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Last month Apple officially released impressive new updates to iPhone software with iOS 15. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, so there have been various minor security fixes to the software over the last few weeks. Now the time has come for the first major upgrade to the newest OS, with iOS 15.1. Read on to learn about three new features coming with the upgrade released today.
First and most significantly, iOS 15.1 is introducing SharePlay support. Although this feature was expected to come with the initial iOS 15 upgrade, it needed some fine-tuning before its official release.
As described by Apple, SharePlay is a “new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime.”
Sharing content with friends is much easier with SharePlay. It works with multiple App store apps, including the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and more. Every person you share with has the ability to pause, play, rewind, or fast forward. In addition, when someone is speaking, Smart volume automatically lowers the volume of a movie, show, or song. How cool!
With screen sharing, everyone on a FaceTime call can look at photos, review powerpoints, browse the web together, and more. In addition, Apple TV supports the option to watch shared videos on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on your iPhone.
SharePlay can be used by third-party developers as well, so you’ll be able to use it on a variety of apps, games, streaming services, etc.
Vaccine Cards in Apple Wallet
Digitizing your vaccine card has become popular as businesses, events, and restaurants are starting to require proof of vaccination for entry. With iOS 15.1, Apple ensures you will have your vaccine card with you at all times without having to digitize it through another tech company.
Users now have the ability to store their COVID-19 vaccination card in the Apple Wallet application after uploading the information to the Health app.
Camera App Upgrades
On the other hand, iOS 15.1 also includes significant updates to the Camera app, but only for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max users. The new software now enables the two models to support ProRes video capture. Additionally, there is a setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos.