iOS 17: New features, release date, what you need to know and more

iOS 17 will be out in a matter of months, believe it or not. This is Apple’s most significant software update for iPhone owners, and it is usually jam-packed with new features and updates. Continue reading to find out what the latest rumours are saying about iOS 17’s new features and more.

iOS 17

Release date of iOS 17

At WWDC in June, Apple will unveil iOS 17. WWDC is Apple’s annual developer conference where the latest versions of its operating systems for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch are unveiled. Apple has officially revealed that WWDC 2023 would begin on June 5 with an unique keynote presentation focusing on the company’s most recent developments.

Following the announcement of iOS 17 at WWDC in June, Apple will immediately make a beta version of the update available to developers. It will release a public beta for all iPhone owners to check out sometime in July. Then, in September, Apple will deliver iOS 17 to everyone, most likely alongside the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro ranges.

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Whereas Apple hardware leaks months, if not years, in advance, software leaks are less typical. This is due to the fact that most hardware leaks originate in Apple’s enormous supply chain rather than within Apple itself. Because only a small number of people within Apple are aware of the business’s plans, the company is able to restrict software leaks to a minimum.

Having said that, the “big picture” for iOS 17 this year appears to be that it will be a relatively minor update in terms of new functionality, with a concentration on “nice to have” tweaks.

According to Bloomberg, iOS 17 (and other Apple software platforms) are taking a back seat as the corporation focuses on the development of its AR/VR headset. The headset, which could be unveiled at WWDC, would be Apple’s first big new hardware and software platform since the Apple Watch.

Apple is thought to be focusing hardware and software engineering resources from throughout the corporation on headset development.

iOS 17 is said to be dubbed “Dawn” and is now in continuous development and testing at Apple ahead of WWDC. According to Bloomberg, the update “may contain fewer big improvements than initially intended” due to the emphasis on the Reality Pro headset and “iOS 16 snags.”

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iOS 17 supported devices

There are two contradicting speculations about which devices will support iOS 17, and both originate from previously reliable sources.

The first rumor suggested that iOS 17 will drop support for the following devices:

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)

Shortly after that report surfaced, another source emerged from the wild to claim that all devices that supported iOS 16 will also support iOS 17. An anonymous member of Apple’s iOS development team was cited in this report.

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