iOS 17.5 Beta 1: Unveiling the Future of App Distribution and System Refinements

iOS 17.5 Beta 1: Unveiling the Future of App Distribution and System Refinements
iOS 17.5 Beta 1: Unveiling the Future of App Distribution and System Refinements

iOS 17.5 Beta 1: Notable Changes and Improvements

iOS 17.5 beta 1, released to developers, introduces several updates and enhancements. Here's a summary of the key changes:

Web Installation Support

In compliance with EU regulations, iOS 17.5 enables the installation of apps directly from a developer's website. This "Web Distribution" feature allows developers to bypass the App Store for app distribution. Developers must opt into the new App Store business terms and meet Apple's notarization guidelines.

Design Tweaks

Minor design changes have been implemented throughout the operating system:

  • Apple Books: Revised "Reading Goal" icon in the navigation bar.
  • Settings: New glyph for "Passkeys Access for Web Browsers" under "Privacy & Security."
  • Podcasts Widget: Dynamic color update based on the current podcast artwork.

Anti-Unwanted Tracking System

iOS 17.5 incorporates a new system for combating unwanted tracking by accessories. It can identify and disable non-Apple or Find My-certified tracking devices to prevent unauthorized location sharing.

Other Updates

  • MDM (Mobile Device Management) users can now enforce beta versions during automated device enrollment.
  • Additional improvements and bug fixes have likely been made, but further details are yet to be disclosed.

Future of iOS 17.5

Apple's focus with iOS 17.5 remains on compliance with the EU's Digital Markets Act. The public release is expected in mid-to-late May, serving as the final update before iOS 18 is unveiled at WWDC in June.

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