The second beta version of iOS 17.1 has been released, which will be released a week after the release of the first beta version. Today’s update includes some new changes to the idle mode, as well as the return of ringtones that were included in iOS 17 but weren’t in the first beta of iOS 17.1.
Below you’ll find a rundown of everything new in iOS 17.1 beta 2…
iOS 17.1 beta 2 has build number 21B5056e. It is now available to registered developers who can update through the Settings app by going to General and then selecting Software Update. We expect iOS 17.1 beta 2 to be released to public beta testers sometime later this week.
In addition to iOS 17.1 beta 2, Apple also released second developer betas: watchOS 10.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1, tvOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1.
What’s new in iOS 17.1 beta 2?
As I said at the beginning, iOS 17.1 beta 2 includes all the new ringtones that were included in iOS 17. These ringtones were not available in iOS 17.1 beta 1 because the build was compiled before iOS 17 was released to the general public. but iOS 17.1 beta 2 gets things back on track.
However, the ringtones are still as quiet as they were in iOS 17.0. However, unlike iOS 17, the update includes the ability to set your own ringtones.
Apple has added several new options to the Settings app for standby mode. The new Display option in the Standby menu has new settings to automatically turn off the display after 20 seconds or never.
Apple hasn’t previously offered this level of granular control for standby mode. The new “Never” option means you can now ensure that your Idle widgets are always visible. However, these new options are only available on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro, which have always-on displays.
Apple also says that iOS 17.1 and macOS 14.1 beta 2 fixes an issue that could cause removed widgets to appear blank on mismatched iOS and macOS releases.
Finally, iOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1 beta 2 include a new Double Tap feature for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. Learn more in our dedicated how-to guide for the new feature.
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