iOS 17 Release Date, Features, and Supported Devices

iOS 16 was a major software update for Apple’s mobile operating system, released in late 2020. It brought several new features, including an updated lock screen with customization, improved user experience, and a new battery percentage in the status bar. Despite these exciting new additions, iOS 16 was also known for its bugs and performance issues, which caused frustration for many users.

iOS 17 is the next major iOS update coming to the iPhone this year. Now that the next major iOS update’s release date is getting closer, we can talk about its features and supported devices. So, is iOS 17 going to be any better? Is it going to be a major upgrade or a minor one? Let’s find out.

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iOS 17

iOS 17 Update Tracker

Update October 25, 2023: Apple has officially released iOS 17.1 stable update for the public. The update is available on all devices that were eligible for the iOS 17 update i.e. iPhone XS and newer models. The update brings some new features and improvements to the operating system.

Update October 11, 2023: iOS 17.0.3 and iOS 17.1 Beta 3 are out! iOS 17.1 Beta 3 fixes many issues and addresses them. The new Beta update can be installed by users on the Beta program.

Update September 27, 2023: iOS 17.1 Beta has started rolling out to Developers. We don’t yet know what’s new in the update. The update is rolling out on the new iPhone 15 series first.

Update September 26, 2023: iOS 17.0.2 has been released for all the eligible iPhones. The new update brings some minor changes and bug fixes that improve the overall stability of the device.

Update September 22, 2023: iOS 17.0.1 has been released for all the eligible iPhones. Apple has also released iOS 17.0.2 for the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and the 15 Pro Max.

Update September 18, 2023: iOS 17 public version has finally been released for everyone. All the eligible devices from iPhone Xs and later are eligible for the update. You can update to iOS 17 now.

Update September 12, 2023: iOS 17 RC (Release Candidate) has been released for developers and beta users. This is to test the software one final time for any bugs and issues before rolling it out to the public. The iOS 17 public version will be available on September 18th.

Update September 02, 2023: iOS 17 Beta 8 and Public Beta 6 are live now. They bring the usual bug fixes and improvements to iOS. Users who are enrolled in the Beta programs, either Developer Beta or Public Beta can install these updates on their devices. We might not see any more Beta updates and directly the RC update.

Update August 30, 2023: iOS 17 Beta 8 has been released alongwith iOS 17 Public Beta 6. The new Beta updates reportedly come with performance gains and battery life improvements. They also incorporate a ton of bug fixes. Users who are enrolled in the Beta programs, either Developer Beta or Public Beta can install these updates on their devices.

Update August 24, 2023: iOS 17 Developer Beta 7 and the Public Beta 5 are out now! The new Beta updates bring performance improvements on top of bug fixes and battery life improvements.

Update August 16, 2023: The iOS 17 Beta 6 and the Public Beta 4 are out now. The new Beta updates bring performance improvements on top of bug fixes and battery life improvements. The next Beta is expected to be released next week. As for the iOS 17 stable release, it is expected to be announced on September 12, 2023 and then released to the public on September 18, 2023.

Update August 09, 2023: The iOS 17 Beta 5 is out with many of the new features included in the update. The new features include Live Voicemail, locked private browsing in Safari, mood tracking, messages check-in and more. If you want to update your iPhone to iOS 17 Beta 5, you can do so from the Settings app.

Update July 27, 2023: iOS 17 Beta 4 for the developers is out! It brings a number of new features as well as improvements to the operating system. New features in the Beta 4 include a toggle for who can NameDrop you, the new iMessage menu, Standby notification preview toggle, and more. Users who have signed up for the Beta can install the update now.

Update July 12, 2023: After about over a month of testing Developer Beta, iOS 17 Public Beta is out now! Anyone can now install the iOS 17 Beta on their iPhones. Users can enjoy new features like StandBy, interactive widgets, and many more. Remember that Beta updates are still prone to major bugs and issues, so proceed with caution. You can update to iOS 17 Public Beta from the Settings app.

Update July 11, 2023: Apple has re-released the iOS 17 Beta 3 for developers. The re-release brings some under the hood changes to the Beta 3. A re-release also typically means that the public beta will be rolled out soon. Perhaps, the next beta update for iOS 17 will available to the public.

Update July 06, 2023: iOS 17 Developer Beta 3 is now out. The new beta update brings some minor changes to iOS. These changes include Apple Music credits with more details, a “What’s New?” splash card for certain apps, and a new icon for the photos app that changes dynamically. The update has also brought in some bug fixes and improvements too. You can download and install the Beta 3 right now from your iPhone settings.

Update June 21, 2023: iOS 17 Beta 2 has been announced. It brings some new features of iOS 17 and also fixes a ton of bugs. Some of the new features include Check-In Messages, improvements to StandBy, and some Apple Music widgets. Users can install the update on their eligible iPhones.

Update June 05, 2023: iOS 17 is now official. Apple announced iOS 17 alongside iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, macOS 14 and tvOS 10. The new update brings a few major changes and a couple of minor changes as well. The iOS 17 Developer Beta is currently available for installation. Users with an iPhone XS or newer can install the update and test out iOS 17.

The original post is as follows:

  • iOS 17 is expected to be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2023 event on June 5, 2023.

With the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2023 event scheduled to start on June 5, 2023, Apple is expected to announce the new features and updates that iOS 17 will bring to your iPhone. Thanks to leaks and rumours, we already have an idea of what to expect from the new update.

iOS 17 Release Date

  • iOS 17 is expected to be released in September 2023.

The release date of iOS 17 is not yet confirmed. However, we can easily speculate when the update will be released. Apple usually announces the iOS update at its WWDC event and later releases the software in September. This year, too, we can expect the same.

Suppose Apple is to follow past trends. In that case, it will announce iOS 17 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2023, alongside updates to other software such as macOS, watchOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. And after several months of beta testing, Apple is expected to release the iOS 17 stable update for eligible iPhones in September 2023. Moreover, if the leaks are to be believed, the exact date is September 12, 2023.

Additionally, it shouldn’t be wrong to say that the iPhone 15 series will be the first to be shipped with the iOS 17 stable update. Other eligible iPhones will also receive the update in a week or so.

iOS 17 Features (Official)

Update June 05, 2023: 

  1. FaceTime on Apple TV: Wirelessly connect iPhone to Apple TV for FaceTime calls on the big screen, which requires iOS 17 and second-generation Apple TV 4K or later.
  2. NameDrop: Share contacts by holding iPhones close together; works on all iPhone models with iOS 17 and Apple Watch Series 6 or later.
  3. StandBy: Full-screen widgets when iPhone is connected to a charger and positioned horizontally, available on any iPhone with iOS 17, with Always-on Display on iPhone 14 Pro.
  4. Personalized Call Screens: iOS 17 lets us customize our call screen with pictures or memojis with some text in your favourite font. This will show up when another user tries to call us.
  5. Live Voicemail: Voicemails are transcribed in real-time on the Lock Screen, available in the US and Canada.
  6. All your iMessage apps in one place: Use the new + button to quickly insert media, music, or location into your conversations, and swipe up to discover even more iMessage apps.
  7. Check-In: When you reach your destination, such as your home, Check-In will immediately inform your friend or family member (if you have set it up).
  8. Audio Transcription in iMessage: You can now read the transcribed audio of voice messages in iMessage.
  9. Stickers: iMessage lets you create and share stickers on iMessage and other compatible apps. These stickers are built into the keyboard. You can even create live stickers and save them on your keyboard.
  10. Journal: It is a new app available across all your devices that lets you write and save your precious memories.
  11. Safari Profiles: Safari profiles separate professional and personal browsing. Profiles provide easy switching between history, extensions, Tab Groups, cookies, and favourites.
  12. 3D Reactions in FaceTime: Users can leave video messages and use 3D reactions with hand movements on iPhone 12 or later.
  13. Improved Autocorrect: Machine learning enhances autocorrect accuracy and personalization, available on iPhone 12 or later in select languages.
  14. Keyboard predictions: Inline predictions for faster typing, requires iPhone 12 or later and currently supports English.
  15. AirPods Adaptive Audio and Faster Automatic Switching: Adaptive Audio adjusts Transparency and ANC works with second-generation AirPods Pro.
  16. Press to mute and unmute on AirPods: Mute and unmute calls by pressing AirPods stems, compatible with third-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro.
  17. New ‘Siri’ command: Talk to Siri without saying “Hey Siri,” supported on all iPhones with iOS 17 in English.
  18. Siri back-to-back requests: Ask multiple requests without reactivating Siri, available in English.
  19. Point and Speak: The accessibility feature for reading text labels with the iPhone camera requires a LiDAR scanner on iPhone 12 Pro and newer Pro models.
  20. Home Activity History: View recent activity in the Home app, which works on any iPhone with iOS 17 after updating the Home app.
  21. Offline Maps: You can now download offline maps to use them later. You will be able to access all the features you would when using Maps online.

The original post is as follows:

iOS 16 brought a ton of new features to the iPhone. However, a ton of features also meant a ton of bugs. Initially, it was reported that, with iOS 17, Apple is expected to focus less on adding new features and more on bringing a stable iOS experience. However, a recent report now suggests that this is untrue.

Update April 14, 2023: According to a tipster on Twitter, @analyst941, the iOS 17 update will bring many improvements to various aspects of the iPhone, including Dynamic Island, Control Center, Camera app, and more. Here are some of the updates and features that we can expect from iOS 17:

Note: Most of these anticipated features did not make their way to the official iOS 17 release.

  1. Device Compatibility: One of the most critical pieces of information for iPhone users is whether their device will support the new iOS update. The leakster clarified that all iPhone models currently supporting iOS 16, including all A11 Bionic-powered devices like iPhone 8 and iPhone X, will receive the iOS 17 update.
  2. Performance, Efficiency, and Stability: The iOS 17 update is expected to prioritize performance, efficiency, stability, and long-term support for older devices. While the first few beta cycles may be rough for devices with 3GB of RAM, they will become more stable and efficient over time.
  3. Control Center Improvements: The Control Center is getting a major overhaul, including changes to the user interface and customization options. Users will have more control over the Control Center, with enhanced functionalities to help them manage their devices better.
  4. Dynamic Island Updates: Dynamic Island is set to receive a host of new functionalities to push sales of the standard iPhone 15’s release. It is unclear what these new features will entail, but users can expect a more dynamic and customizable experience.
  5. Always On Display Settings: iOS 17 will reportedly bring more always-on display settings to give users more control over their device’s display options.
  6. More Focus Mode Filters: Users will have more Focus Mode filters in settings, enabling them to personalize their experience based on their needs.
  7. Notification Changes: iOS 17 will offer notification changes and additional options in settings, giving users more control over their notifications.
  8. Custom Accessibility Settings: Custom accessibility settings will give users total control over the user interface and layout, making it easier for older persons or younger children to use their devices.
  9. Active Widgets: Active widgets are currently in testing, with one-tap buttons, sliders, and more. If implemented, widgets will become more dynamic and interactive. We can see some good implementation with the music player widget and the photos widget.
  10. CarKey Improvements: iOS 17 is set to improve CarKey and implement more car integrations into the wallet app.
  11. Health App UI Changes: The Health app will receive a UI overhaul, with specific improvements to Favorites in Health.
  12. Camera App Changes: While initially planned for the iPhone 14 Pro release, Camera app changes may only be implemented into the iPhone 15’s OS rather than all iOS 17 devices.
  13. Improved Search/Spotlight: iOS 17 will reportedly offer a heavily improved Search/Spotlight feature, making it easier for users to find what they need on their devices.
  14. ARKit APIs/Frameworks: Finally, iOS 17 is expected to include an extensive range of ARKit APIs and frameworks.

iOS 17 Supported Devices (Official)

Apple’s past record indicates that iOS 17 will be compatible with many devices, including the iPhone XR that launched in 2018. However, some older devices may not receive all of the new features due to hardware limitations. Here is a full list of iPhones that are compatible with the iOS 17 update in September 2023:

Note: This is the official list revealed by Apple at WWDC23.

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

That’s all for now. What features do you expect with the iOS 17 update? Are you excited about the iOS 17 announcement? Let us know in the comments section below.

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