The Compatibility Question: Will Your iPhone Work with iOS 17?

Which iPhones will be able to install iOS 17

The Compatibility Question: Will Your iPhone Work with iOS 17?
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

With Apple’s recent announcement of all the new features and the arrival of iOS 17, anticipation has grown tremendously. The new version of the operating system is a quantitative leap in terms of features, security, and performance, and we all want to enjoy it. The question that concerns us the most is, therefore, will our iPhone be compatible with iOS 17?


Great compatibility, but with some iPhones left out

It is important to remember that Apple is known for its long-term software support, which means that older iPhone models may still be able to receive the iOS 17 update. Now, with the WWDC 2023 keynote behind us and the details of the new operating system already revealed, we know which iPhones will be able to install the update. Here they are:

  • iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation and later)

So, if your iPhone model is on the list, you can rest assured that your device will be able to receive and run iOS 17.

That being said, it is vital to mention that even if our iPhone is on the list, not all features of iOS 17 may be available for the device. Due to the power requirements for certain functionalities, some features may require newer iPhones. However, this is something we won’t know for sure until the official release of the system in the fall, as changes can occur during the development process.

Lastly, if our iPhone model is not on the list, it does not mean that it will stop functioning. Even if we don’t upgrade to iOS 17, Apple will continue to provide security updates for previous versions of the operating system for several years. This ensures that the iPhone remains secure and functional, even if it doesn’t have the latest features.


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David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Creator and editor of | Trainer in Apple technologies | Editor at Softonic and iDoo_tech and previously at Applesfera

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