iOS 17.1 is expected next week with new features and bug fixes

iOS 17.1 is expected next week with new features and bug fixes

After about a month of beta testing, iOS 17.1 is expected to be released next week. The update includes several new features, bug fixes and performance improvements, reports

Although Apple has not confirmed a release date for iOS 17.1, the update is expected to be released on Tuesday, October 24. This date was announced by French regulators last week.

Why do regulators in France need to know about iOS 17.1 release date? Well, one of the changes in the update addresses the concerns of French regulators about the radiation levels of the iPhone 12.

What’s new in iOS 17.1?

New AirDrop features

First, the update adds a new AirDrop feature that lets you continue streaming over the Internet when you’re out of range of another device. The feature was announced at WWDC in June, but was not included in the first release of iOS 17 last month.

There’s also a new switch in Settings that lets you use mobile data to complete an AirDrop transfer to an app over Wi-Fi.

Update Apple Music

iOS 17.1 also brings a few changes to Apple Music:

  • Now you can select songs, albums and playlists. The Music app has new filtering options to easily display your favorite files in your library.
  • Apple has added a library of artwork that can be used to customize playlists. You can find these new options by tapping the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner of the playlist and selecting Edit.
  • At the bottom of your playlists is a new Song suggestions area, which Apple will introduce to “match the vibe of your playlist.”

Standby mode changes

Apple has added new options to standby mode, namely a feature that turns your iPhone into a smart display while charging and in landscape orientation. Under Settings, you’ll find a new Display option in the standby menu. There are new switches here to automatically turn off the display after 20 seconds or never.

The initial release of iOS 17 did not offer this level of granular control over StandBy. The new “Never” option means you can now make sure your StandBy widgets are always visible.

However, these standby changes are only available on always-on devices, which include the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

New features for Apple Wallet

For iPhone users in the United Kingdom, iOS 17.1 adds a new Connected Cards feature that transfers a user’s current account balance from their bank, as well as their deposit and payment history. In the UK, this feature is powered by the Open Banking API and supported by Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, Monzo and Starling.

There is no equivalent Open Banking API in the United States. However, Apple has partnered directly with Discover to show users their card balance and transaction history. There is currently no indication when Apple will expand this feature to more banks in the United States.

New Photo Shuffle features on lock screen

iOS 17.1 fixes the Photo Shuffle option on the iPhone lock screen.

The Photo Shuffle option first appeared in iOS 16. It shuffles the images in your photo library and randomly selects an image for wallpaper. The initial implementation of this feature allowed you to blend images of people, nature, or pets, but without options for fine-tuning.

However, in iOS 17.1, Apple added a new option that allows you to select a specific album for the Photo Shuffle feature on the lock screen.

Changes in the button Action

For iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, iOS 17.1 also includes optimization for the new Action button. The update adds a new feature that uses the iPhone 15 Pro’s proximity sensor to detect when your iPhone is in your pocket to prevent accidental activation.

This means you have to press the action button a bit longer to trigger the action if your phone is in your pocket.

Flashlight indicator in Dynamic Island

When iOS 17 launched, iPhone 15 Pro users got a new feature that used Dynamic Island to show you when your flashlight is on.

iOS 17.1 Bug Fixes

In addition to these new features, iOS 17.1 also fixes a number of bugs and performance issues that some iPhone users have been experiencing over the past month. Here’s what was fixed:

  • Master key support for Matter locks.
  • Improved reliability of synchronization of screen time settings between devices. This comes after a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed serious Screen Time bugs that persisted from iOS 16.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the Significant Location privacy setting to reset when transferring an Apple Watch or pairing for the first time.
  • Addresses an issue where the names of incoming callers may not be displayed during another call.
  • Fixed an issue where customized and purchased ringtones may not appear as an option.
  • Addresses an issue where the keyboard sometimes becomes unresponsive.
  • Crash detection optimization (all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models).
  • Resolves an issue where the image on the display may disappear.

What were the changes in the first beta version of iOS 17.1 – read on our website.

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