Apple on Thursday seeded a second release candidate of iPadOS 15.1 to developers for testing. The new release candidate comes a few days after the original RC release. The new candidate is available only to developers that have an iPad mini 6.
The iPadOS 15.1 release candidate can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, and once the proper profile is installed, beta updates will be available over the air.
The release candidate version of iPadOS 15.1 is are the versions that will be provided to the public when iPadOS 15.1 sees an official release next week.
iPadOS 15.1 reintroduces SharePlay, the feature that Apple pulled from the iOS 15.0 and iPadOS 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.
When paired with the HomePod 15.1 beta (which is invite only), iOS 15.1 adds Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to the HomePod and the HomePod mini.
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.