Apple releases one major iOS update every year, and one can safely assume that iOS 17 would be rolled out very soon this year. The update is announced, and the features are showcased during the Worldwide Developers Conference. After that, the software’s beta versions are made available within a couple of weeks.
Given Apple’s track record of hosting the WWDC in June for the past decade, we can expect Apple to announce iOS 17 at WWDC in June 2023. As mentioned, the beta versions of iOS 17 will be available shortly after the announcement.
However, the public rollout of iOS 17 is expected in September 2023, alongside the much-awaited iPhone 15 series. Again, this is speculation based on the decade-long history of these events.
iOS 17 supported devices list
Before we get into all the expected features of iOS 17, let us look at the devices that will receive the iOS 17 update. Usually, Apple provides software updates to iPhones for up to five years. This number can extend to six years in rare cases where the hardware can handle the software update.
As of writing this article, there is no way of being one hundred percent sure which iPhones will receive the iOS 17 update. We can suggest based on the history of iOS updates, and here’s a list of all the devices we expect to be compatible with iOS 17:
- iPhone 15 series
- iPhone 14 series
- iPhone SE 2022 (3rd generation)
- iPhone 13 series
- iPhone 12 series
- iPhone SE 2020 (2nd generation)
- iPhone 11 series
- iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max
The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X were released in 2017, and they received iOS 16, which probably should be their last major iOS update, given these devices are five years old now. However, there are chances of these devices receiving the iOS 17 update if Apple finds the hardware on these devices powerful enough.
iOS 17 new features and expectations
Here is everything we expect from the iOS 17 update.
- Call recording
Users have been requesting native call recording support on the iPhone for several years. And we hope Apple makes this feature available with iOS 17, given its demand. Also, while there are ways to record calls on iPhone using third-party applications and services, who wouldn’t love to have the feature built-in with the software?
- Added Lock Screen widgets
Lock Screen customization was a significant part of the iOS 16 update. Right now, users can add up to four small widgets or two large widgets on the Lock Screen. There is ample space available on the Lock Screen that Apple can put to better use. And we expect Apple to allow users to add more widgets on the Lock Screen.
- Interactive widgets
The primary purpose of widgets is to make information available at a glance. They also eliminate the need to launch an application every time you want to check on something basic.
- Split Screen
The split screen feature allows you to use two separate apps simultaneously. This feature is already available on the iPad (Split View) and Mac but is yet to make its way to the iPhone. Now, one can argue that the iPhone’s screen is not as big as the iPad, so the feature cannot be feasible for the iPhone.
- Dual Apps
Several applications allow users to use and switch between multiple accounts on a single app. However, many apps only allow users to have one account active on a single app. For example, WhatsApp. And that is when the ability to clone apps and use different accounts on different versions of the same app would come in handy. Will Apple join the party? We’ll have to wait and watch.
- Improved Notifications
Apple tried to improve notifications with iOS 16. Users now get the choice to display notifications in Count, Stack, or List formats. However, there is a long way to go, and Apple needs to really improve the way to access and manage notifications on the Lock Screen or the Notification Center.
- iMessage revamp
According to a leaker on Twitter, Apple will be revamping iMessage with iOS 17. The new version will have an improved iMessage Home Screen, new AR chat features (most probably built for Apple’s upcoming AR headset), Chat Rooms, Stickers, etc.