Apple releases iOS 15.1 with SharePlay, ProRes video capture, and more

Apple today released iOS 15.1 which adds SharePlay, an entirely new way to have shared experiences with family and friends in FaceTime. This release also adds the ability to capture ProRes video using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, as well as verifiable COVID-19 vaccination cards in Apple Wallet, and includes other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.

iOS 15 introduces SharePlay in FaceTime, Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned Notifications, and more.
iOS 15 introduces SharePlay in FaceTime, Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned Notifications, and more.


• 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

Apple Wallet
• 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

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  1. Groovey !

    iOS 15.1 and macOS Monterey are finally released !

    Question: do we know yet if either/both contain “Apple’s backdoor surveillance scheme ” / virus?

    I had read (here on MDN I think?) that these would be the two software delivery methods for this “Apple virus”..

    Even though I am taking a risk in not trusting the latest software updates, I for one will not update my iPhone Xs Max from iOS14.8 or my Mac mini (M1, 2020) from MacOS 11.5.1 until the trustworthy and educated folks who subscribe here are all certain that the risk has passed, never to return.

    Of course “never to return” will require the vigilance, sacrifice and time of technical people far better skilled than I.

    In reviewing this… I recognize that I read like an anti-vaxer’. I’m just a User who cares about privacy.

    1. Great questions !

      I guess a another question is could Apple include spy code and not inform its users ? Can we be certain the feature is not already dormant or active ? I’m sure such a modifications to iOS was a not trivial task, is it possible Apple just claimed they would hold off but actually only change marketing messaging ?

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