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Comprehensive Guide to iOS 17: A Complete Overview of the Latest iPhone Update

During the WWDC keynote on June 5, 2023, Apple unveiled a range of exciting features coming to iOS 17 later this year. These include the introduction of the Journal app, Live Voicemail, and a new way to use Stickers. In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of all the new features and improvements that will be available on your iPhone in 2023.

iOS 17 is a free software update that will bring a plethora of interface tweaks, bug fixes, and exciting new features to your device. It’s like getting a brand-new iPhone experience without spending a single penny. We cover everything you need to know about iOS 17 in this article, including its release schedule, availability of beta versions, compatible iPhone models, and anticipated features.

Release Date of iOS 17: When Can You Expect It?
While iOS 17 was announced and demonstrated at WWDC 2023 on June 5, it won’t be rolled out to iPhones worldwide until the fall, most likely in mid-September. Apple typically releases its iOS updates in September, with only a few exceptions. Based on historical patterns, we predict that iOS 17 will be launched on Monday, September 11, 2023.

Beta Release Date of iOS 17: When Can You Try It?
Prior to the official release in the fall, Apple will release a series of beta versions of iOS 17 to testers. The first developer beta is expected to be released on the first day of WWDC 2023, followed by the first public beta in July 2023. Additional developer and public betas will be released between June and September 2023. The final public version of iOS 17 is expected to be available in mid-September 2023.

Installing the Beta and Full Version of iOS 17 Once the final version is released, installing iOS 17 will be a straightforward process. Simply open the Settings app on your iPhone, navigate to General > Software Update, and iOS will check for available updates. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. If you have Automatic Updates enabled, the process becomes even easier. For those interested in trying the beta versions, there are developer and public betas available. Developer betas require a paid Apple software developer account, while public betas are free and accessible to anyone. It’s important to note that beta versions may contain bugs and are intended for testing purposes, so it’s recommended to install them on secondary devices.

Compatibility of iOS 17: Which iPhones Can Run It?
iOS 17 will not support iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Our prediction before the event matched this outcome, indicating that iPhone XS and later models will be able to run iOS 17. However, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will still receive support for iOS 16 and can expect continued Apple support for a few more years. iPhones from iPhone 7, iPhone SE (2016), and earlier models are not compatible with iOS 17.

Here is a list of iPhones that will support iOS 17:

  • 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)

It’s worth mentioning that older iPhones may not have access to the full range of new features, as certain functionalities may be limited due to hardware constraints. For detailed information about iOS versions supported by your iPhone, refer to the article “Every version of iOS released so far” to find out which version your iPhone supports.

New Features in iOS 17 While rumors suggested “fewer major changes” in iOS 17, Apple has announced several notable features for the upcoming update. Here’s a summary of what to expect:

  1. Journal: A new app that enhances the Memories feature in Photos, allowing users to relive special moments by including text, location, and photos.
  2. StandBy: Inspired by the Apple Watch, this feature turns your iPhone into a nightstand clock, displaying the time with various clock styles. It can also show Live Activities and adapt to red light for better sleep.
  3. Contact Posters: Personalize your appearance in calls and on your contact card by customizing posters with images, fonts, and colors. Works with third-party VOIP apps through Call Kit.
  4. Live Voicemail: Receive live transcripts of voicemail messages as they are being left, allowing you to decide whether to answer the call based on the content.
  5. FaceTime: Gain the ability to leave a message as a FaceTime video.
  6. Messages: Improved speed and convenience with search filters, the ability to jump to the first unseen message in a group chat, swipe-to-reply functionality, and transcribed audio messages. Additionally, you can use Messages to share your location and progress with family and friends.
  7. Stickers: All stickers will be consolidated into one place, and emojis can be used as stickers. Lift subjects from photos to create custom stickers, and convert live animated photos into moving stickers. Stickers will be available systemwide, wherever emojis can be accessed.
  8. AirDrop: Simplified sharing through AirDrop, allowing you to easily share information by bringing your devices close together. You can select specific phone numbers, email addresses, and even share with an Apple Watch. Sharing continues seamlessly over the internet if devices are moved apart. This feature is also compatible with SharePlay.
  9. Keyboard: Improved autocorrect accuracy, the option to revert to your original word by tapping an underlined word, and inline predictions accessible by tapping the space bar.
  10. Dictation: Enhancements to dictation functionality.
  11. Siri: You no longer need to say “Hey Siri” every time; it will only be required the first time.
  12. Photos: iOS 17 will have the ability to recognize cats and dogs that are part of your family.

These are just a few of the exciting features coming to iOS 17, providing users with enhanced functionality and a more enjoyable iPhone experience.

With iOS 17, Apple continues to innovate and improve upon its operating system, delivering a host of new features and enhancements to keep your iPhone up to date and running smoothly. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements as we approach the official release date of iOS 17.

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