Apple Planning to Release These 8 New iOS Features in 2024

Recapping the new iOS features expected to launch in 2024, including Stolen Device Protection, collaborative Apple Music playlists, AirPlay on hotel room TVs, app sideloading in the EU, next-generation CarPlay, roadside assistance via satellite outside of the U.S., RCS support in the Messages app, and generative AI for Siri.


Stolen Device Protection

Apple is working on a new feature called Stolen Device Protection to address the issue of stolen iPhones. The feature adds an additional layer of security by requiring Face ID or Touch ID authentication for various actions, making it harder for thieves to gain control of a stolen device. It also adds a one-hour security delay for certain sensitive actions.

Some of the actions that require authentication include accessing passwords or passkeys stored in iCloud Keychain, applying for a new Apple Card, and erasing all content and settings. The feature is opt-in and can be found in the Settings app under Face ID & Passcode.

Apple plans to release more information about Stolen Device Protection once iOS 17.3 is widely available.

Apple Music Collaborative Playlists

Apple is introducing a new feature for Apple Music subscribers called Collaborative Playlists. This feature allows multiple users to add, reorder, and remove songs in a shared playlist. Users can also leave animated emoji reactions next to songs in the playlist.

Although this feature was initially expected to launch with iOS 17.2, it was removed during beta testing. However, Apple has confirmed that it will be returning in 2024.

This new feature will enhance the collaborative music listening experience for Apple Music users.

AirPlay on Hotel Room TVs

Apple has delayed the release of its AirPlay feature for hotel room TVs to 2024. With this feature, iPhone users will be able to establish an AirPlay connection with their hotel room TV by scanning a QR code, enabling them to wirelessly stream videos, photos, and music from their iPhones.

This feature is similar to Google's Chromecast feature for hotel TVs. Apple has partnered with Holiday Inn parent company IHG Hotels & Resorts to adopt this feature.

The exact release date of this feature is not yet specified, but it is expected to be included in an iOS 17 update in the first half of 2024.


App Sideloading in EU

To comply with the European Union's Digital Markets Act, Apple is preparing to allow app sideloading on iPhones in EU countries. This means users will be able to install apps from sources outside of the App Store.

The implementation of this feature is expected to roll out in an iOS 17 update released in the first half of 2024. Initially, app sideloading will be limited to European Union countries.

This change will provide more flexibility and options for iPhone users in the European Union.