Apple at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC23) previewed the latest versions of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. The brand-new iPadOS 17 includes upgrades for Messages, FaceTime, and Safari as well as a revamped Lock Screen and interactive widgets. as well as the brand-new Health app.
Features of iPadOS 17
The Lock Screen can now be customised by iPad owners for a more personalised experience. Users may now set their favourite photographs on the Lock Screen thanks to new photo features in the iPadOS 17. The option to choose a photo from one’s personal library, a group of images that change often during the day, or a Live Photo for an always-on smooth slow-motion effect are all available. Additionally, users can select a wallpaper from the iPad’s Lock Screen collection, choose from a variety of expressive font styles and colour schemes to alter the appearance of the date and time, or make original designs using their own emoji and colour schemes.
With the addition of Live Activities to iPadOS, users can now keep up with real-time events like sports games, travel arrangements, and food delivery orders straight from the Lock Screen.
With iPadOS 17, widgets are now more interactive and users may complete tasks with a single tap. Users can, for instance, can turn on the lights, play a song, or mark a reminder as complete in the moment, right from a widget. Additionally, developers may incorporate interaction into their widgets thanks to changes to WidgetKit. The Lock Screen and Home Screen now also have interactive widgets making it easy to take action and get helpful information at a glance. Widgets on the Lock Screen are adaptive tinting to optimise for legibility.
In addition to this Entering information in PDFs is now easier than ever. iPadOS 17 uses machine learning to identify fields in a PDF so that users can quickly add details, such as names, addresses, and emails from Contacts. Users of the Notes app now have additional options to organise, read, annotate, and collaborate on PDFs. In iPadOS 17, PDFs appear full width, making it easy to flip through pages, make a quick annotation, or sketch directly in the document with Apple Pencil. Now that PDFs and scanned documents can be reviewed and annotated directly in a note, users may also share notes with others and see revisions in real time thanks to live collaboration.
Similar to iOS 17, enhanced communications tools have also been brought to iPad with the new iPadOS 17. Messages now include a stickers experience with emoji stickers and the ability for users to create Live Stickers from their own photos by lifting a subject from the background. Users can also apply Live Sticker effects to help make conversations more lively. A new drawer, accessible from the keyboard, collects all of a user’s stickers into one location for easy access throughout iPadOS. The messages further include an expandable menu, improved filters and the ability to easily jump to their last-read message in an active group chat, and replying to a message inline is even simpler and quicker by swiping on a message bubble. In addition to this audio messages can be transcribed automatically into text.
FaceTime calls also get more expressive with Reactions such as hearts, balloons, fireworks, laser beams, rain, and more. Moreover, users can now leave an audio or video message when someone doesn’t pick up the call.
Health app has also been added to iPad with the new iPadOS 17. Users will be able to monitor and manage their medications, use Cycle Tracking, log their momentary emotions and daily moods, view their available health records from multiple institutions, and more — all in one central, secure, and private place.
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