Apple has released the first developer beta for iOS 17.1, along with some new features that couldn’t make it to the final release of iOS 17. This developer beta update comes roughly two weeks after iOS 17 was launched for compatible iPhones. iOS 17.1 is compatible with all iPhones that support iOS 17. This means, all iPhones launched in 2018 and later will get iOS 17.1 when the public build is released.
What’s New With iOS 17.1 Developer Beta:
AirDrop with Cellular Data: With iOS 17.1, users will be able to initiate AirDrop transfers without Wi-Fi and will just need mobile data to transfer media. This will come in handy when Wi-Fi is unavailable when you are trying to AirDrop.
NameDrop For Apple Watch: With iOS 17.1, users will be able to transfer contact details between iPhones and Apple Watch running WatchOS 10.1.
New Ringtones Removed: Apple has removed certain new ringtones it introduced with iOS 17 in the new iOS 17.1 beta, but they are expected to come back again in a future version.
Apple Music Updates: Now, when you add new songs to your playlists, Apple will recommend similar songs based on them. Apple will also let users now favorite songs, albums, artists, and playlists, and also create their own playlist covers.
Dynamic Island Flashlight Indicator: With iOS 17.1, Apple is also bringing support for the Dynamic island to indicate the flashlight is on for iPhone 15 and the iPhone 14 Pro as well. Previously, this was reserved for iPhone 15 Pro only.
iOS 17.1 Compatible iPhones
iOS 17 is compatible with the following iPhones: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPhone SE (2nd generation or later).