- Apple has announced that iOS 17 will be available for users to download on September 18.
- The company first announced the software update at its WWDC event in June, but it was initially only available in beta.
- For iPhone users, iOS 17 brings changes to key apps like Phone, FaceTime, and Messages.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., during an event at the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
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Apple announced on Tuesday that iOS 17 will be available for free download to users on September 18.
The company first announced the software update at its WWDC event in June, but it was initially only available in beta for users willing to deal with bugs. For iPhone users, iOS 17 brings changes to key apps like Phone, FaceTime, and Messages. For iPad users, the update adds the Health app, expanded widget functionality, and new ways to customize the lock screen.
In the new update for iPhones, voicemails come to FaceTime, meaning users can leave video messages for their friends and family. There will be a more powerful search function in Messages, as well as a catch-up function in group chats. Apple also introduced a new experience called Standby, which will function as a nightstand when users turn their phone sideways and place it on a table or nightstand.
At its annual launch event Tuesday, Apple introduced the iPhone 15 series with a new titanium exterior and USB-C charging, and the all-new Apple Watch, with 72 hours of battery life.
There are four new phone models, ranging from the entry-level iPhone 15 for $799 to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which costs at least $1,199. Consumers can pre-order the phones as early as Friday and they will be available from September 22.
The Apple Watch Ultra 2 will cost $799, the Series 9 will cost $399 and the second-generation SE will cost $249, the company said. Customers can pre-order the watches now and they will also be available from September 22.
Shares of Apple fell less than 1% in early trading Wednesday morning.