Apple releases iOS 17.1 Release Candidate

Apple is preparing for the first big releases after the iOS 17 update release last month. No, the iOS 17.1 is not going to be a major update but bigger than incremental iOS 17 update released recently. The tech giant releases iOS 17.1 Release candidate which means the public release is almost here.

iOS 17 was released last month. So the iOS 17 is still new and has many bugs that need to be resolved. And there are also some iOS 17 features that have not been released on iPhone yet. Yes, this is usual as for some features Apple takes time and bring them with incremental big iOS 17 updates like iOS 17.1.

Along with the iOS 17.1 Release candidate, Apple also released iPadOS 17.1 RC, watchOS 10.1 RC, tvOS 17.1 RC, macOS Sonoma 14.1 RC, macOS Ventura 13.6.1 RC3, and macOS Monterey 12.7.1 RC3. For those who are on iOS 16 beta, there is a new update which is iOS 16.7.2 RC for them.

Both iOS 17.1 RC and iPadOS 17.1 RC come with build number 21B74. The upcoming official build will have the same build number if Apple don’t surprise with another release candidate build.

Talking about changes, there are going to be a few. But as of now it is not known to us. All the changes are mentioned below on the list.


  • Content continues to transfer over the internet when you step out of AirDrop range


  • New options to control when the display turns off (iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max)


  • 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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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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