Apple today released the second beta of upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates to developers for testing purposes, and like all new betas for a major point update, the software includes a number of small tweaks and changes as Apple refines the operating systems ahead of launch. We’ve aggregated everything new that we’ve found in the second beta so far.
This is technically a feature from the first beta, but the update screen now shows more information about beta software. It includes details about joining a beta program and backing up before you install beta software.
Various Apple-designed apps are utilizing a tips feature that provides details on available functionality. In the Messages app, for example, there’s a tip about sending a message by talking instead of typing with Siri.
When AirDropping, there’s a suggestion to hold the phone near another phone if you don’t see people nearby.
In the Systems Settings section of the Location privacy options, there is a new “MicroLocation” option. Apple does not explain what this is. App Clips Location Confirmation has disappeared as an option, as has Standby Clock Faces.
Messages Check In
In the Messages section of the Settings app, Apple has changed the wording of the data options for the Check-In feature. Options are now “Full” and “Limited,” rather than “Current location only” and “All locations visited.
Limited data is described as current location and details about battery and network signal, while Full includes all limited data plus route traveled and location of last iPhone unlock and Apple Watch removal.
Activating Crossfade for Apple Music in the Settings app no longer crashes the Settings app, plus there is a customizable length for the Crossfade feature.
There’s now an option to toggle off notifications when in StandBy mode. Notifications classified as “Critical” will be delivered even when the feature is off.
Other New Features
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