Download: iOS 17.1 RC Released To Developers As Launch Nears

Apple has today made the first iOS 17.1 release candidate version available to developers, allowing them to download the update on their test devices. This is likely to be the last, or at least one of the last, developer beta releases before iOS 17.1 is released to the public.

Apple has been beta testing iOS 17.1 for a few weeks now and it will be joined by iPadOS 17.1 when it is ready for the masses. That update is also now available in developer beta and can be downloaded if required.

This update brings with it a number of changes including a tweak to the AirDrop feature that will allow file transfers to continue over the internet when a peer-to-peer connection fails because someone is out of range.

The update also brings with it teaks to the Always-On Display when using StandBy while the Music app is also gaining a new option to favorite songs, albums, and playlists.

Other tweaks to the overall system include the usual array of bug fixes, including one that could cause the keyboard to become unresponsive. Improvements to the Crash Detection feature on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 families of devices have also been made.

Apple is yet to confirm when iOS 17.1 will be released to the public but it’s expected to arrive within the next week or so, with Apple tending to get these x.1 updates into the wild before the end of October each year.

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