A new leak reveals several new changes and features coming to iOS 17. The source claims Apple will focus on “performance, efficiency, stability, and long-term support” for older devices with the release.
Interestingly, the leaker also suggests that iPhone 15 Pro will ship with capacitive volume and power keys. This contradicts recent rumors that suggested Apple’s plans have changed.
iOS 17 features leaked
Leaker @analyst941 reveals that iOS 17 should support all iPhone models currently running iOS 16. Contrary to a recent rumor, this will even include the A11 Bionic-powered iPhone 8 and iPhone X. With iPadOS 17, though, Apple could drop support for A9 and A10 Fusion-powered iPads. However, the final decision will be made in 3-4 weeks.
As for features, the source claims iOS 17 will pack the following changes:
- Major UI overhaul for Control Center with additional customization options
- New functionality for Dynamic Island
- More Always on Display settings
- New Focus Mode filters
- Deeper Car integration in the Wallet app
- CarKey improvements
- Health app UI improvements, especially to the “Favorites” tab
- “Heavily improved” Search and Spotlight
- An “absolute behemoth” of ARKit APIs and frameworks
Sadly, the source did not share more details on these alleged changes and improvements.
Apple is seemingly also testing interactive widgets for iOS 17. This will allow widgets to offer one-tap buttons and sliders. It’s still unclear if this improvement will be a part of the OS. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously reported that iOS 17 could be more exciting than expected and pack many “nice to have” features.
Camera app changes could be limited to iPhone 15
Apple is preparing several changes and improvements to the Camera app as a part of iOS 17. However, the leaker says these changes might remain exclusive to the iPhone 15 series and may not make it to all iOS 17 compatible devices.
The source of this leak previously accurately revealed information about the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island. So, the source has a relatively accurate track record, though it is always best to take such rumors with a pinch of salt.
Apple will showcase iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10 and the next major macOS release at WWDC23 on June 5.