Apple Seeds 2nd Developers Beta of iOS 17.6 and iPadOS 17.6

Apple Rolls Out iOS 17.6 and iPadOS 17.6 Beta 1 to Developers

Apple released the second beta of iOS 17.6 and iPadOS 17.6 for developers to test. This update comes two weeks after the initial beta and follows the full implementation of features promised for iOS 17.

Since major features are likely reserved for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 – which will finally have the built-in calculator app, the focus of iOS 17.6 is expected to be on stability and performance improvements. No groundbreaking additions were found in the first beta except for ‘Catch Up on Apple TV‘ for sports enthusiasts, but it likely addresses bugs and optimizes system functions.

Those interested in testing the beta can enroll through the Settings app on their iPhone. A developer account with an associated Apple ID is required. With iOS 18 on the horizon, iOS 17.6 is likely to be the final major update for iOS 17 before the next major release in September 2024.

Here are the release notes:

Audio

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: Some bluetooth headphones might not be usable as an audio output route with certain AVAudioSession configurations. (129624040)

Camera and AVFoundation Capture

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed: AVCaptureDeviceRotationCoordinator returns incorrect values for videoRotationAngleForHorizonLevelCapture and videoRotationAngleForHorizonLevelPreview when using the Front Camera on iPad Air (6th generation) and iPad Pro (7th generation). (126887983)

MarketplaceKit

Resolved Issues

  • Fixed an issue where user notification fails to display when an app, with an expired license and installed from a marketplace, fails to launch. (129306666)
  • Fixed an issue where reinstalling an offloaded app from a marketplace might get stuck with a disabled home screen icon. (130278683)

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