What's new in iOS 17.5?

After several weeks off, Apple's servers have been offering new beta versions of its upcoming systems since last night. For its part, iOS 17.5 (build 21F5048f) is preparing some small surprises!

iOS apps directly on websites

The latest beta version adds support for installing apps directly from a developer's website. Last month, Apple confirmed the ability for users to download iPhone apps from the web.

He also announced that developers will soon be able to do so distribute apps directly from their website. But for this they must respond various criteria set by Apple :

– be a member of the Apple development program for at least two consecutive years,
– you have an app with more than 1 million first installs on iOS in the EU in the previous year,
– commitment to ongoing requirements such as publishing transparent data collection policies;
– fulfillment of certain obligations (non-exhaustive list set by Apple: respond to Apple's communications about applications distributed via web distribution, have a transparent data collection policy, comply with laws, etc.)

App Store

Applications distributed in this manner must also meet the Apple Notary Requirements -like all other iOS and macOS apps. Finally, they can only be installed from a web domain registered with App Store Connect.

Finally, authorized developers will have access to APIs to facilitate application distribution from the web, integration with system functions, backup and recovery… This feature will be available later this spring.

new system to disable unwanted trackers

The beta hides references to new anti-harassment features in Locate. The app will recognize tracking accessories, even when they're not certified by Apple, and help users turn them off.

This is how we find it next messagewhich could appear after a notification (or in a system link): This item is not certified on the Apple Find My network. You can disable this item and prevent its location from being shared with the owner. To do this, follow the instructions provided on a website by the manufacturer of this item.

The option doesn't appear to be currently active, but it does show Cupertino's ongoing work on the topict. In addition, some manufacturers such as Samsung, Tile, Chipolo, Eufy and Pebblebee have expressed their support for this type of technology, which would allow them to market their products – with less legal pressure.

What's new in iOS 17.5?

interface changes

Finally, we observe some tweaks to the interface. For example, in the Books app, Apple redesigned the icon Reading target in the top navigation bar.

What's new in iOS 17.5?

In the Settings app, there is a new glyph for the menu Access to identification keys yours Privacy and security. In this section, you will find Applications that have requested to be able to determine the websites and applications for which you have registered identification keys will appear here.

What's new in iOS 17.5?

A new background for the Podcast widget
A new background for the Podcast widget

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