The iOS 17.1 update will make Reachability look way better on iPhones with Dynamic Island

Apple's upcoming iOS 17.1 update is going to make a change to the way Reachability looks on iPhones with Dynamic Islands to make it look better.

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Apple's iOS 17.1 update is now available to beta testers and it's starting to look like it'll bring with it a few notable improvements once it arrives, likely next month. One of the changes that hadn't been highlighted until today is a tweak that will change the way that the Reachability looks on some iPhones.

The Reachability feature is designed to make it easier for people to reach interface elements that are at the top of the screen, especially on larger devices like the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The feature moves everything down temporarily and currently uses the iPhone's wallpaper to fill the void. Except that can look pretty bad on devices with the Dynamci Island because it draws attention to it - and that's all changing with iOS 17.1.

The iOS 17.1 update will make Reachability look way better on iPhones with Dynamic Island 02

As reported by MacRumors and based on a post to Reddit, the Reachability feature will gain a new solid black background when it's invoked on a device that has the Dynamic Island. That includes the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. On devices that don't have a Dynamic Island, Apple still shows the blurred version of the wallpaper.

It isn't yet clear when Apple will release the iOS 17.1 update to the public, but it's likely to be within the next few weeks if it follows its previous release cadence. It'll bring with it some other new features including improvements to Apple Music, AirDrop, NameDrop, and more. There's also support for showing a bank balance and transactions for select UK banks in the Wallet app, too.

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Based in the UK, Oliver has been writing about technology, entertainment, and games for more than a decade. If there's something with a battery or a plug, he's interested. After spending too much money building gaming PCs, Oliver switched to Apple and the Mac - and now spends too much on those instead.

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