Apple unveils iOS 17: a breakdown of the new features

Jun 6, 2023, 5:30 AM UTC
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Apple unveils iOS 17: a breakdown of the new features
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Apple today made a major announcement that has sent waves of excitement through the tech world. iOS 17, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, has been unveiled, and it comes packed with a host of exciting features that are set to revolutionize the way we communicate and share information.

One of the standout features of iOS 17 is the introduction of personalized contact posters. These posters, adorned with photos, Memojis, and eye-catching typography, will appear during calls and in the updated address book. This not only adds a touch of personalization to our interactions but also makes it easier to identify callers and manage our contacts effectively.

In addition, iOS 17 brings a game-changing feature called Live Voicemail. This feature provides real-time live transcription of voicemails, allowing users to screen calls in a more old-school manner. With Live Voicemail, users can even pick up the phone mid-voicemail, and the transcription will be seamlessly handled on the device itself. This innovative feature adds a new level of convenience to our daily communication.

The Messages app has also received significant updates in iOS 17. Searching for specific messages is now a breeze with improved search capabilities. Users can now jump directly to the first unread message in a conversation with just a tap of an arrow. Inline replies have been made easier with a simple swipe gesture, and sharing locations within conversations has been streamlined. Additionally, a revamped Stickers experience enhances the fun and creativity of expressing ourselves through messages. Apple has also relocated iMessage apps and the camera to a new plus button, making them more accessible and intuitive to use.

For those concerned about the safety and staying connected, iOS 17 introduces a feature called Check In. This feature allows users to provide updates on their location, ensuring that friends and family know when they have arrived home safely. Check In also has the ability to recognize delays and will proactively check in with the user. If there is no response, it can automatically share an alert with designated friends, providing them with the user’s location, battery status, and cell service information. This feature provides peace of mind and fosters a sense of security in our daily lives.

Another notable improvement in iOS 17 is the enhanced AirDrop functionality. Users can now transfer content by simply bringing their iPhones close together, and transfers can occur seamlessly in the background. This makes sharing files, photos, and other media even more effortless and efficient. Additionally, iOS 17 introduces a feature called “NameDrop,” which allows users to exchange contact information by bringing their phones in close proximity. This convenient feature eliminates the hassle of manually entering contact details and makes connecting with new acquaintances a breeze.

Apple has also given attention to the keyboard and dictation in iOS 17. Autocorrect receives a significant boost through the implementation of a new “transformer” language model, resulting in more accurate and contextually relevant suggestions. Sentence-level correction further refines the autocorrect feature, making it smarter and more reliable. These improvements ensure that our typing experience becomes more seamless and error-free.

In a move that will delight avid journal keepers and those who aspire to capture their daily experiences, Apple has introduced a new app called “Journal” in iOS 17. This app sources new memories based on various parameters such as people, places, activities, music, and photos. Users can add these memories to their daily journal entries, creating a rich tapestry of their lives. Additionally, the app allows users to set reminders to ensure that they never miss a day of journaling. The Journal app is set to make its debut on the iPhone later this year, promising to be a valuable tool for documenting and cherishing our memories.

Finally, iOS 17 introduces a new mode called “StandBy.” This mode provides users with a visually appealing view when their iPhone is in a horizontal position. It displays essential information such as the time and widgets, allowing users to access important updates at a glance. Additionally, Apple has made interacting with Siri even more effortless by enabling users to simply say “Siri” instead of the previous “Hey Siri” prompt. Moreover, Siri now understands follow-up commands without the need for the trigger word, streamlining the conversation with our favorite virtual assistant.

iOS 17 availability

With the announcement of iOS 17, Apple continues to push the boundaries of innovation and user experience. The new features introduced in this operating system promise to enhance communication, simplify everyday tasks, and provide new avenues for self-expression. As Apple enthusiasts eagerly await the release of iOS 17 this fall, it is evident that the future of iPhone usage is set to become even more exciting and seamless.

iOS 17 compatible devices