Although its been about a week since Apple released the final version of iOS 15, it’s been a rather busy and hectic week ever since. We’ve seen the iPhone 13 lineup released, along with a quick iOS 15.01 software release that allowed iPhone 13 owners to unlock their iPhones using a connected Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Apple has already released the third iOS 15.1 beta, and with it, we have been greeted with some familiar features that Apple previously announced.
- What’s New in iOS 15.01
- How To Download and Install iOS 15
- Best Apps for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
- Best Safari Extensions for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15
- How To Enable Portrait Mode in FaceTime on iOS 15
What’s New in iOS 15.1 Beta 3
The iOS 15.1 Beta 3 update is available now for developers and those who are participating in the Public Beta program. Compatible devices include iPhone models going all the way back to the iPhone 6s. If you haven’t received the update already, then you can head over to the Settings app in order to check and see if the update has arrived and is available on your device yet. Here are all of the new features that you can find in iOS 15.1 Beta 3:
Add Your Vaccination Card to Wallet
Given the current state of affairs across the globe, we’re nearing the point where a vaccination card may be required by various establishments before you are permitted to enter. But instead of needing to carry a paper (or laminated) card with you, Apple has made it possible for you to add vaccination card to the Wallet app on your iPhone. This feature was expected to arrive alongside iOS 15, but it appears that Apple wasn’t ready just yet. Nevertheless, it’s available now with the release of iOS 15.1.
For as much screen-time as SharePlay received during the WWDC ’21 keynote, you likely expected this feature to be available as soon as iOS 15 was available. That wasn’t the case, as Apple even confirmed that the feature was going to be delayed. The feature allows you to watch and listen to media with your friends and family, right from your iPhone or iPad. Early-on in the iOS 15.1 beta cycle, SharePlay made its triumphant return to your iPhone. There are still quite a few bugs to work through, but if you know someone else that is also running the iOS 15.1 beta, then you can try out SharePlay today.
“ProRes” is a new video format strictly available for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Think of it like ProRaw but for video capturing, retaining “higher color fidelity and less compression”. Between ProRes and Dolby Vision HDR, this is the first and only smartphone in the world capable of to provide an “end-to-end workflow” for videographers. This was one of those “killer” features announced alongside the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, but has not yet been available until now.
Macro Photography Toggle
Thanks to the autofocus system on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, you can now use your iPhone to capture macro photography. At a minimum distance of just 2 centimeters, you no longer need to rely on third-party solutions just to get those truly unique and stunning macro shots. The ability to capture macro pictures is already available on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, but the problem is that Apple didn’t offer a manual toggle to turn it on or off. Instead, your iPhone’s camera would automatically switch from the regular camera to this new Macro mode. With iOS 15.1 Beta 3, you can now manually toggle Macro Mode on or off, but you will need to enable the toggle in the Settings first.
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He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.