Apple unveiled iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote event on Monday. These upcoming versions of Apple’s operating systems for iPhones will introduce various changes to apps such as FaceTime, Messages, and Phone. Additionally, a new Standby feature was announced, enabling iPhones to transform into smart displays when idle in landscape mode and charging.
Meanwhile, iPadOS 17 will finally receive widgets on the lock screen, a feature introduced to iPhones in iOS 16 last year. Both iPhone and iPad users can look forward to a new Journal app, while the Health app will finally make its way to the iPad later this year.
Apple has not yet disclosed the specific release dates for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, but these updates are expected to arrive in the third quarter of 2023. The initial Developer Beta versions for both updates are now accessible following the WWDC 2023 keynote. It’s important to note that beta software is typically not stable enough for daily use and should not be installed on primary devices.
It is advisable to back up your data, as this will facilitate data restoration and reverting to a stable release if necessary. Unlike previous versions of iOS, you no longer need to be a member of the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 (approximately Rs. 8,200) per year, to try the new Developer Beta. If you don’t want to wait for the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 Public Beta scheduled for release in July, you can sign up today to try the initial beta releases.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to download the iOS 17 beta and iPadOS 17 beta on your iPhone and iPad:
- Back up your data on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on “General” > “Software Update” > “Beta Updates.”
- Select either “iOS 17 Developer Beta” or “iPadOS 17 Developer Beta.”
- On the previous screen, wait for the Developer Beta to appear, then tap on “Download and Install.”
- Enter your device passcode or password and accept the terms and conditions to initiate the update process.
Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC, is just around the corner. In our podcast, Orbital, available on platforms like Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and others, we discuss all the things we’re looking forward to seeing at WWDC 2023, including the company’s first mixed reality headset and new software updates.