iPad OS 17: what’s new, and should you update?

Updating is OPTIONAL at this point. MDS Tech has not tested the new OS just yet, but we anticipate there will be only a few issues since we have been updating the iPad apps as they come out.

Note that students must update iPads AT HOME – the OS updates do not work on the student network.

Here’s a synopsis of the major changes in IOS 17, taken from a variety of sources:


Youtube without distractions

Instead of this:

Your screen can look like this:

No distractions.

You do this by first calling up the video you want to watch, and then adding a DASH inside the address, between the t and the u in youtube.. For example, change

NOTE: This does NOT work with the shortened address you get when pressing the “Share” button. You have to copy/paste/modify the link at the top of the page, in the address bar.

This also MAY not work when monetization is enabled for the video. It throws an error message.

Notes, Tips, Hints, & Answers