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iOS 17.5 RC now available with these 6 new features

Published May 7th, 2024 1:18PM EDT
iOS 17.5 beta changes
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As Apple plans to release iOS 17.5 soon, the company just seeded the RC version to developers. With the Release Candidate build, Apple is adding the recently announced 2024 Pride wallpapers to it.

Apple says these wallpapers “bring bold, symbolic color to Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad. Signaling hope, strength, and fellowship to LGBTQ+ communities, the beams of light glow against a dark background and stack on top of each other to represent the everlasting impact of LGBTQ+ activism and its role in illuminating the path to greater equality for future generations.”

So far, the biggest change for this software is an exclusive EU feature. After Apple opened the iPhone for sideloading due to the Digital Markets Act, which adds alternative app marketplaces for EU users, Cupertino is now letting people from the region download apps directly from a developer’s website.

Here’s how the company describes this new feature:

Web Distribution, available with a software update later this spring, will let authorized developers distribute their iOS apps to EU users directly from a website owned by the developer. Apple will provide authorized developers access to APIs that facilitate the distribution of their apps from the web, integrate with system functionality, back up and restore users’ apps, and more.

Downloading apps directly from the developer’s website started to work with iOS 17.5 beta 2. The previous test version also added a new privacy option. On Screen Time settings and the Content & Privacy Restrictions tab, you can allow app installations from the web.

Besides that, the iOS 17.5 RC adds:

  • Podcasts widget change: The Podcasts widget has a new dynamic color that changes depending on what you’re listening to.
  • Unwanted tracking system: 9to5Mac found references to a new system that can turn off unwanted tracking accessories, such as AirTags or other third-party item trackers. This anti-stalking feature has yet to be made available.
  • Apple Universal Link for eSIM install: This new feature offers a link instead of a QR code to activate an eSIM on your iPhone

BGR will let you know once we find new features with iOS 17.5 RC.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.