iOS 17.4.1 - It's Getting Strange..

Brandon Butch
30 Mar 202418:01

TLDRIn the latest Apple Weekly episode, Brandon discusses the insignificant re-release of iOS 17.4.55, the upcoming iOS 18, and its potential features based on code leaks. He also covers the delayed release of new iPad Pro and iPad Air models due to OLED panel supply issues, and shares rumors about the iPhone 16's improved AI capabilities and new colors. Additionally, he addresses two security vulnerabilities, one of which has been fixed by Apple, and another unpatchable hardware-based issue affecting Apple's M-series chips.


  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ iOS 17.4.55 re-release was insignificant, only available as an IPSW file and had no major changes from the previous build.
  • ๐Ÿ”„ Performance and battery life on iOS 17.4.55 showed no significant differences from the previous version.
  • ๐Ÿ”œ Development for iOS 17.5 is expected to finish soon, but the release date is not confirmed.
  • ๐ŸŽ‰ Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is confirmed for June 10th-14th, with iOS 18 being unveiled on the 10th.
  • ๐Ÿšซ iOS 18 will not feature Apple's own chatbot, but the company is exploring partnerships with Google and OpenAI for AI features.
  • ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ Apple Maps in iOS 18 may introduce custom routes and topographic maps support, previously exclusive to Apple Watch.
  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ New iPad Pro and iPad Air models are delayed due to OLED panel supply issues, with an expected release in early May.
  • ๐Ÿ“ฑ iPhone 16 Pro models will feature an A18 Pro chip with a larger die for enhanced AI performance.
  • ๐ŸŽจ iPhone 16 might introduce new colors, potentially replacing the popular titanium color.
  • ๐Ÿ”’ Apple has addressed the MFA bombing attack, a security vulnerability that targeted users through a phishing attempt.
  • ๐Ÿšจ 'Go fetch' is an unpatchable vulnerability in Apple's M-series chips, but it does not affect hardware cryptography and can be mitigated with software fixes.

Q & A

  • What is the main topic of the video?

    -The main topic of the video is the discussion of the latest updates on iOS 18 and the re-release of iOS 17.4.55, along with other Apple-related news and rumors.

  • Why was the re-release of iOS 17.4.55 considered insignificant?

    -The re-release of iOS 17.4.55 was considered insignificant because it was only a one build update from the original build number, and there were no significant changes in performance or battery life between the two builds.

  • How was the iOS 17.4.55 update distributed?

    -The iOS 17.4.55 update was distributed as an IPSW file, which required users to manually update their devices via a computer.

  • What is the expected release timeline for iOS 17.5 beta 1?

    -The development for iOS 17.5 beta 1 is expected to finish by the end of the week, but the actual release date is not confirmed. It could be released as early as the following week, but there is no guarantee.

  • What new features are expected in the Apple Maps application with iOS 18?

    -With iOS 18, Apple Maps is expected to receive new features such as custom routes and topographic maps support, which is currently a feature exclusive to Apple Watch.

  • What is the reported reason for the delay in the release of the new iPad Pro and iPad Air?

    -The delay in the release of the new iPad Pro and iPad Air is reportedly due to OLED panel supply issues, specifically poor yields of the 11-inch OLED panels from Samsung.

  • What is the significance of the 'go fetch' vulnerability in Apple's M-series chips?

    -The 'go fetch' vulnerability is a hardware-based side-channel attack that can potentially leak data from the core's cache. However, it does not apply to Apple's hardware cryptography, which protects user data. The vulnerability can be mitigated with software fixes, though it may lead to performance loss.

  • What new features are rumored for the upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models?

    -The upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models are rumored to feature a larger die A18 Pro chip for increased AI performance and an upgraded neural engine with more cores. There are also rumors of new color options, including rose and space black.

  • What is the role of third-party partnerships in Apple's AI development?

    -Apple is reportedly holding discussions with companies like Google and OpenAI for potential generative AI partnerships. This suggests that Apple's AI development may rely on collaboration for certain features, particularly for any chatbot-like features or offline generative AI capabilities.

  • How did an air tag help in a real-life carjacking incident?

    -In a carjacking incident, a pregnant woman's car was equipped with an air tag that was hidden inside a Bible. After the car was stolen, the air tag's tracking feature helped the police locate and impound the vehicle, even though the thieves had removed the car's rearview mirror to disable the Blue Link carfinder system.

  • What is the contest being run on the Apple Den Discord server?

    -The Apple Den Discord server is running a contest where participants share their best iPhone or Mac tech tips. The winner receives $50 and a shoutout in the next week's Apple Weekly episode.



๐Ÿ“ฑ iOS 17.4.55 Re-release and Upcoming iOS 18 Discussion

In this segment, the host addresses the recent re-release of iOS 17.4.55, explaining that it was a minor update only available as an IPSW file and not a significant release. The discussion shifts to the anticipation of iOS 18, with rumors and leaks suggesting Apple's focus on integrating AI features into first-party applications rather than introducing a chatbot. The host also mentions a contest on the Apple Den Discord server for sharing tech tips.


๐Ÿ“† Speculations on iOS 17.5 Beta and WWDC Announcements

The host discusses the speculated development timeline for iOS 17.5, highlighting Mark Gman's tweet about its potential release. It's clarified that the completion of development doesn't guarantee an immediate release. The conversation turns to the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), confirmed for June 10th to 14th, where Apple is expected to unveil iOS 18 and other software updates. Rumors suggest potential features like Apple Maps improvements and home screen customizations.


๐Ÿ“ฑ iOS 18 Rumors and Upcoming iPad, iPhone Releases

This paragraph delves into the rumors surrounding iOS 18, indicating that it won't feature Apple's own chatbot and that the company is exploring AI partnerships. Potential updates to Apple Maps and the introduction of new iPad Pro and iPad Air models are discussed, with delays attributed to OLED panel supply issues. The host also shares insights on the upcoming iPhone 16 and 16 Pro, mentioning the A18 Pro chip's enhanced AI capabilities and possible new color options.


๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Addressing Security Vulnerabilities and an AirTag Success Story

The host brings attention to two significant security vulnerabilities: an MFA bombing attack that Apple has since fixed and the 'go fch' vulnerability affecting Apple's M-series chips. The latter, while unpatched, does not affect Apple's hardware cryptography. The segment concludes with an extraordinary AirTag story, where an AirTag hidden in a Bible helped a woman track her stolen car, leading to its recovery by the police.

๐ŸŽ‰ Apple Weekly Episode Wrap and Community Engagement

In the concluding segment, the host wraps up the episode by encouraging viewers to like, share, and subscribe for future updates. The ongoing Discord contest is promoted once more, and the host expresses gratitude for the audience's participation and support.



๐Ÿ’กiOS 18

iOS 18 is the upcoming version of Apple's operating system for iPhones and iPod Touch devices. It is a significant topic in the video as the host discusses the new features and improvements expected in this release, including potential AI integration and changes to the Maps application. The video also mentions the Worldwide Developers Conference where Apple is expected to unveil iOS 18, highlighting its importance in the tech world and for Apple users.

๐Ÿ’กiOS 17.4.55

iOS 17.4.55 is a minor update to the iOS 17 operating system, which was released unexpectedly and only available as an IPSW file for manual installation. In the video, the host discusses the insignificance of this update, as it did not bring any major changes or improvements to the system, and advises viewers on whether or not they should update to this version.


Performance in the context of the video refers to the speed, responsiveness, and overall efficiency of the iOS operating system on Apple devices. The host evaluates the performance of different iOS versions, particularly comparing the performance of iOS 17.4.55 to its predecessor, and discusses how the new features in iOS 18 might affect device performance.

๐Ÿ’กBattery Life

Battery life is a critical aspect of user experience for smartphone and tablet users, referring to the amount of time a device can operate without needing to recharge. In the video, the host shares his personal experience and observations from other users regarding the battery life on different iOS builds, and whether the new iOS 17.4.55 update has any impact on it.


In the context of the video, a contest is a promotional event organized by the host on the Apple Den Discord server, where participants have the chance to win a prize by sharing the best iPhone or Mac tech tip. This is a way to engage the audience and create a sense of community among Apple enthusiasts.

๐Ÿ’กiPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a line of tablet computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. with a larger screen size and more powerful features than the standard iPad. In the video, the host discusses the anticipated release of new iPad Pro models and the delays caused by supply issues with OLED panels.

๐Ÿ’กOLED Panel

An OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panel is a display technology that offers high contrast, vibrant colors, and energy efficiency compared to traditional LCD screens. In the video, the host mentions that the upcoming iPad Pro models will feature OLED panels for the first time, which has caused delays due to supply chain issues.


WWDC, or the Worldwide Developers Conference, is an annual event hosted by Apple where the company announces new software, updates, and sometimes hardware. In the video, the host talks about the anticipation for the announcement of iOS 18 and other software updates at the upcoming WWDC event.

๐Ÿ’กiPhone 16

The iPhone 16 is the speculated name for the future line of smartphones that will succeed the iPhone 15 series. In the video, the host discusses rumors and potential features of the upcoming iPhone 16 models, such as a larger die for the A18 Pro chip and new color options.

๐Ÿ’กSecurity Vulnerabilities

Security vulnerabilities refer to weaknesses in a system that can be exploited by malicious actors to gain unauthorized access or perform actions that can harm the system or its users. In the video, the host discusses recent security vulnerabilities discovered in Apple's systems, emphasizing the importance of staying informed and taking action to protect devices.


AirTag is a small, wireless device developed by Apple that helps users locate and keep track of their belongings. In the video, the host shares a story of how an AirTag was used to track a stolen car, demonstrating the practical applications of this technology in real-life situations.


Discussion of iOS 18 and the re-release of iOS 17.4.55

iOS 17.4.55 was only available as an IPSW file and had to be manually updated

The build number for the re-release is only one higher than the original

The update was not significant enough to be sent out via an over-the-air update

There are no references to upcoming iPads in the iOS 17.4.55 update

Mark Gman reported that the development for iOS 17.5 point 1 is ending next week

Contest running in the Apple Den Discord server with a $50 prize

Performance and battery life on iOS 17.4.55 show no significant changes

Single core performance is higher than previous scores on iOS 17.4.55

iOS 18 will not feature Apple's own chat GPT-like chatbot

Apple is in discussions with Google and Open AI for potential generative AI partnerships

Apple Maps in iOS 18 expected to have custom routes and topographic maps support

Home screen customization with blank widgets and app icons expected in iOS 18

New iPad Pro and iPad Air release delayed due to OLED panel supply issues

Samsung facing poor yields of 11-inch OLED panels for iPads

Some orders for OLED panels have been transferred to LG

iPhone 16 Pro models to feature a larger die for increased AI performance

iPhone 16 might introduce new colors, including rose and space black

A new capture button is expected for the iPhone 16

iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max dummy units suggest larger displays

Security vulnerabilities, including the MFA bombing attack and the go fetch vulnerability

The go fetch vulnerability is a hardware-based issue but can be fixed with software

An air tag hidden in a Bible helped track a stolen car