Apple has released beta 3 of iOS and iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS15.1 and beta 9 of macOS Monterey to developers. These updates come one week after the previous ones and about two weeks after the public release of iOS and iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15. It is likely that public betas will also be released in the next few hours.
Starting with this beta 3, the Apple ProRes format for videos captured with iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max arrives on iOS 15. One minute of 10-bit ProRes HDR video corresponds to approximately 1.7GB in HD and 6GB in 4K. ProRes functionality is supported up to 30fps in 4K and up to 60fps at 1080p.
With the previous beta, a bug related to unlocking the iPhone with Apple Watch on iOS 15 had already been solved, which Apple has also solved with the public release of iOS 15.0.1. In the first beta of iOS and 15.1 iPadOS he had returned SharePlay, the new functionality that allows, via FaceTime, to watch and listen together or share your screen with who we want, right from the app.
SharePlay was announced last June as part of iOS and iPadOS 15 however, during the beta testing phase, Apple decided to remove it to continue optimizing it in order to make it available bug-free via a promised future update during the Autumn. SharePlay wasn’t the only missed feature with the release of iOS and iPadOS 15.
Another novelty in iOS 15.1 is related to the Green Pass: in practice, it is possible to add your vaccination status to the Wallet once it has been loaded through the Health app. This function, however, is not yet supported in our country even if there are apps that still allow the scanning and insertion of the Green Pass in the Wallet.
This Apple-implemented feature uses the SMART Health Card format which is currently only supported by a few US states. These include California, Hawaii, New York and Louisiana as well as the drug chains CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart that carry out vaccinations in the USA.
As usual, all betas can be downloaded in OTA mode after installing the appropriate profiles from the Apple Developer Center. For installation on iPhone and iPad it is necessary to have at least 20% of residual charge or better still to keep the device connected to the mains during the update. It is also possible to update under the 5G network if the functionality has been activated in the settings.
For watchOS the app must be used on the connected iPhone and Apple Watch must have at least 50% autonomy and must be within range of the iPhone it is associated with. The macOS Monterey beta can be downloaded directly from the appropriate menu in the system settings after having previously installed the appropriate profile. As with all new betas, installation on iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch which are used daily is not recommended since there are still bugs that could penalize the user experience.