What’s New in iOS 17.4 Beta 3?

Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 17.4 to developers and testers, bringing a number of bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features to the iPhone operating system. In this article, we will highlight some of the most notable changes and additions in iOS 17.4 beta 3.


New Emojis

One of the most visible changes in iOS 17.4 beta 3 is the inclusion of over 100 new emojis, which are part of the Unicode 14.0 standard. The new emojis cover a wide range of categories, such as animals, food, objects, activities, and expressions. Some of the new emojis are:

  • A lime, a coconut, a blueberry, and a garlic
  • A shaking head, a biting lip, a saluting face, and a face with peeking eye
  • A phoenix, a troll, a coral, and a lotus
  • A disco ball, a low battery, a crutch, and a mirror
  • A hamsa, a nest with eggs, a playground slide, and a tire

In addition, iOS 17.4 beta 3 introduces four new gender-neutral family emojis, which are represented by silhouettes instead of specific genders. These emojis are meant to be more inclusive and diverse, and can be combined with different skin tones.

Podcasts Transcripts

Another major improvement in iOS 17.4 beta 3 is the support for transcripts in the Podcasts app. This means that users can now read along with the audio content of their favorite podcasts, and search for specific words or phrases within the transcripts. Transcripts can also enhance the accessibility and discoverability of podcasts, as they can be translated into different languages and indexed by search engines.

To access the transcripts, users need to tap on the “…” button on the bottom right corner of the podcast player, and then select “View Full Transcript”. A new screen will show the transcript of the current episode, along with the timestamps and speaker names. Users can also scroll through the transcript, jump to a specific section, or copy and share the text.

Stolen Device Protection

iOS 17.4 beta 3 adds a new option in the Privacy and Security settings, called “Stolen Device Protection”. This feature allows users to require a double authentication when signing in to their Apple ID from an unfamiliar location or device, even if they have already enabled two-factor authentication. This can prevent unauthorized access to their iCloud data and services, such as Find My, Photos, Messages, and more.

To enable this feature, users need to go to Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security > Stolen Device Protection, and toggle on the switch. Users will also need to verify their phone number and email address, and set up a recovery key, which is a 28-character code that can be used to access their account in case they lose their trusted devices or forget their password.

Exclusive Features of iOS 17.4 beta 3 for EU Users

Finally, iOS 17.4 beta 3 also brings some exclusive features for users in the European Union, as part of Apple’s compliance with the European Digital Markets Act. These features include:

  • Marketplaces: App developers in the EU can choose to provide their apps in alternative app stores, as long as they meet Apple’s criteria for customer experience, support, and fraud prevention. Users can also sideload apps from outside the App Store, but they will need to grant permission and accept the risks involved.
  • Notarization: All apps, regardless of their distribution channel, need to undergo a baseline review by Apple, which involves a combination of automated checks and human review. This is to ensure that the apps are free of malware, comply with the platform integrity, and protect the users’ privacy and security.
  • Default Browser Options: EU users can choose a new default browser from a list of the most popular browsers on iOS devices, instead of Safari. The list will include Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, and more. Users can change their default browser at any time in the Settings app.
  • NFC Third-Party Access: Banks and third-party payment services can use the NFC chip on the iPhone to enable contactless payments, without requiring the use of Apple Pay. Users can also set their preferred payment method in the Wallet app.

Final Words

iOS 17.4 beta 3 is a significant update that brings a lot of new features and improvements to the iPhone. Some of the features are available to all users, while some are exclusive to the EU users. The final release of iOS 17.4 is expected to be in March, and we will keep you updated on any further changes and additions. Stay tuned for more iOS news and tips.

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