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Apple Releases Third Public Betas of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

by Kyle Meranda

Apple has recently released the third public beta of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to non-developer testers, allowing them to get a sneak peek at the upcoming software before its official launch. This release comes two weeks after the second beta.

For those who are part of Apple’s beta testing program, they can download the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates by going to the Settings app, selecting General, tapping on the Software Update section, and toggling on the iOS 17 Public Beta option.

One of the standout features of iOS 17 is the new StandBy option for the iPhone. When the device is in a horizontal position and connected to a charger, it can serve as an information hub. StandBy mode displays the time, Live Activities, incoming notifications, and a variety of widgets. These widgets, whether on the Lock Screen or Home Screen, are interactive, allowing users to control smart devices or complete tasks without opening an app.

Autocorrect has also been improved in iOS 17, making it smarter and easier to correct mistakes with a quick tap. AirDrop now includes a NameDrop feature, enabling users to quickly share contact information with nearby individuals. The Phone app has customizable Contact Posters, allowing users to choose what people see when they call them. Live Voicemail shows incoming voicemail messages on the Lock Screen, allowing users to pick up if it’s important. The Messages app has a refined look and introduces a Check-In feature to help users reach their destinations safely.

FaceTime now supports video messages, allowing users to leave a video voicemail if the recipient misses a call. Additionally, FaceTime is now compatible with the Apple TV. Safari includes a locked private browsing window and a password sharing feature. It also offers improved tracking prevention. The Maps app now works offline, and the Photos app is capable of recognizing pets. The Visual Look Up feature can identify food, symbols, videos, and more. The Health app introduces a mood tracking feature, with plans to add a journaling app later this year.

iPadOS 17, on the other hand, brings a revamped Lock Screen along with other iPad-specific features. More details about iPadOS 17 can be found in the separate iPadOS 17 roundup.

In addition to the iOS and iPadOS updates, Apple has also released new public betas of watchOS 10 and tvOS 17.

Overall, Apple’s latest public beta releases offer a wide range of exciting features and improvements for users to explore. With each beta iteration, the software becomes more refined, better optimized, and more user-friendly. Apple is continuously working to enhance the user experience and deliver innovative features to its customers.

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