iOS 17.5 released with Repair State mode, offline news, cross-platform tracking detection and more

Apple has finally released the iOS 17.5 update to the general public after a month of beta testing. This latest update brings a host of new features and improvements to iPhones, from challenging your vocabulary with a new word game to keeping your news accessible offline.

iOS 17.5


One of the exciting additions in iOS 17.5 is the introduction of a new puzzle game called Quartiles for Apple News Plus subscribers. In Quartiles, players are presented with a grid of 20 tiles, each containing parts of words like “te” and “tra.” The objective is to combine these tiles to form different words, with the maximum word length being four tiles. Quartiles adds a fun twist to your daily routine, offering a refreshing challenge for word game enthusiasts.

Apple News Quartiles

Puzzle leaderboards for Apple News+

iOS 17.5 also brings puzzle leaderboards to Apple News Plus, allowing subscribers to compare their daily puzzle scores with others. To enable this feature, simply go to Settings > News and toggle on the Game Center option under News+ Puzzles. Compete with friends and family members and see how you rank among other solvers on today’s puzzles.

Apple News scoreboard

Apple News+ offline mode

For Apple News Plus subscribers, iOS 17.5 introduces an Offline Mode, allowing users to access the Today feed and News+ tab even without an internet connection. To enable Offline Mode, go to Settings > News and toggle on the Automatic Downloads option. You can manage your downloads by tapping on Download Options and selecting your preferences.

Apple News Plus offline mode

App Distribution via the web for EU Users

In compliance with the Digital Markets Act, iOS 17.5 now allows users in the European Union to download apps directly from a developer’s website. This update gives developers the ability to distribute approved, non-marketplace apps from their websites, providing more flexibility and options for app distribution.

Enhanced Privacy Features

iOS 17.5 introduces enhanced privacy features, including cross-platform tracking detection. Users will receive notifications if a compatible Bluetooth tracker they do not own is moving with them, regardless of the operating system the device is paired with. This feature adds an extra layer of security and privacy to your iPhone experience.

Pride collection wallpapers

To celebrate Pride 2024, Apple has added a new set of Pride Collection wallpapers to iOS 17.5. These wallpapers feature the word “Pride” in five different color schemes inspired by LGBTQ+ communities, adding a vibrant and colorful touch to your iPhone’s display.

Apple pride wallpapers

Podcast widget enhancements

With iOS 17.5, the Podcast widget now changes color to match the artwork of the podcast you’re listening to. This aesthetic feature adds a personalized touch to your home screen, enhancing your listening experience.

Reading goals for books

iOS 17.5 brings a new reading goals feature to the Books app, allowing users to set daily reading goals and track their progress. Whether you’re a casual reader or a bookworm, this feature helps you stay on track and achieve your reading goals.

Repair State mode

A new Repair State mode allows users to prepare their iPhone for repairs by enabling a special mode in Find My. This mode simplifies the repair process and ensures a smooth experience when getting your device serviced at an Apple store.

Security updates

iOS 17.5 includes 15 security updates, addressing various security vulnerabilities and improving the overall stability and performance of your iPhone.

Install iOS 17.5 on iPhone

  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.
About the Author

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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