Apple releases iOS 17.4 stable update with big changes

iOS 17.4 is one of the biggest incremental upgrades for iPhones running on iOS 17. With the public release now available, you can download it on your iPhone right now. However, before installing the new software upgrade on your device, let’s dive into what’s new with the iOS 17.4 public update.

Apple plants the iOS 17.4 on eligible iPhones with a 21E219 build number with a download size of around 1.63GB.

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Left: iOS 7.4 in EU | Right: iOS 17.4 for Rest of World

Speaking of the changes, then Apple adopted the Emoji 15.1 and added 118 new emojis to the collection. The list of emojis includes a new mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads. Apart from that, there are 18 people and body emojis with five skin tone modifier options.

Transcripts on Apple Podcasts now lets you follow an episode with text that highlights in sync with the audio in English, Spanish, French, and German. You can also read full episodes in text and the best thing is you can customize the text size, contrast, and more using the Accessibility feature.

In terms of enhancements and fixes, you can take a look at the iOS 17.4 release notes.

  • Music recognition lets you add songs you have identified to your Apple Music Playlists and Library, as well as Apple Music Classical
  • Siri has a new option to announce messages you receive in any supported language
  • Stolen Device Protection supports the option for increased security in all locations
  • Battery Health in Settings shows battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models
  • Call Identification displays Apple-verified business name, logo, and department name when available
  • Business updates in Messages for Business provide trusted information for order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts or other transactions you opt into
  • Apple Cash virtual card numbers enable you to pay with Apple Cash at merchants that donât yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill
  • Fixes an issue where contact pictures are blank in Find My
  • Fixes an issue for Dual SIM users where the phone number changes from primary to secondary and is visible to a group they have messaged

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Apart from all these changes, Apple addresses the Digital Markets Act regulatory requirements in the EU with support for third-party app marketplaces, alternate payment systems on iOS and iPadOS, third-party browser engine support, and NFC access for banks and other payment providers.

If you reside in Europe, then you will find these additions in the iOS 17.4’s release notes.

Apps in the EU

Residents of the European Union will now have new options to:

  • Install apps from alternative app marketplaces
  • Install web browser with alternative browser engines
  • Manage your default web browser the first time you open Safari
  • Use alternative payment options for apps in the App Store with the external purchases badge
  • Some options require developer support

If you want to try new features or facing any of these issues on your iPhone, you can install the new update. You can check for the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Make sure to backup your iPhone just for precaution.

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Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at haneetsingh@outlook.com In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across his work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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