Top Stories: iOS 17.1.2 Released, NameDrop Misinformation, and More | Phones

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Apple employees are back to work following a Thanksgiving break, and that means this week saw a number of new operating system updates for both public release and beta testing.

This week also saw some misinformation about Apple’s new NameDrop feature making the rounds, while Apple and Goldman Sachs appear to be on the verge of a break-up in their Apple Card and savings account partnership, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!

Apple Releases iOS 17.1.2 for iPhone With Security Fixes

Apple this week released iOS 17.1.2 for the iPhone XS and newer. The minor software update “provides important security fixes and is recommended for all users,” according to Apple’s release notes.

Apple also released a minor macOS 14.1.2 update for Macs with “important bug fixes and security updates.”

There aren’t any updates for the Apple Watch, Apple TV, or HomePod.

Everything New in iOS 17.2 Beta 4

Following iOS 17.1.2, Apple is expected to release a bigger iOS 17.2 update, which has been in beta testing for over a month now.

iOS 17.2 includes many new features and changes, including Apple’s Journal app, support for spatial video recording on iPhone 15 Pro models, and more. There are even more changes in the latest beta, as outlined in our list of everything new in iOS 17.2 beta 4.

Misinformation Spreading About iOS 17’s NameDrop Feature

Apple with iOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1 introduced a new NameDrop feature that is designed to allow users to hold their iPhones or Apple Watches together to quickly exchange contact information.

While contact information is only shared with explicit user permission, some news outlets and police departments in the U.S. have been …

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