iOS 17: Should you install Apple's latest update for iPhone?

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But for some iPhone users, installing that update may not be a no-brainer. But for some iPhone users, installing that update may not be a no-brainer.

Despite all the buzz around FaceTime messages, live voice mail transcription and StandBy Mode, there are a few reasons not to upgrade immediately.

One of the first is a simple one – storage. The download can take several gigabytes if you are running out of device storage. Apple releases major software updates, and then pushes out subsequent updates. Some people may not update to iOS 17 on the day it is released because of this. Some may opt not to immediately update to iOS 17 on the day it is released for that reason.

According to CNET, the update might also cause your battery to drain faster than normal, possibly because your device is working in the background to index your files so the fancy new features included in iOS 17 can work properly. CNET notes that the iPhone’s battery can suffer in the first few days after the update.

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Another reason could be that the app developers who created your apps have not released iOS 17 ready updates. This can cause your apps to drain your battery.

For iPhone users with older models, you should also be aware that certain features will not be available after the update. You’ll need an iPhone XS, iPhone XR or later to do this. You’ll need to have at least an iPhone XS, iPhone XR or later to do so.

Other features advertised on Apple’s website, such as the Journal app aren’t actually available now but will be as part of a future update.

While some may have reasons for delaying or even declining to update with iOS 17, for most, it’s probably a good idea. Along with a lengthy list of features, including AirDrop for contacts, live voicemail transcribing, StandBy mode that turns your phone into a smart bedside clock and a new way of interacting with Siri, iOS 17 also provides the most up-to-date security protections.

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