Apple has just officially launched new versions of its operating system for its main products. The company has actually released iOS 17, iPadOS 17, WatchOS 10, and TVOS 17.
Announced and presented at Apple’s WWDC 2023 conference last June, the latest versions bring a large number of new and improved features.
iOS 17 is enriched with new features: Live Voicemail (live transcription of a voice message left by the caller), Contact posters (display of personalized images during incoming calls), StandBy (display options in recharge mode ), interactive widgets, NameDrop (exchange of contacts by bringing iPhones closer together) and Journal (creation of personal journal). Learn about improvements to apps like Messages, FaceTime, AirDrop, AirPlay, Safari, Music, Maps, Siri, News, Notes, and Photos.
But before you get too excited, make sure your iPhone can benefit from the update. iOS 17 supports the following models:
- iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max
- iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13, 13 Mini, Pro and 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
To update your iPhone, go to Settingsselect Generalthen click Software update. Choose the option Update to iOS 17. Press on Download and install to get the iOS 17 update. Follow the steps to apply the update.
iPadOS 17 offers many of the same features as iOS 17, but brings its own improvements to the Lock Screen, Scene Manager, FaceTime, and Freeform (a very visually oriented collaborative note-taking app). The latest update supports the following iPad models:
- iPad Pro 12.9” (2nd generation and later)
- iPad Pro 10.5”
- iPad Pro 11” (1st generation and later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad (6th generation and later)
- iPad mini (5th generation and later)
To update your iPad, go to Settingsselect Generalthen click Software update. Choose the option Upgrade to iPadOS 17. Touch Download and install and follow the steps to apply the update.
The WatchOS 10 update for Apple Watch improves the display, adds a Smart Stack option (automatically displays Widgets based on context), and provides faster access to Control Center, all to help you find and to launch your applications faster. You’ll also find new watch faces, fitness programs, and maps. Additionally, the Health app now offers tools to track your vision and mental health.
WatchOS 10 requires an iPhone XS or later with iOS 17 and one of the following watch models:
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch SE
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch Series 7
- Apple Watch Series 8
- Apple Watch Series 9
- Apple Watch Ultra
- Apple Watch Ultra 2
To update the watch, first make sure you have updated your iPhone to iOS 17. On your phone, open the app Watch and select the tab My watch. Go to Generalselect Software update and follow the steps to apply WatchOS 10.
Those of you who own an Apple TV can update it to TVOS 17. The new operating system adds FaceTime, allowing you to chat with other Apple users directly from your Apple TV. The option Centered frame allows all participants to be framed on the screen, while the option Split View lets you, using SharePlay in parallel, watch shows and movies with other people during a FaceTime call. The update also introduces a new Control Center, support for third-party VPNs, a way to find your Siri remote, and improved dialogs to better hear your favorite characters.
TVOS 17 works with the following models:
- Apple TV HD (2015)
- Apple TV 4K (1st generation)
- Apple TV 4K (2nd generation)
- Apple TV 4K (3rd generation)
To download the update to your TV, go to Settingsselect Systemclick on Software updatesthen select Update software. Let the update download and install.
Oh, and there’s one more thing. Apple’s HomePod also has a new update available in HomePodOS 17. Compatible models are the HomePod 2018 or newer and the HomePod mini (2020).
To update your HomePod, open the app Home on your iPhone. Select the additional options button, choose Home Settingsthen select Updates.