Apple Releases Fourth Betas of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4

Apple has released the fourth betas of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to developers for testing purposes.


New Features in iOS 17.4

The latest beta version of iOS 17.4 brings significant changes to the App Store and app operations specifically for users in the European Union (EU). These changes allow for the use of alternative app marketplaces, alternative payment systems, third-party browser engine support, as well as NFC access for banks and third-party payment providers. However, it's important to note that these features are only available to users in the EU and not in other countries.

In addition, gaming apps will experience some changes with the introduction of iOS 17.4. Apple will now allow cloud gaming apps like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW. Furthermore, mini games, chatbots, and plug-ins can now utilize the in-app purchase system.

Apart from these notable updates, iOS 17.4 also includes new emoji characters, podcast transcripts in the Podcasts app, support for using SharePlay with the HomePod, Stopwatch Live Activities, and more. For a comprehensive overview of all the new features in iOS 17.4, you can refer to our detailed iOS 17.4 features guide.

How to Access the Betas

Registered developers can access the betas by following these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your device.

2. Go to the Software Update section.

3. Tap on the "Beta Updates" option.

4. Toggle on the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Developer Beta.

Please note that downloading and installing the beta requires a free or paid Apple ID associated with a developer account.

Availability and Additional Information

Apple seeded the fourth betas of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 one week after the release of the third betas. Developers can now begin testing the updates and providing feedback.

Keep in mind that the changes to app operations in the EU are exclusive to users in that region, while other new features are available globally.

Stay tuned for further updates on the progress of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 as they continue to undergo testing and development.