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Apple pushed a new iOS 17.4.1 build but you’ll have to install it the old-fashioned way

Thursday March 28, 2024. 12:15 PM , from Macworld Reviews

Apple last week released iOS/iPad 17.4.1 with a couple of important bug fixes and security updates that you’ve probably already installed on your iPhones and iPads. But if you haven’t you’ll be getting a new version when you do, and it’s not clear why.

According to multiple sources on X (formerly Twitter), Apple has pushed out a new 21E237 build of iOS/iPadOS 17.4.1, one number higher than the previous version (21E236). It doesn’t appear to have been delivered over the air, but you can download the IPSW files on a Mac and install them using the Finder.

The fact that Apple didn’t deliver it to users means it’s unlikely to have any fixes of note. The original update fixed a bug when scanning QR codes on some iPad models and included security updates for CoreMedia and Web RTC. The new build may include specific updates for the new iPad Air and iPad Pro that will reportedly arrive in early April, though Aaron on X dug into the code and found no mention of new iPads anywhere in the update.

Apple has yet to release the iOS 17.5 beta, which was expected to arrive several weeks ago. 

To install an IPSW file on your iPhone or iPad, connect the device to your Mac using a USB-C cable and select “Trust this Computer” if prompted. Then select your device in the Finder sidebar, hold down the Option key, and click on the Check for Update button. Open the IPSW file on your computer and follow the prompts.

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