Apple has released iOS 15.1 for all compatible iPhone models. IPad users also received iPadOS 15.1 as a new software update. Updates for iOS and iPadOS include support for SharePlay, which allows users to share content from services such as Apple TV and Apple Music directly via a FaceTime call. The iOS 15.1 update also brings ProRes support for iPhone 13 Pro models to improve video recording quality. In addition, Apple has unveiled the expected Dolby Atmos-enabled spatial audio for HomePod and lossless playback with Apple Music for HomePod and HomePod mini.
iOS 15.1: What’s New?
One of biggest changes iOS 15.1 offers iPhone users access to SharePlay. This allows users to watch movies and TV shows together virtually during a FaceTime call. It also lets you stream music and albums available on Apple Music while you are talking to your contacts on FaceTime. Alternatively, you can also use SharePlay to share your screen with people connected to you during a FaceTime call. Apple detailed all of these features in its keynote speech at WWDC earlier this year. However, SharePlay was not included in the original iOS 15 release.
iOS 15.1 also allows Apple Wallet to store a copy of the COVID-19 vaccine certificate, which you can display in stores or public places, including airports, on the road.
For iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max users, iOS 15.1 introduces ProRes video capture. Apple claims ProRes is an advanced video codec that has been used so far for advertisements, feature films, and broadcasts. It provides higher color fidelity with less compression than traditional video codec.
The iOS 15.1 update also includes an option that can be used to disable automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Apple has updated the Translate app, available in iOS 15.1, to now support Chinese (Taiwan). The new language is also available for system-wide translation.
iOS 15.1 also includes an updated Home app with new automation triggers based on current readings from a HomeKit-supported humidity, air quality, or light level sensor. The Shortcuts app also includes pre-built actions that let you add text to images or GIFs and create new home automation capabilities. In addition, there is a new collection of games that you can access through Siri.
The latest iOS update also resolves some known issues with the Photos, Weather, and Wallet apps. This also fixes an issue with audio playback that can pause when the screen is locked. In addition, iPhone 12 users have updated battery algorithms that can help you get a more accurate estimate of battery capacity over time. In iOS 15.1, you’ll also get a fix for an issue that prevented Wi-Fi networks from showing up in Settings.
Apple has yet to provide details on the security issues being addressed with iOS 15.1. You can follow the selected security site, although.
iPadOS 15.1: What’s New?
Like iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 brings Support for SharePlay and Chinese (Taiwan) translations. It also includes an updated Camera app with Live Text support to recognize content such as text, phone numbers, and addresses directly from the iPad’s camera sensor. It works with iPad models with A12 Bionic and newer. There is also keyboard support, allowing users to add text directly from the camera to any text field. It is also specifically available for iPad models that have at least A12 Bionic SoC.
IPadOS 15.1 also has a new Home app with automation triggers based on current readings from a humidity, air quality, or light level supported by HomeKit. In addition, the Shortcuts app has preloaded actions that let you add text to images and GIFs. You will also receive new games through Siri.
Apple also includes a list of bug fixes for iPadOS 15.1. This includes fixing an issue that caused the Photos app to incorrectly report storage full when importing photos and videos. We also fixed an issue causing audio from an app to pause when the screen was locked. In addition, the availability of the Wi-Fi network has been fixed.
iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1: How to download?
You can download iOS 15.1 to your iPhone or an iPod touch model that is compatible with iOS 15. Likewise, iPadOS 15.1 is for iPad models that can be upgraded to iPadOS 15. Both new iOS and iPadOS updates can be downloaded by going to link Settings > General > Updating the software from the device.
How to enable spatial audio with Dolby Atmos and lossless playback on HomePod
Along with iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, Apple has released HomePod software version 15.1, which brings Dolby Atmos-enabled spatial audio to HomePod and lossless playback of Apple Music to HomePod and HomePod mini. The update will be automatically installed when the connected iPhone or iPad is updated to the latest software. Once it’s available on your device, you can enable Dolby Atmos and lossless audio playback.
To enable Dolby Atmos and lossless audio playback on your HomePod, you need to open the Home app and then tap the Home icon in the upper left corner. Choose Home settings > People and scroll down a little to touch your name. Now select Apple Music from your profile, then scroll down to enable Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos support.
The new experience, in particular, is limited to Apple Music. This means you have to use Apple’s music streaming service to get lossless spatial audio playback on your HomePod. The service starts at Rs. 99 per month for regular individual users, although it is also available for a monthly price of Rs. 49 for the newly introduced voice-only data plan.
Apple originally tested spatial audio and lossless playback on the HomePod and HomePod mini in a beta version released in August.
HomePod software version 15.1 also includes performance and stability improvements to Apple’s smart speakers.