Apple Seeds Second Public Beta of iOS 17.2 With Journal App and More

Apple today seeded the second 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 second iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2 public betas come two weeks after Apple released the first public 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.

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 entries 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.

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Top Rated Comments

cocky jeremy Avatar
7 months ago

How’s the Journal app coming along? Still functionally incomplete?
It's basically a self Instagram. lol. There's almost nothing to it. Like they reskinned the notes app and changed the icon and called it a day.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
7 months ago

I do and have used developer and public betas for years on my primary devices. Never had an issue.

*knocks on wood
And that was the last we saw him online for a while.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cbcasas Avatar
7 months ago
Burn-in issue is back on my 15PM after 17.2. Reverting to 17.1.1 has fixed the issue
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuruZac Avatar
7 months ago

I would never use any betas (public or private) on your primary device, but you can if its just a "play machine" without any data on it that you wouldn't mind possibly losing.
I do and have used developer and public betas for years on my primary devices. Never had an issue.

*knocks on wood
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaveMcM76 Avatar
7 months ago

The Journal app is supposed to install with this latest Beta but, like you, it did not install on my iPad.
Journal app is iPhone only - don’t know if it will come to iPad at a later date or not, but seems daft for it not to. Then again iPad still doesn’t have a native calculator app, so who knows…
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
7 months ago

Anyone been using public beta's on their primary device? Was thinking about starting since I have so many bugs with the official releases I thought I might start submitting more feedback? or do they even listen? haha
You'll never know if they do, and if you can't spend a lot of time providing technical detailed feedback, I wouldn't bother.

However if you are in a hurry to fix a bug, the final RC is usually pretty safe, especially if you wait a day or so to be sure they don't pull it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)