Excitement is building in the tech world as Apple prepares to release iOS 17, the latest version of its operating system for iPhones, on September 18th. This update promises a host of new features, including Live Voicemail, StandBy mode, and a new Journal app. Announced during the iPhone 15 launch event and initially unveiled at WWDC on June 5th, this update not only offers iPhone users new ways to customize and use their devices but also includes the full-release version of iPadOS 17, bringing similar customization options to iPad users.
One of the highlights of iOS 17 is the ability for users to create customizable stickers and set up Contact Posters, enhancing their communication and personalization experience. Additionally, autocorrect and voice transcription have received various improvements, making these features more efficient and user-friendly. Furthermore, users can activate Siri without saying “hey” first, and the Live Voicemail feature displays a live transcript on the screen as a voicemail is being recorded if the phone is not answered. Another notable addition is the StandBy mode, which transforms the iPhone into a bedside clock when placed on its side.
Moreover, iOS 17 introduces NameDrop, a feature that allows users to effortlessly share contact information via AirDrop by bringing two iPhone devices together. However, Apple has noted in its press release that some features of iOS 17 may not be available in all countries or regions, so it is advisable to check Apple’s website for specific availability.
Although the developer program members and public beta testers have had access to iOS 17 for some time, the general public will be able to download the update on September 18th. It is important to note that iOS 17 is only compatible with iPhone models equipped with the A12 Bionic chip or newer, meaning the iPhone XR/XS will be the oldest models that can download the update.
iPadOS 17, the counterpart for iPads, will also be released on September 18th, featuring new ways for users to interact with widgets and personalize their lock screens. This update is compatible with sixth-generation iPad models, fifth-generation iPad mini, third-generation iPad Air, and second-generation iPad Pro 12.9-inch models or later. A full list of compatible models can be found on Apple’s website.
iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 are set to bring a slew of new features and improvements to iPhone and iPad users, respectively. From the Live Voicemail and StandBy mode to customizable stickers and improved autocorrect and voice transcription, these updates promise to enhance the user experience significantly. However, it is important to check the compatibility of your device and the availability of specific features in your region before getting excited about the update. Be sure to visit Apple’s website for a full breakdown of all the fixes, features, and updates included in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.
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