Apple‘s latest operating system, iOS 17, presented at WWDC 2023, promises to make the iPhone experience more personal and intuitive than ever before. The tech giant has unveiled a slew of enhancements, focusing on communication apps, sharing capabilities, and intelligent text input. In addition, Apple has introduced new experiences with the Journal and StandBy apps.
A New Era of Communication
The iOS 17 update brings major upgrades to the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps. Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, stated, “Phone, FaceTime, and Messages are central to how we communicate, and this release is packed with updates we think our users are going to love.“
The Phone app now features personalized Contact Posters, allowing users to customize their appearance for incoming calls with eye-catching typography, font colors, and photo treatments. This feature is also available for third-party calling apps, further enhancing the user experience.
FaceTime and Messages: More Expressive Than Ever
FaceTime now supports audio and video messages, allowing users to leave messages for those who are unavailable. The app also introduces Reactions, such as hearts, balloons, and fireworks, which can be activated through simple gestures. In a significant development, FaceTime has been extended to Apple TV 4K, allowing users to make video calls directly from their television.
The Messages app has also received significant updates, including a new stickers experience and the ability to create Live Stickers from photos. A new drawer in the keyboard consolidates all stickers in one place for easier access. The app also introduces Check In, a feature that allows users to notify family members and friends that they’ve arrived at their destination safely.
Sharing Made Easy with AirDrop and NameDrop
AirDrop, Apple’s file-sharing feature, has been enhanced with NameDrop. This feature allows users to share contact information by simply bringing their iPhones or an iPhone and Apple Watch together. This gesture can also be used to share content or start SharePlay for shared music listening, movie watching, or gaming experiences.
Intelligent Input with Autocorrect and Dictation
Autocorrect has received a comprehensive update, improving word prediction accuracy and correcting more types of grammatical mistakes. Predictive text recommendations are now displayed inline as users type, making text entry faster than ever. Dictation has also been improved, leveraging a new speech recognition model for increased accuracy.
StandBy: Glanceable Information at Your Fingertips
iOS 17 introduces StandBy, a full-screen experience that displays glanceable information when the iPhone is on its side and charging. StandBy can be personalized to display a range of clock styles, favorite photos, or widgets, making the iPhone even more useful when viewed at a distance.
Table of Main New Features
|Contact Posters||Allows users to customize their appearance for incoming calls.|
|FaceTime Audio and Video Messages||Users can leave audio and video messages for unavailable contacts.|
|FaceTime Reactions||Users can express themselves with hearts, balloons, fireworks, and more.|
|FaceTime on Apple TV 4K||Users can make video calls directly from their television.|
|Live Stickers in Messages||Users can create Live Stickers from photos.|
|Check In in Messages||Allows users to notify contacts that they’ve arrived at their destination safely.|
|NameDrop in AirDrop||Users can share contact information by bringing their iPhones or an iPhone and Apple Watch together.|
|Autocorrect||Improved word prediction accuracy and correction of more types of grammatical mistakes.|
|StandBy||Displays glanceable information when the iPhone is on its side and charging.|
With iOS 17, Apple continues to innovate and enhance the iPhone experience, making it more personal, intuitive, and enjoyable for users. The tech giant’s commitment to improving communication, sharing, and intelligent input is evident in this major release. As Federighi said, “We can’t wait for everyone to try it.“
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