Apple Releases iOS 17.4 Beta 4 And macOS Sonoma 14.4 Beta 4 To Developers

Apple has today continued the developer beta train with the release of iOS 17.4 and macOS 14.4 beta 4 releases to developers for the first time.

The new updates are both available for download by developers starting right now so long as they are signed in with the required developer account.

The updates also arrived alongside the visionOS 1.1. beta 3, watchOS 10.4 beta 4, and tvOS 17.4 beta 4 releases.

It’s still a little too early to know what has changed in this particular betas specifically, but the iOS 17.4 update will be a huge release when it lands on iPhones around the world later this month. The update will add support for game streaming apps being made available via the App Store while new emojis will also be made available.

In the European Union, however, things get more interesting. The update will add support for third-party app stores in the region while third-party web browser engines will also be part of the deal. Changes to allow third-party payments are also coming to iOS 17.4 as are other smaller tweaks.

While Apple is yet to confirm exactly when iOS 17.4 will ship, it will have to be soon. The deadline for its release has been set by the EU — they Digital Markets Act will require third-party app stores to be allowed as of March 7, suggesting that Apple doesn’t have long to make the update available to everyone who wants it — in the European Union, at least.

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