“When is the iOS 17 Journal app getting released?” is a question I often get as a tech journalist.
The new feature, announced at Apple’s WWDC event in early June, is one of the highly anticipated iOS 17 perks. Unfortunately, although iOS 17 officially launched in September, the Journal app has been delayed.
But now that Apple has finally rolled out the Journal app via the iOS 17.2 developer beta, I can stop getting that pesky aforementioned question. The Journal app is here folks! Well, kind of.
How to get the iOS 17 Journal app (beta version)
No, the Journal app isn’t officially out to a stable version of iOS 17, but you can experiment with it now by downloading the new build via this link, or you can head to Settings > General > Software Update and choose iOS 17 Developer Beta under the “Beta Updates” section.
It’s in developer beta, so it may still be buggy.
The Journal app, according to Apple Senior Manager of Sensing and Connectivity Adeeti Ullal, uses “on-device machine-learning” to create personalized suggestions that inspire you to reflect and document your life. What will your iPhone use to make these recommendations? It will tap into your photos, music, podcasts, workouts, and more.
You can even schedule notifications for the start or end of the day that remind you dive into mindful, introspective writing.
Keep in mind that the Journal app is in developer beta, which means it may still be buggy and exhibit other forms of instability. The official public release of iOS 17.2, according to 9to5Mac, is expected “soon.”