The third betas of iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1 are available for iPhones and iPads respectively. The third installment just started rolling out with some bug fixes and improvements. And with the recent beta release we are one step closer to the official iOS 17.1 which may be released soon.
If you’re still on the iOS 16 build, there’s an update for you too. iOS 16.7.1 and iPadOS 16.7.1 are also available today with some improvements and bug fixes. Since iOS 16 is no longer the latest iOS, don’t expect major changes.
Apple also released watchOS 10.1 Beta 3, macOS Sonoma 14.1 Beta 3, macOS Ventura 13.6.1 RC2, macOS Monterey 12.7.1 RC2. Talking about build number, both iOS and iPadOS updates come with build number 21B5066a. From the build number it looks like the official version is near.
As two beta builds have already been released, we aren’t expecting any major changes but bug fixes that will lead to a stable build. Since the update released just recently, we are unaware of all changes. Once all the changes are known I will list them below.
- The update fixes battery icon (borders didn’t look good after last beta)
- Addresses RF issues
- When an iPhone 15 is inside a pocket, its Action button becomes less reactive to avoid accidental presses
- Other bug fixes
For now the iOS 17.1 Beta 3 is available to developers, but it should be available to beta testers soon later today or tomorrow. If you have enabled beta updates or running the previous beta build, you will see the third beta update in the software update page. To check the update manually go to Settings > General > Software Update.