Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second betas of upcoming iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming two weeks after Apple released the first betas.

iOS 17
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.

Most of the features that Apple promised would be coming in ‌iOS 17‌ have now been released, but iOS 17.5 adds additional app ecosystem changes in the European Union. App developers can offer apps for download on the iPhone directly from their websites, in addition to through app marketplaces.

There are also code changes that hint at new Apple Pencils and a Battery Health feature for the iPad, with more information on what's new available in our iOS 17.5 beta features post.

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Top Rated Comments

LlamaLarry Avatar
6 weeks ago
Maybe, but doing it this late has trained the user base to trust the App Store by default and will always likely be the lions share of app downloads well after the new process becomes available worldwide. I would bet most users have very little interest in browsing the web to find apps versus one stop shopping that also ends up generating revenue for Apple.
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Realityck Avatar
6 weeks ago
[SPOILER="iOS & iPadOS 17.5 Beta 2 Release Notes"]
[HEADING=2]Accessibility ('')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved Issues ('')[/HEADING]

* Fixed: Accessibility AbleNet Hook+ Assistive switch MFi Accessory wired connection when connected to iPhone or iPad might not work.

[HEADING=2]Core Motion ('')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]New Features ('')[/HEADING]

* To respect users’ privacy, apps calling CMAltimeter’s startRelativeAltitudeUpdatesToQueue and stopRelativeAltitudeUpdates are now required to include the NSMotionUsageDescription ('') string in their plist in order to receive data.
Apps built with SDKs prior to iOS 17.5 and watchOS 10.5 without the NSMotionUsageDescription string in their plists will not receive data.
Apps built with iOS 17.5 and watchOS 10.5 or later will crash if they do not have the NSMotionUsageDescriptionstring in their plist as described in CMAltimeter (''). (125573971)

[HEADING=2]StoreKit ('')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Resolved Issues ('')[/HEADING]

* Fixed an issue where the Terms of Service button on SubscriptionStoreView could cause a crash when tapped. (123383479)

[HEADING=2]Wallpaper ('')[/HEADING]
[HEADING=3]Known Issues ('')[/HEADING]

* Add New Wallpaper sheet does not load any content after restoring device. (126299569)
Workaround: Reboot device and change the wallpaper from Lock Screen. Please see Change your iPhone wallpaper ('').

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OnePieceIsReal Avatar
6 weeks ago
That new Apple Pencil better be supported on the m1+ iPads
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
6 weeks ago
Finally we get to see what has changed with beta 2? OTA is almost done here.
To devs today

* iOS 17.5 beta 2 (21F5058e) - April 16, 2024
* iPadOS 17.5 beta 2 (21F5058e) - April 16, 2024
* macOS 14.5 beta 2 (23F5059e) - April 16, 2024
* tvOS 17.5 beta 2 (21L5553e) - April 16, 2024
* visionOS 1.2 beta 2 (21O5565d) - April 16, 2024
* watchOS 10.5 beta 2 (21T5555d) - April 16, 2024
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