In a first, iOS 17 is set to take iPhones where they have never been before

In an amazing U-turn, and for the first time ever, Apple will allow side-loading on iPhones with iOS 17 update. Here's why.

| Updated on: Apr 20 2023, 21:01 IST
Sports live to screen recording, here is what iOS 16.5 first public beta focuses on
iOS 16
1/5 iOS 16.4 update has been released for the iPhone users, and now Apple has started focusing on the next update- iOS 16.5. The company has even rolled out the first public beta of iOS 16.5 for testers. "Apple today (March 30) seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test out the software head of its official launch. The public betas come two days after Apple provided the betas to developers," a report by MacRumors stated. (Pixabay)
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2/5 In order to test the iOS 16.5 update, people who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can go to the Settings of their phone. Then click on General, select Software Update. Meanwhile, here is what the iOS 16.5 will bring to your iPhone. (HT Tech)
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3/5 My Sports tab in Apple News: It seems like with iOS 16.5 Beta 1, a new Sports tab can be found at the bottom of the screen which will let users keep up to date with the news and performance of their preferred sports teams. (Unsplash)
iOS 16.5
4/5 Screen recording by Siri: According to 9to5Mac, this update is expected to allow Siri to start screen recording without any manual intervention. All you need to do is simply say "Hey Siri, start screen recording", and it will start capturing what's on your screen. (Unsplash)
iOS 16
5/5 Sports multi-view on Apple TV: The iOS 16.5 Beta 1 can allow users to stream up to four different sports simultaneously, giving users an opportunity to catch all the action live. (Unsplash)
iOS 17
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iOS 17 is set to bring several new changes to your iPhones soon. (Pexels)

Apple iOS 17 update is likely to be announced during the WWDC 2023 event in June. So far, several leaksters have indicated what the next iOS update will bring to iPhone users. Major changes are expected to the Control Center, Focus Mode filters, Siri, notifications, Custom Accessibility, active widgets, CarKey, camera app, always-on-display, and a lot more. And over and above everything else and for the first time ever, iOS 17 update will allow 'sideloading of apps.'

This long-awaited feature, which has been available on Android, PC, and MacOS, would finally be allowed for iPhone users. They will be allowed to download apps from sources other than Apple's official App Store. Currently, the iPhone ecosystem is a closed system, restricting users to only download apps from Apple's App Store. This new update would enable users to download apps from external sources, marking a significant shift in the way iPhone users access applications.

However, as confirmed by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, it will be available only in the European Union (EU) in the initial phase.

Why Apple is bringing sideloading of apps on iPhones

For a long time, Apple has believed that enabling sideloading would compromise the security of its ecosystem and leave iPhone users vulnerable to malware, scams, and other forms of hacking. A few years back, Apple's CEO Tim Cook even mentioned that sideloading of apps would "destroy the security of the iPhone." Android is held up as an example of how things can go wrong.

Now, to comply with the new European regulations, Apple is planning to introduce sideloading support. The new European regulations have compelled Apple to take action. The Digital Markets Act of the European Union, set to take effect in 2024, represents a significant overhaul of the EU's digital regulations. It mandates that big tech firms open up their services and platforms to other developers, providing users with the option to download apps from diverse sources.

Will it be applicable to other countries? There is no information yet on whether Apple will bring sideloading of apps to iPhones in countries other than Europe.

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First Published Date: 20 Apr, 21:00 IST
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