iOS 17.4 is now available and changes everything in the EU

iOS 17.4 is now available and changes everything in the EU


07 March 2024

Apple is rolling out a new feature update for iPhones and iPads that support iOS 17. Version 17.4 is now ready for download, and it contains numerous new features, including more emoji, Apple Podcasts transcriptions, bug fixes, and EU-specific modifications that bring Apple's phones and tablets in line with the EU's Digital Markets Act.

These are the release notes:


  • New mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads emoji are now available in the emoji keyboard
  • 18 people and body emoji add the option to face them in either direction

Apple Podcasts

  • Transcripts let you follow an episode with text that highlights in sync with the audio in English, Spanish, French and German
  • Episode text can be read in full, searched for a word or phrase, tapped to play from a specific point and used with accessibility features such as Text Size, Increase Contrast, and VoiceOver

This update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Music recognition lets you add songs you have identified to your Apple Music Playlists and Library, as well as Apple Music Classical
  • Siri has a new option to announce messages you receive in any supported language
  • Stolen Device Protection supports the option for increased security in all locations
  • Battery Health in Settings shows battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models
  • Call Identification displays Apple-verified business name, logo, and department name when available
  • Business updates in Messages for Business provide trusted information for order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts or other transactions you opt into
  • Apple Cash virtual card numbers enable you to pay with Apple Cash at merchants that don't yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill
  • Fixes an issue where contact pictures are blank in Find My
  • Fixes an issue for Dual SIM users where the phone number changes from primary to secondary and is visible to a group they have messaged
  • Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Here are the EU-specific improvements that allow you to install applications from other shops, choose a default browser during the initial setup, use alternate payment methods, and more

Residents of the European Union will now have new options to:

  • Install apps from alternative app marketplaces
  • Install web browser with alternative browser engines
  • Manage your default web browser the first time you open Safari
  • Use alternative payment options for apps in the App Store with the external purchases badge
  • Some options require developer support

To update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 17.4, go to Settings > General > Software Update. iOS 17 is compatible with iPhone XS/XS Max and subsequent models. iPads supported include the iPad mini 5 and newer, iPad 6th generation and newer, iPad Air 4 and newer, iPad Pro 11-inch 1st generation and newer, and iPad Pro 13-inch 3rd generation and newer.

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