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WWDC23 highlights: iOS 17 brings StandBy mode, Journal app and upgrades to FaceTime, and Messages

iOS 17 makes easier sharing even easier with AirDrop.

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Apple officially began WWDC23 today. The good news is that Gadget Bridge will keep you informed about all the newest iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch features even if you missed the live event. Some of the changes that will be included with the most recent version of iOS 17 are StandBy mode, live transcriptions of voicemails, a redesigned Skype interface, and usage. Autocorrect will also receive an upgrade with the forthcoming OS release. Additionally, users can now use SharePlay to share music. Bring your phones close to one other to share contacts using NameDrop. You can now leave a message on Facetime.

The iPhone will get a significant update with iOS 17 thanks to customised Contact Posters. Users will have the option to change their appearance, giving incoming calls an entirely new design. They will be able to select a gorgeous photo or Memoji treatments, as well as vibrant typography and font colours. For third-party calling apps, Contact Posters will also be accessible.

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Whereas iOS 17 will bring the option for Voicemail users to pick up the phone while a caller is still leaving a voicemail and can view a real-time transcription of the message as it is being left. According to Apple calls identified as spam by carriers won’t show up as Live Voicemail but will be rejected right away.

Besides this, Facetime users will be able to send audio and video messages to callers who are not immediately present, allowing them to exchange a message that can be listened to or watched later. In addition to this FaceTime calls will also include Reactions such as hearts, balloons, fireworks, laser beams, rain, and more which can be activated through simple gestures.

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FaceTime has also been extended to Apple TV 4K with the latest OS update. With the help of Continuity Camera, customers can make a video call directly from Apple TV or start it on their iPhone before transferring it to Apple TV. With Center Stage, users will have perfect framing even as they move around the room.

With iOS 17, Messages receives a brand-new sticker experience with new emoji stickers and the capability to create Live Stickers by removing objects from photographs. One can also add effects to Live drawers to make them come alive and a new keyboard drawer organises all of a user’s stickers for simpler access across iOS. Messages now also have an expanding menu that can be opened with a single swipe and displays iMessage apps.
Additionally to make search more effective and accurate users can now begin a search and add more filters to it to receive more specific results. There will be a new catch-up arrow to indicate where the user last left off in the conversation, and replying inline is as simple as swiping on a text bubble.

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Check-In has also been introduced to messages. This feature will allow users if they want to notify a family member or friend that they have made it to their destination safely. When a user starts a Check-In, their friend or relative will be alerted right away when they arrive. The device’s position, battery life, and cell service status will all be momentarily shared with the chosen contact if they are not moving closer to their destination.


With iOS 17, AirDrop will make it simple to send files to a coworker or images to a friend in a matter of seconds. Using NameDrop, users may quickly exchange contact information by touching their iPhones or their iPhones and Apple Watch together. One can also SharePlay to listen to music, view a movie, or play a game while holding their iPhone devices close to one another and using the same gesture to share content thanks to the new OS.

Autocorrect has also been upgraded with a transformer language model which is the latest on-device machine-learning language model for word prediction which will improve the experience and accuracy. Additionally, it gets a new look to better facilitate typing, and sentence-level autocorrections can correct more varieties of grammatical errors. Users will now receive predictive text recommendations inline as they type, so adding entire words or completing sentences is as easy as tapping the space bar, making text entry faster than ever.

StandBy mode

A new StandBy mode has also been introduced with the iOS 17 giving users a full-screen experience with glanceable information designed to be viewed from a distance when iPhone is on its side and charging. This mode is ideal for a nightstand, kitchen counter, or desk. It can be customised to display a variety of lovely clock styles, beloved photographs, or widgets, such as Smart Stacks, which surface the appropriate widgets at the appropriate moment. In addition to this, it will also have support for Live Activities, Siri, incoming calls, and larger notifications. As per the company, the StandBy mode keeps track of a user’s chosen view when charging using MagSafe.

A new app for Journalling on iPhone called Journal has also been introduced. Suggestions are intelligently curated from recent activity, including photos, people, places, workouts, and more, making it easy to start a journal entry, and scheduled notifications can help build a journaling habit. Scheduled notifications can also encourage writing. Journal is designed to secure a user’s privacy and make sure no one — including Apple — can see a user’s entries as it is end-to-end encrypted. Developers will be able to include journaling ideas in their apps with the new Journaling ideas.

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Komila Singh
Komila Singh
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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