iOS 17 Release Date, Features, Supported Devices: All You Need to Know

Apple’s current version of the Operating System (OS) is the iOS 16. The iOS 16 was initially showcased at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) event held in June 2022. The update brought many changes to the iOS, including the redesigned lock screen, lockscreen customizations, new widgets, widgets on the lock screen, iMessage application new features, battery percentage on the status bar, improved keyboard haptics, Health app medication tracking, and many more. But as the iteration goes, iOS 16 has turned out to be a disastrous buggy mess which has caused bugs and stability issues, as reported by some consumers. However, fortunately, Apple has released some updates like iOS 16.0.1, iOS 16.0.2, iOS 16.0.3, and iOS 16.1 to patch up the reported problems. We also have working solutions to some of the known common issues.

Apple’s next year Operating System will likely be iOS 17, which is expected with the upcoming iPhone 15 series. Though the update can likely arrive in the half of 2023 (H2 2023), we are unsure about the same as it is nearly one year left. To the early excited and concerned people of iOS 17, we have some exciting features expected with Apple’s next Operating System. Please read the article thoroughly to learn about iOS 17, its Release Date, Expected Features, Eligible devices, etc.

iOS 17 Release Date

  • iOS 17 is expected around June 2023 during Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Following Apple’s history of launching their latest versions of Operating Systems, the iOS 17 will likely be first announced at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). The successor to iOS 16 will most probably be announced in June 2023.

As per the iterations of Apple seen in the past, the Beta versions of iOS 17 will be available for a limited number of users right after the announcement at WWDC 2023 event. Firstly, the update will be available for volunteers, which will check and analyze the bugs and issues if reported, after which Apple will roll out the final version to the general consumers. After which, the company will roll out the update to all iPhone users after iPhone 15 series in September 2023. Following the same, all the eligible devices will receive the iOS 17 update slowly.

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iOS 17: Features and Improvements

The Cupertino-based tech giant is frequently criticized for bringing some basic features into iPhones that have been available on Android for years. But we also have seen it whenever the company implements any of the elements, and it is more polished, consistent, and refined than that on Android. As we have seen in the past, Apple’s new Operating System (upcoming iOS 17) always brings new changes, enhancements, and improvements to User Interface; likely, iOS 17 will be no different.

  1. More Lockscreen Widgets: iOS 16 added new widgets, which you can now apply to the lockscreen. However, you can use four small ones and two large ones simultaneously. But with iOS 17, it is expected we can now have no limitations for the widgets.
  2. Interactive Widgets: Widgets are helpful when you don’t want to open a particular application and want to see the exact details. However, those widgets are limited to that function only. But with iOS 17, we can expect interactive widgets, and we will no longer need to open an application for information.
  3. Split Screen: The Split Screen multitasking feature has been leading in Android devices, but iPhones have not yet adopted it. However, Apple iPads do have split-screen functionality. And because of iPhones, Apple might be feeling guilty about doing so. But as per the fans’ speculations, we might be Split Screen multitasking on iPhones with iOS 17.
  4. Call Recording: Recording calls someone is a feature the iOS fans are waiting for. However, there are alternative ways to record calls, but having a dedicated inbuilt application in the device performing the task is always welcome. It is not yet confirmed whether the feature will arrive with iOS 17, but we can surely hope for that.
  5. Support for Dual Applications: Dual apps are nothing but cloning the app. App cloning is a technique that allows you to run two different instances of an app simultaneously. For this, too, we can use third-party applications available on various platforms like Google Play Store and Apple’s App store, but having inbuilt support for the same will be helpful.
  6. Shortening “Hey Siri” to “Siri”: You heard it right. As reported by Mark Gurman, “Apple is working on a big change for Siri: dropping the “Hey” from “Hey Siri” to simplify the wake phrase.” So instead of ‘Hey Siri,’ we may have only ‘Siri,’ and we should expect this with the upcoming iOS 17 in 2023.
  7. Redesigned iMessage application: As with iOS 16, the iMessage app brought new improvements, like editing and un-send iMessages on your iPhone. iOS 17, taking the app one step further, is expected to make support chat rooms, video clips, and AR features. It is scheduled to release next year (with iOS 17) with the upcoming Apple AR headset.

These are features that users and fans have been demanding for years, and finally, with iOS 17, we may see some of them Apple integrating with their software system. Apart from the above features, some typical basic features are expected with iOS 17. Those are additional accessibility enhancements, system stability improvements, offline Siri usage, better notification management, implementing Dynamic Island more to make it useful, extra features, modifications, and changes to some stock applications like Mail, Safari browser, Messages, and weather applications.

iOS 17 Supported Devices

  • iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • iPhone 14 Pro.
  • iPhone 14 Plus.
  • iPhone 14.
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max.
  • iPhone 13 Pro.
  • iPhone 13 Mini.
  • iPhone 13.
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  • iPhone 12 Pro.
  • iPhone 12 Mini.
  • iPhone 12.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • iPhone 11 Pro.
  • iPhone 11.
  • iPhone XS.
  • iPhone XS Max.
  • iPhone XR.
  • iPhone X.
  • iPhone SE 3rd Generation.
  • iPhone SE 2nd Generation.

These are the devices that will be going to receive the iOS 17 update. The upcoming iPhone 15 series, expected in September 2023, will run iOS 17 out-of-the-box. Apple provides at least five years of significant updates to their devices. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, launched in 2017, recently received iOS 16 and might not be eligible for iOS 17. Likewise, every iPhone launched before iPhone 8 series will not be suitable for iOS 17.

Are you excited about the latest version (iOS 17)? What are your expectations with iOS 17? What do you want Apple to bring features with the upcoming iOS 17 next year? Do tell us in the comments section below. If you have liked the article, please tell us below. Thank you for reading.

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Ansari Zaid is a Tech Journalist at GizPaw. Ansari has had a passion for technology ever since he was a child. He eventually developed a precise writing style that lets him express complex information in simple terms.

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