iOS 17 release: Apple intends to release software updates for its iPhone, iPad, and smartwatch on Monday, which will include new features and designs for compatible devices.
iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10 were announced at the company’s developer conference in June. They include a vastly improved keyboard with autocorrect that allows cursing, new standby modes, contact posters, greater customizability, and the most extensive UI overhaul since the Apple Watch’s launch.
Here is the pertinent information regarding the updates.
When will I obtain it?
iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS update downloads typically begin around 6pm UK time (1pm in New York; 3am in Sydney). In contrast to other manufacturers, all eligible Apple devices will be able to obtain and install the update immediately upon its release.
Which devices have access?
All Apple smartphones beginning with the iPhone XS in 2018 or later can install iOS 17. iPadOS 17 is compatible with all tablets beginning with the 2017 iPad Pro 10.5-inch and the 2018 iPad (6th generation) and later. Series 4 Apple Watches from 2018 and later are able to install watchOS 10.
How do I acquire it?
On an iPhone or iPad, launch the Settings app and navigate to General > Software Update. If available for download, tap Install, verify, and then reboot to install. You can also install the update on a Windows computer using a Mac or iTunes.
WatchOS 10 requires an iPhone XS or later operating iOS 17 before it can be installed. Then, launch the Watch application on the mobile device and navigate to General > Software Update to initiate the installation. You must charge the smartwatch in order to finalize the update.
What will the expense be?
Apple provides updates free of charge. If you are requested to pay for an update, the request is likely fraudulent.
Enhancements to keyboard autocorrect
The Apple keyboard will finally allow you to swear by learning from your manual corrections, which should eradicate “ducking” errors. When it makes a mistake, you can undo the correction by touching the underlined words. Additionally, the keyboard can now predict and complete full sentences as you input, similar to Gmail and other email clients.
Contact posters, video messages, and voicemail in real time
Contact posters include your photo, text, and customizable colors that appear on recipients’ phones and in their contacts app when you call, allowing you to choose how you appear when contacting individuals.
NameDrop enables you to share your contact information with another iPhone or Apple Watch by simply moving them close together and selecting which information to send. The same proximity procedure applies to all other file-sharing interactions using AirDrop.
Available only for those in the US and Canada initially, the phone app can now automatically transcribe voicemail messages in real time so that you can see who is calling and what it’s about before picking up the call, useful for dodging spam calls.
FaceTime contacts can now leave video voicemails for unavailable recipients. Using an Apple TV box and the camera on an iPhone or iPad, video calls can also be made on a television, and animated reactions including rising balloons and other elements can be activated with hand gestures such as a thumbs up.
StandBy mode, Siri, and Apple Maps offline
The new Standby mode transforms the iPhone into a compact display capable of displaying the time, widgets, photos, and other information at a glance, including Siri interactions, when the device is in landscape orientation and charging. A new option omits “hey” from “hey Siri” when invoking Apple’s voice assistant, which can now respond to consecutive requests without requiring the user to utter Siri each time.
The Apple Maps app allows you to save sections of a map for offline access, including directions, business hours, and other information, matching a popular feature of Google Maps. Safari now supports profiles, catching up to competitors such as Chrome and Firefox. They enable you to have separate bookmarks, settings, websites, and cookies, for example, one for work and one for home.
Check In is a new safety feature that enables you to share your location with family and friends. The system automatically detects your arrival and notifies them. If it detects that you are delayed, it can convey your contact information, such as your location and battery life, so they can assist you.
iPad with iOS 17
Apple’s tablets receive the majority of iOS 17’s new features, with a few exclusive enhancements for larger-screen devices.
Add widgets to the lock screen for personalization
iOS 16 introduced comprehensive customization options for iPhone lock screens, which are now available on the iPad. Live activities, such as flight tracking and other real-time events, are now displayed on the lock screen. Users can also add widgets, use animated wallpaper, and alter the typeface.
iPad now has a health app
The venerable Health app from Apple is now available on the iPad, where you can view data such as sleep tracking, activity, and other information from native and third-party applications. It has a new interface designed for tablets and can be used to review data trends as well as record your vision and mental health.
Enhanced Stage Manager Multitasking
When multitasking, app windows can be resized and positioned anywhere on the desktop, as opposed to being restricted to specific slots on iPadOS 16. If a keyboard is connected to the tablet, you can hold the shift key and tap or click on an app icon to launch it in the current desktop environment. These minor updates make the iPad more comparable to a Mac or desktop computer.
watchOS 10 for Apple’s Watch
WatchOS 10 acquires a number of iOS 17’s new features, including NameDrop and contact posters. Apple has also modified the functionality of certain operating system components.
The majority of the watch’s preinstalled applications have been redesigned with more color and animation, as well as more information per page to reduce navigation. Tap the screen to toggle between current conditions, temperature, rain chance, and other metrics in the Weather app, whereas the activity, heart rate, and sleep apps have larger and more detailed graphs of your daily progress.
Now, widgets are front and center
A collection of widgets is now accessible directly from the watch face by scrolling or swiping up from the bottom. The widgets update dynamically based on the time of day, your location, and how you’re using your watch so that the most timely information is displayed first, but you can also customize and attach the most essential widgets.
To accommodate the modules, two essential elements had to be modified. Instead of swiping up from the bottom, you now select the side button to access the settings control center. Double-clicking the Digital Crown now displays the previous watchOS dock of frequently used apps. You can no longer just swipe left or right to change your watchface, instead you must click and hold on the face first.
Snoopy, Woodstock, and Palette are among the many new watchfaces.
There are several new watchfaces available for selection. Using three overlapping layers behind analog hands, the Palette visage changes color throughout the day. The Snoopy and Woodstock face enables the characters to respond humorously to your movements, the weather, and the time of day. There is now an analogue variation of the solar watch face, as well as a new animated Nike Globe face.
The Watch Ultra also features a new, more information-dense Modular Ultra face, which adds information to the screen bezel and, for the first time, supports up to seven complications.
Power and Bluetooth cycling accessories
Workouts can now connect to Bluetooth cycling accessories such as pedal power meters, allowing it to display and document cadence, speed, power, and power zones. When mounted on your handlebars, the watch can also connect to your iPhone to display real-time cycling data on the phone’s screen, transforming it into a substitute cycle computer.