Apple released the first beta version of iOS 17.1 to developers on Wednesday as the company promised to add some new features later this year. year. We've already covered most of the new iOS 17.1 beta here, but there's one more interesting change. With this update, Apple is adding the Flashlight indicator that appears on Dynamic Island to iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15.
Flashlight Indicator on the iPhone Dynamic Island
If you have no idea what this is, Flashlight Indicator is it , which Apple added to the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. For some reason, only these models have an indicator on the dynamic island that tells you when the flashlight is on. This is very useful if you forget to turn off the flashlight after using it or accidentally pressed the button flashlight.
There appears to be no technical reason for Apple to keep this indicator exclusive to the new 15 Pro models, and now we know it's true. In iOS 17.1 beta 1 on every iPhone model with Dynamic Island The flashlight indicator will be displayed if necessary.
This means the feature will now come to the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15, and iPhone 15 Plus. Previous iPhone models will not have any indicator other than a button on the lock screen as they do not have the Dynamic Island feature. While unusual, this isn't the first time a software update adds features from a new iPhone to previous ones.
Last year in iOS 16, Apple added a battery percentage indicator for iPhone X and later versions. However, the iPhone mini and iPhone with an LCD display remained on the sidelines. With iOS 16.1, Apple has decided to enable a battery percentage indicator on all iPhone models that are compatible with this update.
Apple has added a flashlight to Dynamic Island for all devices in iOS 17.1! 🔦
Previously this was only available on pic.twitter.com/rRLwWTl5sS
— Brandon Butch (@BrandonButch) September 27, 2023
Learn more about iOS 17.1
iOS 17.1 introduces several interesting features. Users can now favorite songs and albums in Apple Music, and the app will create playlists with those songs. There's also a new ability to create cover art for your playlists directly from the Apple Music app.
iOS 17.1 also enables AirDrop over cellular data when another device moves out of Wi-Fi range. Additionally, it shows the balance and complete transaction history of bank accounts in the Wallet app for UK users. The update will be published in October.
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