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Here’s what new features iOS 17.1 brings to your iPhone

Get your hands on some iOS 17 features saved for later.

iOS 17 standby clock

Another update for Apple phones has just landed – iOS 17.1. The first version of iOS 17 packed in plenty of new features for your iPhone, including Standby, more customisation options, new messaging features, and more. But not everything made it into the first update. So, that’s why Apple released iOS 17.1 to bring more promised features to your handset.

Beta versions of iOS 17.1 have been available for a few weeks, but the public version is now available to download. Here’s the low-down on what new features you can expect on your iPhone when you update.

What new features does iOS 17.1 bring?

iOS 17.1 is an iterative update of the new iOS 17. Rather than packing any groundbreaking new features, it rolls out some of the extra goodies promised for iOS 17. You’ll also find bug fixes, refinements to features, and further tweaks. To download the update, head to Settings > General > Software Update, tap Install and follow the on-screen instructions.

In Apple Music, you’ll now find the option to “Favourite” tracks, albums, and playlists rather than “Love” them. It’s a minor tweak, but allows you to more easily find your Favourited music. There’s a new star icon for this, which also appears on the lockscreen playback controls. Aside from this, you’ll find suggested tracks at the bottom of your playlists in a dedicated section. This lets you quickly add new music to your playlists that Apple thinks you’ll like.

Apple Music widgets

AirDrop got a big upgrade with NameDrop and the ability to touch iPhones together to transfer data. But iOS 17.1 lets the file transfer tech get even smarter. When your phones get out of Bluetooth range, the AirDrop will continue using mobile data. Speaking of extra smarts, you can now use Open Banking to view your account balances inside the Wallet app.

Apple iOS 17 airdrop

There are some other minor additions, too. Any iPhone with the Dynamic Island will now show the flashlight as a Live Activity – so you won’t accidentally leave it on anymore. The new ringtones that appeared in iOS 17 have been axed. If you use the Reachability swipe down feature, it now shows a black background rather than your background. Plus, you can now toggle StandBy to switch off.

iPadOS 17.1 doesn’t bring anything extra. But, iOS 17.1 also enables watchOS 10.1. With the new Apple Watch software, you’ll find Double Tap enabled, but this is only for the Series 9 or Ultra 2.

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Connor is a writer for Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website. He has been writing for around seven years now, with writing across the web and in print too. Connor has experience on most major platforms, though does hold a place in his heart for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, electric vehicles, and smartphone tech. Just like everyone else around here, he’s a fan of gadgets of all sorts! Aside from writing, Connor is involved in the startup scene. This exciting involvement puts him at the front of new and exciting tech, always on the lookout for innovating products.

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