iOS 17.5 now available with app distribution changes, new features for Apple News+, design updates and more

iOS 17.5 delivers new features for iPhone users, including app distribution changes in the EU, Apple News+ enhancements like offline mode and leaderboards, design tweaks, a new Pride wallpaper collection, Find My network improvements, and a repair state feature. Security updates are also included.

iOS 17.5 now available with app distribution changes, new features for Apple News+, design updates and more
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Apple released iOS 17.5 to the public, bringing a variety of new features and updates to iPhone users.

App Distribution Options in the EU

iPhone users in the European Union can now install applications directly from a developer's website through the new "Web Distribution" feature. Developers opting into this functionality must adhere to Apple's updated App Store business terms.

Apple News+ Enhancements

Apple News+ subscribers gain access to a new word game called "Quartiles" and integration with Game Center for all three Apple News+ games, allowing users to view leaderboards. Additionally, a new "Offline Mode" enables downloading content for later access without an internet connection.

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Design Tweaks

Several minor design changes are included in iOS 17.5. The Podcasts widget now reflects the currently playing podcast's artwork color dynamically. The Apple Books app has a redesigned "Reading Goal" icon, and the Settings app features a new glyph for "Passkeys Access for Web Browsers."

New Pride Wallpaper Collection

A new Pride Collection of wallpapers is available for iPhone and iPad users, accompanied by a corresponding Pride watch face for watchOS 10.5 and an Apple Watch Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop.

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Find My Network Improvements

iOS 17.5 introduces anti-stalking measures for accessories like AirTags. The Find My app can now identify and potentially disable untracked accessories, even those not part of the Apple Find My network.

Repair State Feature

A new "Repair State" feature in Find My allows users to confirm their identity before sending an iPhone for repair. This ensures Find My functionality remains active during the repair process.

iOS 17.5 Repair State Find My
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Security Updates

iOS 17.5 includes 15 security patches for iPhones. Updating to the latest version is recommended for optimal security, even if the new features are not of immediate interest.