Apple has released iOS 17.1 developer beta and it is now available for download to registered Apple developers worldwide. Along with iOS 17.1, Apple has also released other betas for testing. This includes iPadOS 17.1, macOS 14.1, watchOS 10.1, and tvOS 17.1.
If you are a registered Apple developer (paid or free), then you can now go to Settings -> General -> Software Update -> Beta Updates and select iOS 17 Developer Beta. After selecting this option you will be able to download the latest iOS 17.1 beta on your iPhone and iPad.
iOS 17.1 developer beta release comes just days after Apple issued iOS 17.0.2 for all iPhone users. That update fixed the transfer issue that occurred when users tried to transfer from old iPhone to a new iPhone using the Transfer from Another iPhone option. While iOS 17.1 will be the first major iOS update after the public release of iOS 17, Apple has already issued iOS 17.0.1 and iOS 17.0.2 with crucial bug and security fixes.
iOS 17.1 developer beta’s release is still very new. We will update this post once more information about the changes introduced in this update is available.
What’s new in iOS 17.1 Beta 1
- iOS 17.1 beta 1 enables the AirDrop over Internet feature, which allows two devices to continue transferring data even when they are separated. The feature was announced at WWDC 2023 but did not make its way into iOS 17.0.
- In the UK Apple’s Wallet app can now show the current account balances by taking advantage of UK’s new Open Banking API. Currently supported banks include Barclays, Lloyds, RBS, and Starling.
- With iOS 17.1 Apple has added a new Favorite button that can be accessed by tapping on the menu button now the Now Playing screen.
- In the Apple Music app, users can take advantage of a new Artwork library. This can be used to customize playlists.
- A new flashlight indicator has been added to the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 15 series, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.