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When iOS 15 first dropped, many users were disappointed to learn that Apple’s anticipated SharePlay feature wouldn’t be ready for day one. Thankfully, Apple just released iOS 15.1, and the company has included SharePlay and plenty of other features for your iPhone.

What’s New In iOS 15.1?

The main selling point of this update is SharePlay. With it, you’ll be able to call friends and loved ones and watch movies, TV, or listen to music together, with everything remaining perfectly in sync. That means you won’t have to worry about one friend ending up ahead of the rest of the group while you try to watch videos or listen to music together.

According to 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.”

If you’ve received your COVID-19 vaccination, you can add the card to your Apple wallet, which will make it easier to share your proof of vaccine without having to keep track of your actual vaccine card.

Apple is also making some improvements to Shortcuts, which adds pre-built actions that let you add text on images or gifs. This is perfect for creating those memes we all know and love.

For iPhone 13 Pro users, some fantastic new features were touted during Apple’s announcement. Apple added a new Auto Macro toggle that lets you prevent the phone from switching to macro mode whether you want it to or not. Additionally, ProRes video is available in iOS 15.1, letting you truly use your iPhone 13 Pro as a professional video camera.

Finally, for HomePod users, iOS 15.1 brings Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to the smart speakers.

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How To Download iOS 15.1 on Your iPhone

If you want to download iOS 15.1, you can follow the standard iOS update procedure. You can head to “Settings,” then “General,” and finally “Software Update.”

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