What's new in iOS 17.1?

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iOS 17.1, released by Apple, introduces a range of new features and improvements for iPhones running the iOS 17 operating system. Here are some of the key updates:
  1. AirDrop Over Internet: AirDrop transfers can now be completed over a cellular connection or Wi-Fi if you walk out of the range of the person you're sharing with. This is facilitated by a new "Out of Range" toggle in the AirDrop section of the Settings menu1.
  2. Apple Music Favorites: You can favorite songs, albums, playlists, and artists in the iOS 17.1 Music app. Favorited music is added to the Library and improves recommendations. There is also a new "Play Favorite Songs" option if you long press on the Apple Music icon on the Home Screen1.
  3. Double Tap on Apple Watch: The functionality of the Action Button has been changed to prevent certain actions from being triggered while the iPhone is in a pocket or a bag. The Camera, Flashlight, Voice Memo, Focus, and Magnifier functions will no longer activate when the Action Button is pressed if the iPhone is tucked away in a pocket1.
  4. UK Bank Balances in the Wallet App: UK users can add their UK bank accounts to the Wallet app in iOS 17.1, allowing them to see their account balances, payments, purchases, and deposits1.
  5. Screen Time Syncing: Screen Time settings now better sync across devices, addressing complaints from parents who found that Screen Time settings would reset or not sync across devices1.
  6. Crash Detection Optimizations: Apple in iOS 17.1 has further optimized the Crash Detection feature in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models1.
  7. Bug Fixes: iOS 17.1 addresses several issues, including an issue with the search function in the Messages app, a problem that "may cause display image persistence," and an issue where the names of incoming callers may not appear when you are on another call1.
In addition to these features, iOS 17.1 also includes more than a dozen security updates to several apps, including Contacts, Find My, Photos, and Weather, as well as a variety of WebKit, Kernel, and CoreAnimation fixes4. To install iOS 17.1, go to Settings > General > Software Update, tap Install Now and follow the onscreen prompts4.
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