The Features and Release date of IOS 17 2023

The Features and Release date of IOS 17

We all know that the iPhone has kept its reputation in the market from the very beginning, so whenever there’s an announcement for a new update everyone starts waiting so eagerly. If you are looking for the latest information about IOS 17, my friend you came to the right place.  

Apple issues one main iOS update every year, and one can securely assume that iOS 17 would be moved out in 2023. While the declaration of iOS 16 at WWDC22 was well-received and eager for every iPhone enthusiast, the final public statement reduced the eagerness with multiple bugs and malfunctions.

IOS 17 is still far away, and we are yet to have authorized word from Apple about the announcement date of the same or the topographies it will bring. Still, here’s a look at everything we can imagine from Apple with the iOS 17 update

Expectations and features of IOS 17

Apple is swiftly developing from being completely uninformed of what the customers asked for to finally answering to the customers by presenting users the most commanded features. We saw this with the iOS 16 update, filled with a respectable number of lock screen customization and widget support.

Additionally, Apple also presented the much-demanded Always on Display with the iPhone 14 lineup and restored it with the iOS 16.2 update, presenting users more control over how they wanted to modify their AOD screens. 

Seeing Apple has not only been snooping on its consumers but also answering to them by making the required features obtainable and inventing on the current ones, here is everything we presume from the iOS 17 update. 

  • UI/ UX Redesign

It’s perhaps pointless to imagine a radical redesign with new icons and fonts and a theme restoration since it will possibly not happen for a long time. IOS 7 was an extensive UI redesign, and iOS 8 and 9 followed up by modernizing the looks of the icons. Since then, all icon changes made were pretty delicate. The UI design was instigated with skeuomorphism that characterized real-life objects to repeat people of the function of an app. Later, the design stirred to flat 2D icons, overall simplicity, and a glass-morphism design with Gaussian Blur, Bold Fonts, and artistic System Apps.

It’s stimulating to note that the macOS project has not stuck to 2D apps but has changed to a new morphism. MacOS icons aren’t skeuomorphic but have a near-3D shape, deepness, shadows, and gradients. This looks stimulating, and it’ll be amusing to see iOS adopt a new-morphic design with icons that have depth, shadows, and inclines.

  • Enhanced Siri

Siri on iOS is efficient but hardly fulfills the minimum necessities of an outstanding virtual assistant. Since Apple privileges that it does not gather your data, the assistant cannot recognize you.

A virtual assistant can only be good if it recognizes you and accumulates as much of your data as conceivable. Due to their so-called privacy-centric method, Apple can’t do that. Developments to Siri are long unsettled. We hope Siri gets more intellectual and can narrate your recent speech to what you said earlier.

  • Communicating widgets

The main purpose of widgets is to make information accessible at a peep. They also eradicate the need to launch an application every time you want to crisscross on something basic. But what if these widgets were more collaborative? What if you could check the weather of four diverse locations just by lifting on the Weather widget or logging in prescriptions right from the Lock Screen?  

Sounds like time-saving, right? And that is why we presume Apple to implement collaborative widgets. 

  • Additional Lock Screen widgets

Lock Screen customization was an important part of the iOS 16 update. Right now, users can enhance up to four small widgets or two large widgets on the Lock Screen. There is a simple space obtainable on the Lock Screen that Apple can put to superior use. And we imagine Apple permits users to add more widgets on the Lock Screen. 

  • Call recording

Users have been demanding native call recording support on the iPhone for numerous years. And we hope Apple makes this feature obtainable with iOS 17, given its request. Also, while there are methods to record calls on iPhone consuming third-party applications and services, who wouldn’t love to have the feature built-in with the software? 

  • Split Screen

The split screen feature lets you use two separate apps instantaneously. This feature is already obtainable on the iPad (Split View) and Mac but is yet to make its way to the iPhone. Now, one can claim that the iPhone’s screen is not as big as the iPad, so the feature cannot be possible for the iPhone.  While it is true that iPhone users won’t be able to make the most of this feature on their 6.7-inch screens, there needs to be a more considerable reason not to deliver the feature. Furthermore, several Android smartphone manufacturers have combined this feature. 

  • Dual Apps

Several applications permit users to use and switch between numerous accounts on a single app. For example, you can have multiple Instagram accounts and switch between them by double tapping on the profile icon. However, many apps only let users have one account active on a single app. For example, WhatsApp. And that is when the aptitude to replicate apps and use different accounts on diverse versions of the same app would come in convenient. Will Apple join the party? We’ll have to wait and watch.

  • Third-Party App Store

Presume you keep up with the newest happenings and escapes in the Apple ecology. In that case, I’m sure you’ve heard the news about Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman’s appeal that Apple will permit users to install applications from third-party app stores. Also, since this news results from Apple trying to obey EU laws, the probabilities of third-party App Stores are pretty much high. 

  • Better Notifications

Apple tried to advance notifications with iOS 16. Users now get the choice to show notifications in Count, Stack, or List formats. Though there is a long way to go, and Apple needs to really advance the way to access and accomplish notifications on the Lock Screen or the Notification Center. 

  • Worldwide Battery Widget

The current battery widget displays the battery percentage of your other ecosystem devices, like your iPad, Apple Watch, or MacBook. Letting you see the enduring battery of all your devices in one single widget will be pretty suitable.

  • iMessage renovation

According to a leaker on Twitter, Apple will be restoring iMessage with iOS 17. The new version will have a better iMessage Home Screen, new AR chat features (most possibly built for Apple’s upcoming AR headset), Chat Rooms, Stickers, etc. If the reports are to be alleged, this update will be an important design restoration to iMessage.

The Models that will Support IOS 17 

After getting to know about all the features of IOS 17, let us look at the devices that will permit the iOS 17 update. Usually, Apple delivers software updates to iPhones for up to five years. This number can prolong to six years infrequent cases where the hardware can handgrip the software update. 

As of writing this blog, there is no way of being one hundred percent certain which iPhones will obtain the iOS 17 update. We can imagine based on the history of iOS updates, here’s a list of all the devices we imagine to be well-matched with iOS 17:


The iPhone 8, 8 plus, and X were unconstrained in 2017, and they established iOS 16, which perhaps should be their last major iOS update, given these devices are five years old now. However, there is the probability of these devices receiving the iOS 17 update if Apple finds the hardware on these devices dominant enough.

If I was consuming an iPhone 8, 8 plus, or X user, though, I wouldn’t keep my hopes high and would in its place upgrade to the iPhone 15 series, which would feel like a considerable upgrade over my six-year-old device.

Declaration date and issue date of iOS 17

Meanwhile the first iPhone’s launch, Apple has unconfirmed one major iOS update every year. The update is proclaimed, and the features are showcased during the International Developers Conference. After that, the software beta version are made accessible within a couple of weeks. Given Apple’s track record of holding the WWDC in June for the past period, we can guess Apple to proclaim iOS 17 at WWDC in June 2023. 

As stated, the beta versions of iOS 17 will be presented soon after the declaration. However, the public rollout of iOS 17 is predictable in September 2023, alongside the much-awaited iPhone 15 series. Again, this is an assumption based on the decade-long history of these actions. 


Operating System Release Date
iOS 13 2019, September 19th
iOS 14 2020, September 16th
iOS 15 2021, September 20th
iOS 16 2022, September 12th
iOS 17 2023, mid-September


The Expectations you expect

IOS lacks several indispensable features in the Phone app, like T9 dialing/predictive dialing, a revamped recent tab in the Phone app, etc. There are numerous other areas where iOS needs to advance. Please let us know what features Apple needs for the gadget in the next iOS update in the comments below.

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