By Julie Clover
Apple's iOS 17.1, iPadOS 17.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1, tvOS 17.1, watchOS 10.1 and HomePod Software 17.1 updates are expected to be released to the public tomorrow after several weeks of beta testing. We expect the software to launch at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, which is when Apple typically releases updates.
It includes new features for Apple Music song favorites, new options to leave the display on in standby mode, and a feature Screen Time should work better on all devices. There are also a few bug fixes, so if you were having trouble searching in the Messages app or with persistent images on the new iPhone 15 models, you should download the update immediately.
If you have an Apple Watch, then in fact, watchOS 10.1 will bring some of the best features. The update includes NameDrop support for quickly sharing contact information with another person, and also adds Double Tap functionality on the latest models. Double tap lets you place your index finger and thumb together to answer phone calls and bring up the Smart Stack.
macOS Sonoma Version 14.1 brings several bug fixes, and if you have the original version of HomePod or HomePod mini, you'll be pleased to know that HomePod Version 17.1 adds the Enhance Dialogue feature to these devices. When HomePod used as an Apple TV speaker, Enhance Dialogue reduces background noise and music during calls so you can better hear what's being said.
We've got a full rundown of all the new features coming to iOS. 17.1 in our guide to iOS 17.1 beta features. Apple is already working on iOS 17.2, so we could see new beta features as soon as this week, following the release of iOS 17.1 and related updates.
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