Apple today released iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10, the latest operating system updates for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watches. iOS 17 is compatible with the iPhone XR / iPhone XS and later. iPadOS 17 runs on the iPad mini 5 and later, the iPad 6 and later, and the iPad Air 3 and later. The update is also available for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and above as well as for all 11-inch iPad Pro and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. watchOS 10 requires at least an Apple Watch Series 4.
Apple iOS 17
Apple iOS 17 adds interactive widgets and standby to last year’s lock screen updates. This is a new feature that turns the iPhone into a mini home hub when charging. You can now also view voicemail transcripts in real time and leave video messages in FaceTime. FaceTime now also works on Apple TV with tvOS 17.
With NameDrop, exchanging contacts is now as easy as touching two phones. Messages has been revamped with new security features and updates to how stickers work. Autocorrect is also better than ever, according to Apple, as is Spotlight Search. Private browsing in Safari is safer with Face ID lock, and there’s now a mood tracking feature in the Health app.
Passwords can now be shared with family members in iCloud Keychain and you can also share AirTags. There are also new features for AirPods Pro and updates for Siri, Mail, Reminders, Notes, Home and more.
Apple iPadOS 17
Almost all of the new features available in iOS 17 are now also available on the iPad. Accordingly, there are many similarities between iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. All updates for FaceTime and Messages can also be found on the iPad. As well as improved autocorrect, interactive widgets, support for shared passwords and AirTags, updates for AirPods and more.
iPadOS 17 also brings a new iOS 16-style lock screen. You can customize it with new background images, colors and fonts depending on the time of day. Apple also created weather and astronomy wallpapers specifically for the iPad that take advantage of the iPad’s display size. And like the iPhone, you can use your own photos with motion effects for Live Photos, create a wallpaper from emojis, or choose one designed by Apple.
You can now add widgets to the lock screen. In landscape mode there is a widget bar on the left side of the display. In portrait mode, the widgets are displayed below the clock. All the widgets available on iPhone are also on iPad, including Home, Clock, Health, Calendar, Battery, Notes, Messages, Sleep, Wallet, Weather and many more. However, since the iPad’s display is larger, it also supports larger widgets than on the iPhone. Widgets on iPad are designed to blend in with the wallpaper so they aren’t distracting.
Apple watchOS 10
The new watchOS 10 is compatible with the Apple Watch from Series 4. It has build number 21R356 and can be downloaded for free on an iPhone running iOS 17 via the Apple Watch app. In order to install the new software, the Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery and be connected to a charger.
With watchOS 10, Apple has revised the user interface of the Apple Watch and also focused on widgets. By turning the digital crown, the “Smart Stack” widget is displayed with the most important information, which change throughout the day. Control Center is now activated with the side button instead of a swipe.
Apple’s built-in apps have been simplified with an information-focused design. Maps, Messages, Activity, Home and more have been overhauled. There are also two new watch faces including the colorful palette watch face and the Snoopy watch face. There are updated activity integrations for cyclists, as well as location features in the Compass app for hikers. The Apple Maps app now shows the topography of routes, trails, and points of interest. Finally, there’s a new mood tracking feature in the Mindfulness app.
Apple’s full release notes for the update can be found under the source links.