Apple kicks off second iOS 17.1 release candidate update for iPhone 15

Apple is preparing to release the first incremental upgrade for iOS 17. Early this week, the tech titan kicked off the release candidate update for iOS 17.1. Usually, Apple releases the stable build directly after rolling out the release candidate build to testers. In rare cases, if a bug remains unsolved, Apple pushes a gradual upgrade to testers.

This time, it seems there’s an unsolved bug, so, Apple today released the second iOS 17.1 release candidate update. The update is limited to users who own iPhone 15 series device, which indicate that there might be an issue related to the new phones. We can expect this update will fix the automatic shutdown issues on iPhone 15.

Apple pushes the new RC build to the iPhone 15 with 21B77 build number, bumped from 21B74. It is a small incremental upgrade for testers if you are on the beta or RC build, you can easily to the new build.

Speaking of the changes, iOS 17.1 is a big upgrade that bags a bunch of new features including a new way to add favorite songs, albums, and playlists with an option to filter favorites in the library, you can also add songs to favorites directly from the lock screen’s now playing widget, new songs suggestions will appear at the bottom of every playlist.

So, these are the changes coming to the Music, what about others, StandBy gets new controlling options on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models. Airdrop now supports transferring content over the internet when you step out of Airdrop range.

You can check out the complete list of features and changes here.

  • Airdrop
    • Content continues to transfer over the internet when you step out of AirDrop range
  • StandBy
    • New options to control when the display turns off (iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max)
  • Music
    • Favorites expanded to include songs, albums, and playlists, and you can filter to display your favorites in the library
    • New cover art collection offers designs that change colors to reflect the music in your playlist
    • Song suggestions appear at the bottom of every playlist, making it easy to add music that matches the vibe of your playlist
  • This update also includes the following improvements and bug fixes:
    • Option to choose a specific album to use with Photo Shuffle on the Lock Screen
    • Home key support for Matter locks
    • Improved reliability of Screen Time settings syncing across devices
    • Fixes an issue that may cause the Significant Location privacy setting to reset when transferring an Apple Watch or pairing it for the first time
    • Resolves an issue where the names of incoming callers may not appear when you are on another call
    • Addresses an issue where custom and purchased ringtones may not appear as options for your text tone
    • Fixes an issue that may cause the keyboard to be less responsive
    • Crash detection optimizations (all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models)
    • Fixes an issue that may cause display image persistence (screen burn-in)

The iOS 17.1 release candidate is available to iPhone users who have enabled the beta updates. In case you are in the iOS 17 public build, you don’t need to enable beta as it will be available officially next week.

To check for the update go to Settings > General > Software Update. Before upgrading, make sure to backup your data and charge the device to at least 50%.

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By Haneet Singh

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