What time is iOS 17 released today? When the new Apple update comes out, how to get it and features explained

Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, iOS 17, launches today, ahead of the iPhone 15 coming out later this week.

The tech company announced the new release in June and has been beta testing it since, and it is now ready to roll out to compatible iPhones around the world.

Among the new features are a night-time standby mode, interactive widgets, pre-recorded FaceTime messages and a new Journal app.

What time is iOS 17 out?

Apple has not announced exactly when iOS 17 will go live but, if previous updates are to go by, it could be around 6pm BST.

If you have automatic updates enabled, iOS 17 should install on your phone without you having to do anything.

However, phones may not always update immediately, so if you want the new iOS as soon as possible, go to your Settings app, tap General and then Software Update. Once the update is available it will appear here, and you can tap on it to download and install it.

Before you update, it is always a good idea to back up your phone. To do this, go to Settings [your name], tap iCloud, then click iCloud Backup.

You may also need to clear some space on your device for the update. Last year’s iOS 16 update was almost 3GB in size and you can expect similar this time around. It’s advised to be connected to Wi-Fi when you perform the back-up.

If you want to save data, make sure your phone is connected to Wi-Fi when you perform the iOS 17 update.

Which phones are compatible with iOS 17?

For the first time, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will not be compatible with the new update owing to their age.

All new iPhone 15s will come with iOS 17 pre-installed.

The following models are also compatible:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

What are the new features of iOS 17?

One of the biggest new additions with iOS 17 is the arrival of a new standby mode, which turns your phone into a smart display.

If you put your phone on charge and place it landscape, it will display a customisable screen, including widgets such as a clock, calendar, weather, media and photos.

The iPhone will finally catch up with Android and introduce interactive widgets, letting you control things such as your music and the lights in your home from your home screen instead of going into an app.

Apple has finally fixed the autocorrect issues that have irritated users for years. Your phone will now learn how you like to text, which means, yes, no more “ducking” corrections.

You can now create your own, customisable contact card, which will show up when you call another iPhone user, and you can share these contact cards with others using AirDrop.

For the first time, you will be able to send pre-recorded messages via FaceTime and, when you are receiving a regular voicemail, you will be able to see a live transcription of what the person is saying, helping you to decide if you want to pick up.

There is also a new Journal app, which is designed for “appreciating life’s moments and preserving your memories” – think of it like a virtual scrapbook.

For a full breakdown of all iOS 17’s features, click here.