iOS 15 was just released to the world, but that doesn’t mean Apple is slowing down. Apple has already pushed the first beta for iOS 15.1 to developers. The update may seem a bit incremental at first, but once you dive a bit deeper, there’s a whole lot going on “under the hood”.
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What’s New In iOS 15.1
When Apple debuted iOS 15 at WWDC 2021, the company took quite a bit of time to talk about SharePlay and its potential usefulness. With SharePlay enabled, you are able to share a song, video, or screen with others via FaceTime. This means you can be watching a movie or show with friends or family, while having a separate FaceTime window open at the same time.
However, for publicly-undisclosed reasons, SharePlay was confirmed to be delayed after it was found to be disabled in iOS 15 Beta 6. Apple didn’t reveal exactly why the feature was delayed, instead only stating that it will “launch to the public in software updates later this fall.”
Another new feature arriving with iOS 15.1 is support for adding ID cards to the Wallet app on your iPhone. This was another one of those features announced at WWDC 2021, but it never became available for developers or users throughout the entire iOS 15 beta cycle. Even still, after adding your driver’s license or ID to the Wallet app on your iPhone, you can present them at TSA checkpoints. Plus, you can even use your Watch to present your ID, making it so you can get on the plane even faster.
In addition to being able to store your state-issued ID or driver’s license within Apple’s Wallet app, you can now download and store vaccination cards. Originally, this was limited to only being found in the Health app. But thanks to iOS 15.1, you are now able to add the vaccine card to the Wallet app.
This release of iOS 15.1 is not limited to just the iPhone, as it’s also arriving on the HomePod and HomePod mini. The first iOS 15.1 for the HomePod includes support for both Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio. What’s still exciting to see is the fact that Apple is not giving up on the good ole’ original HomePod just yet. Hopefully this continues for years to come, but only time will tell.
How Download iOS 15.1
Currently, iOS 15.1 is only available for developers and because of this, you must be a developer if you want to get your hands on this update. However, those who are enrolled in Apple’s Public Beta Program can expect to see the update arrive in another day or two. If you happen to be a developer, here’s how you can download and install iOS 15.1:
- Navigate to developer.apple.com/download/ from your iPhone.
- Log into your Developer Account.
- Select the iOS 15.1 Beta Profile.
- Once the profile is finished downloading, open the Settings app.
- Tap General.
- Select VPN & Device Management.
- Tap the beta profile that you just downloaded.
- Enable the profile.
- Restart your iPhone.
- After your iPhone has finished restarting, you can update to iOS 15.1.
As we always recommend, if you aren’t a developer, it’s probably best to stay away from the first beta release of iOS 15.1. Although there are some neat and useful features baked in, it’s also the first release of the beta software before it arrives for everyone. If you intend to install iOS 15.1 anyways, make sure your iPhone has been backed up first.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
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.