Apple has released a new update for its mobile operating system, iOS 16.3, which is the latest version of iOS 16 that was initially launched in June 2020. This iteration of the software was rolled out to the public along with the iPhone 14 lineup during the fall. As per the usual release schedule, the next iteration of iOS, iOS 17, is expected to debut alongside the upcoming iPhone 15 series, which is speculated to be released around September of this year. A new report has already surfaced discussing the features and improvements that the new software may bring.
A credible source who has a track record of providing accurate information regarding Apple products has shared that the upcoming iOS 17 will not bring any significant visual changes. It is expected to maintain a similar appearance as its predecessor, iOS 16. The primary objective of the release is to enhance performance and stability and to provide compatibility with Apple’s Reality Pro AR/VR headset. Therefore, users should not anticipate any major aesthetic overhauls but can expect improvements in terms of functionality and support.
In line with the focus on stability and support, iOS 17 will include a new application specifically designed for Apple’s Reality Pro AR/VR headset. This app will reportedly have a similar approach as the Watch app but with an expanded range of features. Additionally, the Home app is also set to receive a significant upgrade, with significant changes in the pipeline. Furthermore, the Find My feature is also expected to receive some minor adjustments.
Furthermore, the Music app will reportedly undergo some changes related to its navigation structure. The Mail app will also be streamlined to some extent, while Reminders and Files will be enhanced, although it is not specified as to how. Users can also expect to see some minor modifications to the Fitness and Wallet apps, with the latter potentially having a connection to the Apple Pay Later feature.
It appears that iOS 17 is designed to operate on six devices with a Dynamic Island feature, including the existing iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This suggests that all four of the upcoming iPhone 15 models will feature Dynamic Island, marking the discontinuation of the notch design.
As per the information found in other sections of the iOS 17 code, all four of the upcoming iPhones will come with a USB-C port. However, only two of them will have the capability to support USB 3.2 speeds, it is speculated that the Pro and Pro Max models will have this feature. The non-Pro models, on the other hand, will be limited to speeds similar to what they currently achieve through the Lightning port.
Lastly, it is rumoured that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be equipped with more advanced image processing software in comparison to the iPhone 15 Pro. Additionally, it will feature an improved cooling system, which is expected to be made possible by the larger physical size of the device.