Here are all the new features revealed from the first beta

iOS 17.5 Beta 1 is available. Apple is making some notable changes to its operating system, especially for European users.

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iOS 17 updates follow each other and are not the same. The latest, iOS 17.4, brought many new features, most notable for European users. In fact it is she who begins to incorporate his demands Digital Markets Law (DMA) entered into force on 6 March 2024 in Europe. We remind you that the text requires American technology giants, including Apple, to do so modify their services and systems to, among other things, open it up to competition. Thanks to this it is possible to install applications outside the App Store, for example.

The next iOS update continues this momentum. Available for developers, iOS 17.5 beta 1 it's not as impressive as the previous one, but it still offers some notable changes, either in terms of the interface or the features offered to iPhone owners. As with iOS 17.4, it is important to note that some changes only apply to Europe. This is precisely the case of the most important.

iOS 17.5 adds a lot of new features to iPhones, especially in Europe

We knew the functionality was coming, and it's iOS 17.5 that takes care of it. From this version, it will be possible to download an application directly from a website. Currently, no developer offers it. It must be said thatApple imposes drastic terms to have the right, e.g.Be a member in good standing of the Apple Developer Program for two or more consecutive years and have an app that had more than 1 million annual first installs on iOS in the EU in the previous calendar yearSuffice it to say, there aren't many contenders.

Also Read – iOS 17.4: Europe launches investigation after iPhone web apps are removed

Let's also not forget that the latter will also have to pay what Apple calls fees for key technologies (CFT). They amount to €0.50 per app install over 1 million in the last 12 months. After some calculations, the developers have already announced itthey will never release apps outside of the App Store. However, the possibility will exist very soon.

The iOS 17.5 update aims to combat unwanted trackers and changes the system design slightly

You probably know it AirTagthese small round devices serve as GPS beacon to find lost or stolen items. Most of the time, they are very convenient and sometimes save thousands of euros in fees. Unfortunately, they are also used by people with bad intentions to track you. Apple knows this and iOS 17.5 includes a feature for detect this type of abuse.

If the system detects a suspicious tracker, whether it is an AirTag or not, it will display the following message: “cand the item is not certified on Apple's Find My network. You can disable it and prevent it from sharing its location with the owner. To do this, follow the instructions provided on a website by the manufacturer of this item“. The option is not active right now, but it will likely be when the update is finally released.

Also Read – Your Android smartphone will warn you if you are being tracked using Apple AirTag

Finally, we note some subtle changes ininterface d'iOS. In practice Livresthe icon Reading target it is no longer exactly the same in the top navigation bar. Same for the submenu Access to identification keys In Privacy and security. If you listen to podcasts using Apple's exclusive app, you'll notice that the latter's widget now has dynamic background. Its color changes depending on those present on the currently playing program icon.

The update iOS 17.5 should be available to everyone from mid to late May. We don't yet know if it will include any new features other than those listed here. What is certain, however, is that it will be the last before the arrival of iOS 18, available this fall only on these iPhone models.

Source: 9to5Mac

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