Apple iOS 15.1: Everything From Downloads to New Features


iOS 15 gets a few highly anticipated features in its next update.

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Apple has made public iOS 15 for iPhone last month, alongside four new phones, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. And now a new operating system update has arrived with iOS 15.1. (We also have a little preview of iOS 15.2 with the first developer beta update.) The dedicated operating system for all iPhone devices, iOS 15 brought a variety of new and improved features when it was launched. During the first month we saw a few small spots, one of which was security patch, but no major updates yet.

However, with the launch of iOS 15.1 – Apple’s first major upgrade to the new operating system – we’re finally getting some of the new features we’ve been waiting for. Here’s what you need to know about the 15.1 launch – based on our hands-on experience with the iOS 15.1 beta.

What is the iOS 15.1 release date?

Apple released iOS 15.1 on Monday, October 25.

How to download iOS 15.1?

To download the iOS update, go to Settings> General> Software update. The download has a file size of approximately 1.4 GB. We recommend that you back up your device before starting the download – this is the safest step before any major updates.

What’s in iOS 15.1 for iPhone?

IOS 15.1 Update Finally Adds Support For SharePlay, as good as ProRes video recording for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Beta 15.1 also includes the ability to download your vaccination record on Apple Wallet. (Here’s how store your COVID-19 vaccine records on your phone now.) The usual bugfixes should be there as well.

What is the FaceTime SharePlay feature?

Apple has made a lot of noise around its SharePlay function – an upgrade to FaceTime which lets you share your screen during the call, allowing your friends and family to stream the same TV and music as you at the same time. However, the feature didn’t launch with iOS 15 last month, leaving many iPhone owners wondering when they could use SharePlay. SharePlay has now arrived with Update 15.1.

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What is ProRes support for?

The biggest prints of the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are their star cameras. The ProRes video functionality helps you get the most out of it by minimizing the amount of compression of your videos, thus helping to protect the picture quality of your videos. This is great if you like to do creative editing before sharing your captures. ProRes was included in iOS 15.1.

How do I download future iOS betas?

In order to test beta versions of Apple software, you must first register for Apple Beta Software Program. Note that the beta versions of the software are buggy and not optimized, so we recommend that you download the beta versions only on additional devices, and not on your primary phone, tablet, or laptop. Once you participate in the program, you will need to download apple configuration profile. Then you should be able to find the latest beta by going to Settings> General> Software update and select Download and install.

The latest beta is for Apple’s iOS 15.2 and is now available for testers and developers. The first version of the operating system brings a redesigned notification summary, updates for emergency calls, and some privacy-related changes with app privacy reports, according to GSMArena.

To learn more about iOS 15 and the new iPhones, see our opinion on iOS 15. You can also read on all essential privacy features and our guide to whether you should upgrade to an iPhone 13.


Margie D. Carlisle