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iOS 17 system requirements: can it run on your iPhone?

Apple's latest iPhone software is available for you to download - find out if your iPhone can run it

iOS 17 standby clock

Apple’s upcoming phone software is on the way to an iPhone near you on 18 September. The new version is iOS 17, and it’s out now for beta access. As you’d expect, iOS 17 will work best with the new iPhone 15 devices where it comes pre-installed – but a whole host of older iPhones support it too.

iOS 17 isn’t quite compatible with everything that could run iOS 16 (or iOS 14 or 15 for that matter). That’s because it doesn’t include compatibility for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus from 2017 or the iPhone X. The original iPhone SE is still no longer included, while the 7th generation iPod touch still remains off the list – it is now discontinued, of course, too, the last of the iPods to go the way of the Dodo. 

The earliest iPhone on the list for iOS 17 compatibility is 2018’s iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, which is fairly impressive considering a lot of Android devices only offer three years of security updates.

NOTE: We strongly recommend you don’t install any kind of pre-release (beta) software on an iPhone you use every day and especially not if it’s something you rely on. Remember to always back up your data first.

iOS 17 iPhone compatibility: full list

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2020, 2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (2022, 3rd generation)

If you have an Apple Watch, you’ll need to install iOS 17 on it before you can install watchOS 10.

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Connor is a writer for Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website. He has been writing for around six years now, with writing across the web and in print too. Connor has experience on most major platforms, though does hold a place in his heart for macOS, iOS/iPadOS, electric vehicles, and smartphone tech. Just like everyone else around here, he’s a fan of gadgets of all sorts! Aside from writing, Connor is involved in the startup scene. This exciting involvement puts him at the front of new and exciting tech, always on the lookout for innovating products.

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