Today, on September 18, 2023, iOS 17 makes its debut, ushering in a slew of new features that promise to revolutionize the way we interact with our iPhones. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to ensure a seamless update for your iPhone and provide some crucial considerations to ensure it performs flawlessly right from the start.
Device Compatibility Matters
First and foremost, it’s essential to ascertain the compatibility of your device with iOS 17. Starting from the iPhone XS and onwards, all devices are eligible for the update, with the exception of the iPhone X and iPhone 8.
Transitioning from a Beta Version
If you’ve been exploring the realm of iOS 17 through its beta versions, here’s what you need to do: Navigate to “Settings” and select “General.” In the “Beta Updates” option, click on “No.” This step ensures that when iOS 17 officially rolls out, it will appear in your software updates. Failing to do this may require you to restore and reinstate your existing backup.
Dealing with the Release Candidate (RC) Version
For those who have the Release Candidate (RC) version installed—this being the final beta before the official launch—be aware that you may not receive the standard update since it mirrors what you already have.
Backing Up Your Data
For users with devices that have accumulated a few years’ worth of data, like the venerable iPhone, it’s prudent to back up your device on your Mac before diving into iOS 17. While it may seem trivial, having a backup is indispensable. When issues arise and you contemplate reverting to the previous state, a missing backup can leave you bereft of locally stored information.
It is also essential to have enough space for your device, since new operating system updates usually take up between 5-8 GB of storage, but even so, it will require more space for it to work correctly. Therefore, I recommend having about 15 GB of free storage . It may seem secondary, but an update with saturated memory can cause performance to be affected.
Storage Space Considerations
Ensuring adequate storage space on your device is paramount. New operating system updates generally require between 5-8 GB of storage, but to function optimally, even more space is necessary. Therefore, it’s advisable to have around 15 GB of free storage. This might seem like a minor detail, but an update under memory constraints can lead to performance issues.
Updating Your Applications
Updating all your applications, either before or after installing iOS 17, is a prudent practice. The new software version introduces a plethora of features that App Store applications can leverage to enhance their service. Consequently, these applications often release significant updates to align with iOS 17’s capabilities. If you update your apps ahead of time, you’ll avoid encountering disabled functionalities until you acquire the new versions.
When to Update: Timing Matters
Finally, let’s discuss the timing of the iOS 17 update, which is pivotal. For users with devices predating the iPhone 12, it’s advisable not to rush into installing iOS 17 right at launch. During the initial days, the OS may encounter several issues due to the sheer volume of users rushing to install it. Waiting a couple of days or holding out for Apple to release iOS 17.1 can yield a more optimized and fluid experience, particularly on older devices.