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Apple tends to update its devices at the same time, in addition to its own massive macOS Monterey update, the company also released iOS 15.1. The iPhone already had its macOS Monterey moment with it iOS 15, but that doesn’t mean iOS 15.1 is an update to sneeze at. In fact, there are some great new features in this software.

Of course, iOS 15.1 won’t be nearly as feature-rich as iOS 15. Apple is packing hundreds of new features into key updates like 15.0 and delivering a handful of new changes in subsequent versions. 15.1 is no different; This update adds some new features and some bug fixes, but is not a complete overhaul of your entire iPhone experience.

Which iPhones can run iOS 15.1?

All iPhones that are compatible with iOS 15 are eligible for this update. The full list is as follows:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)

What’s new for iPhone in iOS 15.1?

With iOS 15.1, Apple made changes in eight key categories. Let’s start with what is arguably the biggest news:

SharePlay

In the end. Apple’s delayed SharePlay feature is now available on iPhone with iOS 15.1. The FaceTime feature was one of the highlights of the iOS 15 announcement and allows you to share media from Apple TV, Apple Music, Fitness + and other apps with friends during a video call.

Each caller has the ability to control what the media is playing, and the smart volume automatically lowers the sound of videos or songs when someone starts speaking. You can even share your screen with SharePlay, which makes FaceTime even more like other video conferencing apps.

iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max camera updates

With iOS 15.1, Apple added ProRes video to the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. ProRes is a professional video codec from Apple that reduces video compression while limiting file size. By adding this codec to the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, more users will have access to a professional video standard.

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In addition, the update adds the option to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

Add your COVID vaccination card to Wallet

The new update supports adding your COVID vaccination card verification to Wallet. The option is currently quite limited as it uses the SMART Health system. You can check here to see if your state or pharmacy supports this system.

Translation gets a new language

The translator app and system-wide translations now support Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan).

New home automation

There are now new automation triggers based on HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality or light level sensor devices.

Links will see an update

You can now add text to images or GIFs using links. You’ll also see a new selection of games that you can play through Siri.

Bug fixes for your iPhone

New updates don’t just mean new features; Apple also fixes issues with the software, including these six errors:

  • The Photos app may incorrectly report that the storage is full while importing photos and videos.
  • The Weather app may not display the current My Location temperature and may display the colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly.
  • Audio from an app may pause when the screen is locked.
  • Wallet might exit unexpectedly when using Multi-Pass VoiceOver.
  • Available Wi-Fi networks may not be recognized.
  • Updated battery algorithms for iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time.