Update released with new shiny iPhone features

Cupertino, October 26, 2021

Here is the update we are waiting for. Finally, there are great new features coming to iOS 15.1 today. At the top of the list is SharePlay, but there is Lossless Audio for HomePod, ProRes Video and a switch to Macro Mode (the latter are only for iPhone 13 Pro users). More details below.

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Which iPhones can run iOS 15.1?

If you have a device running iOS 14, you're in luck. Remarkably, Apple has made sure that every iPhone compatible with iOS 14 also runs iOS 15. This is a pretty stellar achievement, spanning every device launched in the last six years.

It is now available for download on compatible iPhones, with iPadOS 15.1 for proper iPads. Compatibility for phones reaches up to the iPhone 6s, including the first iPhone SE and the current edition, plus the seventh-generation iPod touch. The complete list is: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, Phone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS , iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE (second generation) iPhone SE (first generation) and iPod seventh generation .

For iPads, you're good if you have any iPad Pro, any iPad Air from iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or newer, and iPad from the fifth generation onwards.

How to get

Go to the Settings app on your device, and then choose General, then Software Update. Once you click Download and Install, it will work magically. This is a mid-size update - 1.44 GB on the iPhone 13 Pro Max - so give it a little time to download and install, please.

What's in the edition

SharePlay is the big new plus, a way to share real-time experiences in FaceTime. This means that when you're in a FaceTime group call, for example, you can share an album or song through Apple Music to everyone who participates in the call. Others on call can share their own audio. It also works with videos and applications such as Apple TV, Disney +, Hulu and more. You can share the screen with others,

Lossless audio arrives for HomePod as part of this update - well, it's HomePodOS, but it comes when HomePod is updated after you've updated iOS, see?

There are two room changes ProRes video capture on iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, something of interest for the most passionate professional and enthusiastic photographers. And Macro module for iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can be set so that it does not automatically switch to the Ultra Wide camera when you approach the subject. Personally, I like the way he does this, so I'll activate this, so far you have a choice.

Covid-19 vaccination card support comes to Apple Wallet. There is an update to Translate to provide support for Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) translations. There are also fixes for issues like the Photo app that reports the storage as full when it's not, the Weather app will hopefully not display the wrong temperature for your current location, and a few other fixes.

The full log of Apple changes follows at the end of this post.

Previous updates

iOS 15.0.2

Launched on Monday, October 11th, this was a bug fix update that fixed issues where photos were mistakenly deleted from Messages Saved in Photos, fixed Leather Wallet connection issues with MagSafe, and fixed CarPlay issues.

iOS 15.0.1

This update came out on Friday, October 1st, it fixed the failed Apple Watch Unlock feature that happened when iOS 15 came out. It's an extremely useful item, so recovering it was a big issue.

Additionally, it appears that a problem in the Settings application in which a warning that the storage space was full was displayed incorrectly has now been fixed.

And audio meditations could start a workout on the Apple Watch, apparently, although I've never seen that. It's resolved now, hopefully.

iOS 15

Launched on Monday, September 20, the first version of iOS 15 was full of innovations and upgrades. FaceTime the updates are among the most extensive, and in some respects the app changes with all the recognition.

from Apple Posts it's always been a powerful app, but now it's been redesigned to allow you to share things more easily. Share a favorite song in Messages and it will appear in Apple Music in a special section Shared with you. This new section will also be in Safari, Apple News, Podcasts, Apple TV and Photos.

iCloud + is a complement to the services you get through iCloud, but better, and these premium services, iCloud + Private Relay, Hide My Email and better HomeKit Secure Video come at no extra cost compared to your current iCloud subscription. Keep in mind that this means you have to pay for iCloud, it is not included in the free 5 GB level, only 50 GB for 99c per month and more.

iCloud + Private Relay is one of the sharpest privacy features, although it is now in beta only. It's an online privacy service, which means you can connect to most networks more securely, says Apple.

Hide my email is on the same line, which means you don't have to reveal your real email address in a web form, for example. Apple creates a random email address that it forwards to your inbox.

HomeKit secure video recording in iCloud + allows you to connect to an unlimited number of security cameras, and none of your videos matter to your iCloud storage.

Custom email domain is the other feature in iCloud + and means that if you have a domain that you control, once you've set up iCloud as an email provider for your domain, you can set up to three personal aliases for your iCloud email address using your domain

concentrate taking doesn't bother you at the next level, allowing you to choose times, locations, and more for specific ways notifications appear.

That's not all when it comes to Notifications. They have also been redesigned so that you can group them, provide a summary of the relevant things, and turn off notifications as you wish.

New features for Memoji include body language altogether, from yoga positions to yoga positions, now that body representations are included, as well as new clothing and glasses. Oh, and if you want your Memoji to have eyes that each have a different color, you can do that too.

Times has been updated. Apple bought the brilliant Dark Sky app some time ago, and some of the granular details it has are now in the Weather app. The application itself has been updated with significantly more realistic backgrounds and details about the next hour's rainfall - a Dark Sky specialty.

paper now it looks amazing, at least in selected cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London. Well, where else do you need it? I'm kidding. But it's a good start with great improvements and additions. To be honest, I don't like the new Maps app icon, but here we are.

Safari is one of the big ones, due to the controversial redesign that put the address bar down instead of up. There were many rejections against this, and Apple did what it did when it introduced natural scrolling on the Mac: it did it as an option. If you like the simplicity of a tab bar at the bottom, where you can scroll back and forth with just your thumb, then the new design is for you. If not, the classic version is still there.

Live text is another biggie. If there is text in the camera view, you can touch it, for example, to dial a phone number or copy text. And can translate text into English, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

Siri he is certainly a capable voice assistant, but now he is more private. With iOS 15, it can process speech on the device.

More features will come in the coming weeks and months, such as Universal Control for iPadOS 15, which will allow you to control an iPad and a Mac on the same mouse, and SharePlay, which allows you to share the screen while enjoying a song or video, for example, with someone else. Stay tuned for these additions as they arrive.

Here is the full log of Apple changes for iOS 15.1


• SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized FaceTime experiences with content from the Apple TV, Apple Music, Fitness + and other supported apps in the App Store

• Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind, or fast forward

• Smart volume automatically reduces the sound of a movie, TV show, or song when your friends are talking

• Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on the big screen while you continue your FaceTime call on iPhone

• Screen sharing allows everyone on a FaceTime call to look at photos, browse the web, or help each other


• 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 submit verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet


• Support for Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) in the Translate application and for system-level translation

The home

• New automation triggers based on the current reading of a humidity, air quality or light level sensor activated with HomeKit


• New predefined actions allow you to overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you spend time with Siri

This release also addresses the following issues:

• Photos may incorrectly report the storage space is full when you import photos and videos

• The Weather app may not display the current temperature for My Location and may display incorrect wallpaper colors incorrectly

• Audio playback in an application may pause when the screen is locked

• Your wallet may stop unexpectedly when you use VoiceOver with multiple passes

• Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected

• Updated battery algorithms on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time

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