Everything New in iOS 17 Beta 6

We're likely less than a month away from the launch of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, which means beta testing will soon be wrapping up. Apple is now providing weekly beta updates, seeding out the sixth beta today.

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As we approach the end of the beta testing period, updates are getting smaller with Apple focusing on crucial refinements and polish, but there are still a few changes in the latest beta worth highlighting.

Messages App

In the Messages app, you can now long press on the "+" button to bring up the photo picker rather than tapping and having to choose the Photos option from the list.

Phone App

In an earlier beta, Apple moved the red end call button in the Phone app from the bottom middle of the interface to the bottom right. Given that people are so used to tapping in the middle, this was not a popular change.

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In beta 6, Apple moved the end call button back to the middle, returning it to where it is located in iOS 16 and earlier.

Mood Tracking

Apple has further tweaked the animations that are used for the moods in the mood tracking feature. The rings around each mood now animate quicker around each shape, and there are more rings.

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Photos Splash Screen

There's a new splash screen when you first open the ‌Photos‌ app, and it lets you know about the new features.

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Display & Brightness

In the Display & Brightness section of the Settings app, the wallpaper icon has been updated to an ‌iOS 17‌ wallpaper.

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More iOS 17 Beta 6 Features

Know of a feature that we left out in this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Top Rated Comments

Bawstun Avatar
12 months ago
Apple needs new software designers. This is ridiculous.

Example: the long-press on + to immediately go to the photo picker.

STUPID. Not intuitive at all, even in the slightest.

Most people send PHOTOS in their texts more than they use stickers, avatars, location data and other features.

So rather than make a PHOTO button front and center and easily accessible, they expect you to think of long-pressing a simple button in order to introduce the shortcut.

Who thinks that way? Nobody. No one. Not a single person would think, intuitively, to hold down + as a fast way to bring up photos.

Ridiculous. I’m so tired of having to use Google or YouTube to search how to perform simple functions that a 3-year old used to be able to figure out with iOS. It’s like nothing matters anymore.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Iscariote Avatar
12 months ago
Hoping this gets rid of the disappearing text entry box in Messages.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
flashpirate Avatar
12 months ago
Six betas in and they have not fixed a single issue of the hundred I've reported. The beta is more refined, and just as crappy UX as the first one.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghostface147 Avatar
12 months ago

Apple needs new software designers. This is ridiculous.

Example: the long-press on + to immediately go to the photo picker.

STUPID. Not intuitive at all, even in the slightest.

Most people send PHOTOS in their texts more than they use stickers, avatars, location data and other features.

So rather than make a PHOTO button front and center and easily accessible, they expect you to think of long-pressing a simple button in order to introduce the shortcut.

Who thinks that way? Nobody. No one. Not a single person would think, intuitively, to hold down + as a fast way to bring up photos.

Ridiculous. I’m so tired of having to use Google or YouTube to search how to perform simple functions that a 3-year old used to be able to figure out with iOS. It’s like nothing matters anymore.
Well let us know when you apply and get the job to make the design decisions for them.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
12 months ago
This is a neat feature! Excellent!

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Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adammusic Avatar
12 months ago
PLEASE SWAP THE AUDIO AND MUTE BUTTONS BACK IN THE PHONE APP ALSO

SO STUPID WHY WOULD ANYONE MOVE ANY OF THOSE ICONS INSANE
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)