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iOS 17.5 beta update for iPhone rolled out - All the details

Apple's iOS 17.5 update is in beta testing, set to release in May. Here's what you need to know about its release, key additions, and anticipated changes.

| Updated on: May 01 2024, 18:37 IST
iPhone 15 Pro spatial video feature out with iOS 17.2; Know to use it with Vision Pro headset
 iOS 17.5 beta
1/5 With the iOS 17.2 update, Apple introduced the spatial video feature to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max versions. It is a video format which will be used to capture videos for the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset. (Apple)
 iOS 17.5 beta
2/5 Apple says the spatial videos give a near-3D experience to the users. It simply transforms ordinary clips into immersive experiences by capturing 30 frames per second at 1080p which also uses advanced techniques and HEVC compression to make the viewing experience more fun for the users.  (Apple)
 iOS 17.5 beta
3/5 To activate the feature, go to the settings on your iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max and then go to camera. Tap on “Formats” and scroll down, there you will find “spatial video for Apple Vision Pro.” Now, simply turn on the toggle to activate the feature. (Apple)
 iOS 17.5 beta
4/5 Now, capture spatial videos, open the camera app on your iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max and switch to video mode. In the viewfinder, you will see a headset icon, tap on that, to capture videos in spatial format. Now simply tap on the red button to start recording spatial videos.  (Apple)
 iOS 17.5 beta
5/5 Note that spatial videos on iPhone 15 Pro will appear like normal video, however, when you switch the Vision Pro headset, you will be experiencing these videos in a 3D format. Users can easily find spatial videos on their iPhone’s Photos app under the new Spatial album. The videos will be synced through all of your devices with iCloud. (Bloomberg)
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iOS 17.5 beta rolls out with new features, including web distribution and anti-stalking capabilities. (Apple)

Apple is rolling out the beta testing phase for iOS 17.5, offering developers and public beta users a sneak peek at its new features. The update is anticipated to hit devices sometime next month. Previous trends suggest a mid-May release, aligning with past x.5 updates such as iOS 16.5 on May 18, iOS 15.5 on May 16, iOS 14.5 on April 26, and iOS 13.5 on May 20. As of April 17, four beta versions of iOS 17.5 have been rolled out.

New Features and Changes in iOS 17.5

Among the key additions in iOS 17.5 is the introduction of Web Distribution within the European Union, enabling users to install applications directly from developers' websites. This feature, announced by Apple last month, requires developers to opt into updated App Store business terms, including a Core Technology Fee of 0.50 euro for every first annual installation exceeding one million in the preceding 12 months. Despite Apple confirming support for Web Distribution in the beta, no developers have yet utilised this feature, 9to5Mac reported

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Additions to Apple News+ in iOS 17.5

In the Apple News app, subscribers in the United States and Canada will discover a new word game called "Quartiles" after updating to iOS 17.5. This joins the roster of games available on Apple News+, including daily crossword and crossword mini games introduced last year. Additionally, iOS 17.5 integrates Game Center with these games, allowing users to view leaderboards for Daily Solve Time and Daily Score stats.

The update also brings minor design changes, including a dynamic colour update for the Podcasts widget, a redesigned "Reading Goal" icon in the Apple Books app, and a new glyph in the Settings app for "Passkeys Access for Web Browsers" under “Privacy & Security.”

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Security Features in iOS 17.5

Notably, iOS 17.5 appears to incorporate anti-stalking capabilities for accessories like AirTags, aligning with Apple's collaboration with Google to combat unwanted tracking. Strings found in the Find My app indicate that iOS will identify tracking accessories, even those not certified by Apple or Find My, and provide users with options to disable them.

Furthermore, iOS 17.5 beta 4 introduces a "Repair State" feature in Find My, allowing users to confirm their iPhone's repair without disabling Find My altogether. This ensures users can track their device throughout the repair process.

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As anticipation builds for the release of iOS 17.5 in May, users can look forward to these new features and improvements.



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First Published Date: 01 May, 18:37 IST