Apple has announced its new Operating System for its iPhones: iOS 17. The latest version of iOS brings some design enhancements and a few software tweaks. The launch occurred on June 5 during WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference). Apple has released the iOS 17 Developer beta and Public Beta for testing purposes.
iOS 17 Stable Build is Available for Download
Update Sept 18: Apple has officially released the iOS 17 stable build. Users with compatible iPhones can download and install the update over-the-air.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General > Software Update.
- Wait for the iOS 17 update to appear (this may take a few minutes after the public release).
- Tap “Download and Install” next to the iOS 17 update.
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iOS 17 Public Beta is Now Available for Download
If you do not want to install the developer beta, here is some good news: Apple has released its first public beta of iOS 17. You need to enrol in the Public Beta Software Program. After signing up for the beta testing program, you can download the iOS 17 public beta by heading to the Settings App> General> Software Update and choosing the Public Beta option.
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No More iOS 17 Beta Profile Downloads Required
Apple introduced a new “Beta Updates” menu in the Settings application, starting with iOS 16.4. If you have to reach there, go to General, then Software Update, and you will find a dedicated menu indicating “Beta Updates.” This helps Apple’s Developer Program to install iOS betas directly on an iPhone. Ultimately, this tweak will reduce the time you have to reach the Apple Developer Website to install a configuration profile.
For the new menu (Beta Updates) to appear in the Settings application, a user’s iPhone must be signed into the same Apple ID they used to enrol in Apple’s Developer Program. The company had clearly said that the new change in the program (new menu) is the only way to install the developer betas, as the profiles will be shut down.
The iOS 17 developer beta is now available for free, which is great news for everyone who wants to try out the early build of the latest software. You can download iOS 17 developer beta without paying the subscription fee ($99). Sign in to the Apple Developer with your Apple ID and agree to the terms. Now head to the Beta Software Update section. You will see the iOS 17 Developer option there.
Steps to Download and Install the iOS 17 Developer Beta
Apple first releases the latest iOS update to developers, followed by the public beta a few weeks later. The latest version of iOS 17, the second developer beta, is now available for download. If you want to test the latest iOS 17 software, follow the step-by-step installation guide on your iPhone.
- Register for the Apple Developer Program by clicking at developer.apple.com.
- Sign in with your Apple ID.
- Agree to the terms to participate in the developer program.
- Open the Settings application on your iPhone.
- Go to General and then Software Update.
- In the newly added Beta Updates section, select the iOS 17 Developer Beta.
- Return to the “Software Update” page and click the Download and Install button.
If the users are willing to opt for Public Beta instead of the Developer one, they can select iOS 17 Public Beta in the Software Update section.
Before iOS 16.4, it was necessary to download and install a beta profile to your device; now, the company will ensure that you have a registered developer with the Apple ID in the Software Update section. Once you proceed with the update, you should restart your iPhone.
You can also use different Apple IDs for the Developer Beta apart from the regular ID for various iOS works. To do it, you should open Settings, go to General> Software Update> Beta Updates, and select the Apple ID at the bottom of the screen.
General Safety Practices You Should Follow
The company beta-tests the iOS version or any other update to ensure the final product is precise and finished. The Beta updates don’t include all the features expected to be released for the final rollout. However, they are for testing purposes and have glitches here and there. Though the company ensures that the last release will be bug-free, it is not always the case.
If you proceed to try the Beta updates, you will experience some troubles and a laggy interface. The applications will not work as they should, the software will run unexpectedly, and you will face minor bugs and issues here and there. You must ensure that your device is safe before installing any Beta updates.
For some users, the device gets bricked by the beta update, and the next beta update is the only expected solution for which you should look. After installing the beta updates, you may experience battery drain problems, laggy experiences, and several glitters at random.
To avoid such incidents with your iPhone, we suggest you back up your important data before installing a Beta update. However, a better step is installing iOS Betas on a secondary device instead of your primary iPhone to avoid such problems. A usual practice before installing the Betas, whether it is Developer or Public, is to properly plan to tackle the upcoming expected issues.
iOS 17 Eligible Devices:
Since iOS 17 requires the A12 Bionic chip or later, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X are not eligible for the update. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus received the last major update with iOS 16. These iPhones are eligible for iOS 17 update:
- iPhone 14 series.
- iPhone 13 series.
- iPhone 12 series.
- iPhone 11 series.
- iPhone XS and XS Max.
- iPhone XR.
- iPhone SE 2020.
- iPhone SE 2022.
Are you facing any issues after installing iOS 17? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.