iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 released to all users with SharePlay, ProRes, COVID-19 vaccination cards, and more

Apple has released iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 to all users with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The new update features SharePlay support, ProRes video recording for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, COVID-19 vaccination cards in Wallet app, and various bug fixes and improvements.

iOS 15.1 beta 3

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

Apple released four beta builds of iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, as well as two release candidates. The update brings a few features that were delayed from the initial iOS 15 release such as SharePlay and vaccination cards in Wallet. The update also includes ProRes video recording, an exclusive feature for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max which was announced during the October launch event.

The update also includes some improvements for Translate, Home, and Shortcuts apps, alongside a few bug fixes and improvements.

Here are the complete iOS 15.1 release notes from Apple:


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


  • 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

Additionally, iPadOS 15.1 also includes the following improvements:

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)

Which devices support iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1?

  • 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 and iPadOS 15.1?

To upgrade your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest software update, make sure they are charged to 50% battery or more. Go to Settings > General > Software Update, wait for iOS 15.1 to show up, and tap on ‘Download and Install’. The update process is seamless and your data will remain as is after the update.

You can also download iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 IPSW files if you want to do a clean install.

About the Author

Technology enthusiast, Internet addict, photography fan, movie buff, music aficionado.