Apple’s Messages app is all set to get some big updates. Earlier this month at WWDC 2023, the Cupertino-based technology giant unveiled the iOS 17 software update that is set to roll out later in fall this year.
The update will be getting some major changes to the Messages app including features to turn pictures into stickers and transcribing voice memos. The following are the major updates that are coming with iOS 17:
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1. Live Stickers
With the upcoming iOS 17 update, iPhone users will be able to turn their pictures into stickers for text conversations in Messages. Effects like ‘Shiny’, ‘Comic’ and ‘Puffy’ will also be available for stickers and once ready, users will be able to save them in a new dedicated drawer on their keyboard. It is important to note that although these customized stickers can be created in Messages, users will be able to use them on third-party apps too.
2. A more refined Search feature
The Messages app is getting another change with the iOS 17 update – An upgraded Search. With this, users will have the option of applying additional filters when looking for a specific conversation in Messages. The app is also getting a catch-up arrow that can be used in case you receive a lot of messages on a group chat and you wish to go back to the exact text where they left the conversation last.
3. Transcribing voice memos
With the iOS 17 update, iPhone users will also get the option of transcribing voice memos they receive on Messages. This can prove to be useful in situations when one is too busy to listen to a voice note, or when one is without their earphones.
4. Location sharing
Another feature coming to Messages with iOS 17 is location sharing. Users will be able to keep a track of their friends’ locations via the app. They would also be able to update their friends and family of their own location while travelling with a Check-In feature. This can be used in case you are going back home late at night or in less-than-safe conditions. According to Apple, “If they are not making progress toward their destination, useful information will be temporarily shared with the selected contact, such as the device’s location, battery level, and cell service status.”
While developers can try out these new changes already, they will roll out to public beta in a month’s time. A more widespread rollout is scheduled for later in fall this year.
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