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iOS 17.4— Urgent Update Alert Sent to All iPhone Users

iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 / Release Date: 05 Mar 2024

IOS / iPadOS 17.4
IOS / iPadOS 17.4

iPhone XS and later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2nd generation and later, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch 1st generation and later, iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 6th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later

Software Update
Software Update

Security Notes

A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation. This issue is fixed in

iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4. An attacker with arbitrary kernel read and write capability may be able to bypass kernel memory protections. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited.

Update Notes

This update introduces new emoji, transcripts in Apple Podcasts and includes other features, bug fixes, and security updates for your iPhone.


  • 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:

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