What's new in iOS 17.5

Lots of new goodies await iPhone owners.

There’s been a lot of publicity about stalkers and thieves using Apple AirTags for nefarious purposes, but little about other Bluetooth trackers from smaller companies.

If I wanted to clandestinely track someone, I certainly wouldn’t use an AirTag, which has fairly robust safeguards, alerting both iPhone and Android users if an unknown tracker is moving with them. Instead, I’d use an Android-compatible tracker from a lesser-known company.

But this loophole is coming to a close. Apple and Google just announced a new industry specification: Detecting Unwanted Location Trackers. The joint effort will alert both iPhone and Android users about Bluetooth trackers following their movements.

The new initiative was announced Monday morning to coincide with the release of iOS 17.5, which already includes the necessary technology. It’ll also be built into Android 6.0+.

There are several other great new features in the iOS update, which is available to download now, including a new word game, new wallpapers and Apple Watch faces, and more. Check it all out here.

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