iOS 17: The rumors you need to know
23rd January, 2023 at 3:35 pm by Flynn
- Apple is expected to unveil iOS 17, the next version of its mobile operating system, at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2023 alongside the release of the iPhone 15 series.
- Eligible iPhones will automatically receive the update or users can manually initiate the download. A public beta version will also be available for early adopters.
- The operating system will likely be available for iPhone XS and newer models with a five-year software update support.
- Rumors suggest a redesign for iMessage app, but not RCS support and unlikely for third-party app store.
- Wishlist for the iOS 17 includes more interactive widgets, redesign and performance optimization for the Apple Music app.
As the year 2023 approaches, rumors and speculations about the next iPhone and its operating system, iOS 17, are running rampant. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is typically where the tech giant unveils its new software, and this year's conference is expected to take place in June, where we'll get our first glimpse of what to expect from iOS 17.
One thing we know for certain is that the new iOS will be released alongside the new iPhone 15 series. As usual, older models will also receive the update once it's available for purchase. For those who can't wait to get their hands on the new software, Apple offers a public beta program, which usually begins in the summer. However, it's important to note that the release schedule for beta versions can be unpredictable. Installing the new iOS is a straightforward process. When it's released, eligible iPhones will automatically receive the update or users can manually initiate the download by going to Settings > General > Software Update. For those participating in the beta program, Apple will release a special "Beta Profile" that can be downloaded from beta.apple.com.
As for which iPhones will support iOS 17, it's likely that the operating system will be available for iPhone XS and newer models. Apple typically provides software updates for its devices for five years, with the exception of the iPhone 6s.
As with any new software release, speculation about new features and improvements runs rampant. According to rumors and leaks, the iMessage app may receive a redesign, although it's unlikely that RCS support will be included. Some have also speculated that iOS 17 may open the doors for a third-party app store on the platform, but this seems unlikely given Apple's history of controlling its own app ecosystem.
On our wishlist for iOS 17, we hope to see more interactive widgets that allow us to tap and activate different app functions straight from the widget, rather than just displaying information. We also hope to see a redesign and performance optimization of the Apple Music app, as Apple has been adding more and more features to the app with each update. Only time will tell what Apple has in store for us with iOS 17.