Apple Seeds Seventh Betas of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the seventh betas of upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after the release of the sixth betas.

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Registered developers are able to opt into the betas by opening up the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping on the "Beta Updates" option, and toggling on the ‌iOS 17‌ Developer Beta. Note that an Apple ID associated with a developer account is required to download and install the beta.

‌iOS 17‌ is a major update that introduces a customized look for each person that calls, with the person who places the call able to customize their look. Live voicemails let you see a transcript of a message someone is leaving in real time so you can choose to pick up the phone if you want, and voice messages people send in iMessage are now transcribed into text. You can also record a video or audio message when someone misses your FaceTime call, and ‌FaceTime‌ works on the Apple TV through Continuity functionality.

In Messages, apps have been moved to a new tucked-away interface for a cleaner look, and there is a new Check In feature that is designed to let your friends and family keep an eye on you when you're traveling. Check In automatically notifies friends or family members when you arrive at a destination, such as home. Locations can also now be shared directly from the Messages app.

In a group chat, there's a catch-up arrow so you can see the first message you haven't seen in a conversation, and with search filters, you can more easily find what you're looking for. Stickers have been overhauled, and all emoji are now stickers, living alongside sticker packs and Memoji. Using the remove from background feature in ‌iOS 17‌, you can turn the subject from any image into a sticker.

With StandBy, an iPhone placed horizontally turns into a little home hub that displays information like the calendar, time, home controls, and more, and Live Activities can be displayed in full screen too.

Widgets on the Home Screen are interactive, so you can do things like check off an item on a to-do list or turn off the lights without having to open an app. AirDrop has been improved and there's a NameDrop function for sharing contacts quickly, plus you can hold two iPhones together to start a SharePlay session. SharePlay also now works with CarPlay so passengers can play their music in the car too.

Other new features include a journaling app coming later this year, AirPlay in select hotel rooms, improvements to AirPods Pro 2 thanks to a new Adaptive Audio feature, offline Maps, Siri that does not require the "Hey" activation, and improvements to search and spotlight.

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LawJolla Avatar
10 months ago
"I don't see it yet" first!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frumpywumpy Avatar
10 months ago
Right on track https://www.thinkybits.com/blog/iOS-versions/ (hasn't yet been updated with today's 7th)

(Edit) to help avoid confusion, per the "page2" of the legend, the grey color is ... "RC 1" (at least for the 16.0 and 15.0) .. it was "GM" for the other, earlier, versions. I think this may be when Apple changed the official wording to avoid 'master', so "Release Candidate" is their term for what is essentially the last beta.



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ProfessionalFan Avatar
10 months ago

It’s rather concerning we’re on beta 7 and FaceID remains largely broken.
What's wrong with yours specifically? I haven't had any FaceID issues on my iPhone 14 Pro running the beta since Dev Beta 1.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
10 months ago
Seems like this is another slow seed. Expect this update to show on your device slowly.

Viola! Update requested. ?



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hovscorpion12 Avatar
10 months ago

Yes, the builds that are on the new phones are usually from mid August.
However, Apple usually releases a revised 17.0 build for the new phones the same day that they’re released if there are any changes or quick bug fixes.
Pretty sure some phones are immediately prompted to update before set up is even ran.
Yeah. Usually like a “day 1” patch. (gamers know all too well about day 1 patches ?)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
one more Avatar
10 months ago

Whoa. Same here, no developer beta option. Last beta, some had to sign out and back in again to turn on the betas, now none of them are listed.

Also experiencing some loading and WiFi issues. Never happened before.

Running on an iPhone 14 Pro

UPDATE: Rebooted and now Beta Updates is listed but “Off”. I may have to log out then back in again. Not a giving me confidence here.

Nope, can’t turn it on again.
It tends to happen right after the new beta is released, Apple are just teasing you. No need to fiddle with the settings, it’s on Apple end and will self-resolve if it has not already.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)