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iOS 15.1 is now rolling out to iPhone users, what’s new?

SharePlay is the most notable feature of iOS 15.1.

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Apple has made iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 available to the general public today. Following more than a month of beta testing, iOS 15.1 introduces new features such as SharePlay, Camera app updates for iPhone 13 users, and much more.

What’s SharePlay

Support for SharePlay is the most notable feature of iOS 15.1. This feature was supposed to be included in iOS 15’s first release, but Apple postponed it so that it could be further refined. “A new method to share synchronized experiences via FaceTime,” according to Apple.

The Apple TV app, Apple Music, and Fitness+ are all built-in programs that allow SharePlay. Third-party developers can also access the ecosystem, allowing you to use SharePlay in a number of apps, games, streaming services, and other places.

Upgrades to the camera app

Meanwhile, in iOS 15.1 for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the Camera app receives a couple of significant upgrades. Support for ProRes video capture, as well as the ability to disable automatic camera switching while taking macro photographs and films, are also included.

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Full release notes

Other enhancements with iOS 15.1 include the ability to store your COVID-19 vaccination card in the Wallet application, Home app improvements, Shortcuts updates, and more.

You can update your iPhone by going to the Settings app, choosing General, then choosing Software Update. The full release notes are below.

SharePlay

  • SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, Fitness+, and other supported App Store apps
  • Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward
  • Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show or song when your friends speak
  • Apple TV supports the option to watch the shared video on your big screen while you continue the FaceTime call on iPhone
  • Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look at photos, browse the web, or help each other out

Camera

  • ProRes video capture using iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Setting to turn off automatic camera switching when taking macro photos and videos on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple Wallet

  • COVID-19 vaccination card support allows you to add and present verifiable vaccination information from Apple Wallet

Translate

  • Mandarin Chinese (Taiwan) support in the Translate app and for system-wide translation

Home

  • New automation triggers based on the current reading of a HomeKit-enabled humidity, air quality, or light level sensor

Shortcuts

  • New pre-built actions let you overlay text on images or gifs, plus a new collection of games lets you pass the time with Siri

This release also fixes the following issues:

  • Photos app may incorrectly report storage is full when importing photos and videos
  • Weather app may not show current temperature for My Location, and may display colors of animated backgrounds incorrectly
  • Audio playing from an app may pause when locking the screen
  • Wallet may unexpectedly quit when using VoiceOver with multiple passes
  • Available Wi-Fi networks may not be detected
  • Battery algorithms updated on iPhone 12 models to better estimate battery capacity over time

If your smartphone is still running the beta version, you can install the public version of this iOS update over it. Here’s a guide on how to update from an iOS beta to the official release.

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy A03 with 48MP dual camera

It’s a perfect smartphone to make your day-to-day more convenient!

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The Samsung Galaxy A03 joins the Galaxy A03s, which debuted in August, and the Galaxy A03 Core, which debuted last week. The Galaxy A03 is the successor of the Galaxy A02, which debuted in January.

The A03 features a 6.5″ HD+ Infinity-V display with a notch for the 5MP selfie camera, as well as a dual-camera system with a 48MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor on the back, which is an advance over the A02’s 13MP main camera and 2MP macro unit.

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The A03 is powered by an unnamed octa-core processor with two clusters that run at a maximum clock frequency of 1.6GHz. Samsung doesn’t specify which version of Android and One UI the A03 ships with, but it does say the phone comes with three memory options: 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB, and 4GB/128GB.

The A03 supports Dolby Atmos, has a 5,000 mAh battery, and is available in Black, Blue, and Red.

The Galaxy A03’s pricing and availability have yet to be announced by Samsung, but we should know more shortly.

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Realme narzo 50i is now available in the Philippines

An affordable smartphone for entry-level gaming aficionados.

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The Realme narzo 50i is being targeted to empower Filipino mobile gaming aficionados, following the successful launch of the narzo 50A earlier this month.

The realme narzo 50i is now available in Black and Mint Green colorways at all realme stores and select partner dealers around the country.

Realme Narzo 50i Specs

The Realme 50i is powered by a Unisoc SC9863A SoC and has 2/4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage. The gadget runs on Android 11 and runs realme UI Go Edition. It has a single 8MP back camera and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. A 5,000mAh cell with micro-USB charging is the star of the battery area.

The narzo 50i’s huge battery is said to last 43 days on standby or 23 hours of continuous video viewing. It also boasts a reverse charge option and an Ultra Saving Mode that, according to realme, can keep the phone on standby for two days even if the battery is only 5% charged.

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Realme narzo 5i Pricing and Availability

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The realme narzo 50i is priced at PHP 6,290 for the 4GB/64GB variant.

In conjunction with their ongoing #realmeWithYou holiday campaign, those who purchase the narzo 50i or any realme device with a minimum spend of PHP 5,000 at any realme flagship store or authorized partner dealer before January 2, 2022, will be entered to win one of the PHP 16,000 worth of realme TechLife prizes, as well as an e-raffle ticket to win an all-new Mitsubishi Mirage G4!

To register and see the complete mechanics, visit this link.

Other markets

The Narzo 50i is available in Mint Green and Carbon Black, with the 2/32GB trim starting at INR 7,499 ($101). When official sales begin on October 7, the 4/64GB variant will cost INR 8,999 ($122).

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Four new Nokia phones are in tow, sports new design

New camera bumps in tow!

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Evleaks, a trusted leaker, has revealed what appear to be official renders of four new Nokia devices that have yet to be announced. The phones are identified by model numbers N151DL, N150DL, N1530DL, and N152DL, which do not correspond to the standard TA-numbering method.

The smartphones, however, do not appear to be the normal Nokia devices that we are used to seeing. Not the N150DL and N152DL, at least. If you ask me, these models appear to have been designed on the request of some carrier, most likely the US one, given Evleaks obtained and disseminated the promotional materials.

Let’s look at the N150DL and N1530DL first. They have their camera bump at the upper left, a rounded rectangle that is visually split into two parts, indicating that they are definitely related devices. These are most likely mid-range gadgets because of the notch. The fingerprint reader on the side suggests an LCD, and there’s a 3.5 mm headphone jack on top. We couldn’t make out the label on the triple camera, unfortunately.

The Nokia N151DL sports a circular camera bump, which is the current design for most of HMD Global’s handsets. Because there is only one camera, no fingerprint reader, and a somewhat chunky bottom bezel, this one is most likely entry-level (opposite another notch).

Finally, the N152DL is very certainly a C-series phone, which means it runs Android Go Edition. Its design is eerily similar to that of the C1 or C01 Plus, which are a few years behind the times.

There’s no news on when these four Nokia phones will be released, but we may expect more specific leaks before then.

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