Apple Seeds First Public Beta of iOS 17.2 With Journal App

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2 updates to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to try out the software ahead of its release. The public iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2 betas come a day after Apple released the betas for developers.

iOS 17
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.

iOS 17.2 adds the Journal app designed to let iPhone and iPad users record their daily activities and thoughts. Apple offers prompts that can be used as inspiration, and journal entires can be outfitted with images, voice recordings, location tags, and more.

Collaborative playlists are now available in Apple Music so you can create playlists that multiple people contribute to, and there's also now a Favorites playlist that has all the music you've favorited. Stickers can be used as tapback reactions in the Messages app, the Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro models can now be set to a new Translate function, and Apple has implemented support for iMessage Contact Key Verification.

There are new Weather and Clock widgets, tweaks to the TV app, updates to Message syncing across devices, new Memoji options, and more, with the full list of features we've found so far available in our iOS 17.2 beta features article.

Apple has also released new public betas of tvOS 17.2 and watchOS 10.2.

Related Roundups: iOS 17, iPadOS 17
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Top Rated Comments

kendo88 Avatar
7 months ago
Probably need to update the article, as it suggests the app is available for iPad.

Crazy that a journal app isn’t made with the Apple Pencil front and centre
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FrozenDarkness Avatar
7 months ago
it’s an absolute joke that this isn’t available on the ipad… you know… the hardware device that has a keyboard. i don’t know what apple is thinking.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bfarmer38119 Avatar
7 months ago
Well, very disappointing that Journal is not on the iPad. Such a good platform to use.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikebenton Avatar
7 months ago
I'm sure one day it will be a nice app. Apple likes to slow roll their features. Look how long it took them to allow you to crossfade songs. And when they finally do release a feature that should have been there out of the gate, they'll tell you about how magical it all is.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boswald Avatar
7 months ago
I don’t think I could stand texting all my thoughts through a small phone screen. This app seems like the perfect match for Apple Pencil and iPad.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OnePieceIsReal Avatar
7 months ago
Getting tired that their apps are only updated or released on whole new iOS updates and just not standalone app updates
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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