iOS 17 Guide: Release Date, Compatibility, and How to Install the Latest Update

Apple is set to release its next major software update, the iOS 17, bringing a plethora of interface tweaks, bug fixes, and new features to your iPhone. In this article, we cover everything you need to know about iOS 17, including its release schedule, compatibility, and new features.

iOS 17 Release Date: When Will iOS 17 Arrive?

iOS 17 will be announced and demonstrated at WWDC 2023 in June, followed by the release of the final version to iPhones worldwide in fall 2023, most likely in mid-September. Apple will also release a series of beta versions of iOS 17 before the official launch, beginning with the first developer beta likely released on the first day of WWDC 2023.

iOS 17 Compatibility: Which iPhones Will Be Able to Run iOS 17?

Our best guess is that iPhone XS and later models will be compatible with iOS 17. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X models are all borderline, and may or may not be supported. In the past, Apple has not followed a strict system in terms of which devices can run the latest software. Some years, Apple doesn't remove any devices from the list of supported devices; last year, it removed the 6s and 7 generations. If you have an iPhone 7, 1st-gen iPhone SE, or anything earlier, you won't be able to install iOS 17.

New Features in iOS 17

The latest leak reveals that iOS 17 will introduce a new lock screen maps interface. This interface will allow users to view their maps directly on their lock screen, without needing to unlock their phone or open the Maps app. The feature is expected to save users time and streamline the process of checking their map. Other new features that may be added to iOS 17 include improved privacy features, expanded Siri capabilities, and a redesigned Control Center.

How to Install iOS 17 Beta and Full Version

Once the final release comes out, installing iOS 17 will be straightforward. Simply open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General > Software Update. iOS will check for any available updates and guide you through the process of installing them. You can also install betas leading up to the main release of iOS 17 and throughout the year following its release. There are two types of betas: developer betas, which require a $99 annual fee for priority access, and public betas, which are free.

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