iOS 17: When Apple Might Release the Next iPhone OS

iOS 17: When Apple Might Release the Next iPhone OS

At Apple’s June keynote occasion, the firm introduced iOS 17, the subsequent iteration of the iPhone working system. The software program is predicted to incorporate new options like Standby mode and enhancements to apps like Messages when it is launched to the basic public. However up to now the tech large has stated solely that the replace will come out in the fall, which is not useful.

If we have a look at previous Apple occasions in September and earlier iOS releases although, a sample emerges to point out we should always count on Apple to launch iOS 17 a number of days after this 12 months’s September occasion. 

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I haven’t got a crystal ball so this must do.

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I reached out to Apple about when it deliberate on holding its September occasion and when it was planning to launch iOS 17. The corporate did not reply, however here is once I assume Apple will launch iOS 17 based mostly on what I see in my crystal ball.

When is Apple’s September occasion?

On Tuesday, Apple stated this 12 months’s September occasion, which the firm dubbed “Wonderlust,” will likely be held at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, Sept. 12. This falls inside Apple’s normal timeline of holding the occasion in mid- to late September.

What makes you assume iOS 17 will come out shortly after the occasion?

Apple is likely to be secretive, however it’s additionally slightly predictable. 

For greater than a decade, Apple has persistently held occasions each June and September. The corporate might need different particular occasions in March (see 2022) or October (see 2021) however its June and September occasions occur yearly like clockwork.

And after most of Apple’s September occasions, the firm launched the subsequent iOS inside the following week. In 2018, for instance, Apple’s occasion was held on Sept. 12 (sound acquainted?) and it launched iOS 12 5 days in a while Sept. 17. 

There have solely been three years over the previous decade the place it took longer than every week for Apple to launch the subsequent iOS model — 2019, 2014 and 2013. Even in these situations, Apple nonetheless launched the subsequent iOS model eight or 9 days after its September occasion. 

The variety of days between Apple’s September occasion and the launch of the subsequent iOS model has additionally trended downward over the previous decade. In 2013, Apple launched iOS 7 on Sept. 18, eight days after its Sept. 10 occasion, and final 12 months Apple launched iOS 16 on Sept. 12, 5 days after the firm’s Sept. 7 occasion.

A bar graph showing how many days after Apple's September events the company has released the next iOS version

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So my guess is Apple will launch iOS 17 both 5 or 6 days after its September occasion this 12 months.

What days of the week have been previous iOS variations launched on?

All the iOS model updates have been launched throughout the week over the previous decade. Apple launched 9 of the previous 10 iOS variations between Monday and Wednesday and one iOS model on a Thursday. Apple hasn’t launched an iOS model on Friday, Saturday or Sunday over the previous decade.

Wednesdays and Mondays are common days for Apple to launch iOS variations, with 4 iOS variations being launched on a Wednesday and three variations on a Monday. Apple additionally launched two iOS variations on Tuesday. So it is extra probably that Apple will launch iOS 17 on a Monday or Wednesday.

Look, simply inform me when iOS 17 will likely be launched

If Apple have been to launch iOS 17 5 or 6 days after the firm’s occasion on Sept. 12, we would see the new working system on Sept. 17 or 18.

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However Apple traditionally does not launch iOS updates on the weekend, and Sept. 17 is a Sunday this 12 months, so we are able to rule out that day. 

Apple can be traditionally extra prone to launch an iOS model on a Monday, so I can say with confidence that Apple will probably launch iOS 17 on Monday, Sept. 18. You heard it right here first.

For extra on Apple, try what iOS 17 options I am enthusiastic about and the right way to obtain the iOS 17 public beta now.

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