Beta 3 of iOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, iPadOS 17.5, Available for Testing

Apr 24, 2024 - Leave a Comment


Apple has issued the third beta versions of iOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, iPadOS 17.5, watchOS 10.5, visionOS 1.2, and tvOS 17.5, to all users participating in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.

The new beta builds are available to both developer beta and public beta testers on any actively enrolled device, though beta system software is generally only appropriate for advanced users.

How to Download iOS 17.5 beta 3, iPadOS 17.5 beta 3, macOS Sonoma 14.5 beta 3

Assuming your device is enrolled in the beta testing programs for Apple system software, you can update to the latest beta versions easily through the software update section of your device’s system software:

macOS Sonoma 14.5 beta 3 can be downloaded as follows:

  1. Go to  Apple menu and select System Settings
  2. Go to “General”, and then to “Software Update”
  3. Choose to download and install the latest macOS Sonoma 14.5 beta 3

iOS 17.5/iPadOS 17.5 beta 3 can be downloaded by doing the following:

  1. Go to Settings app, then go to “General”
  2. Go to “Software Update”, and choose to install the beta version of iOS 17.5

watchOS, tvOS, and visionOS betas can be downloaded through their respective software update mechanisms as well.

What is new in iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, watchOS 10.5, tvOS 17.5?

Beta system software is under active development, which means that final releases may vary from beta versions. However, it appears that iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, watchOS 10.5, and tvOS 17.5 will focus primarily on bug fixes and security enhancements, and no major new features are expected.

The most significant changes to iOS 17.5 are for EU users, where they will gain the ability to download apps directly from a website, rather than going through the App Store. That feature will be limited to the EU region however, due to regulations in the European Union, that do not exist outside of that region.

It’s also probable that iPadOS 17.5 will include support for new iPad models that are rumored to arrive on the May 7 Apple Event, assuming those rumors pan out.

When is iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5 going to be released to everyone?

Only Apple knows their precise release date schedule for system software, however, we can surmise when software updates may be released based on prior release schedules, and known upcoming events.

Apple typically issues multiple beta versions before releasing a final version to the general public.

We also know that Apple has an event planned for Tuesday, May 7, which very well could be the day of release, or when a release date is set for iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, tvOS 17.5, and watchOS 10.5.

What are the current final stable versions of Apple system software?

At present, the latest stable versions of system software available for Apple devices are iOS 17.4.1 for iPhone, iPadOS 17.4.1 for iPad, macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 for Mac, watchOS 10.4 for Apple Watch, tvOS 17.4 for Apple TV, and visionOS 1.1.1 for Apple Vision Pro.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in News

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