Apple‘s latest software, iOS 17.1, introduces several enhancements, most prominently to AirDrop. With this update, users can continue transferring content over the internet even if they move out of AirDrop’s standard range. This is particularly useful for reducing failed transfer instances, a common grievance among users. This feature had been anticipated since Apple’s developer conference in June but was delayed until now.
Music and Personalization Tweaks
Apple Music enthusiasts have reasons to rejoice. The update introduces a Favorites feature, enabling users to add songs, albums, playlists, and artists to their libraries. In addition, music aficionados can now enjoy color-changing cover art collections and get song suggestions at the end of their playlists. Interestingly, these changes aren’t limited to iPhones; they’re also making their way to Apple Music on Mac with the macOS Sonoma 14.1 update.
StandBy and Display Enhancements
Adjustments to the StandBy feature provide users with greater control over their phone’s display settings. This facilitates smoother interactions when utilizing the phone in its smart display mode.
Geographically Specific Additions
UK users can now conveniently view their bank balances in the Apple Wallet app for particular supported accounts, due to integration with the UK’s Open Banking API. In France, the update aims to rectify the iPhone 12’s radiation exposure limit issues, which had led to a temporary ban on its sale.
Further Noteworthy Adjustments
Among other advancements, iOS 17.1 brings support for Home key on Matter locks, remedies a pairing glitch with the Apple Watch, and enhances keyboard responsiveness. Not to forget, the flashlight indicator’s availability has been expanded to all Dynamic Island-equipped devices.
To get the update, users should navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. Although the update might not be instantaneously available to all, a notification will alert users once it’s ready for download.
The iOS 17.1 update underscores Apple’s commitment to refining user experience, integrating novel features, and addressing region-specific challenges. As devices become more integral to daily routines, such incremental yet impactful upgrades are essential in ensuring the brand’s sustained appeal and functionality.