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Update: The first public beta of iOS 17.2 is also available now.
After the release of the official iOS 17.1 update, Apple is now here to offer developers the first beta for iOS 17.2. The release comes with some of the features not included in the iOS 17.1 update, including the Journal app and iMessage Contact Key Verification.
Apple released the beta alongside watchOS 10.2 developer beta 1, macOS 14.2 Sonoma developer beta 1, tvOS 17.2 developer beta 1, and HomePod 17.2 developer beta 1.
You can now get them, but there are certain things you need to know first before installing them. Given that betas are not yet completely finished, testing them involves risks.
If you want to test it now, go to Settings > General > Software Update to get it. Once the device is updated, you must sign up for Apple’s Beta Software Program for developers or public testers. It will require your Apple ID, which you are using on your test device. Once enrolled, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Beta Updates, and choose the Developer beta. Here, you can select iOS 17.2 Developer Beta 1. Once selected, go back to the previous screen to see the beta you chose. Tap the Download and Install button.
As mentioned above, the beta test comes with a handful of new features. Aside from the ones mentioned before, it includes the system Apple is developing to allow it to update an unsealed iPhone unit inside the box. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, this will be performed using “a proprietary pad-like device that the store can place boxes of iPhones on top of.” If this is released this year, it will allow Apple to sell updated iPhones and other devices all the time, preventing the same issues it faced with the iPhone 15 series.