As WWDC 2023 approaches, it seems that we may have some insight into the upcoming iOS 17 features that iPhone users can expect. While it may not have one standout feature, the current information suggests that it will be a more exciting update than originally anticipated.
Initially, Apple’s focus for iOS 17 was to enhance overall system performance and improve the user experience, much like their approach with Snow Leopard for macOS. However, according to Bloomberg, Apple has expanded its plans to include several highly requested features.
Twitter user @analyst941 has leaked some details about Apple’s impending software update, which, if accurate, could provide more insight. For instance, iOS 17 will reportedly be compatible with all iPhone models that currently support iOS 16. This means that users with older iPhones need not worry about being left behind. Specifically, iOS 17 will run on the iPhone 8 and all subsequent devices.
The Twitter leak also echoes Bloomberg’s report that the main features of this update will be focused on improving performance, efficiency, and stability, and providing long-term support for older devices.
expected features of iOS 17
According to the leak, Dynamic Island will receive more functionality in iOS 17. This is particularly exciting as the current version can be more intrusive than helpful, in my opinion.
Furthermore, iOS 17 will introduce significantly improved search functionality, which is long overdue, given the current state of search on iOS. There are also rumors that the Camera app UI will undergo some changes, although the details are scarce. Considering how frequently people use the Camera app, it will be interesting to see what Apple has planned.
Other potential iOS 17 features include dynamic widgets, new emojis, support for third-party app stores, a redesigned Control Center, a new UI for the Health app, enhanced settings options for calibrating Focus Mode and the Always-On display, and most intriguingly, “an absolute behemoth of ARKit APIs/frameworks.”
We won’t have to wait long to see what iOS 17 has in store as WWDC 2023 is scheduled to begin on June 5th.