iOS 15.1 Launched: What’s New in This Major iPhone Update?

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Apple released iOS 15.1 for the iPhone and iPadOS 15.1 for the iPad tonight. It is a relatively large interim update with a number of new functions. And of course, the update also provides the necessary bug fixes and security updates. It is already the third interim update after the release of iOS 15 in September.

What’s new?

iOS 15.1 has some notable new features, including SharePlay. SharePlay should have been in the first version of iOS 15, but Apple took a little longer to perfect it. With SharePlay you can share content with your conversation partner(s) during FaceTime. Watch series and movies from Apple TV+ together, listen to the same songs in Apple Music, or share what’s happening on your screen.

Especially for the new iPhone 13 Pro (Max), iOS 15.1 offers some innovations for the camera. Here you can set the automatic macro mode turn of. You can also now ProRes Videos record. Less compression is applied to these videos, giving you more extensive editing options afterwards.

You can read what else is new in Apple’s release notes at the bottom of this post.

Download iOS 15.1

Soon the red update ball will automatically appear in the Settings app. If you are very curious about all the new functions, you can also actively download the update yourself.

You download and install 15.1 via ‘Settings>General>Software update’. Make sure you are on a Wi-Fi network and that your battery is sufficiently charged or that your iPhone or iPad is connected to the power.

Are you done updating? Then you can immediately turn on your Mac, because there is also an update for that, an update will appear tonight: macOS Monterey is the biggest update of 2021 for your Mac!

Apple release notes iOS 15.1


  • SharePlay is a new way to share synced experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, and other supported App Store apps
  • Shared controls allow everyone to pause, play, rewind, or fast-forward material
  • Smart volume automatically lowers the sound of a movie, TV show or song when your friends speak
  • With the Apple TV, you have the option to watch the shared video on a big screen while continuing the FaceTime call on iPhone
  • With screen sharing, anyone in a FaceTime call can view photos, browse the web, or help each other


  • You can capture ProRes video with iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Setting to disable automatic camera mode switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple Wallet

  • With support for COVID-19 vaccination cards you can add and show verifiable vaccination data to Wallet.


  • Support for Mandarin (Taiwan) in the Translate app and the system-wide translation function


  • New automations based on the current value of a HomeKit-compatible humidity, air quality, or light level sensor


  • New out-of-the-box tasks that let you create your own animated memes

This version also fixes the following issues:

  • The Photos app may incorrectly report that the storage space was full when importing photos and videos
  • The Weather app may not display the current temperature for ‘My Location’ and may incorrectly display animated wallpaper colors
  • Audio playback from an app may have paused when the screen was locked
  • Wallet may have stopped unexpectedly when using VoiceOver with multiple cards
  • Available Wi-Fi networks may not have been detected
  • Battery algorithms on iPhone 12 models have been updated to better estimate battery capacity over time.
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