In addition to the new AirPods, an updated software is required to support them, especially if they offer new features. So if this is true, does that mean iOS 15.1 is almost here and when and what will it bring?
Its release date has now been revealed by Apple.
During the announcement of AirPods third-generation, Apple announced the following in an article at apple.com/newsroom:
Apple will release free updates to iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, tvOS 15.1, and macOS Monterey next week for the AirPods.
That’s the week beginning on Monday, October 25. There is, however, a further hint as to when iOS 15.1 will launch. Apple says the third-generation AirPods are already available for pre-order and will be available from next Tuesday, October 26.
That’s it for now. Apple cannot release a product without the software necessary to run it, so iOS 15.1 could be released as soon as next Tuesday.
Although Apple tends to release its software updates on Tuesdays, I suspect that iOS 15.1 will be released in good time for the launch of the very first AirPods (3rd generation).
This means that the update will be released on Monday, October 25, at 10AM Pacific.
As they say, one last thing. One of the most anticipated new iOS 15.1 features is Universal Control, which combines your Mac and iPad in a breathtakingly cool way so that your mouse on the Mac can control the iPad.
Now, Apple has confirmed it is not coming right now (it would need macOS Monterey, which comes next week, too, for AirPods and iTunes) anything Alternately). The Apple website confirms that this update will be available “later this fall”.
But don’t give up. After all, the Apple Watch was originally rumored to arrive this fall without any actual release date, but it turned up within a matter of days, just three weeks after the iPhone 13 was announced at the same time. It might just be a week or three before Universal Control shows up in another iOS 15 update.
Although this does not mean it will be the very next update, as if any bugs surface that need to be addressed right away, or if there are other features we have forgotten about that need to be added before then, well, we can expect more updates sooner.
With iOS 15.1 slated for release in just a few days, I don’t expect iOS 15.0.3 to be released. It’s possible, though.
Meanwhile, here are some of the great features we can expect in iOS 15.1 when it is released just one week from now…
iOS 15.1 features: SharePlay
It appears that SharePlay will launch soon. Apple has often promised features before launching software, then slipped back from that first version or re-labelled them as in beta, that is, not quite ready but useful enough for us all to try.
FaceTime is its core feature. FaceTime lets you share your favorite song or album when you’re on a call. Apple Music syncs contacts’ devices automatically. All participants can add songs to a queue, and play, skip, and other options will be shared between them. You can also watch videos that are on Apple TV, Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, TikTok, Paramount+, and more. When it comes to a watch party, it works differently from audio, but the result is the same: everyone enjoys the same content simultaneously.
Lossless audio is a key feature of iOS 15.1
With Lossless Audio, your mobile device sounds excellent, including iPhones, iPads, HomePods, and HomePod minis. That’s the key. Because it includes Apple’s HomePod 15.1 which will deliver Lossless and Dolby Atmos playback on the smart speakers.
As if this is déjà vu, it is because this was a feature that was promised in an earlier beta and subsequently removed.
Is iOS 15.1 coming soon?
I think it will arrive within a few days, perhaps even on Tuesday. That’s when Apple releases its software. Monday’s event might include a mention of the software. Although AirPods 3 could be announced on Monday, it will take days before they go on sale, probably on Friday, October 22 or (most likely) on Friday, October 29.
Therefore, iOS 15.1 will launch in plenty of time. However, I believe it will happen soon.