Apple iOS 17.1 released; packs bug fixes, AirDrop, StandBy and other features

Apple has released an important update, the iOS 17.1 update, for iPhones and thereby provide some exciting new features, but above all deployed fixes for certain bugs.

| Updated on: Oct 25 2023, 23:28 IST
Finally! iOS 17 lets users hyperlink text in iPhone mail app
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1/7 Apple is expected to officially introduce the new operating system of the iPhone, iOS 17 along with iPhone 15 series at the Apple event happening on September 12, 2023. Apple already gave a sneak peek of the iOS 17 at WWDC 2023 and some of its features include Contact Posters, Live Voicemail, and more. (Unsplash)
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2/7 The iOS 17 is now in the beta testing phase, where the company is constantly exploring and testing new features. The testing will ensure that there are no problems in the upcoming operating system.  (Unsplash)
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3/7 According to a shared post by Federico Viticci, iPhone’s Mail app will now enable users to hyperlink any word while drafting the mail. However, users will get this update after the official launch and they will have to download the update on their iPhones. (AP)
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4/7 Apple has introduced several updates, but somehow it never enabled users to hyperlink anything in the iPhone mail app. Now, with this Mail app's new features, users can avoid sharing long URLs separately. (Apple)
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5/7 To hyperlink a text, first copy the URL you want to add to the email. Then while creating an email you have to first write the message that you want the recipient to get. After drafting, long press the selected word you want to hyperlink. (Apple)
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6/7 A floating pop-up tab will appear on your iPhone screen. There, you’ll see a new “Add Link” option. Tap and paste the link. However, note that this feature will only be available after your iPhone gets updated with iOS 17.  (Unsplash)
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7/7 Note that the above-mentioned Mail app feature is based on a rumour and has not been confirmed by Apple yet. The actual feature will be discovered after the actual release and when it will be rolled out to the public.  (Apple)
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Apple iOS 17.1 has been released for all eligible iPhones. (REUTERS)

It may have come a day later than what was widely expected, but Apple iOS 17.1 has been released and it comes with a number of bug fixes as well as AirDrop, StandBy, and other features. Most of these features were widely known even before the release, but their exact nature and launch were still in the realm of uncertainty, but all that is behind now. So, what all did Apple have for its iPhone users? Read on.

iOS 17.1 features

The update comes with a bunch of new features, improvements, and bug fixes that will make the lives of iPhone users a lot better. The biggest highlight is the Apple Music upgrade and improvements to AirDrop.

Apple Music Upgrades: In iOS 17.1, you can now 'favorite' songs, albums, and playlists. The Music app includes new filtering options to display your favorites. Moreover, a library of artwork is available for customizing playlists. Users will find intelligent song suggestions at the bottom of their playlists to match the playlist's vibe.

Enhanced AirDrop Features: The update brings an improved AirDrop feature, allowing transfers to continue over the internet even when devices move out of range. Users now have the option to use cellular data alongside Wi-Fi for AirDrop transfers.

Apple Wallet Features: For users in the United Kingdom, iOS 17.1 introduces Connected Cards, displaying bank account balances and transaction history. In the U.S., the feature is available through a direct partnership with Discover, although expansion to more banks is anticipated. There is no update on when other regions may get this feature.

StandBy Mode improvements: Apple has added a new ‘Display' section under StandBy settings. It now houses some new customization options. The display can now be turned off either automatically, after 20 seconds, or never. The night mode feature that shows the StandBy display with a red tint and low ambient lighting has also been added to the Display section. The Motion to Wake option has also been relocated here.

Flashlight Indicator in Dynamic Island: The new flashlight indicator, which initially debuted on the iPhone 15 Pro, will now be available to iPhone 14 Pro users with iOS 17.1.

Photo Shuffle on Lock Screen: iOS 17.1 addresses a long-standing issue with the Photo Shuffle feature on the Lock Screen. It now allows users to select a specific album for the Photo Shuffle.

Other bug fixes: Some of the fixes include improved Home key support for Matter locks, enhanced reliability for Screen Time settings syncing across devices, and resolution for issues related to custom ringtones and keyboard responsiveness.

Alongside, Apple has also rolled out iPadOS 17.1 update for iPads, which also comes with similar feature upgrades.


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First Published Date: 25 Oct, 23:09 IST