In September, Apple introduced the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 operating systems, and now, the company has unveiled the first major updates to these systems with iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1.
Eligible iPhone and iPad users can now access these updates over the air by navigating through Settings > General > Software Update.
This update is not just about fixing bugs; it introduces substantial enhancements. Apple has integrated support for seamless continuation of large AirDrop file transfers even when the device is out of AirDrop range. The Apple Music app gets a facelift with new options that allow users to mark their favorite songs, albums, and playlists. Additionally, users can now find song suggestions at the end of every playlist, ensuring the music never stops.
Though not highlighted in the release notes, Apple has assured that this update addresses iPhone 12 radiation levels concerns in France. It achieves this by disabling a feature that amplifies the cellular signal when the iPhone is not in direct contact with the user. Screen Time settings syncing across devices is now more reliable.
For the first time, iPad users can leverage support for the USB-C Apple Pencil, thanks to the iPadOS 17 update. Below are the complete release notes from Apple, detailing every new feature and fix introduced with these updates.
- AirDrop: Continuation of large file transfers over the Internet beyond AirDrop range
- StandBy: New options for display off control on select iPhone models
- Music: Expanded Favorites, new cover art collection, and song suggestions at playlist end
- Others: Specific album choice for Photo Shuffle, home key support for Matter locks, improved Screen Time settings syncing, and more
- Fix for Significant Location setting reset issue
- Resolution for incoming caller name display issue during another call
- Fixes for custom and purchased ringtone issues
- Addressed keyboard responsiveness issue
- Crash detection optimizations for iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models
- Fix for display image persistence issue
It is crucial to note that some features might not be accessible across all regions or Apple devices.
For detailed information on the security content of Apple software updates, users are directed to visit the provided Apple support link: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222