|Version of the iOS operating system|
|Written in||C, C++, Objective-C, Swift, assembly language|
|Source model||Closed with open-source components|
|Latest preview||17.0 Public Beta 5 (August 22, 2023 )|
|Available in||40 languages|
|Update method||Software Update|
|Package manager||App Store|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, graphical user interface)|
|License||Proprietary software with open-source components|
|Preceded by||iOS 16|
|In public beta. Drops support for all A11 Bionic chips, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and iPhone X.|
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|iPadOS 17 (derivative for iPad)|
iOS 17 is an upcoming release of Apple's iOS operating system for the iPhone and the successor to iOS 16. It was announced on June 5, 2023 at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and released as a developer beta. iOS 17's developer beta is the first one that may be downloaded with just an Apple ID account; previous releases required a paid subscription to Apple's developer program.
The public beta of iOS 17 was released on July 12, 2023, with the public release scheduled between September 13, and September 21, 2023.
iOS 17 will be the first version of iOS to drop support for an iPhone with Face ID, which is the iPhone X.
According to Mark Gurman, iOS 17's internal codename was Dawn. Apple initially intended iOS 17 as a "tuneup release" similar to Mac OS X Snow Leopard, allowing them to focus on their new mixed reality headset. Still, several major features were added later in the development cycle.
The widgets are now interactive, on the Home and Lock screens: for example, users can turn on the lights or shutters of the house by pressing the corresponding button of the Home widget or complete the tasks from the reminders by pressing directly on the list located in the widget, etc.
The brightness of the wallpaper image changes depending on the dark or light mode. Resized photos are automatically extended to the top with a gradient that fills the missing space. Live Photos are also supported. The font weight for the text on the lock screen can be adjusted more freely.
Standby mode is automatically enabled when the phone is charging horizontally oriented and consists of displaying information on the screen via widgets in intelligent stacks and Live activities. The appearance of this information changes according to the ambient light, so for example at night they appear with less flashy and less bright colors so as not to disturb.
Users can cancel the move operation of a Widget or an app by shaking the phone.
The keyboard's autocorrection and dictation are powered by a new on-device transformer model, which Apple says is more accurate and personalized to users' writing styles. Unlike previous versions of iOS, it can learn not to autocorrect swear words. Autocorrected words are underlined, and can be reverted with a tap. Word predictions are shown inline, and added when the spacebar is tapped.
The global search now allows users to change system settings directly from the search results. For example, if the user search for the word "wifi" from the Home, the switch to turn the Wi-Fi off or on appears directly in the search results.
Silence Notifications: a new option for notifications in focus mode that allows users to choose to mute notifications Always or When blocked.
Visual Lookup is now able to recognize in photos the symbols of the various lights in the car, the symbols in the labels of clothes, etc.
In the Haptic Touch duration settings there's a new 3rd duration that is even shorter than the other two available on iOS 16.
The information saved by the user in Contacts can be used to automatically and securely fill in the fields of a form of a PDF or scanned document.
iPhone Storage now shows the space occupied by data shared between multiple apps from the same manufacturer.
With Contact Posters, users can customize the appearance of the incoming call screen shown to other iPhone users. Customization options are similar to iOS 16's revamped lock screen, with the ability to pick a custom picture or Memoji as the contact photo, and change their name's font and color. On the incoming call screen, a new Live Voicemail button sends the call to voicemail and shows a live transcript on-screen, so the user can decide whether to pick up the call.[additional citation(s) needed]
The Messages app has a new "Check In" feature. The user picks a contact and sets a destination, and Check In notifies the contact once the user reaches the destination safely. If the user stops moving towards the destination and does not respond to prompts, the user's location, route, and battery level are automatically shared with the contact. The contact otherwise has no access to the user's location, and this information is encrypted end-to-end. The Messages app also shows a transcript of voice messages. Emojis and photo cutouts (created through the "remove subject from background" tool) can be used as stickers, and stamped on bubbles in iMessage conversations or in other apps.
iOS 17 bundles a new app, Journal, an end-to-end encrypted journaling app that lets users log their daily activities.
FaceTime supports the ability for callers to leave a video or audio message when the recipient is unavailable. Effect reactions have been added to FaceTime calls, similar to the reactions feature in Messages.
The list of a reminder can now be organized into sections.
The Camera app has two new optional settings: "Level" shows a horizontal line that turns yellow when the subject is aligned to the horizon, and "Lock white balance" can disable automatic white balance adjustments when recording a video.
Deferred Photo Processing: the Deep Fusion post-processing process is performed in the background, instead of taking place at the same time as the "shot" and only when the camera is not in use. This ensures significantly higher recording sessions, without shutter blocks, allowing the user to capture new photos at any time.
Find My supports sharing AirTags with up to five people.
The Clock app supports multiple simultaneous timers.
Screen Distance checks and warns users if they are holding their iPhone too close to the user's face for a considerable period of time.
Apple Fitness+ can give users custom workout plans, set workouts or meditations to play consecutively, or separately change the volume of the music and the instructor's voice.
One-time verification codes received in Mail can be filled in with a tap without leaving Safari.
Link-tracking protection detects user-definable tracking parameters in link URLs and automatically removes them. It is automatically enabled in Mail, Messages, and when browsing with Safari in Private Mode.
Shared group passwords allows the user to create groups of passwords to share with family and friends. Users can recover passwords for up to 30 days. After changing the lock screen passcode, the old code can be used for 72 hours to reset the new passcode if it is forgotten. There's also a button to expire previous passcode immediately.
iOS 17 contains several changes for app permissions. When an app wants to add an event to the user's Calendar, the event is added without the app being able to read the entire contents of the calendar. When apps ask to access the user’s entire photo library, the user can share specific photos with apps while keeping the rest of the library private.
A sensitive content warning detects nudity in photos and videos received in AirDrop and other apps, obscuring them with a blur effect before they are displayed.
Lockdown mode can block the iPhone from connecting to 2G cellular networks and from auto-joining insecure wireless networks, and it disables more APIs in Safari susceptible to being attacked, such as IndexedDB, File API, FileReader API, WebSpeech API, WebLocks API, and more. Apple's simultaneously-announced watchOS 10 gains support for Lockdown mode, and the mode is automatically enabled on Apple Watch when it is enabled on a paired iPhone.
iOS 17 requires an A12 Bionic chip or later. It drops support for devices with A11 Bionic chips: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and iPhone X. This also marks the third time Apple has dropped support for 64-bit devices. However, devices with the A12 Bionic SoC (iPhone XS and XS Max and iPhone XR) and A13 Bionic SoC (iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max and iPhone SE (2nd generation)) have limited support. Devices with an A14 Bionic SoC or newer (iPhone 12 series and later) are fully supported.
The first developer beta of iOS 17 was released on June 5, 2023. Unlike previous years, the developer beta program is open to anyone with a free Apple Developer account, without requiring a subscription.
|Previous release||Current release||Current beta release||Security response|
|Version||Build||Release date||Release notes|
|17.0 beta 1||21A5248v||June 5, 2023|
|17.0 beta 2||21A5268h||June 21, 2023|
|17.0 beta 3||21A5277h||July 5, 2023|
|21A5277j||July 11, 2023||Public beta 1|
|17.0 beta 4||21A5291h||July 25, 2023|
|21A5291j||July 31, 2023||Public beta 2|
|17.0 beta 5||21A5303d||August 8, 2023||Public beta 3 (August 9, 2023)|
|17.0 beta 6||21A5312c||August 16, 2023||Public beta 4|
|17.0 beta 7||21A5319a||August 22, 2023||Public beta 5|