iOS 17.1 brings AirDrop over Internet and 4 other features

The first big incremental update after the iOS 17 is now live. Yes the iOS 17.1 is now available to the Public with eligible iPhone. It was in beta testing for more than a month and after three betas and two RC builds (for iPhone 15 models), the iOS 17.1 public build is finally available.

Yesterday, Apple announced the upcoming launch event to be held this month. Yes, this month there will be a Mac launch event after all. However this was already known from recent leaks. And looks like Apple didn’t want to divide the excitement and so kept the iOS 17.1 for another day i.e today.

Along with the iOS 17.1 update, Apple also released a few more updates that include iPadOS 17.1, watchOS 10.1, tvOS 17.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1, macOS Ventura 13.6.1, macOS Monterey 12.7.1, iOS 16.7.2, iPadOS 16.7.2, iOS 15.8, iPadOS 15.8, and HomePod Software 17.1.

The iOS 17.1 update comes with build number 21B74 and 21B80 which is the same as the first release candidate build for iPhones expect iPhone 15 lineup. The new iOS 17.1 update weighs over 1GB and might be a lot if you are switching from beta build.

iOS 17.1 update

In terms of new features, the iOS 17.1 brings a bunch of changes that include the Airdrop function over internet and more. You can find all the official changes below.

iOS 17.1 Changelog


  • 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

After updating to iOS 17.1, you may also find some other changes that are not in the changelog list.

The iOS 17.1 is available to the Public which means anyone with eligible iPhone and have not turned on the beta update will be able to upgrade to the new update. You can check for the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Make sure to backup your iPhone just for precaution.

In case you already installed the latest Release candidate you will not receive the update since it is the same update with same build number.

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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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