iOS 15.1 Public Beta 1 brings back SharePlay, puts your vaccination card on your phone


iOS 15 is finally out in the wild, which means one thing – it’s time for a new public beta cycle! iOS 15.1 Public Beta one is now available for members of the Apple Public Beta program (wondering how to get into the beta – see the end of this article!). This beta brings back some features from the original iOS 15 beta, as well as new features.

What’s new?

Really, it’s more like “what’s back”. iOS 15.1 Public Beta 1 adds the following to iOS 15:

  • SharePlay – the feature taken from the original beta and talked about extensively during Apple’s keynotes. This feature allows you to share your media with everyone during FaceTime calls.
  • Lossless audio – if you’re looking for hi-fi sound on your iDevice, this feature does just that (as long as you have AirPods Pro or Max). This is another “blast from the iOS 15 beta past”.
  • Virtual Immunization Cards – If you’re lucky enough to live in a state that provides digital medical records, you can add your immunization card to Apple Wallet.

What is broken?

Not much, honestly. There are still a handful of material issues in the Home app, but other than that nothing is officially broken.

As usual, you’re expected to take advantage of the Feedback app to send Apple any quirks you find in testing. Especially with third-party apps, there’s never a guarantee that everything will work as expected during beta!

What is corrected?

If you’re testing with an iPad, there was a Swift UI issue while using the iPad’s pointer, but that’s it. This being the first incremental release, I don’t expect to see much fixed during this beta cycle. The focus will be on the release of these last major features.

And after?

As expected, iOS 15.1 is what will bring SharePlay back to our iPhones (well, for those of us who were in the beta … for everyone else, they’ll get it for the first time). I don’t expect there to be much else in terms of features added by the time the beta releases to the public in about a month.

A word of warning: if you get a new iPhone 13 this weekend, you might want to wait before upgrading to beta. While Apple was very happy last year to release beta profiles for new devices right after they hit stores, there’s no guarantee it will happen again this year. If you don’t want to wait to get the beta, make sure you have a solid iOS 15 backup for your device. This is what you will need to restore your iPhone 13.

If Apple Is publish beta profiles for new hardware, you will need to set up your iPhone 13 as a new device, enroll it using the procedure below, so wipe the phone down and start over once you’ve downloaded the first public beta of iOS 15.1.

How do I register?

Go to the Apple Beta program site on the device you want to enroll, sign in with your enrolled Apple ID (or create a beta account if you don’t already have one) and follow the steps, c ‘ is that easy! You’ll download the beta profile to your iPhone or iPad, then reboot, check for a software update, and test in no time!

Keep in mind that this is beta software and Apple makes it very clear in the agreement that you scroll down to the Agree button that it can do anything until you brick your device and corrupt your data. My public beta installation guide has all of the maintenance steps you need to take before installing the beta.


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