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Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 17.6 and iPadOS 17.6 updates to public beta testers, with the betas coming a few days after the initial iOS and iPadOS 17.6 developer betas.

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Public beta testers can get the beta by opening up the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping on the "Beta Updates" option, and toggling on the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Public Beta. Signing up on Apple's beta testing website is required.

The new additions Apple promised for iOS 17 have all been implemented at this point, so it is not clear what will be included in iOS 17.6, and no features were discovered in the developer beta.

With Apple now shifting its focus to iOS 18, it is likely that iOS 17.6 will include bug fixes and other under-the-hood improvements.

Apple has also seeded the first public betas of upcoming watchOS 10.6 and tvOS 17.6 updates.

Article Link: Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 17.6
 
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winxmac

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iOS 17.6 and succeeding updates could just be security fixes and under the hood improvements... Very little chance of new features since majority of focus is on iOS 18...

This is the first time I have used iOS 17, specifically iOS 17.5.1 on iPhone 13 Pro after using iOS 16 with iOS 16.7 as the latest update I was able to install on my iPhone 14 Pro Max so I don't have any idea regarding battery life since switching to a different device with physically smaller battery...
 

zorinlynx

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We've entered the time of year hardly anyone cares about the iOS N betas, since the iOS N+1 betas are out.

Are there any visible changes in this or should I just wait for full release?
 

Reeneman

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Yeah I'm hoping these can fix the bugs I have all over the place in iOS17. It still feels like this is a .0 or .1 release with how many issues still exist. Usually they (generally) had them ironed out this late.
What kind of bugs? Not going to protect Apple here but also annoyed by people who claiming for huge „bugs“ the whole time. An OS will never be 100% perfect.
You will neither find this with iOS 18, 19.2, 20.4 or whatever.
 

CaptainFS

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What kind of bugs? Not going to protect Apple here but also annoyed by people who claiming for huge „bugs“ the whole time. An OS will never be 100% perfect.
You will neither find this with iOS 18, 19.2, 20.4 or whatever.
I'm using my Logitech mouse a lot. Left mouse button just stops working until I completely restart my iPad.
Shortcuts simply stop working, until I restart the ipad.
Wierd vague system behaviour when rotating the screen.
Widgets stop working during the day.
Network problems, where my other devices have no problems at all, until I restart the device.
I use dual sim on my iPhone 15 pro: it's a pain in ios17, I have to restart multiple times, otherwise no network is found. Sometimes the network stack just crashes. All in all since iOS 17, working (I work on my iPad) has been a big pain in the you-know-what.
 

Danilamak

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I'm using my Logitech mouse a lot. Left mouse button just stops working until I completely restart my iPad.
Shortcuts simply stop working, until I restart the ipad.
Wierd vague system behaviour when rotating the screen.
Widgets stop working during the day.
Network problems, where my other devices have no problems at all, until I restart the device.
I use dual sim on my iPhone 15 pro: it's a pain in ios17, I have to restart multiple times, otherwise no network is found. Sometimes the network stack just crashes. All in all since iOS 17, working (I work on my iPad) has been a big pain in the you-know-what.
+ stage manager crashes a lot
+ language management is a mess, keyboard showing that i type in English but in reality it’s other language
+ spotlight unpredictable misses results
+ FaceTime crashes when i share screen
+ keyboard somehow stops from entering words in the same time system keys works fine

RESART RESTART RESTART
 

CaptainFS

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I forgot: Face ID has gotten worse and worse. I have a success rate of less than 50% when unlocking my phone. Constantly entering the unlock code because my face wasn’t recognized. I got so fed up that I have now permanently disabled it. In the Apple store they acknowledged the problem, but couldn't find anything.
 
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Böhme417

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What kind of bugs? Not going to protect Apple here but also annoyed by people who claiming for huge „bugs“ the whole time. An OS will never be 100% perfect.
You will neither find this with iOS 18, 19.2, 20.4 or whatever.
  • Squared off notifications are more frequent. They seem to come and go with each release. Why is this so hard to fix?
  • 17.5.1 introduced weird wifi and cellular issues for me. My phone won't stay connected to wifi (various access points), and I'm also having cellular issues where I supposedly have signal, but nothing will load. A restart will fix the issues temporarily. I've reset network settings, but that didn't help.
  • I don't know when this started happening, but I've been having GPS issues where my location does not update fast enough. In various apps—Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, etc.—the location lags, and my position will jump around.
  • Rotation lock will randomly turn back on after I have turned it off.
 
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heikkipekka

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What kind of bugs? Not going to protect Apple here but also annoyed by people who claiming for huge „bugs“ the whole time. An OS will never be 100% perfect.
You will neither find this with iOS 18, 19.2, 20.4 or whatever.
My iPhone 13 mini hangs often when in Camera app. It really comes in the way when I need to quickly photograph my kid and my phone just hangs.
 

stephanjp

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iOS 17.6 and succeeding updates could just be security fixes and under the hood improvements... Very little chance of new features since majority of focus is on iOS 18...

This is the first time I have used iOS 17, specifically iOS 17.5.1 on iPhone 13 Pro after using iOS 16 with iOS 16.7 as the latest update I was able to install on my iPhone 14 Pro Max so I don't have any idea regarding battery life since switching to a different device with physically smaller battery...
Aaron says they fixed the Stand By bug.
 

AbSoluTc

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  • Squared off notifications are more frequent. They seem to come and go with each release. Why is this so hard to fix?
  • 17.5.1 introduced weird wifi and cellular issues for me. My phone won't stay connected to wifi (various access points), and I'm also having cellular issues where I supposedly have signal, but nothing will load. A restart will fix the issues temporarily. I've reset network settings, but that didn't help.
  • I don't know when this started happening, but I've been having GPS issues where my location does not update fast enough. In various apps—Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, etc.—the location lags, and my position will jump around.
  • Rotation lock will randomly turn back on after I have turned it off.
The square off notifications has been going on for 2 years now. I don't understand why this can't be fixed and how they allowed it to continue for so long. I also randomly get cellular/wifi issues - specifically when I am on WIFI making a FT call, the phone will drop WIFI and switch to Cellular for some reason? Resulting in terrible/dropped calls.
 

Reeneman

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The square off notifications has been going on for 2 years now. I don't understand why this can't be fixed and how they allowed it to continue for so long. I also randomly get cellular/wifi issues - specifically when I am on WIFI making a FT call, the phone will drop WIFI and switch to Cellular for some reason? Resulting in terrible/dropped calls.
That’s true. The squared notifications are disgusting.
There seems to be a general issue with the rendering of the buttons itself.
Have no hope to see a fix in any of the iOS 17 releases anymore.
Does somebody tried out the iOS 18 beta? Are the squared ones fixed here?

I run the beta on a second test phone but due to the lack of frequent notifications I’m not really able to report a fix here.
 

ScooterComputer

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Anyone using/testing AirPods Pro with Audio Accessibility Headphone Accommodations Custom Transparency Mode feature (aka using AirPods Pro as hearing “aides”)? Since 17.5.1 (I skipped 17.5), I’m seeing a persistent but not yet repeatable bug (ie it happens continually, but I’ve been unable to pinpoint what triggers it) whereby the feature, enabled, gets disabled. Sometimes the feature, once enabled, works for days… other times it disables itself mere seconds after exiting the Settings pane after being enabled (literally enable, go back, go back in and it’s disabled).

Which sucks for folks like me that have been relying on that feature to help boost sound to overcome slight hearing impairment (in one ear, in my case). When you’re already hearing impaired, and this happens, you’re not really aware… because you don’t know what you don’t know… you just can’t hear other people very good during conversations, only to frustratingly discover it’s because the AirPod is now isolating rather than being in Transparency Mode.

The issue either did not exist or occurred significantly less with iOS 17.4.1 and earlier. However, over the past several years Apple has rather consistently broken Audio Accessibility features, even late into OS cycles (belying their claims of devotion to accessibility; clearly they don’t unit test for Accessibility features).
 

ifxf

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I forgot: Face ID has gotten worse and worse. I have a success rate of less than 50% when unlocking my phone. Constantly entering the unlock code because my face wasn’t recognized. I got so fed up that I have now permanently disabled it. In the Apple store they acknowledged the problem, but couldn't find anything.
I have a different issue. Every morning my iphone requires the unlock code while my ipad only needs the code after a reboot.
 
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