iPadOS 17 Update Released, Download Now

Sep 18, 2023 - 1 Comment

iPadOS 17 is available to download and install now for iPad

The iPadOS 17 software update for iPad has been released by Apple and is available to download now. The final build of ipadOS 17 matches the RC build of 21A329.

iPadOS 17 includes a variety of new features, including a redesigned Lock Screen that allows widgets and a customized clock, interactive Home Screen widgets, Safari Profiles support, improvements to multitasking in Stage Manager, FaceTime Video Voicemail support, the Health app comes to iPad, improvements to autocorrect and predictive typing, and there are many smaller changes, additions, and improvements to Messages, Music, AirPlay, Notes, and more.

Separately, iOS 17 for iPhone has also been released, along with tvOS 17 for Apple TV, and watchOS 10 for Apple Watch. MacOS Sonoma will be released separately on September 22.

How to Download & Install iPadOS 17 Update for iPad

Installing the iPadOS 17 update is simple:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Go to “Software Update”
  4. Select to update and install iPadOS 17

Your iPad must restart to finish installation.

iPadOS 17 download

You will need to have at least 10GB of free storage space to install the iPadOS 17 update.

You can also install the iPadOS 17 update through a computer with Finder, or iTunes. Advanced users can install iPadOS 17 by using IPSW firmware files, which we will link to below.

iPadOS 17 IPSW Firmware File Download Links

These links point directly to IPSW files hosted on Apple servers:

Will My iPad Run iPadOS 17?

The list of iPadOS 17 compatible iPad models includes iPad Pro 12.9″ 2nd generation and later, iPad Pro 11″ 1st generation and later, iPad Pro 10.5″, iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 6th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.

Can I install iPadOS 17 from the beta if I am running the beta?

Yes you can update directly to iPadOS 17 final from the beta version by using any of the methods discussed above for updating iPadOS. For most users, simply going to Settings > General > Software Update is sufficient.

Don’t forget to turn off beta updates after you install the final version of iPadOS 17.

iPadOS 17 Release Notes

Release notes for iPadOS 17 are as follows:

PadOS 17 brings a redesigned Lock Screen with new ways to customize, showcase your photos, and add widgets for information at a glance. Messages includes a new Stickers experience which brings all of your stickers together. The Health app comes to iPad designed for the larger display. Productivity improvements make it easier to work with full-width PDFs and document scans in Notes and Stage Manager adds more flexibility to the positioning of windows and adds external display camera support. iPadOS 17 also includes updates to Safari, Keyboard, Music, AirPlay, and more.

Lock Screen
• Redesigned Lock Screen gives you all new ways to personalize your Lock Screen by showcasing favorite photos, customizing font styles, displaying widgets, and more
• A multilayered depth effect places the subject of the photo in front of the time
• Multiple Lock Screens can be created and you can easily switch between them
• Lock Screen gallery offers personalized suggestions as well as Apple curated collections, with new wallpapers like Kaleidoscope, Hello, and Lake
• Motion effect for Live Photo wallpaper makes your Lock Screen feel more dynamic with Live Photos which settle into your Home Screen when unlocked
• Live Activities make it easier to stay on top of things that are happening in real time, right from the Lock Screen
• Notifications appear at the bottom of your Lock Screen and can be displayed in an expanded list view, stacked view, or count view

• Widgets on the Lock Screen let you glance at information like the weather, time, battery levels, calendar events, alarms and third party widgets
• Interactive widgets let you take actions, like mark a reminder as complete, directly from the widget by tapping it on the Home Screen or Lock Screen
• Undo on Home Screen lets you undo where you placed a widget by shaking iPad or using a three-finger tap

• Stickers iMessage app brings all your stickers into one place including Live Stickers, Memoji, Animoji, emoji stickers, and your third party sticker packs
• Live Stickers can be created by lifting the subject from photos or videos and stylizing them with effects like Shiny, Puffy, Comic, and Outline
• Audio message transcription is available for audio messages you receive so you can read them in the moment and listen later
• Search improvements help you find messages faster by allowing you to combine search filters such as people, keywords, and content types like photos or links to find exactly what you are looking for
• Swipe to reply to a message inline by swiping to the right on any bubble
• One-time verification code cleanup automatically deletes verification codes from the Messages app after using them with AutoFill in other apps

• Leave a video or audio message to capture exactly what you want to say when someone does not pick up your FaceTime call
• Enjoy FaceTime calls on Apple TV by using your iPad as a camera (Apple TV 4K 2nd generation and later)
• Reactions layer 3D effects like hearts, balloons, confetti, and more around you in video calls and can be triggered with gestures
• Video effects allow you to adjust the intensity of Studio Lighting and Portrait mode

• Health app on iPad is designed for the larger display, including the sidebar for quick navigation, rich details in Favorites, and interactive charts
• Health and fitness data seamlessly syncs across your devices from your iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, as well as compatible third-party apps and devices
• Health Sharing lets you choose health data to share with those closest to you and receive important notifications about your loved ones’ health and view things like their activity, mobility data, heart rate data, and trends
• State of Mind reflection allows you to log your momentary emotion and daily mood, choose what factors are having the biggest impact on you, and describe your feelings
• Interactive charts give you insights into your state of mind, how it has changed over time, and what factors may have influence such as exercise, sleep, and mindful minutes
• Mental health assessments help you understand your current risk for depression and anxiety and if you might benefit from getting support
• Screen Distance leverages the TrueDepth camera that powers Face ID to encourage you to increase the distance you view your device to reduce digital eye strain and can help reduce the risk of myopia in children

• Inline PDFs and document scans are presented full-width in your note, making it easy to view and mark-up a document you’re reviewing
• Linked notes allow you to create hyperlinks to other notes to connect ideas, content, or any information
• Block quote formatting makes it easy to visually offset a section of writing with a quote bar
• Monostyled text formatting features monospace text inset with a distinct background
• Open in Pages lets you create a Pages document from your note from the share menu

Safari and Passwords
• Profiles keep your browsing separate for topics like work and personal, separating your history, cookies, extensions, Tab Groups, and favorites
• Private Browsing enhancements include locking your private browsing windows when you’re not using them, blocking known trackers from loading, and removing identifying tracking from URLs
• Password and passkey sharing lets you create a group of passwords to share with trusted contacts that stays up to date as members of the group make changes
• One-time verification code AutoFill from Mail autofill in Safari so you can log in without leaving the browser

• Improved autocorrect accuracy makes typing even easier by leveraging a powerful transformer-based language model (iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and later), iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th generation and later), and iPad mini (6th generation))
• Easier autocorrect editing temporarily underlines corrected words and lets you revert back to what you originally typed with just a tap
• Enhanced sentence corrections can correct more types of grammatical mistakes when you finish sentences (iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and later), iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th generation and later), and iPad mini (6th generation))
• Inline predictive text shows single and multi-word predictions as you type that can be added by tapping space bar (iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation and later), iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th generation and later), and iPad mini (6th generation))

• Improved drawing with new tools, like fountain pen, ruler and watercolor as well as shape recognition
• Follow Along allows you to guide collaborators around your board so that they can see what you see as you move around the canvas
• Better diagraming helps you quickly build diagrams and flowcharts by dragging connector handles to connect objects
• Share to Freeform lets you add content from other apps to your Freeform boards using the share sheet
• PDF markup allows you to annotate directly on PDFs in your board
• 3D interaction lets you preview 3D objects on your canvas with Quick Look

Stage Manager
• More flexible window positioning lets you create your ideal window layout with larger draggable areas for precise selection and positioning of apps
• External display cameras can be used for FaceTime and video calls

Visual Look Up
• Expanded domains in Visual Look Up help you discover similar recipes from photos of food, Maps information from photos of storefronts, and the meaning of signs and symbols on things like laundry tags
• Multiple or single subjects can be lifted from the background of photos and videos and placed into apps like Messages
• Visual Look Up in Video helps you learn about objects that appear in paused video frames
• Visual Look Up for subjects in photos enables you to look up information about objects you lift from photos directly from the callout bar

• Option to say “Siri” in addition to “Hey Siri” for an even more natural way to make requests
• Back-to-back requests can be issued without needing to reactivate Siri in between commands (iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), and iPad (8th generation and later))

• Intelligent AirPlay device list makes finding the right AirPlay-compatible TV or speaker even easier by showing your devices in order of relevance, based on your preferences
• Suggested AirPlay device connections are proactively shown to you as a notification to make it even more seamless to connect to your preferred AirPlay devices
• Automatic AirPlay device connections are made between your iPad and the most relevant AirPlay-compatible device so all you have to do is tap “Play” to begin enjoying your content

• Adaptive Audio delivers a new listening mode that dynamically blends Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency to tailor the noise control experience based on the conditions of your environment (AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with firmware version 6A300 or later)
• Personalized Volume adjusts the volume of your media in response to your environment and listening preferences over time (AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with firmware version 6A300 or later)
• Conversation Awareness lowers your media volume and enhances the voices of the people in front of the user, all while reducing background noise (AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with firmware version 6A300 or later)
• Press to mute and unmute your microphone by pressing the AirPods stem or the Digital Crown on AirPods Max when on a call (AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), or AirPods Max with firmware version 6A300 or later)

• Sensitive Content Warnings can be enabled to prevent users from unexpectedly being shown images containing nudity in Messages, AirDrop, Contact Posters in the Phone app, and FaceTime messages
• Expanded Communication Safety protections for children now detect videos containing nudity in addition to photos that children may receive or attempt to send in Messages, AirDrop, Contact Posters in the Phone app, FaceTime messages, and the system Photo picker
• Improved sharing permissions give you even more control over what you share with apps, with an embedded photo picker and an add-only Calendar permission
• Link tracking protection removes extra information from links shared in Messages, Mail, and Safari Private Browsing that some websites use in their URLs to track you across other websites, and links still work as expected

• Assistive Access distills apps and experiences to their essential features in Phone and FaceTime, Messages, Camera, Photos, and Music, including large text, visual alternatives, and focused choices for users with cognitive disabilities
• Live Speech lets you type what you want to say and have it be spoken out loud in phone calls, FaceTime calls, or for in-person conversations
• Personal Voice enables users who are at risk of losing their speech function to privately and securely create a voice that sounds like them on iPad, and use it with Live Speech in phone and FaceTime calls
• Point and Speak in Magnifier Detection Mode uses iPad to read text out loud on physical objects with small text labels, such as keypads on doors and buttons on appliances

This release also includes other features and improvements:
• Pets in the People album in Photos surfaces individual pets in the album just like friends or family members
• Photos Album widget lets you select a specific album from the Photos app to appear in the widget
• Item sharing in Find My allows you to share an AirTag or Find My network accessory with up to five other people
• Activity History in Home displays a recent history of events for door locks, garage doors, security systems, and contact sensors
• Grid Forecast in Home shows when your electrical grid has cleaner energy sources available (Contiguous US only)
• Grocery Lists in Reminders automatically group related items into sections as you add them
• New Memoji stickers in Keyboard include Halo, Smirk, and Peekaboo
• App Shortcuts in Spotlight Top Hit offer you app shortcuts to your next action when you search for an app
• Email or phone number sign-in lets you sign into your iPad with any email address or phone number listed in your Apple ID account

This release includes even more features and improvements. For more information, please visit this website: https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-17

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, News

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  1. Caleb Meagher says:

    The 10th generation iPad is 10.9″ not 10.2″

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