Apple recently announced its latest iPhones, which means that iOS 17 is now ready to launch to the public. This new software update brings significant upgrades to Messages, FaceTime, the keyboard, and more. If you want to upgrade your iPhone to the latest firmware, here’s everything you need to know.
Firstly, it’s important to note that iOS 17 is only available for iPhones that have been launched within the last five years. This means that the oldest compatible models are from the iPhone Xs/Xr series in 2018. Additionally, all models from the iPhone 11 (2019) onwards, including the iPhone 12 (2020), iPhone 13 (2021), and iPhone 14 (2022) lines, are supported. The second and third generations of the iPhone SE, Apple’s budget iPhone, are also compatible. If you’re unsure which model you have, you can check by going to Settings > General > About > Model Name on your phone. If you don’t see that option, you can look at the Model Number on the same page and refer to Apple’s support document for more information on each model’s corresponding number.
Now, let’s talk about how to install iOS 17. If your device is supported, you have two options. The first is to wait until Monday, September 18, when the update will become available to the public. At that time, you can navigate to Settings > General > About > Software Update and install the software over the air once Apple has pushed it live. If you have automatic updates turned on, it will install automatically, but it may take a few days after the software is available. The second option is to install a beta version of iOS 17 before the release date. To do this, you can install the RC (release candidate) beta, which is usually identical to the final version. Simply go to Settings > General > About > Software Update and tap on the option for Beta Updates. Selecting the Developer beta option will push the RC1 update that Apple released to developers after the iPhone launch event. Just remember to turn off beta updates after Monday if you don’t want to keep installing future versions of the software.
Now let’s explore the new features that come with iOS 17. One of the highlights is enhanced Messages with machine learning-based audio message transcriptions. This means that if you receive a long audio message, you can skip the playback and read a text breakdown of its contents. This feature is particularly useful for saving time and avoiding the need to listen to lengthy messages. Apple has also made changes to the Messages interface, moving most of its features and apps behind a plus button located to the left of the input box in any chat.
FaceTime has also received updates in iOS 17. It now includes video voicemails, allowing you to leave video messages for your friends to see. Additionally, iOS 17 works seamlessly with tvOS 17, enabling you to take FaceTime calls on Apple TV using your iPhone or iPad as a camera.
Another notable feature is the new StandBy mode, which transforms your iPhone into a smart display when it’s charging and placed horizontally. This feature provides a convenient way to view information at a glance while your phone is charging. Furthermore, Contact Posters allow you to create customizable full-screen profiles that appear on your phone’s screen when friends and family call. This feature adds a personalized touch to incoming calls. Namedrop is another useful feature that simplifies the process of exchanging numbers and other contact information with new friends. By bringing your iPhones or Apple Watches close together, you can quickly share information.
Lastly, the iOS 17 keyboard introduces a new inline predictive text feature that uses machine learning to guess the rest of your sentence. With just a quick tap of the space bar, you can confirm the predictive text suggestion, making typing more efficient.
In conclusion, iOS 17 brings a range of exciting new features and improvements to your iPhone. Before upgrading, make sure your device is compatible, and then choose whether to wait for the public release or install the beta version. With the enhancements to Messages, FaceTime, the keyboard, and more, iOS 17 offers a seamless and enhanced user experience. Explore all the new features and enjoy the latest firmware on your iPhone.