Apple released iOS 15.0.1 and iPadOS 15.0.1 for download on Friday evening. The operating system updates are available directly on the devices via the integrated software update (Settings / General / Software update) or can alternatively be obtained and imported via iTunes or the macOS Finder. The update size varies depending on the device type, in most cases it should be several hundred MB.
iPhone 13 unlockable again via watch
Version 15.0.1 delivers the first bug fixes for iOS 15, almost two weeks after the release. The update is intended to ensure that “Unlock with Apple Watch” works reliably with every iPhone 13: When wearing the smartwatch, the iPhone can still be unlocked automatically if wearing a mask prevents face recognition (Face ID) – this works for some buyers of the iPhone 13 so far.
Apple obviously considered the loss of the practical function to be important enough to quickly make improvements one week after the launch of the new iPhone generation. The problem did not occur on older iPhones, and iPads have not yet been unlocked with an Apple Watch.
iOS and iPadOS 15.0.1 are also supposed to eliminate an annoying memory warning that indicates an allegedly “almost full” memory space, although there is actually still a lot of space. This was one of the most frequently reported problems in iOS 15 – but it was mainly of a cosmetic nature, so there was no noticeable impairment.
In addition, audio meditations in Fitness + should no longer start a workout on the Apple Watch, Apple writes in the package insert. The fitness service is not yet available in Germany, but will be introduced soon. It is unclear whether the update also eliminates problems that can occur on the iPhone 13 and iPad mini 6 when restoring from a backup.
Offene Bugs in iOS 15
More bugs seem to remain, including a bug in Messages / iMessage that could unexpectedly delete photos from the library. The CarPlay problems with the iPhone 13 are also not mentioned in the package insert for iOS 15.0.1. IOS 15.0.1 does not seem to plug security holes, at least Apple has not yet documented any known vulnerabilities – but information may be sufficient, because a security update for macOS is currently in preparation.