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iOS 17 is the seventeenth major release of the iOS mobile operating system, developed by Apple Inc. succeeding iOS 16. It was announced in June 5 at the 2023 Worldwide Developers Conference and was released on September 18, 2023, at the 1:00 p.m.[2]

New features[]

Senior VP Craig Federighi and staff introduced the following new features at WWDC 2023:[3]

  • Phone — updated with the ability to create and customize new contact posters for your contacts, and live voicemails showing a transcript of them.
  • FaceTime — new ability to leave a video message.
  • Messages — new search filters to get more accurate results on searches.
    • Catch-Up arrow to go to the first missed message.
    • Swipe to reply to messages quickly.
    • Transcribed Audio Messages.
    • Location Sharing, to show your contact's location.
    • Check In, as a way to show if you have arrived to a location on schedule.
    • Plus Button to store all message apps.
  • Stickers - for all apps, and includes Emojis.
  • AirDrop — new ability called "NameDrop" to swap contact information, airdrop, and even use SharePlay.
  • Dictation - updated language model for Autocorrect, and new speech model for Dictation.
  • Journal - new app to write about experiences, using information found on your device.
  • StandBy - shows customizable information if charged in Landscape mode.
  • Siri - option to just say "Siri".
  • Maps - new ability to download a map for use while offline.
  • Photos - new ability to recognize and create albums for pets.

Some new accessibility features that Apple previewed as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16, 2023 include:[4][5]

  • Assistive Access, for users with cognitive disabilities.
  • Detection Mode in Magnifier with Point and Speak, for users with vision disabilities.
  • Live Speech and Personal Voice Advance Speech Accessibility

Preliminary reports[]

A major new feature speculated for iOS 17 is support for 3rd-party app stores, to comply with the new Digital Markets Act in the European Union.[6] Dynamic Island features are also reported to be expanded as it is expected to be included with all iPhone 15 models.[7]

Supported Devices[]

iOS 17 requires an A12 Bionic processor or later, which means that support is dropped for the the iPhone 8/8 Plus, as well as the iPhone X. Certain devices with an A12 or A13 chip, including the iPhone XR, iPhone XS/XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max, and the iPhone SE (2nd generation), all have limited support. The following devices below are supported with iOS 17.[8]

  • This is the third version of iOS to drop support for older 64-bit devices.
  • Due to iOS 17 dropping support for the iPhone X, this is the first version of iOS to drop support for an iPhone model with Face ID.
  • The iPhone SE (2nd and 3rd generations) are the only supported models to feature a home button.
  • Before iOS 17 was previewed, some rumors have suggested that iOS 17 would be supported on all devices that supported iOS 16.

Release history[]

Version Build Release date Notes
17.0 beta 1 21A5248v 2023-06-05 1st developer beta.[9]
17.0 beta 2 21A5268h 2023-06-21 2nd developer beta.[10]
17.0 beta 3 21A5277h 2023-07-05 3rd developer beta.[11]
21A5277j 2023-07-11 3rd developer beta update.[1]

Gallery[]

Wallpaper images included with iOS 17:

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 iOS 17 beta 3 (21A5277j), Apple Developer. 2023-07-11.
  2. iOS 17 to Launch on September 18, Featuring StandBy Mode, NameDrop, Interactive Widgets, and More - MacRumors
  3. WWDC 2023 - June 5 by Apple, YouTube. 2023-06-05.
  4. Apple introduces new features for cognitive accessibility, along with Live Speech, Personal Voice, and Point and Speak in Magnifier, Apple Inc. 2023-05-16.
  5. Apple Previews iOS 17 Accessibility Features Ahead of WWDC by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors. 2023-05-16.
  6. The biggest news of WWDC 2023 could be iOS 17 supporting third-party app stores by Tom Pritchard, Tom's Guide. 2023-04-10.
  7. Alleged iOS 17 leak offers a vague rundown of new features for iPhone users by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac. 2023-04-12.
  8. iOS 17 Preview - Apple
  9. iOS 17 beta (21A5248v), Apple Developer. 2023-06-05.
  10. iOS 17 beta 2 (21A5268h), Apple Developer. 2023-06-21.[DEAD LINK]
  11. iOS 17 beta 3 (21A5277h), Apple Developer. 2023-07-05.[DEAD LINK]

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