Apple publishes iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, tvOS 15.1 and watchOS 8.1 beta 2. macOS 12 Monterey beta 8 is also released.

Interestingly, no corresponding Xcode beta is published.

Notable changes include:

  • SharePlay is now re-enabled;
  • Unlock with Apple Watch is now working again for FaceID iPhones;
  • Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to the ‌HomePod‌ and HomePod mini;
  • macOS 12 Monterey shows signs of “High Power Mode”, which should provide more performance in exchange for smaller battery life.

Beta download: Beta Software Downloads

Release notes: macOS Monterey 12 Beta 8 Release Notes, iOS & iPadOS 15.1 Beta 2 Release Notes, watchOS 8.1 Beta 2 Release Notes, tvOS 15.1 Beta 2 Release Notes

Reference: Apple Seeds Second Beta of tvOS 15.1 to Developers, Apple Seeds Second Beta of watchOS 8.1 to Developers, Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS and iPadOS 15.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available], iOS 15.1 Beta 2 Fixes Bug Preventing iPhone 13 Users From Unlocking With Apple Watch When Masked, Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of macOS Monterey to Developers, Macs May Be Getting ‘High Power Mode’ Option to Boost Performance, According to Latest macOS Monterey Beta

Recommendations

Developer:

Try apps with SharePlay, check existing apps for compatibility issues.

QA engineer:

Check apps for regressions.

PM/DM:

Plan SharePlay-enabled apps releases.

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