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iOS 17.1 Likely to Launch Tomorrow


Apple’s iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1, tvOS 17.1, watchOS 10.1, and HomePod Software 17.1 updates are expected to be released to the public tomorrow following several weeks of beta testing. We are expecting the software to go live at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is when Apple typically releases updates.

Last week, Apple seeded release candidates (RCs) for all of the upcoming software refreshes. Apple usually tests RCs for about a week to make sure there are no device-breaking bugs, and this time around, we’re also clued in on a specific launch date because of an update in France.

iOS 17.1 in France includes a feature to reduce the radiation level of iPhone 12 models when they are stationary on a table or another surface, and French regulatory group ANFR two weeks ago confirmed that the iOS 17.1 update is expected to come out “by October 24.”

iOS 17.1 isn’t going to bring us the Journal app, but it does have some useful new features. It includes the option to continue large AirDrop transfers over the internet once initiated, so if you’re sending someone files, you can walk away while the transfer is in progress.

It includes new options for favoriting Apple Music songs, there are new options for leaving the display on in StandBy mode, and Screen Time should work better across devices. There are also several bug fixes, so if you’ve been having issues with search in the Messages app or persistent images on the new iPhone 15 models, you’re going to want to download the update right away.

If you have an Apple Watch, it’s actually watchOS 10.1 that’s going to bring some of the best features. The update includes support for NameDrop for quickly sharing contact info with another person, and it adds Double Tap on the latest models. Double Tap lets you tap your index finger and thumb together to do things like answer phone calls and bring up the Smart Stack.

‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.1 has a few bug fixes, and if you have an original ‌HomePod‌ or HomePod mini, you’ll be pleased to hear that ‌HomePod‌ 17.1 adds the Enhance Dialogue feature to these devices. When a ‌HomePod‌ is used as an Apple TV speaker, Enhance Dialogue cuts down on background noise and music when there’s speaking so you can better hear what’s being said.

We have a full rundown on all of the new features coming in iOS 17.1 in our iOS 17.1 beta features guide. Apple is already working on iOS 17.2, so we could be seeing new beta features as soon as later this week after iOS 17.1 and its sister updates come out.Related Roundups: iOS 17, iPadOS 17Related Forums: iOS 17, iPadOS 17
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