Apple releases iOS 17.5, macOS 14.5 and other updates as new iPads launch


Apple releases iOS 17.5, macOS 14.5 and other updates along with launch of new iPads

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Apple has released the latest updates for almost all of its actively supported devices today. Most include a handful of security updates, some new features for Apple News+ subscribers, and something called cross-platform tracking protection for Bluetooth devices.

The iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS 4.5, watchOS 10.5, tvOS 17.5, and HomePod Software 17.5 updates are all available to download now.

Cross-platform tracking security notifications alert users “if a compatible Bluetooth tracker they don't own is running with them, regardless of which operating system the device is paired with.” Apple has already implemented protections to prevent AirTag stalking, and Cross-Platform Tracking Protection applies some of the same safeguards to devices connected to non-Apple phones.

Apple News+ has picked up a new word game called quartileThe growth is part of a broader trend of news organizations embracing sports as drivers. quartile, crosswordAnd mini crossword Also track player stats and win streams, and the Today+ and News+ tabs will load even without an internet connection.

Some of Apple's older operating systems also received security updates just to keep them running. iOS 16.7.8 and iPadOS 16.7.8 updates are available for older iDevices that can't update to iOS 17, and macOS Venture 13.6.7 and Monterey 12.7.5 support all Macs that still support those OS versions. Whether they are running macOS or not, they can install macOS Sonoma. There is no update available for iOS or iPadOS 15.

These are likely to be the last major updates Apple's existing operating systems get before this year's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 10, where Apple usually unveils its next major operating system for the fall. Once those updates – iOS 18, macOS 15, and others – are announced, updates to the current versions usually focus on security updates and bugs rather than adding major new features. Apple's updates this year are expected to focus largely on generic AI features, including some ChatGPAT-powered features and a more capable Siri assistant.

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