the camera gets close to a subject.
Below is the full changelog from Apple in this new update:
- 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
- Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward
- Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show, or song when your friends speak
- Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on iPhone
- Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look at photos, browse the web, or help each other out
- ProRes video capture using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
- Setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
COVID-19 vaccination card support allows you to add and present verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet
Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and for system-wide translation
New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor
New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri.
This release also fixes the following issues:
- Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos
- Weather app may not show current temperature for My Location, and may display colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly
- Audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen
- Wallet may unexpectedly quit when using VoiceOver with multiple passes
- Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected
- Battery algorithms updated on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time