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Apple released the eighth and sixth beta versions of iOS 17 to developers and public testers, respectively. The move is still part of Apple’s continuous testing to polish the update, which is expected to be officially released next month alongside the unveiling of its new smartphone models in the iPhone 15 Wonderlust event.

As expected, the 21A5326a releases come with some changes and improvements, though many focus on the UI and the design of the different system elements. Here are some of the ones we noticed:

  • In the Health app, Apple has been continuing its work of making some minimal design changes.
  • Unfortunately, Apple removed the previously reported offline Apple Maps suggestion. The feature is meant to remind the users to download the offline map in advance when there is a possibility that the plotted route could experience connectivity issues. It will hopefully be brought back in the future, nonetheless.
  • There are reports that the release of the new beta versions caused some toggle settings to automatically turn on despite being disabled in earlier betas. Some reports focus on Settings > Privacy & Security > Location Services > System Services.
  • There is a new splash screen when your Bluetooth is on. This SharePlay screen applies to devices using Bluetooth to play music in the car music system instead of CarPlay. The screen will ask if you want to connect to those devices near you, allowing you to control the tracks of their Apple Music from your iPhone
  • After the update installation, a new TV app splash screen will also be seen when you open the app. It now shows the types of TVs: Sony, LG Smart TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Apple TV 4K.
  • Apple Music also has a new splash screen.


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