The iPadOS 17 release date is inching closer and in this guide we’ll take iPad owners through the most important things to know.
Apple’s confirmed iPadOS 17, the next operating system for iPad. The software is in development and it will bring new features, enhancements, and more to compatible iPad models.
We now have an official iPadOS 17 release date from Apple and we also have a pretty good idea about what to expect from the update’s release time.
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Our iPadOS 17 release date guide we’ll help you properly manage expectations and help you prepare for its arrival on your iPad later on this month.
Which iPads Will Get iPadOS 17?
Apple’s confirmed the iPad models that are eligible to move to iPadOS 17 and most iPadOS 16-powered slates will make the move to the new operating system. Some however, will not.
Unfortunately, two older iPad models will stay put on iPadOS 16: iPad Pro (1st Generation) and iPad (5th Generation). This decision is final and won’t change. Below is the list of eligible iPads that will get upgraded to iPadOS 17:
iPadOS 17 Supported Devices
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad (6th generation and later)
- iPad mini (5th generation and later)
If Apple announces new iPads this fall or in the first half of 2024, they will run iPadOS 17 out of the box.
iPadOS 17 Beta
The stable iPadOS 17 release is just days away, but you can try the new operating system out on your iPad before the final version arrives.
There are two versions of the iPadOS 17 beta. There’s a developer beta and there’s a beta for users in the company’s Beta Software Program. Both are available to download right now.
iPadOS 17 Release Date
The iPadOS 17 beta will end soon as Apple’s pushed the final version of the beta, known as the Golden Master (GM).
The iPadOS 17 release date for eligible iPad models is confirmed for Monday, September 18th. This is the same day Apple plans to push iOS 17 to the iPhone.
iPadOS 17 Release Time
Apple hasn’t confirmed a specific iPadOS 17 release time, but the company almost always releases its software updates around 10AM Pacific on release day.
This means if you live in London, England you should see the iPadOS 17 update for your iPad around 6PM in the evening. If you live in Melbourne, Australia, you’ll need to stay up late or wake up early if you want to install iPadOS 17 right away.
Major iPadOS releases are often plagued with download issues as Apple’s servers get slammed with requests from iPad users. If you want to download issues and error codes, you should wait a few hours before installing the firmware.
Install to Help Improve Apple Improve iOS 17
Trying new features before they are officially released is exciting, but that's just part of it. Using the iOS 17 beta will also help Apple squash issues before they reach millions of iPhone users around the world.
Your feedback about the iOS 17 beta's performance could help the company discover a nasty bug or a glitch ahead of the final release later this year.
If you're sick of dealing with issues or sick of hearing friends and family complain about problems, think about giving the iOS 17 beta a try.
If you decide to download the iOS 17 beta and find an issue on board, make sure you report it to Apple. This way, engineers can get to work on a permanent fix.
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