The details were announced today during Apple’s ‘Wonderlust’ event. Those eagerly awaiting the new software won’t have to wait much longer to install it on their devices. Apple has confirmed that the update will be rolled out to users next week. Specifically on September 18. This release date will apply to iOS 17 as well as iPadOS 17 for both iPhones and iPads. Although that probably not surprising as Apple tends to release its software all simultaneously.
Technically iOS has already been available for months now though. As it’s been in beta since June and has been steadily installed by more users in the beta format over the following weeks and months. That being said, the stable software rollout will give new users the chance to check out the improvements. And those on the beta should get a more reliable build.
The biggest changes with the iOS 17 release
iOS 17 is coming with quite a few new features and if you’d like to read about every single one of them, you can find them in our dedicated post here. But for those who want the cliff notes, we though it would be a good idea to highlight some of the bigger changes in this post now that there’s an official release date.
One of the bigger changes is the inclusion of the ‘Leave a message’ feature. A new video voice mail feature that’s designed to help you catch missed FaceTime calls. Just like with a phone call, if you FaceTime someone and they miss the call, you can leave a message for them. This will support both video messages and voice messages. It’s your preference.
Another big feature is the ability to turn your phone into a smart display. The ‘StandBy’ feature will display various things on your screen while docking and charging it via MagSafe chargers. The phone will need to be in landscape mode though.