iOS 17 Launch: Exciting Features and Early Access Details Unveiled

3 min read Sep 18

In a highly anticipated move, Apple is set to release the much-awaited iOS 17 to the public on September 18, 2023. However, for those eager to get their hands on the latest features and improvements, beta testing access is already available. Here's a rundown of what to expect and how to prepare for both iOS 17 and the future iOS 18.

iOS 17 Highlights: Exciting New Features Await

iOS 17 brings an array of innovative features, including the long-awaited ability to use explicit language with autocorrect. Some other noteworthy features include:

Contact Poster: Create a personalized Contact Poster with a custom photo and font.

Voicemail Transcription: Real-time transcription of voicemail as messages are left.

Check In: Ensure the safety of your loved ones by sending a Check In.

NameDrop: Easily share your contact information with new acquaintances.

Journal: Carve out time for gratitude and reflection with the new Journal feature.

Device Compatibility: Is Your iPhone Ready?

Not all iPhones can handle iOS 17, but if you own one of the following models, you're in luck:

iPhone 15 series

iPhone 14 series

iPhone 13 series

iPhone SE (2022)

iPhone 12 series

iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone 11 series

iPhone XS series

iPhone XR

How to Get iOS 17: A Step-by-Step Guide

To secure your iOS 17 update, follow these steps:

On September 18, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your device.Tap "Upgrade to iOS 17" at the bottom of the screen, then select "Download and Install."Enter your device's passcode and agree to Apple's terms.Wait for the update to download, and your device will reboot.

If your device lacks sufficient storage, you may be prompted to temporarily remove apps. Alternatively, choose "Install Tonight" to have iOS 17 installed while you sleep (your device must be charging).

For hassle-free updates, enable automatic updates via Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates.

Early Access: Join the Apple Developer Program

If you're eager to test not only iOS 17 but also upcoming versions like iOS 18, consider joining the Apple Developer Program for an annual fee of $99. Be aware that early versions may have more bugs, impacting app usability and data retention. It's advisable to install them on a secondary, non-primary iOS device.

Public Beta Testing: Try iOS 17 for Free

If you prefer not to spend money, the public beta program offers a free way to access iOS updates. Typically available a month after Apple's WWDC announcements, the public beta is ideal for those willing to tolerate potential software glitches and data loss. Here's how to join:

Visit the Apple Beta Software Program page.Follow the instructions to add your device.Download the beta software to your iPhone.Open Settings, tap on your profile, and hit "Install."Your phone will reboot.Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install to complete the installation.

As with the developer version, you can enable automatic updates for added convenience.

Stay tuned for more updates on iOS 17 and future releases as Apple continues to innovate and improve its mobile operating system.