Apple’s highly anticipated mobile operating system, iOS 17, will be unveiled during Apple’s WWDC presentation. But when can users expect to download iOS 17? While the official release date has not been confirmed yet, Apple typically follows a familiar pattern.
Leading up to June 5, there have been rumors circulating about the Apple Reality Pro headset, but WWDC is also the platform for Apple to reveal new software features for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac for the upcoming year.
Apple has already provided some details about new accessibility features coming later this year, including a simplified alternate app launcher layout and the Live Speech feature using the user’s Personal Voice. However, the remaining consumer features will be announced during the presentation.
Expectations for iOS 17 include a more advanced always-on display view when the iPhone is docked, resembling a smart display like the Amazon Echo Show. Additionally, a new journalling app, an updated Wallet app with location sharing features, enhanced Dynamic Island functionality for iPhone 14 Pro and upcoming iPhone 15 models are anticipated. There may also be some surprises that have not yet been rumored. However, as Apple’s focus this year is primarily on the XR headset, iOS 17 may not feature anything as significant as the iOS 16 Lock Screen redesign or the iOS 14 home screen widgets update.
As for the release date, iOS 17 will likely be available as a developer beta seed shortly after the keynote on Monday. The developer beta 1 will be accessible to registered Apple developers at around 1 PM PST. A public beta is expected to follow a few weeks later, around the end of June or the beginning of July. Apple Beta Software Program allows anyone to participate in the public beta.
Throughout the summer, iOS 17 will go through several more rounds of beta seeds before the official release, which typically aligns with the launch of the iPhone 15 lineup in the fall, usually in the second or third week of September. While watchOS 17 is typically released alongside iOS, keep in mind that iPadOS 17 and macOS 14 may be released a bit later, often in October.
In the meantime, iOS 16.6 is currently in the beta testing phase and is expected to be released by the end of June, featuring minor improvements such as iMessage Contact Key verification.
Stay tuned to 9to5Mac for comprehensive coverage of all the WWDC announcements and immediate access to iOS 17 once it becomes available.