Apple has started releasing update 15.1 for iOS and iPadOS operating systems. Most of the innovations in this version are features that were actually promised back when the iOS 15 was announced, but were not ready in time for the original launch about a month ago.
One such is SharePlay, which allows friends and family to watch videos or listen to music together. Each participant can control the playing video (and stop it, for example, if he needs a break), and while someone is talking the volume of the video itself is automatically lowered. Initially, SharePlay is supported through Apple’s own apps, but the company also offers additional developers to support this technology and indeed most of the big names in the industry have already expressed interest in it. One name left out for now – Netflix, which apparently prefers to rely on solutions of its own.
Another innovation is the option for video shooting in ProRes format, which allows for high-quality photography and many editing options afterwards, even in 8K quality videos. This feature is exclusive to iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max devices. Apple’s Smart Home app now supports activation (trigger) based on air quality or the amount of light measured in sensors in the home, while Apple’s translation app adds support for the Taiwanese dialect of the Chinese language.
The other innovations are mainly bug fixes and various glitches that have been discovered since the launch of iOS 15. Apple even promises that changes to the battery management algorithm will allow iPhones 12 to more accurately estimate the remaining operating time. The update is of course available for free download, for all iPhones version 6s and above, and for all iPads starting with the second generation iPad Air.