Apple's iOS 17 Update: New Control Center & Device Compatibility
What to Expect from Apple's Upcoming iOS 17 Update: Control Center Revamp, Device Support, and More
Monday April 10, 2023,
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Apple's upcoming iOS 17, the latest software update for iPhone users, is reportedly scheduled to be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5, 2023. The tech giant plans to release a beta version for developers immediately after the announcement, followed by a public beta in July. Apple is expected to release the official iOS 17 update in September, likely in conjunction with the launch of the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro lineups.
While hardware leaks are relatively common, details about software updates are generally scarce, as they usually come from within the company. However, it seems that the upcoming iOS 17 update will prioritize "nice to have" features instead of groundbreaking changes. One of the major focuses may be a revamped Control Center, which hasn't seen significant updates since iOS 11.
According to Bloomberg's report, the relatively modest update to iOS 17 is a result of Apple redirecting its resources towards the development of its AR/VR headset, dubbed Reality Pro. The headset, marking Apple's first major new hardware and software platform since the Apple Watch, could also be unveiled at WWDC.
As for device compatibility, there are conflicting rumors surrounding iOS 17 support. The first rumor suggests that the update may drop support for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad (5th generation), 9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st generation), and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation). However, another source, citing an anonymous person on Apple's iOS development team, claims that all devices compatible with iOS 16 will also support iOS 17.
Bloomberg's report indicates that iOS 17, internally codenamed "Dawn," may have fewer major changes than initially planned due to the focus on the Reality Pro headset and issues with iOS 16. Nonetheless, the update is expected to introduce "nice to have" features to address some of the most requested features from users, such as the potential overhaul of the Control Center.
As the WWDC date approaches, it remains possible that new leaks and rumors could provide additional insights into the iOS 17 update. However, Apple is known for maintaining a tight lid on its software updates, meaning that many details may not be revealed until the conference itself.