iOS 17: Everything You Need to Know
Whether you're an Apple fanatic or simply enjoy using your iPhone or iPad, chances are highly likely that you've heard about Apple's latest software update for iOS 17, released in time with the new iPhone 15. Apple's iOS 17 is packed with exciting features and improvements that can enhance your iPhone or iPad experience. In this blog post, we'll share some new features to help you unlock the full potential of your device and make the most out of iOS 17.
What's important to note is that while the software update is packed with exciting upgrades, it is also not compatible with some older iPhone and iPad models. If you land in the latter category, check out our guide below to see if it's worth upgrading to an iOS 17 compatible device!
What Are The New Features of iOS 17?
The latest software update is packed with plenty of performance and aesthetic updates that make for a more personalized experience with your iPhone or iPad.
Live Voicemail Feature
In this day and age, screening phone calls happens more often than not. You may be stuck in a meeting and unable to answer the phone, or it might be a call from a number you don't recognize. For whatever reason you're unable to answer the phone, iOS 17 now offers live voicemail transcription. This means you can read in real-time the voice message that is being left with a new transcription feature rather than having to go back and listen to the voicemail after it's been received.
iMessage iOS 17 Updates
The iMessage app received a bundle of cool new updates to add even more flavor and convenience to your text messages. The Stickers feature has a new home next to your text window with a "plus" button that allows for quicker and more customized Stickers, from your own Memoji to cut outs from photos in your Library. In fact, this new plus button allows for quicker access to other tools such as sharing locations, audio messages, a new reoccurring payment option through Apple Pay and other linked apps with your keyboard.
FaceTime for the New iOS 17
In addition to live voicemail transcription, you can now leave a FaceTime video voicemail rather than being immediately disconnected. This allows the user to leave either an audio message or a video message. You can also share another cool iOS 17 update that works with any app your Apple Contact is used in. The new contact poster feature allows for you to create a personalized contact card that appears on calls, incoming FaceTime videos and iMessage contact photo.
iOS 17 StandBy Mode
Apple introduced StandBy Mode with the latest software update. This new feature can be seen on your iPhone or iPad's lock screen when charging and turned horizontally. It's a new hub that features photos, interactive widgets, and a large clock of your choosing.
Quick Contact Sharing with NameDrop
Business cards may still be relevant in some cases, but why not save a few trees and swap information digitally and quickly? One of the new iOS 17 additions to AirDrop is the new NameDrop feature. You can share your new contact poster quickly by bringing your iPhone near another iPhone or Apple Watch.
How Do I Install iOS 17?
Installing iOS 17 is a simple process. Follow these steps to update your iPhone or iPad, if compatible, to the latest software version:
- Make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network and has at least 50% battery or is plugged into a power source.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Scroll down and tap on "General."
- Tap on "Software Update."
- If iOS 17 is available, you will see it listed. Tap on "Install Now" or "Download and Install."
- The update will begin.
- Your device will restart to complete the installation. Make sure not to interrupt the process.
- After the restart, follow the on-screen instructions to set up and customize iOS 17 to your liking.
Is iOS 17 Compatible with My Device?
iOS 17 is designed to be compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone and iPad models.
Here is a complete list of Apple devices that are able to run on iOS 17:
- Phones: iPhone 15 models, iPhone 14 models, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 models, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 11 models, iPhone XS models, iPhone XR, iPhone SE (1st generation), and iPod touch (7th generation).
- iPads: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later), iPad Pro 10-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later)
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