Beta 4 of macOS Sonoma 14.5, iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, Available for Testing

Apr 30, 2024 - Leave a Comment


The fourth beta versions of iOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, and iPadOS 17.5 have been released to users engaging in the beta testing programs for Apple system software. Additionally, new betas for watchOS 10.5, tvOS 17.5, and visionOS 1.2, are also available.

While it’s not clear when the final versions of these system software versions will be made available, it’s widely assumed they will be released at or near the scheduled May 7 Apple Event next week.

How to Download iOS 17.5 beta 4 & macOS Sonoma 14.5 beta 4

If your device is enrolled to participate in a beta testing program, you can find the latest beta versions available in the software update mechanism of your devices settings:

Downloading iOS 17.5 beta 4 / iPadOS 17.5 beta 4

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

Downloading macOS Sonoma 14.5 beta 4

  1. Go to  Apple menu, and then select System Settings
  2. Go to “General”, and then go to “Software Update”
  3. Choose to download and install the latest macOS Sonoma 14.5 beta 4 release

If you have an Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Apple Vision Pro, you can download those beta versions through their respective software update mechanisms.

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

Beta versions of system software are under active development and therefore it’s always possible that things could change before the final version is issued to the general public.

With that said, it seems like the majority of changes to iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5, watchOS 10.5, and tvOS 17.5 will be bug fixes, and security enhancements.

There are no major new features or changes expected in these versions of system software, with the exception of iOS 17.5 for European Union users, who will gain a feature that allows them to download apps outside of the App Store and through websites instead. That capability will not exist outside of the EU however.

It’s also likely that iOS 17.5/iPadOS 17.5 will include support for any updated devices that are expected to debut at the upcoming Apple Event on May 7, which the rumormill expects will focus on new and updated iPads.

When does the final version of iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, macOS Sonoma 14.5 come out?

Nobody outside of Apple knows the expected release date of any system software, unless they announce it directly.

However, it’s common for Apple to release new system software near, on, or after, Apple Events, and one is scheduled for next week on May 7. Therefore it’s reasonable to expect the final versions of these system software releases to debut as soon as next week, or soon after.

What are the latest current versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, etc?

The most current versions of system software 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: Jamie Cuevas in Mac OS

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