Here’s when you’ll be able to upgrade to iOS 17

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// The new iPhone operating system leaves beta next week.
Alex Choros
Sep 13, 2023
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Published on September 12, 2023

Hot off its iPhone 15 event, Apple has confirmed that iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 - the latest versions of its mobile operating systems - will be available on September 18. watchOS will also drop on the same day, available to anyone with an Apple Watch Series 4 and up.

We don't know exact timing, but given Apple works in California time, there's a chance the new software won't go live until September 19 for Australians.

Announced in early June, iOS 17 includes new features such as improved communication functionality across Messages and AirDrop, live voicemail, and a standby mode that effectively turns your iPhone into a smart display when it's not being used. On the iPad front, iPad will get customised lock screens, similar to what iOS 16 brought to iPhone last year.

The iPhone XS and newer will be able to upgrade to iOS 17. This means the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus will be stuck on iOS 16.

You can install iOS 17 on the following iPhones:

iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 13, Phone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2022), iPhone 12, Phone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

The iPhone 15 family will naturally run iOS 17 out of the box.

Meanwhile, these are the oldest iPad models that will support iPadOS 17:

6th generation iPad, 5th generation iPad mini, 3rd generation iPad Air, 2nd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 1st generation 11-inch iPad Pro.

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Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites -, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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