Apple recently released the second public betas of the anticipated iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 updates, offering public beta testers, who are not developers, an early opportunity to try out the new software features. This latest release arrives just one week after the debut of the first betas, highlighting Apple’s commitment to refining its software through public involvement.
For those eager to explore the latest updates, participating in the public beta is straightforward. Users need to navigate to the Settings app on their device, proceed to the Software Update section, select “Beta Updates”, and then enable the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Public Beta. To join, users must be registered on Apple’s beta testing website.
The introduction of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 marks a notable pivot in Apple’s approach within the European Union, embracing broader ecosystem changes. These updates herald the inclusion of options for alternative app stores and payment methods, a move that broadens user choice and flexibility. Additionally, the updates break new ground by offering users the ability to choose their default browser, opening NFC access to banks and financial institutions, and removing the obligation for browsers to utilize WebKit, Apple’s browser engine.
Beyond these ecosystem enhancements, the updates are packed with new features and improvements. Users can look forward to new emoji characters, the availability of Podcast transcripts, adjustments to Safari, and insights into the future of CarPlay, among other additions.
These updates are not just limited to iOS and iPadOS; Apple has also rolled out new public betas for tvOS 17.4, watchOS 10.4, and the HomePod 17.4 Software, ensuring a comprehensive update across its device ecosystem.