iOS 17.4 and the five big news that will arrive in March

Apple is immersed in the development period of iPadOS and iOS 17.4, the next major update to its operating systems. A few weeks ago the news that would arrive with this new version in European territory was published and Apple intentionally gave the month of launch of these new updates. iOS 17.4 will arrive in March and with this the development of iOS 17.5 will begin, which could be one of the last updates before iOS 18. Next, We analyze the five main new features that iPadOS and iOS 17.4 will bring to our devices.

The 5 big news that will arrive with iOS 17.4

iOS Safari App Store

A large number of changes that will come to the European Union

A few days ago we explained each of the changes that Apple was going to introduce with iOS 17.4 in the European Union to comply with the Digital Markets Law. This law was promoted to avoid digital monopolies and aimed at the main large technology companies such as Meta, Google or Apple. Remember that these changes will only reach the 27 member countries of the European Union.

iOS Safari App Store

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The main changes that will come to iOS and iPadOS with this new version focus on enable third-party app stores and alternative payments within stores, with the aim of preventing the App Store from being the only way to download applications on our devices.

Development APIs that until now remained hermetic within Apple will also be released. Among them we find the unlocking the iPhone NFC chip to acquire new ways to pay and not only with Apple Pay, in addition to opening the possibility of default web browsers other than Safari or removing the ban on web browsers outside of WebKit.

Apple Podcasts Automatic Transcriptions in iOS 17.4

A twist to podcasts with automatic transcriptions

Without a doubt an unexpected move by Apple within its parallel advance with podcasts. In iOS and iPadOS 17.4 it is integrated automatic transcription of podcast episodes within its platform. The view of this transcript is similar to when we read song lyrics within Apple Music.

Apple Podcasts Automatic Transcriptions in iOS 17.4

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The transcript highlights the part that is currently playing and allows the user to control the playback of the episode by clicking on the letter to go directly to that part of the episode. Automatic transcriptions will be available worldwide but only in five languages. You have all the information regarding this function in an article that we wrote a few days ago.

Emojis iOS 17.4

More emojis

As usual, Apple always includes new emojis with each iOS update and this time we welcome the emoticons of a mushroom, a horizontally moving head, a phoenix, a lime, a vertically moving head and a broken chain. More emojis to increase the ability to transmit through emoticons.

CarPlay

Apple prepares for the new generation of CarPlay

At WWDC23 Apple presented the next generation of CarPlay with new apps, new ways of displaying content and until now we had not seen anything about the iOS code itself. However, Apple has confirmed that the first cars with this CarPlay renewal will arrive throughout 2024.

And it is that iOS 17.4 includes code for new apps, many of them shown at WWDC23. Among which are: an application to show the cameras of the car itself, another app to consult and adjust the parameters of the car's heating or air conditioning, another app to manage electrical loads if the car is electric, an opening manager and closing car doors as well as tire pressure with alerts when we have punctures, low pressure and many more.

We also have more applications like radio management within CarPlay, an overview of the trip we are taking (fuel, energy efficiency, total time, kilometers traveled, etc.) and the possibility of managing iPhones paired with CarPlay automatically.

HomePod black and white

SharePlay for HomePod

And finally, iOS 17.4 will add SharePlay support for HomePod. Thanks to this function we can create a kind of social room where guest users can control the music on the HomePod. As we have seen, this mode can be accessed by scanning a QR that will appear on the iPhone paired with the HomePod and can be controlled not only through iOS and iPadOS but other Android devices as well.