Apple hands over third beta versions of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to developers

By Julie Clover

Apple today released the third beta versions of the upcoming iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to developers for testing purposes. The updates will appear a week after Apple posted the second beta versions.

Registered developers can sign up for beta versions by opening the Settings app, going to Software Update, and tapping Beta Updates. ” and switch to iOS 17 Beta or iPadOS 17 Developer Beta. The Apple ID associated with your developer account is required to download and install the beta.

iOS 17.4 makes sweeping changes to how the App Store and apps work in the European Union, paving the way for alternative app markets. , alternative payment systems, support for third-party browser engines and NFC access for banks and third-party payment systems. These features are only available in the EU and will not be available in other countries.

However, changes have been made to gaming apps, and with the release of iOS 17.4, Apple will allow the use of cloud gaming apps. such as Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW. Mini-games, chatbots, and plugins can now also use the in-app purchase system.

Along with these updates, iOS 17.4 adds new emoji symbols, podcast transcripts in the Podcasts app, support for using SharePlay with HomePod, Live Activity Stopwatch and more. For complete details on everything new in iOS 17.4, check out our iOS 17.4 features article.

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