iPhone users should rejoice! The long awaited iOS 17.4 update is now available, bringing several new features.
iPhone users should rejoice! The long awaited iOS 17.4 update is now available, bringing several new features.

iOS 17.4 Update Brings Exciting Features for iPhone Users


iPhone users, rejoice! The highly anticipated iOS 17.4 update is rolling out, delivering many new features and enhancements to enhance your user experience.

Support for Third-Party App Stores:

The most significant addition in iOS 17.4 is the support for third-party app stores. This groundbreaking change, mandated by the EU’s Digital Markets Act, enables iPhone users in the European Union to download applications from sources other than Apple’s official App Store, marking a significant shift in Apple’s app distribution ecosystem.

New Emoji:

iOS 17.4 introduces 18 new emoji characters, including a mushroom, lime, broken chain, and a captivating burning phoenix emoji. These expressive additions further enrich your messaging experience, allowing you to convey emotions and sentiments with flair.

Podcast Transcripts:

The Apple Podcasts app receives a notable enhancement with the addition of written transcripts for episodes. For English, French, Spanish, and German podcasts, transcripts enable users to follow along with their favorite podcasts while listening to audio, enhancing accessibility and convenience.

Miscellaneous Updates and Improvements:

iOS 17.4 includes several smaller updates and fixes, as highlighted in Apple’s release notes:

  • The music recognition feature allows users to add identified songs to their Apple Music playlists and library.
  • Siri introduces a new option to announce received messages in any supported language.
  • Enhanced Stolen Device Protection with increased security options.
  • Battery Health settings now display battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models.
  • Call Identification feature shows Apple-verified business information when available.
  • Business updates in Messages for Business provide trusted information for various transactions.
  • Apple Cash virtual card numbers enable payment at merchants that don’t support Apple Pay.
  • Fixes for issues such as blank contact pictures in Find My and phone number display changes for Dual SIM users.

How to Update to iOS 17.4:

To download iOS 17.4 on your iPhone, navigate to the Settings app, tap General, and select Software Update. Follow the prompts to install the latest update and enjoy the exciting new features and enhancements of iOS 17.4.

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