Apple today seeded the first public betas of its iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 betas, one day after seeding the first betas to developers.
Public builds of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 can be downloaded via the Apple Beta Software Program website by users signed up to take part in the testing program. If you’re interested in trying out the betas of the upcoming operating systems you can sign up for the program by clicking the same link.
As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users to not install any betas on their daily driver iPhone or iPad. Instead, only install betas on a device set aside for testing purposes. This is especially true when it’s an early beta of a new operating system.
The new betas of iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 reintroduce SharePlay, the feature that Apple pulled from the iOS 15.0 updates because it was not yet ready to be released.
SharePlay is a FaceTime feature that allows users to watch movies and listen to music with their friends and family on FaceTime calls, the feature includes a screen sharing feature.
The iOS 15.1 beta also allows iPhone users to upload their COVID-19 vaccination status to the Health app to generate a vaccination card in Apple Wallet. The vaccination card can then be shown to businesses, venues, restaurants, and more that are requiring vaccines for entry.
As mentioned in an announcement to developers, verifiable health records are based on the SMART Health Cards specification.
California, Louisiana, New York, Virginia, Hawaii, and some Maryland counties support Smart Health Cards, as do Walmart, Sam’s Club, and CVS Health.