As we eagerly anticipate the launch of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, beta testing is coming to a close. Apple is now providing weekly beta updates, with the latest being the sixth beta. Although the updates are becoming smaller as Apple focuses on refining and polishing the software, there are still a few notable changes in the latest beta.
One of the changes can be found in the Messages app. In previous versions, users had to tap the “+” button and choose the Photos option to access the photo picker. Now, with the latest beta, users can simply long press on the “+” button to bring up the photo picker. This small adjustment streamlines the process and makes it more convenient for users.
Another change involves the Phone app. In an earlier beta, Apple moved the red end call button from the bottom middle of the interface to the bottom right, which was met with some backlash. In response, Apple has moved the end call button back to the middle in the latest beta, bringing it back to its original location in previous versions of iOS.
Apple has also made some refinements to the mood tracking feature. They have tweaked the animations used for the moods, making the rings around each mood animate quicker and adding more rings. This enhances the overall user experience and adds a touch of visual appeal to the feature.
Additionally, there’s a new splash screen in the Photos app that informs users about the new features. This helps users quickly familiarize themselves with any changes or improvements in the app.
In the Display & Brightness section of the Settings app, the wallpaper icon has been updated to an iOS 17 wallpaper. This small change adds a cohesive and consistent aesthetic to the overall user interface.
These are just a few of the notable changes in the latest beta of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. If there are any other features that we haven’t mentioned, feel free to let us know in the comments.
In other Apple news, rumors about the iPhone 16 Pro are already circulating, despite the fact that the iPhone 15 Pro hasn’t even been released yet. According to the rumors, the iPhone 16 Pro will feature larger displays, with the iPhone 16 Pro expected to have a 6.3-inch display and the iPhone 16 Pro Max expected to have a 6.9-inch display.
For Mac users, macOS Sonoma is set to be released this week. The free software update includes several new features and changes for the Mac, including desktop widgets and other enhancements. The full release notes for macOS Sonoma can be found below for a comprehensive overview of everything new.
Lastly, watchOS 10.1 will introduce the new “Double Tap” gesture for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. This update, expected to be released next month, will enable the Double Tap gesture and provide users with new ways to interact with their Apple Watches.
As we countdown to the launch of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, it’s exciting to see the final refinements and improvements being made. Apple continues to prioritize user experience and polish its software, ensuring that users have the best possible experience with their devices.