Everything New in iOS 17.1 Beta 1

Just a week after releasing iOS 17, Apple has seeded the first beta of iOS 17.1 to developers. iOS 17.1 adds some features that Apple promised were coming to ‌iOS 17‌ in the future, plus it refines and improves some existing features.

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This guide covers everything new in the first iOS 17.1 beta.

Apple Music Favorites

You can favorite songs, albums, playlists, and artists in the iOS 17.1 Music app. Favorited music is added to the Library and improves recommendations. Favoriting replaces the prior "Love" system and favoriting can be done from the Lock Screen's Now Playing widget.

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A star next to a track in an album means that it's a favorite, while a dot is next to the most played track. With the favorites system, the Music app is suggesting songs to add to playlists.

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Eventually, Apple plans to provide a Favorite Songs playlist and offer collaborative playlists, but these features do not appear to be implemented as of yet.

Apple Music Playlists

‌iOS 17‌ provides color-matched playlist artwork options that can be selected as a new customization option for your playlists. There are eight artwork styles that feature geometric shapes and gradients, with the colors featured pulled from the album artwork of the first song in the playlist.

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AirDrop

AirDrop transfers can now be completed over a cellular connection or Wi-Fi if you walk out of the range of the person you're sharing with. That means you will not have to stay close to someone if you are transferring a large number of files.

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There is a new "Out of Range" toggle in the AirDrop section of the Settings menu that you can toggle to allow or disallow transfers over cellular.

NameDrop on Apple Watch

With watchOS 10.1 and iOS 17.1, an Apple Watch and an iPhone can now be used to exchange contact information through the NameDrop feature.

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Ringtones and Text Tones

The more than 20 new ringtones and text tones that were added in the launch version of ‌iOS 17‌ have disappeared in the first beta of iOS 17.1, but Apple will likely re-add them in a later update.

Custom tones for Mail and Messages have been re-added.

UK Bank Balances in the Wallet App

UK users can add their UK bank accounts to the Wallet app in iOS 17.1, allowing them to see their account balances, payments, purchases, and deposits.

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Books App

The "Reading Now" section in the Apple Books app has been renamed to "Read Now."

Journal App

There is no sign of the promised Journal app in iOS 17.1, but there are mentions of Journaling Suggestions in the code, which indicates that it could be coming before too long.

Dynamic Island Flashlight Indicator

When the flashlight is activated on an iPhone 14 Pro, ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max, iPhone 15, or ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus, there is now a flashlight icon in the Dynamic Island that lets you know that It is on. The flashlight icon for the ‌Dynamic Island‌ was previously limited to the iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max.

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Controller Support

iOS 17.1 includes support for the Nintendo Switch N64 Controller.

Extend Wallpaper

When you are setting up a new wallpaper, Apple has added an "Extend" option that can be used if the image does not fit the display.

Photo Shuffle

When you add a Photo Shuffle Lock Screen in ‌iOS 17‌, you can select a specific album of photos that will be shown on the Lock Screen rather than having to rely on Apple's pre-selected options like People, Pets, or Nature.

When selecting any of the main Photo Shuffle images, you're brought into a customization screen where you can choose your Favorites album or opt for any other album you have created, giving you complete control over the images that show up on the Lock Screen. There was previously a tool for manually selecting photos, but being able to choose an entire album is quicker.

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Photo Shuffle frequency remains the same at on tap, on lock, hourly, or daily.

Reachability

On iPhones with a ‌Dynamic Island‌, you'll now see a black background when you use the Reachability feature. In prior versions of ‌iOS 17‌, a blurred version of the device's wallpaper was shown. The change to a black background prevents the ‌Dynamic Island‌ from being displayed twice when Reachability is used.

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More iOS 17.1 Beta 1 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

AppleInLVX Avatar
9 months ago
Let me guess, I'l *still* get endless recommendations on the front screen for artists that Apple should have learned ages ago I'm simply not interested in. You can keep the whole genre of Rap, and yet here come the recommendations. :rolleyes:
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
9 months ago
I just want the
Journal app
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jt69yupper Avatar
9 months ago
I like the new tones better. The old notification is so jarring. The new tones are less obnoxious.Please bring them back Apple.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sjsharksfan12 Avatar
9 months ago

I like the music updates, however I hope I'll still be able to avoid liked songs to be added to the library.
I only like loving songs to organize my library and provide better suggestions.
Now I'm kind of confused about this. I just watched Zollotech's video and he showed the whole filtering thing that is now part of the library. I like that. What is giving me pause is if I like a song from the "New Music Mix" playlist, I don't necessarily want that song added to my personal library. I'm trying to keep some semblance of songs and albums in my library. It's one thing I didn't like about Spotify. On one hand, I want albums in my library. On the other I don't want single songs from 50 different albums clogging up my library. I don't have to like every song on said album. There's actually a lot of albums where there is a song I might not like, but I keep it because it's part of the album.

I hope that makes some sense because it may come across as a bit rambling.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Darth-Kylie Avatar
9 months ago

You’ve been able to create your own tones for years. Apple doesn’t provide the app to do it on the phone, that’s all.
It does. GarageBand.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wallaby Avatar
9 months ago

I like the new tones better. The old notification is so jarring. The new tones are less obnoxious.Please bring them back Apple.
The new tones have been a welcome surprise!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)