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Developers and public testers can now get the third beta of iOS 17.1. As expected, the new release comes with some improvements alongside bug fixes for the update.

Apple continues its work with the features and improvements it introduced in the first and second releases of iOS 17.1. This includes the following:

  • You now have more display options for StandBy mode. In Settings > StandBy > Display, you get three options for how the display turns off: Automatically, After 20 Seconds, and Never. Choosing the first option will allow the display to automatically turn off when the unit is not in use, and the room is dark. For the last option, you can use your iPhone as an actual smart home display all night without the display turning off. Note, however, that the Never option is only available on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models.
  • The Reachability of the iPhone removes the wallpaper at the back. With this, you’ll see a black background when accessing the feature. The feature lowers the top half of the screen so it’s within easy reach of your thumb.
  • Apple Music now offers selections of album artwork users can use to customize the looks of their playlists. You can access it by tapping the menu in the upper-right of the playlist and selecting “Edit.”
  • The Music app now shows the “Favorited” playlist option in the Library, Playlist, and Songs section. It applies to songs, albums, playlists, and artists. You can access this by tapping the menu option on the upper right section of the app and selecting Favorited. Songs also now show a new Favorite button with a new animation. The button is also interactive when you use it from the Music player on the Lock Screen.
  • The sharing gesture in AirDrop or NameDrop gains a new setting option to “Use Cellular Data.” This allows users to continuously send and receive content when Wi-Fi is unavailable during an AirDrop session. It can be found in the Settings > General > AirDrop.

In the coming hours, we will share more details of the new improvements and features enabled in this release.


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