Apple has released the second release candidate (RC) update for iOS 17.1, specifically targeting iPhone 15 series devices. This is unusual, as Apple typically releases a stable build after the release candidate. However, it appears that a bug remained unresolved, prompting Apple to release a second RC.
The new Release Candidate (RC) build for iPhone 15 has the build number 21B77, up from 21B74. It’s a minor update for testers, and those on the beta or RC build can easily transition to the new build.
There is an anticipation that this update will address the automatic shutdown issues observed on the iPhone 15.
Noteworthy changes in iOS 17.1 include:
- Music: Users can now more easily add favorite songs, albums, and playlists. There’s also an option to filter favorites in the library and add songs to favorites from the lock screen’s now playing widget. Song suggestions will be displayed at the bottom of each playlist.
- StandBy: New controlling options are introduced, specifically for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models.
- AirDrop: The feature now supports the continuation of content transfers over the internet if the user moves out of AirDrop’s range.
This update also brings along various other improvements and bug fixes. Among these are better reliability of Screen Time settings sync, crash detection optimizations for iPhone 14 and 15, and fixes for display image persistence, known as screen burn-in.
The iOS 17.1 release candidate will soon be available for iPhone users with beta updates enabled. For those on the iOS 17 public build, there’s no need to turn on beta updates, as the official version is expected to be released the following week.
For checking the update, users can navigate to:
Settings > General > Software Update. It’s recommended to backup data and charge the device to a minimum of 50% before updating.