Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 betas to developers for testing purposes, with the updates coming a day after the launches of iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3.

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Registered developers are able to opt into the betas 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 Developer Beta. An Apple ID associated with a developer account is required to download and install the beta.

Apple has a March 6 deadline to introduce app sideloading in the European Union in order to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), and iOS 17.4 will add support for this. Sideloading will allow Apple users in Europe to download apps outside of the App Store, but the change will be limited to the EU and won't impact customers in other parts of the world.

There's no word yet on what else is included in iOS 17.4, but Apple's updates around this time often introduce new emoji characters. If there are indeed new emoji in the update, we can expect to see the Unicode 15.1 additions, which include phoenix, lime, an edible mushroom, shaking head vertically (as in a "yes" nod), shaking head horizontally (a "no" head shake), and broken chain.

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Top Rated Comments

theboyfrombonao Avatar
24 weeks ago
Apple needs to add a feature on 17.4 that after multiple times the thief attempts to turn off stolen device protection the front camera snap a picture of the thief and send it to the iPhone's owner iCloud account so the owner can get that picture from another device he or she owns so they can take it to the nearest police station
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PommeFruits Avatar
24 weeks ago

even on the one they release to the public
That's why I'm still running 8.4.1
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PommeFruits Avatar
24 weeks ago

New beta updates, new beta bugs
A beta has bugs? That's crazy!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iOS Geek Avatar
24 weeks ago

New beta updates, new beta bugs
And with how many things are being opened up by this update...I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up being one of the buggiest beta periods we've seen...

Then again, maybe if it's an absolute dumpster fire of an experience, maybe the EU might wake up and realize they made a mistake by dictating things they'd be better off keeping their noses out of.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PommeFruits Avatar
24 weeks ago

you know, they always come up with something new, if they don't brick your iPhone, they overheat the battery or make it run in slow performance
I know they're always purposely putting bugs in their beta software!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
theboyfrombonao Avatar
24 weeks ago
New beta updates, new beta bugs
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)