Apple rolls out iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 beta 1 to developers

Apple has released iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 beta 1 to developers. The last software update for iPhone was iOS 17.4.1, released on March 21.

iOS 17.5

What’s new in iOS 17.5 beta 1?

While specific details about iOS 17.5 are still under wraps, analysts and insiders suggest that this update could be one of the final iterations before the highly anticipated iOS 18 announcement expected in early June at WWDC. Apple has been diligently working to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, which has led to significant changes in previous updates.

In iOS 17.4, Apple introduced several noteworthy features, including improvements to gaming app experiences, enhanced Siri capabilities for multilingual message reading, new emojis, and enhanced security measures such as Stolen Device Protection enhancements. Additionally, iOS 17.4 laid the groundwork for complying with EU regulations, opening avenues for third-party app stores and alternative browsers on iPhones.

Potential features and improvements in iOS 17.5

One of the anticipated features in iOS 17.5 beta is the ability for developers to enable direct app downloads from their websites for EU iPhone users. This aligns with Apple’s commitment to providing a more open ecosystem while ensuring user security and convenience.

Moreover, iOS 17.5 beta may bring further refinements to existing features, bug fixes, and optimizations for smoother user experiences. Given Apple’s track record of continuous improvement, users can expect enhancements across various aspects of the operating system.

iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 compatible iPhone and iPad models

If you already have any release of iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 installed on your device, this means that it is compatible with the new beta release.

For those on older devices, here is the list of compatible devices:

  • iPhone 15 
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (6th-gen, 5th-gen, 4th-gen, 3rd-gen, 2nd-gen)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (4th-gen, 3rd-gen, 2nd-gen, 1st-gen)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th-gen, 7th-gen, 8th-gen, 9th-gen, 10th-gen)
  • iPad Air (3rd-gen, 4th-gen, 5th-gen)
  • iPad mini (5th-gen, 6th-gen)

Install iOS 17.5 on iPhone/install iPadOS 17.5 on iPad

To install the developer beta update, you will need an Apple Developer Account which usually costs $99/year. If you sign in with the same account on your iPhone or iPad, you should see the option to switch to the developer beta when you go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates.

Alternatively, you can wait for the public beta, which is available for free.

No matter which beta you want to install, here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Make sure your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
  2. Do a complete iCloud backup of your device.
  3. Charge your device to at least 50% battery capacity.
  4. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  5. Tap Download and Install.
  6. Enter your passcode or use Face ID or Touch ID to authenticate.
  7. Your device will download and install the update. This may take some time.
  8. Once the update is complete, your device will restart.
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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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