This year’s WWDC saw a bunch of interesting announcements from Apple. The highly anticipated Apple Vision Pro headset was finally unveiled to the public. Apple also announced the new iOS 17 for iPhone, which is set to launch this fall. Read this article to know how you can install and use the iOS 17 beta version on your iPhone. Not sure if you should install the beta or wait for the official launch? Take a look at the best new features of iOS 17 and decide for yourself.
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iOS 17: Our favourite new features
One of the biggest updates on iOS 17, Contact Posters will pop up on your screen every time someone calls you. You can customise your own contact poster with a picture or memoji of yourself. You can even change the font and colour of the text as well as the background.
Want to share a contact with another iPhone user? Simply bring your phone closer to the receiver’s iPhone and quickly send the contact. This can also be used to trigger SharePlay activities. AirDrop gets a small upgrade as well. If you move your iPhone away while sharing a file through AirDrop, it will continue to send over the internet.
iOS 17 also brings a brand new app for iPhone users. The ‘Journal’ will allow you to document your day while presenting previous memories in the form of photos, text, and videos. Apple uses machine learning to come up with past memories. The app also prompts you to write text entries for the memories as well.
Stand By will certainly be one of the most talked about features of the new iOS 17, mostly due to its charming aesthetic. Whenever you put your iPhone on a wireless charger in landscape mode, the Stand By mode kicks in. In this mode, your iPhone’s idle screen becomes a useful display that showcases the clock, weather, calendar, and other widgets. You can even customise the look of the onscreen widgets.
There are a bunch of helpful new upgrades on the communication front as well. iOS 17 finally brings transcripts for voice notes, letting users know the contents of a note if they’re not able to play it. You can also read live transcripts on an incoming voicemail.
iMessage also gets a ‘Check In’ feature that lets you know when your friends have safely arrived at their destination. If the user doesn’t reach the destination on time, their iPhone will check in with them. Failure to respond to this check-in will relay the user’s location, battery, and cellular status to their selected friends.
Facetime gets some interesting new features as well. Firstly, you can now send video voicemails to your contacts. Want to video call on a bigger screen? Apple TV now has FaceTime integration. You can use your iPhone as the camera and Apple TV as the larger display for your video calls. You can also use hand gestures to trigger certain animations on the screen during a call.
Other Miscellaneous Features
All the major eye-catching stuff aside, there are several small but important upgrades throughout iOS 17. Predictive text and autocorrect will get much better on the new iOS iteration. Pet owners will be pleased to know that their animal buddies will also get separate identity tags in the Photos app. The ‘People’ album will now be the ‘People and Pets’ album. You can now create different profiles in Safari to separate work stuff from personal content. Every profile will have its separate history, extensions, Tab Groups, cookies, and favourites.
Apple Maps will now offer offline access by letting you download a route along with the directions. If you run out of internet, you can still comfortably get to your destination. Apple is also linking with major hotel chains to bring AirPlay support to hotel rooms. AirTags get a helpful upgrade too. One AirTag can now be shared by multiple people.
These are all the major features of the new iOS 17. The OS will get an official launch this fall alongside the new iPhone 15 series. Beta users will be pleased to know that Apple no longer requires you to be a part of the Apple Developer Program to use the new iOS 17 Developer Beta. Which feature are you looking forward to using the most? Let us know in the comments!
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