Apple’s iOS 17.1 is now in the hands of developers and it has been for a little while now. Apple has yet to confirm when it will be released to the public, but we now have a good idea of when that will happen thanks to a leak.
That leak comes via the Agence Nationale Des Fréquences (ANFR) in France which has updated its website to detail changes to iOS as a result of an issue that saw the iPhone 12 get into hot water over RF radiation.
That website update was spotted by iPhoneSoft and suggests that the iOS 17.1 update will land by October 24.
Via machine translation:
Apple has developed a software update and the ANFR has validated it since it effectively brings the localized “member” SAR into compliance with the regulatory limit of 4 W/kg. This update was distributed by Apple to certain voluntary customers over the past few days (“beta testers”). The company has committed to rolling out this software update to all French iPhone 12 users by October 24 at the latest.
That seems to be the best indication yet of when we can expect Apple to release iOS 17.1 to the public and it seems that we won’t be waiting all that much longer. The smart money was always on a late-October launch and that now seems likely to be the case.
The iOS 17.1 update brings with it new AirDrop and StandBy features as well as a new Apple Music favoriting feature.