iOS 17 Issues, Features, Changes, Security Fixes, Bugs &More

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Posted in News by Patricia on September 18, 2023

iOS 17 update

iOS 17 build number 21A329 has been released by Apple for iPhone XS and later! It’s a major update that brings lots of new features, changes and improvements along with a fair share of issues, bugs and problems. We cover them all here!

iOS 17 Issues

ios 17 bugs
Before updating take a look at the problems reported by the early adopters, along with available workarounds:

  • 1. Media volume down also silences notification sounds, even if ringtones and alerts are set for high volume. Reported by AntonyOrtega.
  • 2. Downloaded or purchased ringtones not accessible in the text ringtone sections of sounds for bluestreakxp.
  • 3. CarPlay disconnects and reconnects unexpectedly and audio is lost in the process. Reported by theoreticaljerk.
    Workaround: End call and call back.
  • 4. Audio not working anymore after iOS 17 update for this Reddit user.
  • 5. Universal Control not working after iPadOS 17 update for a Reddit user.
  • 6. Custom text tones removed after RC update as reported by Nickraymvndo.
    Tip: Custom message tones set before updating to iOS 17 are still there. However, the option to assign it is gone and it’s unclear if this is a bug or not.
  • 7. Apple Music animated covers not working for some users.
    Fix:Turn off Increase Contrast in Settings -> Accessibility -> Display & Text Size.
  • 8. Fonts tab glitchy in Settings -> General. It appears slower than the rest of the tabs.
  • 9. StandBy mode not working after iOS 17 update?
    Important: Apple only claims that it’s available for devices with Always-On display.
  • 10. Clock faces not customizable in StandBy mode. Icon missing for liamotter.
    Workaround: Delete clock widget and re-add it!
  • 11. iMessage not working is an iOS 17 issue reported by some users. Issue seems to fix itself after some time.
  • 12. StandBy alarm snooze not working properly if music is playing while you set the alarm and enable StandBy mode. The Now Playing screen will prevent the alarm to ring for a second time if you use the snooze function. Reported by coyote_den.
  • 13. Face ID not working properly for some users after iOS 17 update.
  • 14. Cell and WiFi signal bars not showing in status bar after iOS 17 RC update!
    Workaround: Reboot iPhone.
  • 15. Tesla mobile key not working after iOS 17 update for willie_b21. (Seems to be an isolated case.)
    Fix: Un-pair and re-pair device a single time after the update.
  • 16. New text ringtones low volume issue. This should be fixed in the upcoming versions.
  • 17. Facebook Messenger calls not working. Microphone option is missing for Maxyonreddit.
  • 18. Notification center broken when playing music is one of the iOS 17 issues reported by pwnlxke.
  • 19. To be updated! (Contribute in the comments!)

iOS 17 Features

The new OS brings lots of updates and changes to most iPhone apps including Phone, Messages, and FaceTime.

In fact, we listed 293 new features!

StandBy mode brings a new full-screen experience with glanceable information provided while your iPhone is charging!

AirDrop is enhanced and makes it easier to share and connect with nearby users. It adds NameDrop for seamless contact sharing!

Enhancements to the keyboard allow entering text faster and easier!

iOS 17 also includes updates to Music, Widgets, Safari, AirPlay and more. The extended list, 74 changes are available in the print-screens uploaded here:

iOS 17 Bugs Fixed

Issues addressed in this release are tracked here:

  • 1. To be updated. (Contribute in the comments!)
  • Tip: More info can be also found in the Developer release notes.

iOS 17 Download

This update is available over-the-air:

  • 1. Open Settings -> General -> Software Update using a compatible iPhone.
  • 2. iOS 17 will show up on the Software Update screen.
  • 3. Tap Download and Install if you run an iOS 16.x version or Update Now if you’re already running an iOS 17 beta version!
  • 4. Agree with ToS, input Passcode and be patient until the new software is requested, downloaded, prepared, verified and installed on your device!

Have you installed iOS 17 on iPhone or iPad? What’s your favorite new feature? Do you encounter problems or have questions? Share your feedback in the comments!

Related: Apple has also seeded iPadOS 17 (21A329), macOS Sonoma 14 (23A339), watchOS 10 (21R356), tvOS 17 (21J354) and HomePod 17 (21J354).

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