Apple’s latest iPhone series has heightened the anticipation for iOS 17, the next version of Apple’s operating system. This update is set to be released soon and promises a host of new features that will enhance the user experience on all Apple devices. This article guides users through the iOS 17 update. It covers its compatibility, installability, and new features.
What iPhones support iOS 17?
It is important to check if your device can run the upgraded software before upgrading. Apple is continuing its tradition of providing generous support for devices. For iOS 17, however, only iPhones from the past five years are eligible. Compatible iPhone models are those from the Xs/Xr Series of 2018 or newer. This includes iPhone 11, 12, 13 and 14 series. All variants, including the standard, Pro Max and Mini, as well as Plus-sized models, are compatible. Apple’s iPhone SE second and third generation, which are budget-friendly, is also included on the list.
Are you still unsure of your iPhone model number? Navigate to
settings > General > About >Model Name. This option is not available? Apple’s comprehensive document of support will help you identify your model using the number listed on that page.
Install iOS 17 seamlessly
After establishing compatibility, the user is presented with two main options for upgrading.
- The patient route: On Monday, September 18th, the much-anticipated iOS 17 will be officially available for the masses. Users can update their devices over-the-air by going to
Settings, General, About, Software Update. This is only possible if Apple has started the rollout. If automatic updates are activated, software may auto-install. However, there could be a slight delay.
- Enthusiast’s Choice For those who are tech-savvy but impatient, iOS 17’s RC beta (release candidate) can be accessed prior to the public launch. This version is often the same as the final release. For this, navigate to settings > General > About > Software Update . Select ‘Beta updates’. Developer beta offers the RC1 version, which is the latest developer release from Apple following the iPhone launch. Beta enthusiasts should disable beta updates after the official release to prevent future unpolished software updates.
New Features Spotlight
Revitalized Message: iOS 17, the next generation of messaging. Users can now read the text of voice messages without needing to playback audio. Initial tests showed commendable accuracy. It could even distinguish between British and American accents. A restructuring has also resulted in a streamlined interface, with most of Messages functionalities being located behind a +’ symbol.
FaceTime Updates : FaceTime has never been more versatile. Video voicemails are now available in iOS 17, allowing for a more personalized touch. FaceTime is now available on Apple TV in synergy to tvOS 17. The iPhone or iPad acts as the camera.
- StandBy mode: When you charge your iPhone, it transforms into a smart display.
- Contact Posters A full-screen display flashes a vivid display with customizable profiles when incoming calls.
- Namedrop : This feature simplifies the exchange of contacts by activating it when two iPhones, or Apple Watches, are brought together.
- Revamped keyboard: iOS 17 boasts a predictive text inline, which uses machine learning to predict sentences and autocomplete them, speeding up typing.
iOS 17’s array of enhanced features and optimizations represents Apple’s commitment to improving the user experience. This update will redefine the iPhone’s experience, from communication improvements to intuitive utilities. Apple is once again set to redefine the industry a