Apple releases first version of iOS 17.1 RC ahead of launch next week

Apple has released the fourth preview version of the next iPhone software update in the form of iOS 17.1 RC. The first release candidate comes a week before Apple is expected to make iOS 17.1 the last official software version for the iPhone.

Apple also released RC versions of watchOS 10.1, tvOS 17.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1. The new updates include a range of new and improved features for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac.

For example, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 have a new double-tap gesture feature for interacting with the display without touching it.

iPhone users get the ability to use AirDrop over the Internet when devices with long transmissions go beyond the AirDrop coverage area. Standby mode gives you more control over how the always-on display behaves on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro. Apple Music is introducing new ways for featured artists to be added to a new playlist in the future.

The update also adjusts how the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro works when you launch the Camera app.

Apple still has a few features left to add in iOS 17, including a new Journal app. We may soon see it appear in the first beta version of iOS 17.2. The release candidate for iOS 17.1 is currently available. The official release date is expected to be October 24.

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