iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 release candidate now available to developers [u]

Apple has released iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 release candidates to beta testers. The update features SharePlay, ProRes support for iPhone 13 Pro camera, COVID-19 vaccination cards in Wallet app, and a number of bug fixes and improvements.

October 22: Apple has released a new iPadOS 15.1 release candidate only for iPad mini 6. The update is available for developers and public beta testers.

iOS 15.1 beta 3

What’s new in iOS 15.1 RC and iPadOS 15.1 RC?

Apple had been testing iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 with beta testers. The company released 4 beta builds before the release candidate was rolled out today to developers. The update brings a few features like SharePlay and vaccination cards in Wallet, that were delayed, as well as new features like ProRes video capture that was announced during iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max launch.

The update also features a few improvements to Translate, Home, and Shortcuts apps, as well as a few bug fixes and improvements.

Here are the complete release notes from Apple:

SharePlay

  • SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other supported App Store apps
  • Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward
  • Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show or song when your friends speak
  • Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on iPhone
  • Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look at photos, browse the web, or help each other out

Camera

  • ProRes video capture using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple Wallet

  • COVID-19 vaccination card support allows you to add and present verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet

Translate

  • Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and for system-wide translation

Home

  • New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor

Shortcuts

  • New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos
  • Weather app may not show current temperature for My Location, and may display colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly
  • Audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen
  • Wallet may unexpectedly quit when using VoiceOver with multiple passes
  • Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected
  • Battery algorithms updated on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time

For iPadOS 15.1, the following fix updates are also included:

Live Text

  • Camera app Live Text support recognizes text, phone numbers, addresses, and more so you can take action on them (iPad with A12 Bionic and later)
  • Keyboard support lets you insert text directly from the Camera into any text field (iPad with A12 Bionic and later)

The final version of iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 will be released to all users on Monday, October 25.

Which devices support iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 RC?

  • iPhone 6s and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later

How to upgrade to iOS 15.1 RC?

To install iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 RC, you need to register with Apple Developer Center for $99/year and download the beta profile by visiting the website using Safari on your device. Once the profile is downloaded, go to Settings and install it. Once done, go to Settings > General > Software Update and you will see the new update for download. Make sure that your device has at least 50% battery charge, and is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network, before starting the download.

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