Apple today released a preview version of iOS 17, which brings major improvements to the communication experience of the Phone app, FaceTime app, and Messages app, making AirDrop sharing easier, while improving typing speed and accuracy, making typing smarter. iOS 17 also brings two new experiences: the Journal app helps users easily record the daily moments they are grateful for, and StandBy allows users to view information at a glance while the iPhone is charging aside in a new way.
The phone app experience ushered in a major upgrade
At the heart of the iPhone experience, the Phone app is getting a major upgrade: Personalized Contact Posters give users a whole new way to express themselves. Users can customize how these posters appear to refresh the look and feel of incoming calls, choosing from stunning photo or Memoji treatments, as well as eye-catching typography and font colors. Contact Posters can also support various third-party calling apps.
Information app ushered in a new look and a major upgrade?
iOS 17 brings major upgrades to the Messages app, including a new sticker experience. Users can use new emoji stickers, extract objects from photos, create live stickers, and add special effects to live stickers to make conversations more vivid. The new “drawer” in the keyboard can hold all of the user’s stickers for easy Used everywhere on iOS.
AirDrop and NameDrop make sharing easier
With AirDrop, users can easily share files with colleagues or send photos to friends in seconds. In iOS 17, AirDrop ushered in a new sharing method.Users only need to put two iPhones together, or put an iPhone and an Apple Watch together, and they can easily share contact information through the NameDrop function1. Through the same operation, users can also share content with another iPhone device within a short distance or start simulcasting to listen to music, watch movies or play games together.
Other iOS 17 features include:
Adds more protections for private browsing from trackers and others with access to your device. Advanced Tracking and Fingerprinting Protection takes it a step further, preventing websites from tracking or identifying user devices. Private browsing windows lock when not in use, giving users the confidence to keep tabs open when they step away from their device.
Users can share passwords with a group of trusted contacts, making it easier and more secure to share passwords and passkeys. All members of the group can add and edit passwords, keeping passwords updated. Sharing is done through iCloud Keychain, so end-to-end encryption is used.
Bringing new mental health features. Users can record their daily and momentary moods; see what factors are affecting their mental state; and easily access depression and anxiety assessments commonly used in clinics, as well as other locally available resources. In addition, increasing the distance between the device and the eyes can help reduce the risk of myopia in children and help adult users relieve symptoms of digital eye strain. Screen Time’s screen distance feature uses the TrueDepth camera to encourage users to move their devices away after the device has been within 12 inches (30.48 cm) of their face for a period of time.
Added offline maps, users can download maps of specific regions and use turn-by-turn navigation offline, view estimated arrival time, explore places in the map app, etc. The Maps app also makes it easier for users to explore thousands of hiking trails in parks across the U.S. and provides real-time information on available charging to electric vehicle drivers.
Share with up to 5 other people to help friends and family find items in the Find app. All members of the group can see the location of items, play sounds, and use pinpoint lookup to pinpoint the exact location of nearby shared AirTags. This feature also supports all other “find” network accessories.
The launch of collaborative playlists makes it easier for users to listen to music with friends; the in-car simulcast sharing experience allows all passengers to easily control what is played3. Users can control music with their own devices, even if they don’t subscribe to the Apple Music service.
On-device intelligence can now learn user preferences, making the experience of sharing content using AirPlay even easier. AirPlay also supports compatible TVs in hotels, allowing users to turn on the TV and enjoy their favorite content easily while on the go. The privacy and security-based feature will be rolling out to select hotels by the end of the year, starting with IHG’s Hotels & Resorts brands.
Redefine the personal audio experience with powerful new features like Adaptive Audio, Personalized Volume, and Conversational Awareness. Additionally, auto-switching and call controls have been improved to make AirPods even easier to use.
Added functionality that lets users view up to 30 days of activity history for door locks, garage doors, alarm systems, and contact sensors. In addition, two popular HomeKit features—Tap to Unlock and PIN Codes—now support Matter-compatible locks, giving users even more ways to take control of their home.
A new shopping list is added, which can automatically classify the added items to make shopping easier. Users can change how items are sorted, and the list will remember the user’s preference.
Users can now wake Siri simply by saying “Siri.” After waking Siri, users can speak multiple commands in succession without waking up the voice assistant again.
In the Photos app, People Album uses on-device machine learning to identify more photos of people close to the user, as well as more photos of cats and dogs.
Privacy updates include extending communication safety beyond Messages to help keep children’s information safe when sending and receiving content via AirDrop, Contacts Posters, FaceTime messages, and using the photo picker. The functionality also extends from still images to video content. A new feature, Sensitive Content Warning, helps adult users avoid accidentally viewing nude images and videos. As with communications security, all image and video processing for sensitive content warnings is on-device, and Apple does not have access to the content.
Accessibility updates include Assistive Access, a customizable interface that helps users with cognitive impairments to use iPhone more independently; Typed text is read aloud; Personal Voice helps users at risk of aphasia create voices that resemble their own; Point to Word helps blind and low-vision users read text on physical objects pointed at by their devices.