Apple says iOS 17.5 will arrive “soon” with these new features for iPhones

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Apple announced today that iOS 17.5 will be released to the public “soon,” after more than a month of beta testing. Although the software update is relatively minor, it has some new features and changes as described in the list below.

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“The new Pride Radiance watch face and iPhone and iPad wallpapers will be available soon with watchOS 10.5, iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5,” Apple said in its press release introducing a new Pride Edition band for on Apple Watch.

Below, we’ve rounded up everything new in the iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 betas so far.

Web distribution

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Starting with the second beta of iOS 17.5, eligible developers can distribute their iOS apps to iPhone users located in the EU directly on the web, rather than through the App Store or a marketplace. alternative applications.

“Web distribution” is limited to larger developers based in the EU. To qualify for this distribution method, Apple says a developer must have been a member of the Apple Developer Program for two continuous years or more and have an app that had more than one million annual installs on iOS in the EU in the previous calendar year.

“Web Distribution” builds on the alternative app markets that Apple already allows on the iPhone in the EU starting with iOS 17.4. Apple has made these app-related changes to comply with the EU Digital Markets Act.

quartiles

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iOS 17.5 includes a fun addition for Apple News+ subscribers: a daily pun called Quartiles.

Quartiles tasks you with combining tiles to form words and earn points. Each puzzle starts with a grid of 20 tiles, and words can be formed from one to four tiles. A quartile is a four-tile word, and if you find all five in each puzzle, you get a bonus of 40 points. The web page Gadget Hacks shared a walkthrough of the game with more details.

Quartiles is the third puzzle game included with an Apple News+ subscription, along with Crossword and Crossword Mini. Starting with iOS 17.5 beta, all three games integrate with Game Center to display leaderboards.

On an iPhone updated to iOS 17.5 beta, quartiles can be found in the Apple News app under the Next Puzzles tab. The game is also available on iPad and Mac starting with beta versions of iPadOS 17.5 and macOS 14.5.

Apple News+ is available in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK, but the puzzle games seem to be limited to the US and Canada at the moment.

Repair mode

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iOS 17.5 introduces a “Repair Status” option that lets you send an iPhone to service without turning off Find My and Activation Lock.

Apple podcast widget that changes color

While listening to a podcast in iOS 17.5 beta, the background color of the Apple Podcasts widget changes to match the cover of the podcast. This feature was first added in iOS 17.4 beta, but was removed before this update was released.

Management of mobile devices

As noted by Aaron PerrisMDM solutions can apply an iOS beta during device auto-enrollment starting with iOS 17.5 beta.

Code changes

Battery health menu for future iPads

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The first beta version of iPadOS 17.5 added several new references to an iPad Battery Health menu, but the feature is not yet visible. The menu is expected to display the maximum remaining capacity of an iPad’s battery and the charge cycle count.

A sample of the code strings added in iPadOS 17.5 beta:

  • “iPad should be used regularly while not connected to power to show maximum capability.”
  • “This is the number of times the iPad has used battery capacity.”
  • “iPad battery works as expected.”
  • “iPad batteries, like all rechargeable batteries, have a limited lifespan and may need to be repaired or replaced.”
  • “The original battery was designed to hold X capacity over X cycles under ideal conditions. Actual battery performance depends on a number of variables, including how the iPad is regularly used and charged. The warranty one year includes service for defective batteries in addition to the rights provided by local consumer laws.”

There is no visible battery status menu on existing iPad models running iPadOS 17.5 beta, which leads us to believe that the menu may be limited to the expected new iPad Pro and iPad Air models that launch this month, and probably to other new iPads. released in the future. Apple has shown information about the battery capacity of iPhones for many years, but currently the cycle count information is limited to the latest iPhone 15 series.

New Apple Pencil

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In the iPadOS 17.5 beta, there are potential references to a new fourth-generation Apple Pencil, amid rumors that the accessory will be updated soon.

The beta includes a hidden code reference to a “V4” version of the Apple Pencil:

NumberOfApplePencilV1ConnectionsCount
NumberOfApplePencilV2ConnectionsCount
NumberOfApplePencilV3ConnectionsCount
NumberOfApplePencilV4ConnectionsCount

A new Apple Pencil is rumored to launch alongside the updated iPad Pro and iPad Air models this month. Apple refers to the USB-C version of the Apple Pencil released last year as the third-generation Apple Pencil in iOS code, so the fourth-generation model would be a new version that would likely succeed the Apple Pencil from second generation

Additional code in the iOS 17.5 beta suggests that the Apple Pencil could get a “push” gesture for certain actions, and haptic feedback is also expected.

Third Party Item Tracking Alerts

AirTag and iPhone notification feature
Apple and Google jointly announced a proposed industry specification last year to help combat the misuse of Bluetooth item trackers for unwanted tracking of people. As part of this initiative, Apple promised to extend AirTag-like “Found Moving With You” alerts to third-party item trackers in a future software update, which happens to be iOS 17.5.

The first iOS 17.5 beta added references to alerts for third-party item trackers. For example: “You can disable this item and prevent it from sharing its location with the owner. To do this, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of this item on a website.”

Tile, Chipolo, Samsung, Eufy and Pebblebee expressed support for the industry specification, according to Apple’s announcement last year.

In related news, Google launched its own Find My Device network last month.

Block all participants from group FaceTime calls

iOS 17.5 beta code indicates that there may be a new “Block all participants” option for group FaceTime calls, which could help users fight spam.


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