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iOS 17.1 Beta 1: What Apple Could Bring to Your iPhone Soon

by Maine Bacos

Apple has recently released the first public beta of iOS 17.1 for the iPhone. This update comes shortly after the release of iOS 17, as well as iOS 17.0.1 and iOS 17.0.2. The iOS 17.1 beta brings new features and bug fixes to beta testers and developers. However, it is important to note that since this is a beta version, it is recommended to download it on a secondary device rather than a primary one.

One of the new additions in iOS 17.1 beta 1 is an upgrade to Apple Music. Users can now quickly favorite songs by tapping on a star outline near the song’s title while it is playing. Additionally, finding favorited playlists, albums, and songs has become easier with a new button in the top-right corner of the screen.

Another notable feature in the beta is the ability to use cellular data for AirDrop. Previously, AirDrop required devices to be within range of each other to exchange information. Now, with iOS 17.1, iPhones can use cellular data to send and receive information when they are out of range.

For those who have accidentally turned on the flashlight on their iPhones and had someone point it out later, iOS 17.1 beta 1 introduces a solution. When the flashlight is activated, a small flashlight symbol appears in the Live Activities feed on the top of the screen. This feature was initially available only on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max but has now been expanded to other iPhones with Live Activity capabilities.

However, it is not all good news in the iOS 17.1 beta. Apple has removed the new ringtones that were introduced with iOS 17, reverting back to older ones. Hopefully, Apple will bring back some of the new ringtones in a future release.

It is important to note that these features are part of the beta version, and they may not be the only new features when iOS 17.1 is officially released to the public. As of now, there is no information available about the public release date for iOS 17.1.

Overall, the first iOS 17.1 beta brings some exciting features and improvements to iPhones for beta testers and developers. However, it is advisable to exercise caution and use a secondary device for testing purposes to avoid potential issues with battery life and bugs. It will be interesting to see what additional features and changes Apple introduces when iOS 17.1 is released to the public.

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