iOS 17.4 is coming this week: Here’s everything new so far | Technology

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iOS 17.4 is currently in beta testing and is expected to be released to everyone this week. It comes with a number of major changes to the App Store and the iPhone ecosystem in the European Union. There are new emoji, an upgrade to CarPlay, Siri improvements, and much more.

Head below as we recap everything new in iOS 17.4, whether you live in the EU or elsewhere.

When will Apple release iOS 17.4?

iOS 17.4 is set for a release in the first week of March. Usually, Apple doesn’t give us any hint as to when a new version of iOS is coming, but things are a bit different this time around. This is because iOS 17.4 includes the necessary changes to the iPhone and the App Store required by the Digital Markets Act in the European Union.

Apple’s deadline to comply with the Digital Markets Act is March 6. This means Apple has to release iOS 17.4 on or before March 6.

New features in iOS 17.4

Changes to the App Store in the EU

One of the biggest changes included in iOS 17.4 is support for alternative app marketplaces for the first time. With this update, companies such as Epic Games, will be able to create their own app marketplaces for iPhone users.

More changes in the European Union:

  • Support for browser engines other than WebKit
  • A new pop-up messages in Safari that will ask users to choose a default browser
  • Support for alternative payment methods for in-app purchases
  • The ability to set default NFC and wallet apps for Apple Pay

Here’s a recap of our full coverage of the changes coming as part of iOS 17.4 in response to the Digital Markets Act:

Stolen Device Protection improvement

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