More than a week after the release of iOS 17, Apple started public testing of the first big update. The first iOS 17.1 beta landed for developers on September 27, 2023.
Multiple major features for iOS 17 are planned to be launched in the upcoming fall updates. Some of these include collaborative playlists in Apple Music, the new Journal app, PDF form autofill, and NameDrop integration with Apple Watch. Additionally, Apple typically includes interface adjustments and unexpected features in these updates, making them important to pay attention to.
iOS 17.1 new features
Some findings from the beta versions of iOS 17.1 were uncovered.
The initial version of iOS 17.1 is lacking the newly added ringtones and text tones that were featured in iOS 17. It is uncertain when or if they will be restored.
Instead of using the “like” feature in Apple Music, you now have the option to “Favorite” songs, artists, albums, and playlists. Anything that is favorited will be included in your library and taken into consideration when suggesting songs.
The initial version of iOS 17.1 includes the anticipated capability to enable AirDrop transfers to persist over the internet in case you move away from the recipient before the transfer is completed.
Generic artwork for Apple Music playlists: When editing your own playlist in Apple Music, you’ll find a selection of generic artwork to apply to it if you don’t want to take a photo or use four pieces of randomly-selected album art.
Version 17.1 of iOS: Instructions for installing the public beta.
To be one of the early users to try out iOS 17, you can register for the public beta testing. The procedure for installing a beta version has been updated in iOS 16.4. Here is the revised process:
To register for the Apple Beta program, click on the “Sign Up” button on the Apple Beta page and use your Apple ID.
Sign into the Beta Software Program.
Select “Enroll” for your iOS device.
To access the Settings app, click on General and then select Software Update.
Choose the iOS Public Beta from the Beta Updates section.
After signing up for the beta, it may take a few moments for the option to appear in Software Update.
The public beta version of iOS 17 was launched on July 12. We recommend that most users wait for it, as public betas can have bugs. The initial developer betas of significant OS updates are usually even more prone to errors and may not have all features available.
“Instructions for installing the developer beta on iOS 17.1”
To access the developer beta, you must be registered as an Apple developer. With the release of iOS 17, you no longer require a $99 per year developer program subscription. A free developer account will suffice, which can be obtained through Xcode or the Apple Developer app on iOS. Here’s a guide on how to obtain it through the Apple Developer app:
Get the Apple Developer App from the App Store.
- Open the app.
- Tap on Account.
Log in with your standard Apple ID.
In order to sell apps on the App Store, you will be required to pay $99/£79 annually for a paid membership. You can register for the Apple Developer Program on their website or through the Developer App. You can compare the features of the free and paid memberships here.
Developers who have registered can opt to receive the Public Beta by selecting “iOS Public Beta” on the Software Update screen. Please note that it may take some time after registering as a developer for this option to become available in the Software Updates.
Developers may have a separate Apple ID for developer privileges, which is not the same as their personal Apple account. If you wish to use a different Apple ID for beta testing on iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates, and choose the Apple ID displayed at the bottom of the page.