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Apple Releases iOS 17.5 With New Features and Security Updates

If you have a relatively new Apple device, you have likely been prompted to update it this morning to a newer software version. That is because Apple rolled out iOS 17.5, WatchOS 10.5, iPadOS 17.5, tvOS 17.5 and macOS 14.5 last night.

The new software update adds various features to Apple’s tech with a large number of security patches across all products. Apple has specifically patched the latest security flaw that could let a malicious app find a user’s location when it wasn’t supposed to.

When it comes to iOS 17.5, the latest update comes with various new Apple News+ features. Of course, we don’t get Apple News in South Africa so you’re missing out on the bulk of this update. New features include audio briefings, magazines, narrated articles, an in-app game and an offline mode.

However, outside of Apple News, iOS 17.5 also adds some cool new Pride Wallpapers to certain Apple products that feature an ever-changing animation when you unlock your phone.

Apple has also added third-party Bluetooth tracking support in iOS 17.5. This support has actually been added in partnership with Google. It has been designed to prevent unauthorised Bluetooth trackers from tracking users without consent. Google has also rolled this out across devices running Android 6.0 and higher.

In a press release, Apple explains:

“Users will get an [Item] Found Moving With You alert alert on your iPhone if an unknown Bluetooth tracking device is moving with you over time, regardless of the platform the device is paired with. You’ll be able to view the tracker’s identifier, have the tracker play a sound so you can find it, and even find out how to disable it.”

Essentially, this new feature will alert you if someone has placed an AirTag on you or near you in an attempt to track your location. Only AirTags and other trackers you have registered with be usable without this message prompt appearing.

Apart from that, Apple hasn’t highlighted many other features across Apple TV, macOS, WatchOS and iPadOS. However, it is also recommended to install the latest updates when they are available.

Source: Apple

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