Here’s When iOS 17 Is Coming Out

Here’s When iOS 17 Is Coming Out

iPhone season is upon us, and with it, comes the yearly update to iOS. Apple plans to release iOS 17 this month, along with the new iPhone 15 line. If you’re impatient, you can try out the public betas, which are easy to install, but you won’t have to wait long: the stable version of iOS 17 will launch in less than a week.

What is the iOS 17 release date?

The new OS will be available to download right before the new iPhone 15 officially goes on sale: The iOS 17 release date is slated for Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

Which Apple devices support iOS 17?

iOS 17 will only run on devices sporting an A12 Bionic chip or newer. That means the very first iPhone with the notch, the iPhone X, won’t be supported this time around (the same goes for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus). Here’s a list of all the officially supported devices for iOS 17:

  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 and 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 and 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 and 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max
  • iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd gen)

The best new features

You can think of iOS 17 as an update designed around improving communication, with Contact Posters front and center. With this feature, you can customize your poster with a full-screen photo and text. Any time someone receives a call from you, your Contact Poster will fill their screen. There’s also support for live text transcription for Voicemail, so you can easily screen calls, and you can leave voice and video messages on FaceTime if someone is not picking up a call.

Apple has also made huge improvements in the Messages app: The Attachments menu is now tucked away behind a Plus button, and is formatted as a simple list rather than a horizontal menu of icons. And now, you can filter your search of old messages within a single conversation, rather than your entire inbox at once. The coolest part, though, is the fact that you can turn any photo or object into a sticker (or Live Sticker), and add it anywhere in the iMessage conversation.

Also new is StandBy mode, which activates when your phone is locked, charging, and placed sideways at an angle. StandBy mode turns your iPhone into a simple smart display, where you can display a mix of widgets and photos, or just the clock.

Speaking of widgets, Apple is bringing a huge new upgrade to the Home Screen: Widgets are finally interactive, sporting tappable buttons that actually do things—you can play music, check off to-dos, and perform actions without opening the respective apps.

Apple is also focussing on a lot of smaller quality-of-life upgrades is this OS update:

  • Two-factor authentication SMS messages can be set to delete automatically, and the OTP autofill also now works within email messages too.
  • You can use the iPhone to ping your Apple Watch.
  • The Notes app now supports links for existing notes.
  • You can share your usernames and passwords with friends and family members, securely.
  • Safari lets you automatically delete trackers for URLs before sharing.

That’s not all. Take a look at all the new iOS 17 features in our detailed guide.

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