iOS 17 is set to release on September 18th, bringing new features such as Live Voicemail, StandBy mode, and a fresh Journal app to iPhone users. Apple unveiled this news during the iPhone 15 launch event, following its initial announcement at WWDC on June 5th.
Additionally, the full version of iPadOS 17 will also debut on September 18th, offering enhanced ways for iPad users to engage with widgets and customize their lock screens. iPadOS 17 is compatible with sixth-generation iPad models, fifth-generation iPad mini, third-generation iPad Air, and second-generation iPad Pro 12.9-inch models or newer. A comprehensive list of compatible models can be found on the Apple website.
Once iOS 17 is fully released, users can create personalized stickers, configure Contact Posters, and enjoy various improvements in autocorrection and voice transcription. Moreover, Siri can be activated without the need to say “hey” first, and the Live Voicemail feature will display real-time transcripts as voicemails are recorded, should you miss a call. The StandBy mode, which transforms your iPhone into a bedside clock when placed on its side, is also a notable addition.
NameDrop simplifies contact information sharing among iOS 17 users via AirDrop, making it convenient to connect two iPhone devices. Apple advises in the fine print of their press release that certain iOS 17 features may not be accessible in all countries or regions, so it’s advisable to check Apple’s website for specific availability.
Some individuals have had access to the latest iPhone OS for a while now. For instance, members of Apple’s developer program could download it shortly after the WWDC keynote, and the initial public beta was launched on July 12th. iOS 17 exclusively supports iPhone models with the A12 Bionic chip or newer, meaning the iPhone XR / XS will be the oldest models eligible for the update.
For information on compatible iPhone models and a comprehensive list of iOS 17’s enhancements, features, and updates, please visit Apple’s website.