What time will Apple release iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10 on September 18?


iPhone with iOS 17 logo
iOS 17's first stable build is finally ready for public release.
Image: Rajesh Pandey/Cult of Mac

Apple is finally ready to release iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10 to the public. The stable build of these OSs will drop Monday for all compatible iPhones and iPads.

But exactly when will the iOS 17 update show up on your iPhone? After all, you might want to be the first in your group to install the new operating system and take advantage of new features like Standby. Find out the iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10’s release time in your area in our list below.

iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and watchOS 10 release time on September 18

Apple’s official announcement only mentions that iOS 17 and other operating systems will drop on September 18. It does not mention the exact release time. But based on the company’s track record, we can guess the possible timeframe when the update lands. Apple has typically seeded new iOS builds to the public around 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT. iOS 17 should also drop at the same time unless Apple hits a last-minute snag.

You can find the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 release times in various time zones below. All times are for Monday, September 18, unless otherwise noted.

  • Afghanistan: 9:30 p.m.
  • Algeria: 6 p.m.
  • Australia: 3 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Australia (Northern Territory: 2:30 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Western Australia: 3 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Austria: 7 p.m.
  • Bangladesh: 11 p.m.
  • Belarus: 8 p.m.
  • Bolivia: 1 p.m.
  • Brazil: 2 p.m.
  • Bulgaria: 8 p.m.
  • Canada: 11 a.m.
  • Canada (East): 1 p.m.
  • China: 1 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Colombia: 12 p.m.
  • Egypt: 8 p.m.
  • Europe: 7 p.m.
  • Finland: 8 p.m.
  • India: 8:30 p.m.
  • Iran: 8:30 p.m.
  • Iraq: 8 p.m.
  • Japan: 2 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Qatar: 8 p.m.
  • Russia: 5 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Saudi Arabia: 8 p.m.
  • Singapore: 1 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • South Africa: 7 p.m.
  • South Korea: 2 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Thailand: 12:01 a.m. (Tuesday, September 19)
  • United Arab Emirates: 9 p.m.
  • United Kingdom: 6 p.m.

You can find iOS 17’s release time in your local time zone from here if it is not mentioned in the list above.

iOS 17 should deliver a stable experience

With iOS 17, Apple has focused on adding several small but important features and usability enhancements. The beta builds of the OS were also relatively stable and bug-free. So, you can install iOS 17 on the day it is released without worrying about stability issues.

Do note that Apple’s servers might be overwhelmed initially with all the load. This could lead to slow download speeds, so you might want to try a few hours after the update goes live.

Unlike last year, Apple is releasing iPadOS 17 to the public for all compatible iPads on the same day. Plus, watchOS 10 also drops alongside iOS 17, bringing a massive overhaul to the OS since its inception. The only catch? Several iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 features are not a part of the initial public release. They will arrive later in the year.


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