iOS 17

Apple is on the second round of developer betas, and has rolled out fresh builds of iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2 for testing.

Developers taking part in the beta-testing program can get the latest builds by visiting the Apple Developer Center or by updating their iPhone or iPad through the Settings app. Public beta versions usually appear shortly after the developer versions, and public participants can sign up through the Apple Beta Software Program website.

The second iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2 betas arrive after the first, which Apple introduced on October 26.

The second beta’s build number is 21C5040g, replacing the first, build number 21C5029g.

The first build of iOS 17.2 included a number of changes, including the introduction of the Journal app, a privacy-focused journaling app. The Apple TV app also updated with a greater emphasis on channels under Watch Now.

Apple Music gains a Favorites Playlist, as well as collaborative playlists. iMessage sticker reactions allow users to react with a sticker, however doing so as an attached sticker rather than an integrated tapback.

Other changes include being able to assign Translate to the Action button, additional Weather widgets, iMessage Contact Key Verification, and an Apple Music Focus Filter.

AppleInsider and Apple strongly suggest users don’t install test operating systems or other beta or RC software on “mission-critical” or primary devices, as there is the small chance of issues that could result in the loss of data. Testers should instead use secondary or non-essential hardware and ensure they have sufficient backups of their critical data at all times.

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