Apple continues to move forward with the beta testing of its upcoming update, iOS 17.2, and with it, the third beta brings a series of novelties and improvements to existing features. As version 17.2 of iOS follows an important update —such as the arrival of the Journal app, for example— we’re seeing quite a few minor changes throughout the system. Let’s gather, then, all the novelties of iOS 17.2 beta 3.
Small changes across various parts of the system
iOS 17.2, along with the rest of the systems, brings several changes to our devices. That’s precisely why we’re seeing so many small changes from beta to beta. Let’s remember that these updates will reach the general public in the upcoming weeks, before this year’s Christmas holidays, based on what we’ve seen in previous years. The list of novelties isn’t extensive, but it’s certainly interesting:
- Apple Music Updates: Now there’s an option to automatically add songs marked as favorites to our Music Library. This feature is enabled by default, but we can deactivate it if preferred. It’s an improvement in managing our music collection.
- Improvements in the Keyboard: In this version, an option has been added to disable inline predictions while typing. You can find it in Settings > General > Keyboard under the option Show Inline Predictions.
- Contact Posters in Phone and FaceTime: In the settings of Phone and FaceTime, there’s now an option to share our Name and Photo using the Contact Poster feature. You can choose to completely disable this function, share the data only with contacts, or activate the “Always Ask” option, which requests confirmation before sharing this information.
- Warning for Blocked Contacts in FaceTime: Now, if we join a FaceTime call that includes a blocked contact, we’ll receive a warning. The same applies when a blocked contact joins a call that we’re already in.
- Photos Permissions: Upon opening the Photos app after updating to iOS 17.2 beta 3, a message will appear requesting permission for Photos to access the Apple Music library. This allows Photos to use Apple Music to select songs for our memories. This was already happening in the past, but now we can decide whether to allow it.
- Note Collaboration via AirDrop: The internal code of iOS 17.2 beta 3 suggests the possibility of collaborating on Notes through AirDrop. Although this function is yet to be confirmed and tested, it indicates a step toward greater integration and ease of collaboration.
iOS 17.2 beta 3 reflects the evolution that this second version of the 17th operating system brings to our iPhones. While the list of novelties is moderate, these additions combine with all the novelties from beta 2 and the original novelties from the first beta. Ultimately, sooner rather than later, we’ll all get to enjoy these changes and whatever else is yet to come.