Check your iPhone now – Apple releases new features with free upgrade

If you’ve got an iPhone in your pocket then you’ll find a brand new free software update waiting for you today that brings several new features, but one of the biggest changes won’t be available to anyone in the UK. iOS 17.5 is the latest version of Apple’s operating system for the incredibly popular iPhone and is being pushed out to most iPhones released since 2018.

Though there are several new features added with iOS 17.5 you may not initially notice them once you’ve downloaded and installed the update, particularly the behind-the-scenes security fixes that are essential to the safe running of your device.

One visual update you will notice though is the addition of four new wallpapers in advance of Pride Month, which is June. Four different text designs with the word ‘pride’ are now available in the colours of the Pride flag to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities.

Next, you’ll also get handy alerts if a non-Apple tracker is travelling with you for a suspicious length of time. This is all to do with the use of personal item trackers such as Apple’s own AirTag product – iPhones already alerted you if there was an AirTag following you around (for example if on your person or in your car) that’s not connected to your own iCloud account. You can then use your iPhone to find and disable the trackers. Now, iPhones will be able to detect similar trackers from other companies to cut down on their misuse.

If you subscribe to Apple News+ you’ll be pleased to hear you’re getting some new perks with iOS 17.5. The £12.99 per month subscription service has added offline access for the Today feed and News+ tab so you can read even when you don’t have a data connection. Content will download automatically in the background when you’re connected so it’s ready for when you hit that mobile blackspot. The News app has also gained a new daily word game called Quartiles where you have to select tiles with parts of words to form longer words and gain points.

Apple has added in a new repair mode that lets you lock your phone and make it ready for repair – so that people can’t gain access to any of your personal data – without deactivating Find My or the Activation Lock. It’s a neat temporary lock that seems easy to switch on if you need to hand in your phone for repair with added peace of mind that no one is snooping on your messages.

Finally, one of the biggest changes in iOS 17.5 is reserved only for iPhone owners in the EU. Thanks to law changes, people in EU countries will now be able to download apps directly from websites in a browser app rather than being forced to use the Apple App Store. According to reporting from Macrumors“All apps downloaded from websites onto iPhones must submit to Apple’s notarization process, and while there is no commission to pay to Apple, Apple does charge a 0.50 euro Core Technology Fee.” This is a way for developers to have people use apps but not have to pay Apple 30 percent of all in-app purchase profit.

The iPhone models compatible with iOS 17.5 stretch back to 2018’s iPhone XR and XS. Here’s the full list: iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone SE (2nd generation) and iPhone SE (3rd generation).

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