tvOS 15.1 released with SharePlay for Apple TV

Apple has released tvOS 15.1 to all users. The update features support for SharePlay which uses FaceTime which lets users watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, and more.

tvOS 15.1

What’s new in tvOS 15.1?

Compared to macOS Monterey 12.0.1, iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1 update is very minor. It features support for SharePlay, a feature that was announced at WWDC 2021, but was later delayed. SharePlay is a new feature that lets users connect online and watch movies, TV shows and listen to music together. It lets users sync their playback, create a shared music queue, and dynamically adjusts volume so that you can listen to content as well as your friend on the FaceTime call.

SharePlay works over multiple devices like Mac (support coming later this year), iPhone, iPad, and even HomePod. On Mac, iPhone, and iPad, users will even be able to share their screens with SharePlay. The feature is also available for third-party developers to integrate into their apps and offer screen sharing experiences.

tvOS 15

tvOS 15, released a few months ago, was a major update and included new features such as Spatial Audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, stereo pairing with HomePod mini, “Hey Siri” command support to control Apple TV from other devices, and “Shared with You” support to highlight content shared with you via messages.

Does your Apple TV support tvOS 15.1?

tvOS 15.1 can be installed on the following Apple TV models:

  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K (2017)
  • Apple TV 4K (2021)

Upgrade Apple TV to tvOS 15.1

To upgrade your Apple TV, go to Settings and navigate to System > Software Updates. Wait for the tvOS 15.1 update to show up and select ‘Download and Install’. Wait for the download and installation process to complete, after which your Apple TV will reboot.

Apple has also released iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8.1 today. Check out our coverage below:

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