Apple has released iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 to the public today. The company previewed the software updates at WWDC 2023 in June, followed by developer and public beta testing.
The iOS 17 software update comes with a bunch of new features that make the iPhone experience more personalized. Contact Posters, for instance, allow users to customize how they appear when calling known contacts with beautiful typography, colors, photos, and Memoji. Users can also share their contact information, including their Contact Poster, by bringing their iPhones together.
The Phone app now supports Live Voicemail, a feature that provides real-time transcription of voicemail while preserving the data on the device. Plus, FaceTime is getting support for audio and video messages, in addition to gesture-controlled reactions such as hearts, balloons, and fireworks. iOS 17 is compatible with iPhone SE (second-generation), iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, iPhone 11, and later models.
As for Apple’s tablet operating system, iPadOS 17 brings interactive widgets, a personalized lock screen, and new PDF capabilities, among other features. The Health app is now available on the iPad in a new layout that makes use of the iPad’s display. Moreover, iPadOS 17 shares many of the new iOS 17 features, including improvements to Messages and FaceTime.
iPadOS 17 is compatible with the following iPads:
- iPad (6th generation and later)
- iPad mini (5th generation and later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later)
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 both are now available to download as a free software update on compatible devices. Happy Updating!