Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Apple’s latest iOS 15.1 Beta hints at the future release of SharePlay and the addition of COVID vaccine card to Wallet App

IOS 15.1 beta has finally brought back the SharePlay however, its official launch is delayed by Apple. This major iOS 15 feature will come “later this fall” instead of launching alongside the OS upgrade as planned.

Out of all the promised updates, this is the only feature to be delayed and is yet to be released, but it could be useful during the ongoing pandemic. This feature lets you watch videos, screen share, or listen to music with other people over a FaceTime call. In Tuesday’s new beta, its existence could indicate that it could be coming sooner than later, though that’s not a sure thing.

According to sources, the 15.1 beta also lets users add their COVID vaccine card to the Wallet app after they first added it to Health. This is similar to how Google’s version of this feature works, where you’ll have to get your vaccine info from your medical provider or your state’s healthcare system and add it to your phone.

The Cupertino giant states that this feature uses the SMART Health Card format and is currently supported by a handful of states and some major vaccination providers. The supported list of states includes California, Hawaii, New York, and Louisiana, as well as pharmacy providers like CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart.

These features showing up in the iOS 15.1 beta don’t necessarily mean they’ll be in the final iOS 15.1 release; after all, SharePlay was also introduced during the iOS 15 beta, however, it was removed during the official launch of the OS. But, Apple in its latest announcement has stated that SharePlay will ship “later this fall,” and there’s only so much time left for that.

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