Although iOS 17.1 is a minor update compared to the launch of iOS 17 last month, it does bring some minor changes to iPhones. One tweak fixes an annoying AirDrop feature that could prevent transfers if devices go off Wi-Fi; now, AirDrop transfer between two iPhones can continue on the cellular connection. The update also brings a new Favorites feature to Apple Music, allowing users to favorite songs, artists, albums, and playlists. The app will include these preferences in its default settings and will now add music suggestions at the end of the playlist. Dynamic cover art that shows the songs in the playlist has also been added to Apple Music.
Other new features include the ability to select a disc for Lock Screen’s Photo Shuffle, Home key support for Lock Matter, and better syncing across devices to set Screen Time. These updates fix glitches that cause the keyboard to become unresponsive, create a screen display, and enable the Location key to be reset when using the Apple Watch. Additionally, bugs that cause caller names to sometimes not appear during calls and cause some music and shopping to not show up when the audio type options are changed.
This update helps detect damage to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models. For people who own the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, this update will give them more control over the StandBy feature that can be used when the phone is turned off. . iOS 17.1 also extends the availability of the flashlight icon on Dynamic Island to all compatible iPhones.