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Apple’s Surprise Move: iOS 17 Developer Beta Now Open to All Users at No Charge



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Apple has made a surprising move by making the iOS 17 developer beta and other betas available for free to all registered developers. This decision marks a departure from the previous practice of requiring a $99/year developer account to access these beta builds.

Users first became aware of the change when they noticed the availability of the iOS 17 developer beta for installation, even in the absence of a developer account. Initially believed to be a bug, it has now been confirmed by Apple as an intentional shift in their approach.

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The announcement was made on Apple’s Developer website, where they outlined the new free and paid membership options. While the betas are now free to access without the $99 fee, individuals are still required to sign up and register as developers.

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To install the iOS 17 beta, users are advised to follow a few steps. Firstly, it is recommended to create a fresh backup of their iPhone or iPad in case they decide to downgrade to iOS 16.4. Then, by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, they can select the Beta Updates button and choose the Developer Beta option. If needed, users can also change their Apple ID associated with the beta. The iOS 17 Developer Beta will appear for download and installation.

However, some users might not immediately see the option to enable beta updates or the iOS 17 beta itself. In such cases, Apple suggests quitting and relaunching the Settings app and ensuring that the device is running at least iOS 16.4. If these steps do not work, signing in with the Apple ID at and retrying the process is recommended.

The iOS 17 developer beta is approximately 3 GB in size and comes with certain device compatibility changes. Apple has dropped support for specific devices with this release.

iOS 17 brings various new features and improvements, including updates for Messages, FaceTime, Phone, a new landscape “StandBy” always-on feature, and more. It is important to note that the developer beta may contain bugs and performance issues, so it is advised not to install it on primary devices.

While Apple has not revealed the reason behind this sudden decision to offer the developer beta for free, it is likely to encourage more developers to explore and provide feedback on the upcoming iOS version. The move is expected to foster a larger and more diverse developer community, ultimately leading to enhanced software quality and user experiences. The first iOS 17 public beta is scheduled for release in July, following the initial availability of the developer beta.

Overall, this shift in policy by Apple has been met with excitement from developers and users alike, who can now explore the latest iOS features and contribute to the development process without any financial barrier.

How to Install iOS 17 Developer Beta

To install the iOS 17 developer beta, you can follow these steps:

  • Make sure to create a fresh backup of your iPhone or iPad before proceeding. This is important in case you want to revert back to iOS 16 or encounter any issues.
  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad that is running at least iOS 16.4.
  • Scroll down and tap on “General.”
  • In the General settings, select “Software Update.”
  • On the Software Update page, you should see a new option called “Beta Updates.” Tap on it. Note that it may take a moment for this option to appear.
  • Now, choose “Developer Beta” from the available options.
  • If you need to change the Apple ID associated with the beta, you can tap on it at the bottom of the screen and make the necessary adjustments.
  • Once you have selected the Developer Beta option, tap on “Back” to return to the Software Update page.
  • Look for the iOS 17 Developer Beta update, which should now appear. Tap on “Download and Install” to begin the installation process.
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If you are unable to see the option to turn on beta updates or the iOS 17 update doesn’t appear:

  • Try quitting the Settings app completely and relaunching it.
  • Double-check that your device is running at least iOS 16.4. If not, you’ll need to update to that version before you can access the beta option within the Settings.
  • If the issue persists, sign in with your Apple ID at for free. Once signed in, try the steps mentioned above again.

Please note that installing the developer beta comes with certain risks, such as bugs and performance issues. It is recommended to install the beta on a secondary device and not on your primary device, as it may impact the overall functionality of your device.


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Galaxy Ring not supported with iPhones – Officially Confirmed



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Recently, at the MWC 2024 event, which was held in Barcelona, Samsung’s VP, Hon Pak confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Ring will not be supported by iPhones. Pak also said that their products are as good as the Apple ones.

There are also very good reasons to switch to Samsung’s ecosystem. Samsung is also working on making their devices compatible with other Android devices as well, not only with their own.

As we already know, Galaxy Ring comes in various sizes. Among them, the smallest one is powered with a battery of 14 mAh, and the largest one comes with a bigger battery of 21.5 mAh which will provide a battery backup of 5-9 days.

samsung galaxy ring

Until now, the launch of Galaxy Ring has not been revealed but some rumors suggested that it will launch in the Unpacked Event, which is going to be held in July along with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Z Flip 6.

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Is your iPhone or iPad eligible for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Update – Here is a list of eligible devices



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Every year, Apple announces its new iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS versions in its WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) which will held at Apple Park in June. This year, Apple will announce iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and MacOS 15. The developer Beta of iOS 18 will be available after the announcement at the WWDC event but if we talk about the stable version of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 update, then it will be available by September. In this post, we will tell you the list of iPhones and iPads that are eligible for the iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 update.

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Devices Eligible for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Update

First, let’s talk about the list of iPhones, that are eligible for the iOS 18 Update:

  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

Now, let’s talk about the list of iPads, that are eligible for the iPadOS 18 Update:

  • iPad Pro: 2018 and later
  • iPad Air: 2019 and later
  • iPad mini: 2019 and later
  • iPad: 2020 and later

iOS 18 brings new Generative AI support with Siri, design changes, and RCS message support in Apple’s iMessage. If you want to know more about the features of the iOS 18 update, then we have already created a dedicated post for that, do check that out.

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Apple has shared full release notes for iOS 17.4 Update along with new Features



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Apple, an American-based Tech Giant has recently shared full release notes for the iOS 17.4 update, which is expected to be launched in the first week of the next month i.e. March. If you want to know the upcoming changes or new addons that we get after updating the iPhone to stable iOS 17.4, then we have already posted a dedicated post for that, you can simply check that out by clicking here.

If we talk about them in short, then the upcoming iOS 17.4 update brings major App Store changes in the EU, new emojis, Apple Podcasts transcripts, and an upgrade in the security of Apple’s iMessage. Furthermore, this update also prepares for the launch of the next-generation Apple CarPlay later this year.

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As we know, Apple has to follow the EU’s Digital Markets Act. So, to avoid fines, Apple has to roll out the new iOS 17.4 update before the deadline which was given by the EU i.e. 6 March (Wednesday). So, we can expect the iOS 17.4 stable update before or on 6 March. Below listed are the iOS 17.4 U.S. released notes:

– New mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads emoji are now available in the emoji keyboard
– 18 people and body emoji add the option to face them in either direction

Apple Podcasts
– Transcripts let you follow an episode with text that highlights in sync with the audio in English, Spanish, French and German
– Episode text can be read in full, searched for a word or phrase, tapped to play from a specific point and used with accessibility features such as Text Size, Increase Contrast, and VoiceOver

This update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:
– Music recognition lets you add songs you have identified to your Apple Music Playlists and Library, as well as Apple Music Classical
– Siri has a new option to announce messages you receive in any supported language
– Stolen Device Protection supports the option for increased security in all locations
– Battery Health in Settings shows battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models
– Call Identification displays Apple-verified business name, logo, and department name when available
– Business updates in Messages for Business provide trusted information for order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts or other transactions you opt into
– Apple Cash virtual card numbers enable you to pay with Apple Cash at merchants that don’t yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill
– Fixes an issue where contact pictures are blank in Find My
– Fixes an issue for Dual SIM users where the phone number changes from primary to secondary and is visible to a group they have messaged
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Devices that are eligible for iOS 17.4 Update

At last, if we talk about the eligible devices for iOS 17.4 Update, then iPhone XS and above models are eligible for this update. Whenever you receive the iOS 17.4 update. To update your iPhone, simply head to Settings > General > Software Update.

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