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iOS 17.5 beta 1 expected imminently after three-week beta lull

iOS 17.5

Apple will soon release iOS 17.5 with build number 21F5048f, according to information shared on social media by a private account with a strong track record.

This account generally posts this information just before an update is released, so it’s possible iOS 17.5 beta 1 is released sometime this week. 9to5Mac has also seen growing evidence of iOS 17.5 in our Google Analytics data.

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iPhone Screen Distance protects your eyes, here’s how it works

use iPhone Screen Distance

One of the new health features for iPhone and iPad with iOS 17 can help prevent eye strain for everyone, as well as lower the risk of myopia (nearsightedness) in kids. Here’s how to use iPhone Screen Distance and how it works.

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No, the Apple Journal app isn’t sharing your location and name with everyone

Apple Journal's 'Discoverable by Others' setting

Apple’s Journal app debuted in December as part of iOS 17.2, with Apple touting a number of intelligent suggestions features. One of those features is now garnering attention on social media for being enabled by default: “Discoverable by Others.”

While the social media posts would lead you to believe this feature is sharing your name and location with everyone around you, that’s not actually the case. Here’s what you need to know.

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Security Bite: Here’s why Apple is being vague with iOS 17.4.1 details

Apple iOS 17.4.1 security fixes

Update: Apple released details on the security patches for iOS 17.4.1, iPadOS 17.4.1, visionOS 1.1.1, as well as macOS 14.4.1. They all patch an integer overflow vulnerability in two separate frameworks. Apple didn’t say whether it was being actively exploited. More details can be found here.

Last week, Apple released iOS 17.4.1 with rather vague release notes claiming to include important bug fixes and security patches. Two days later, the company has yet to add any specifics. This is unusual for Apple, which typically lists critical security patches hours after a release and suggests that the ones in iOS 17.4.1 could be significant or something else entirely…

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Best modern banking apps on iOS for 2024

In the digital age, banking apps have become our financial lifelines, offering ease and convenience for managing money like never before. Yet, with the constant influx of new Fintech apps, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Whether you’re opening your first bank account or managing several, our guide to the top three iOS banking apps aims to simplify your choice. Having personally navigated through all three, I’ve found that each serves its purpose. We’ll delve into each app’s features, pricing, and customer service, offering you a clear roadmap to selecting the app that best fits your financial landscape. Let’s uncover the tools that will redefine your banking experience.

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Apple releases final iOS 17.4 build with new emoji, CarPlay update, EU App Store changes

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Apple has confirmed it will release the final version of iOS 17.4, officially bringing the software update out of beta. iOS 17.4 is packed with changes including new emoji characters, podcast transcriptions, virtual Apple Cash card numbers, and much more. The update also addresses Digital Markets Act regulatory requirements in the EU with support for competing app marketplaces and other changes where required.

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These new emoji are coming to iPhone in iOS 17.4

Apple is updating the iPhone with even more emoji characters. iOS 17.4 introduces new ways to express approval or denial, break through the chains, rise from the ashes, or just express that limes are superior to lemons. There’s also a mushroom that looks less out of Mario World and more out of the grocery store.

The new emoji characters are also available in macOS 14.4 on the Mac, watchOS 10.4 for Apple Watch, and iPadOS 17.4 for iPad. For Apple Vision Pro owners, they appear in visionOS 1.1 developer beta.

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Apple says video calling apps can choose to disable Reactions by default in iOS 17.4

With the release of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4, Apple will give video calling apps the option to turn off the new Reactions feature by default.

This new Reactions feature debuted with iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma last year. The feature is enabled by default, a decision that has led to some pretty awkward moments when the Reactions are triggered by accident during a video call.

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Apple releases first iOS 17.4 RC, here are the official release notes

Apple has released the first iOS 17.4 RC (release candidate) ahead of the expected final version shipping next week.

iOS 17.4 addresses new regulation in the EU as required by the Digital Markets Act. The primary change is in policy with Apple now forced to allow app markets to compete with the App Store on iPhone. iOS 17.4 delivers the system-level infrastructure to support alternative app stores.

Globally, iOS 17.4 has a collection of feature additions including updates to CarPlay, the latest emoji characters, and more.

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