Apple iOS 17.4 update rolling out for iPhones


Apple has released the iOS 17.4 update for iPhone users worldwide. The latest iOS 17.4 brings new features and improvements with bug fixes. The OTA also includes some major changes which are limited to European users.

The iOS 17.4 update for worldwide users comes with gaming app changes, new emojis, automatically send messages with Siri, new ‘Listen now tab’ replaced by ‘Home Tab’ in Apple Music.

Apple is introducing a “state-of-the-art” post-quantum cryptographic protocol for iMessage called PQ3, The Podcasts app now offers transcripts, Songs that have been identified with music recognition can be added to ‌Apple Music Playlists.

Apple has rolled out the latest update to its mobile operating system, iOS 17.4, specifically tailored for users in the European Union (EU). Let’s dive into the key changes and improvements:

  • App Store and App Functionality Changes
    • Alternative App Marketplaces: iOS 17.4 introduces sweeping changes to the way the App Store and apps function within the EU. Users can now explore alternative app marketplaces on their iPhones.
    • Alternative Payment Systems: EU users gain the ability to use alternative payment systems on both iOS and iPadOS.
    • Third-Party Browser Engine Support: The update allows third-party browsers to use their own rendering engines.
    • NFC Access for Banks and Payment Providers: Banks and third-party payment providers can now utilize NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
  • Gaming App Updates
    • While the above features are limited to the EU, Apple has made worldwide changes to gaming apps.
    • Cloud Gaming Apps: Services like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW are now allowed.
    • Mini Games, Chatbots, and Plug-Ins: These can now use the in-app purchase system.
  • Additional Features
    • New Emoji Characters: iOS 17.4 adds several new emoji characters, including a mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads.
    • Podcast Transcripts: In the Podcasts app, users can now follow episodes with text transcripts that highlight in sync with the audio. Transcripts are available in English, Spanish, French, and German.
    • Stopwatch Live Activities: A handy addition for timing various activities.
      Battery Health Reporting: Improved battery health reporting on iPhone 15 models.
    • Enhanced Call Identification: Displays verified business names, logos, and department names.
    • Business Updates in Messages: Provides trusted information for order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts, and other transactions.
    • Apple Cash Virtual Card Numbers: Enables payments with Apple Cash at merchants that don’t yet accept Apple Pay.
  • How to Update
    • To get iOS 17.4, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your eligible iPhone or iPad.

Remember, these changes are specifically designed to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act. Apple continues to prioritize user privacy and security while enhancing the overall experience for its European users.

Anurag is a writer at GizmoInsiders with a knack for storytelling and a love for tech, he keeps you in the loop with the latest gadgets and trends.

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