What iOS 15.1 will bring to your iPhone (and how to download it)
Bug fixes, Apple SharePlay support, the ability to store your vaccine card on your iPhone and more in iOS 15.1.
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However, with the launch of iOS 15.1 -- Apple's first major upgrade to the latest major version of the dedicated operating system for all iPhone devices -- we finally get some of the new features we've been waiting for. Here's what you need to know about the launch based on our hands-on experience with the iOS 15.1 beta.
When is the iOS 15.1 release date?
Apple released iOS 15.1 on Monday, Oct. 25.
How do I download iOS 15.1?
To download the iOS update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. The download has a file size of about 1.4GB. We recommend backing up your device before you begin the download -- it's the safest move before any major update.
Apple built a lot of hype around its SharePlay feature -- an upgrade to FaceTime that allows you to share your screen during the call, letting your friends and family stream the same television 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 the 15.1 update.
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What does ProRes support do?
The biggest draws of the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are their stellar cameras. The ProRes video feature helps you get the most out of them by minimizing the amount your videos are compressed, helping to protect the image quality in your videos. It's great if you like to do creative editing before sharing your captures. ProRes was included in iOS 15.1.
How can I download future iOS betas?
In order to test the beta versions of Apple software, you first need to sign up for Apple's Beta Software Program. Note that beta versions of software are buggy and not optimized, so we only recommend downloading betas on an extra device, not your primary phone, tablet or laptop. Once you're participating in the program, you'll need to download the configuration profile from Apple. Then you should be able to find the latest beta version by going to Settings > General > Software update and selecting Download and Install.
The latest beta is for Apple's iOS 15.2, and it's available now for testers and developers. The early version of the OS brings a redesigned Notification Summary, updates for emergency calling and a few privacy-related changes with App Privacy Reports, according to GSMArena.