iOS 17.1 beta 2 has been released, featuring new changes to StandBy and the return of ringtones that were missing in the first beta. The update includes all the new ringtones introduced in iOS 17, allowing users to set custom tones. However, the ringtones are still quiet compared to previous versions. Additionally, the update introduces new settings for StandBy in the Settings app, granting users the option to automatically turn off the display after 20 seconds or never. These new options are only available on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro with always-on displays. iOS 17.1 beta 2 also fixes an issue with Remote Widgets rendering blank on mismatched iOS and macOS releases. Moreover, it includes the new Double Tap feature for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.
iOS 17.1 beta 2 is now available for registered developers to update through the Settings app. It is expected to be released to public beta testers later in the week. Alongside this update, Apple has also released the second developer betas for watchOS 10.1, macOS Sonoma 14.1, tvOS 17.1, and iPadOS 17.1. Users can expect more coverage of the new features and changes in these updates throughout the week.
Despite the return of the ringtones, they are still relatively quiet compared to previous versions. However, iOS 17.1 beta 2 allows for the customization of tones, a feature that was missing in iOS 17. The update also introduces new options for StandBy in the Settings app, providing more control over when the display turns off. These options are only available on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro, which have always-on displays. Furthermore, the new beta version addresses a bug that caused Remote Widgets to appear blank on devices with mismatched iOS and macOS versions. It also includes the new Double Tap feature for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.