iOS 17 New Features, Release Date

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Apple releases one major iOS update every year, and one can safely assume that iOS 17 would be rolled out in 2023. While the announcement of iOS 16 at WWDC22 was well-received and excited every iPhone fanatic, the final public release reduced the enthusiasm with multiple bugs and glitches.

iOS 17 is still far away, and we are yet to have an official word from Apple about the release date of the same or the features it will bring. Still, here’s a look at everything we can expect from Apple with iOS 17 update.

iOS 17 announcement date and release date 

Since the first iPhone’s launch, Apple has released one major iOS update every year. The update is announced, and the features are showcased during the Worldwide Developers Conference. After that, the software’s beta versions are made available within a couple of weeks. Given Apple’s track record of hosting the WWDC in June for the past decade, we can expect Apple to announce iOS 17 at WWDC in June 2023. 

As mentioned, the beta versions of iOS 17 will be available shortly after the announcement. However, the public rollout of iOS 17 is expected in September 2023, alongside the much-awaited iPhone 15 series. Again, this is speculation based on the decade-long history of these events. 

iOS 17 supported devices list

Before we get into all the expected features of iOS 17, let us look at the devices that will receive the iOS 17 update. Usually, Apple provides software updates to iPhones for up to five years. This number can extend to six years in rare cases where the hardware can handle the software update. 

As of writing this article, there is no way of being one hundred percent sure which iPhones will receive the iOS 17 update. We can hypothesize based on the history of iOS updates, and here’s a list of all the devices we expect to be compatible with iOS 17:

  • iPhone 15 series
  • iPhone 14 series
  • iPhone SE 2022 (3rd generation)
  • iPhone 13 series
  • iPhone 12 series
  • iPhone SE 2020 (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 11 series
  • iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max 

The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X were released in 2017, and they received iOS 16, which probably should be their last major iOS update, given these devices are five years old now. However, there are chances of these devices receiving the iOS 17 update if Apple finds the hardware on these devices powerful enough.

f I was using an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X user, though, I wouldn’t keep my hopes high and would instead upgrade to the iPhone 15 series, which would indeed feel like a substantial upgrade over my six-year-old device.

iOS 17 new features and expectations

Apple is rapidly evolving from being utterly ignorant of what the customers asked for to finally responding to the customers by offering users the most demanded features. We saw this with the iOS 16 update, filled with a good number of lock screen customizations and widget support.

Moreover, Apple also introduced the much-demanded Always on Display with the iPhone 14 lineup (although exclusive to the Pro series) and revamped it with the iOS 16.2 update, offering users more control over how they wanted to customize their AOD screens. 

Considering Apple has not only been listening to its consumers but also responding to them by making the demanded features available and improvising on the existing ones, here is everything we expect from the iOS 17 update. 

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