Right after pushing the public versions for iOS / iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8, Apple is now offering iOS / iPadOS 15.1 to developers. The update will include more of the features Apple promised for iOS 15, but did not ship with the recent update.
It’s iOS 15.1 beta 1 time!
oh no it’s back pic.twitter.com/RqF6wOoTQn
– Federico Viticci (@viticci) September 21, 2021
Among these features, SharePlay allows users to watch or listen to content with another person during a FaceTime call. They can also share iPhone screen and SharePlay will work on all Apple devices and on many streaming services.
Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos are also available with iOS 15.1 beta. Dolby Atmos brings a new 3D listening experience to Apple Music tracks supported on AirPods devices. Meanwhile, lossless audio on Apple Music can only be heard on iOS or Mac through wired headphones or through a HomePod device, although you need to have the HomePod 15.1 beta installed on the smart speaker to activate the features via the Home app.
There is a new option in the Phone app settings that will allow Siri to “announce calls” so you know who is calling. iOS 15 supports COVID-19 vaccination information to be stored in the Health app, but in 51.1 Apple Wallet supports some ID cards, including COVID-19 vaccination information.
The public version of iOS 15 arrived on Monday, which brought changes to notifications, Focus profiles, Safari layout changes, and additional support for web extensions. There are also improvements to screen time and close interaction based on the Ultra Wideband (used with Apple AirTags.
New in iOS 15: FaceTime with SharePlay • Redesigned notifications • Focus • Safari with web extensions