Everything New in iOS 17 Beta 3

Apple today provided the third beta of the upcoming iOS 17 software release to developers for testing purposes, and as with all betas, there are small refinements and tweaks to various features and interface elements in the update.

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This guide highlights everything new in the third beta of ‌iOS 17‌.

Deleted Photos

In the Recently Deleted album, Apple has made tweaks to the interface. Rather than separate Delete and Recover buttons, there's now a small three-dot menu icon at the bottom of the display that can be tapped to bring up the recover and delete options.

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With no images selected, options include Delete All and Recover All, but with images selected, there is an option to recover or delete specific images. When dealing with Live Photos, if you select one or more ‌Live Photos‌ and tap the management icon, there is a new Save as Video option.

If you are deleting or recovering images of a person, you can choose the "Feature This Person Less" option.

Mental Wellbeing

Apple has made minor design refinements to the Mental Wellbeing section of the Health app, giving it a more streamlined look and color scheme. The colors for various emotions have been changed, and the buttons and background now match mood choice.

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Very unpleasant is a lighter purple with more blue and less red, neutral is more of a blue green shade than before, slightly pleasant is a brighter green with more yellow, pleasant is yellow instead of green, and very pleasant is orange.

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There's also an option to turn on reminders to log moods on a scheduled basis. Times include in the middle of the day and at the end of the day, with a customized schedule available.

Apple Music Song Credits

In the Apple Music app, there's now an option to view song credits by tapping on the three-dot icon next to a song that is playing, searched for, or in a playlist. Credits show all of the performing artists, composition artists, and those who were involved in production and engineering.

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This section also houses the option to see the full lyrics, which has been removed from the standard dropdown menu, plus it offers information on the audio quality available such as Lossless or Dolby Atmos.

Home App

There's now a splash screen that lets you know what's new with the Home app. For lights that support multiple colors and tones, there are now pre-selected options at the bottom of the interface for quickly changing the color. The color options also show up in Control Center when accessing a specific light.

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The Home app in the third beta also now supports the Activity History, which can be turned off or enabled for the previous month. Activity History shows activity events for smart locks, garage doors, and home security systems.

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iOS 17 Public Beta

It's likely that the third developer beta of ‌iOS 17‌ is the same beta that will be provided to public beta testers, and we could see a public beta in the near future.

Apple promised a public beta in July, and now that are well into July, it could be coming at any time.

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Top Rated Comments

verniesgarden Avatar
13 months ago

Just fix the battery drain first!!
battery drain is typically the last thing you want to address or you will always be chasing the dragon so to speak. MVP of features first, then optimize the code.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sparkie_e Avatar
13 months ago
All these complaints about a beta……it’s like it was made for testing! ?
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frumpywumpy Avatar
13 months ago

Just fix the battery drain first!!
If you're talking about battery drain in the iOS 17 beta(s), AFAIK there's a certain un-optimized-ness to beta builds, so battery drain and storage size of the betas are not what they will be in the official release in the fall.

But, perhaps you're talking about battery drain in iOS 16
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
petsounds Avatar
13 months ago
So happy that Apple is finally adding song credits to Apple Music. It's important to credit everyone who works on a song, and the "liner notes" were lost for a long time with streaming.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghostface147 Avatar
13 months ago

It annoys me that "delete" does not really mean "delete" when it comes to many programs. If I want a photo deleted, I really want it to be gone without the option to recover it. Having to delete it again from the trash is just an annoyance.

To avoid accidental deletions it is enough to make ask the user, if he really wants to delete a photo. If he clicks yes, it should be gone forever. The iCloud leaks should have taught Apple a lesson.

If you delete a post on Facebook now, it will put it into the trash and you have to wait 30 days before you can delete it from the trash. I hate that development. On a stock photo site I use, it takes 90 (!) days from clicking "delete" until the photo is really gone.
Maybe the majority of people just want a safety net in case they were like oh crap, wrong pic or something like that.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleguy123 Avatar
13 months ago
Also seems to be a lot faster than the first 2 (especially the settings app, the lag is gone), and it’s running less hot for me.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)