Apple has officially announced the new version of the iOS 17 operating system. The update cannot be called revolutionary, but there are still some interesting innovations.
iPhone users will be able to create a custom contact card. For this, you can use photos, Memoji, and various fonts. These “posters” will be shown on the display of your addressee when you call him.
Call transcription in real time has also appeared. The function will come in handy, for example, to decide whether a call needs an urgent response. When the person who is calling you starts recording a voice message, you will see the text on the screen, and if necessary, you can immediately pick up the phone.
FaceTime now supports video and audio messaging. So if the user couldn’t answer your call, you can leave them a message. And during calls, you can react to the news of your friends with the help of various reactions.
Search filters have appeared in the Messages application, thanks to which you can quickly find the desired messages. Audio messages can be converted into transcriptions. And the Check In feature allows you to share your location and send messages to other contacts when you’ve arrived home.
The stickers have also been updated. From now on, you can turn any emoji or photo into stickers and send them in messengers. Live photos, by the way, can be turned into animated stickers.
AirDrop technology has received a new feature NameDrop. It allows you to quickly share your contact with another person. To do this, it is enough to bring one iPhone to the other (also works between iPhone and Apple Watch). Similarly, you can share photos or launch SharePlay. If the file is large, users do not have to keep their iPhone nearby all the time – the function will work even remotely, via the Internet.
In iOS 17, it will be possible to test the improved keyboard. Apple has announced that the autocorrect function has received an update. A new language model is used for its work, so from now on you can count on better keyboard offers. In addition, it has become more convenient to return a word to its original form, predictive typing shows words directly in the input field, and the keyboard should remember your profanity.
The new Journal application is a kind of diary that will motivate you to write down interesting moments of your life. Records can contain photos, music, various activities. You can even set reminders so you don’t forget to make new entries. Of course, all data is completely encrypted.
StandBy mode can turn your iPhone into a small smart display while charging. When the smartphone is charging in landscape mode, it can display Live Activities information, widgets, photos, date and time on the screen. At night, the colors on the screen turn red, so as not to distract you from sleep.
Apple Maps now supports offline maps, and the Photos app can create albums for your pets.
Finally, Siri no longer needs the trigger word “Hey” to activate it. You can just say “Siri” and then dictate a command or ask a question. Moreover, Siri won’t need a trigger word if you keep asking her after the first question.
The beta version of iOS 17 will be available to developers today. The public beta will appear next month, and the release of the stable version will take place in the fall. The update will be available for iPhone XS and newer models.