Work has begun on fixing bugs in Apple’s new operating systems for iPhone and iPad, the iOS 15.1 update will be available soon.
It’s not been long since the roll-out of iOS 15 and the operating system updates for Apple’s iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch. But the company is already pressing ahead with the next round of updates.
On 21 September – one day after iOS 15’s launch – Apple issued the first beta versions of iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1 and watchOS 8.1 to registered developers and other beta testers.
Then on 29 September Apple issued the second version of the iOS 15.1 beta to developers. This beta version addressed a problem with masked unlocking of the iPhone with the Apple Watch, however, Apple clearly decided that it couldn’t leave iPhone 13 users with Apple Watches unable to unlock their iPhone while wearing a mask for long, because on 1 October the company issued a iOS 15.0.1 update which addressed the Apple Watch unlocking issue.
What’s in iOS 15.0.1?
The iOS 15.0.1 update included the following fixes:
- Fixes a problem where unlocking the iPhone with the Apple Watch may not work on iPhone 13 models.
- The Settings app may incorrectly display a warning that the memory is full.
- Audio meditations can unexpectedly start training on Apple Watch for some Fitness+ subscribers.
iOS 15.1 release date
While iOS 15.0.1 fixes a few of the difficulties people were experiencing with iOS 15, it doesn’t fix them all, so if you are waiting for the 15.1 update before moving to iOS 15 may wish to wait a little longer. Hopefully it won’t be a long wait – beta testing of the update is underway, with version 2 with developers since 29 September. We expect that the final version of iOS 15.1 will be shipped to the public in early to mid October.
What’s in iOS 15.1?
These X.1 updates enable Apple to add address any bugs and also add some of the previously announced features that didn’t make it into the X.0 versions of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and tvOS 15. For a few examples, read Eight iOS 15 features that will be missing at launch. Wondering what new features are coming in the update? We run through them below.
One of the most famous omissions from iOS 15 was SharePlay, which lets users watch videos or listen to music in sync with others on a FaceTime call. SharePlay is present in the iOS 15.1 beta, however, it’s important to point out, that it isn’t guaranteed to appear in the public version, and may be pushed back again.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccination in Wallet
iOS 15.1 also adds COVID-19 vaccination records in Wallet. However this ability depends on the healthcare provider and the function will probably not exist outside the USA.
Lossless on HomePod and HomePod mini
With iOS 15.1, Lossless Audio will arrive on HomePod and HomePod mini via Apple Music. You will be able to set the high resolution via the Home app. However, you may not be able to hear a big difference as HomePod and HomePod mini have supported 3D audio since iOS 14.5.
Bug and security fixes
In addition, we can expect the usual bug and security fixes; the first version of a major software update is often buggy and unreliable. Indeed, it’s a good idea to wait for the X.0.1 version before updating for precisely this reason.
Read our full run through of the problems people are experiencing with iOS 15 here.
How to get the beta of iOS 15.1
If you’d like to join in with the testing, read our guide showing how to join an Apple beta programme. As usual, however, be sure to back up your devices before installing the new beta versions; that way you won’t have to risk losing your files.
Author: Karen Haslam, Editor
An ex-Apple PR, Karen’s career highlights include interviewing Apple’s Steve Wozniak and discussing Steve Jobs’ legacy on the BBC. Her focus is Mac, but she lives and breathes Apple.