Everyone is talking about the new iPhones and the iOS 17 update. However, we shouldn’t overlook the significance of iPadOS 17, which comes with major upgrades, including the addition of lock screen customization for eligible iPads. iPhones already received lock screen personalization features last year with iOS 16. And now its time for iPad users to enjoy the personalization.
A few years ago, Apple separated the operating systems for its iPhones and iPads to enhance device management. This separation allowed them to focus on developing features specific to each device, such as multitasking for iPads and camera improvements for iPhones.
As you may recall, Lock Screen customization didn’t arrive on iPads last year due to certain issues. However, with iPadOS 17, it’s now finally accessible. This feature brings support for widgets on the Lock screen, depth effects, Astronomy wallpapers, Live activities, and numerous other enhancements also available in iOS 17.
If you have an Apple ecosystem, new updates are available to various devices. Other rolling updates are iOS 17, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and more. The iPadOS 17 is available to users with build number 21A329, it is the same build number as the last week’s release candidate build. It is a big update weighs around 6GB so make sure you have enough data or stable WiFi connection.
iPadOS 17 Eligible iPads:
- 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)
Some of the main features of iPadOS 17 are lock screen personalization, Interactive Widgets on home screen and lock screen, share or request locations in Messages, Lots of Stickers and everywhere, Leave audio or video message in case of FaceTime call miss, Screen distance notification, multiple profiles in Safari, and many other features.
The iPadOS 17 is available to everyone. So if you have a device running on iOS 16, you can easily install the iPadOS 17 directly from the Software Update page. iPad users who are on the Release candidate build will not receive this update, since both updates are same. If you are on another iOS 17 beta build and want to get the official build, you can turn off beta updates.