iOS 17 update is not that big, but it includes a lot of interesting things
After more than three months of beta testing, Apple is preparing to roll out iOS 17 to the iPhone XS and newer models. The update should arrive today, at 20:00 Kyiv time. Some of the OS innovations will be available later, so let’s look at 10 interesting new features that will appear this evening.
Standby or StandBy is a new full-screen operating mode that conveniently displays information in large font across the entire screen for viewing from a distance when the iPhone is lying on its side and charging. Settings allow you to display clocks in different styles, calendar, photos, weather forecast, music controls, widgets, etc.
StandBy is designed for iPhones that charge on a nightstand, shelf, or table. The mode supports Live Activities, Siri, incoming calls and large notifications. The feature also works in conjunction with the always on mode on the iPhone 14 Pro.
The iOS 17 update lets you create a personalized contact poster that appears during an incoming call on the other person’s iPhone. The poster can contain a photo or Memoji, the font and background color can also be customized. This feature is available in the built-in Phone application, as well as for third-party dialers.
The NameDrop feature allows users to easily share contact information by bringing their iPhones closer to each other. Both people can choose specific phone numbers or email addresses that they would like to share, or you can send your contact poster.
Live Voicemail provides on-screen text transcription in real time when someone records a voice message. If the user considers the voicemail to be important, he can accept the call while the caller is leaving his message. Apple says calls that carriers identify as spam are not transcribed and are instantly rejected.
Swipe to reply in iMessage
In Messages, users can now swipe right on any message to send a pre-built reply.
Interactive widgets will be available on the iPhone home screen, lock screen and in the new home screen. Apple gave a few examples of what you can use them for: marking a reminder as completed, playing or pausing a music track or podcast, and controlling accessories in the Home app. There will be many more features coming with upcoming updates to third-party software.
Home screen widgets have until now had limited functionality because Apple didn’t allow developers to include scrolling, buttons, or animations.
Apple says iOS 17 includes a state-of-the-art language model for word prediction that will significantly improve autocorrection on iPhone. As you type, machine learning AI will intelligently correct errors with greater accuracy than ever before. Additionally, users will now receive smart text recommendations as they type, adding words or full sentences by pressing the space bar.
Auto Correct has an updated design in iOS 17 to highlight corrected words. Tapping an underlined word opens the original word you entered, making it easy to quickly undo changes. The system will learn the user’s typing habits and, over time, will avoid corrections in those moments when you deliberately need to enter the “wrong” word.
Apple Maps Offline
Apple Maps will get a Google Maps feature – the ability to download maps for offline use. Users will be able to load a specific area of the map and access turn-by-turn navigation, view estimated arrival times, find locations, and more when the iPhone is not connected to a cellular network or Wi-Fi.
The new Stickers panel in iOS 17 gives you access to all your stickers, including Live Stickers, emoji, Memoji, and iMessage sticker packs in one place. Live stickers can be created by touching and holding your finger on a photo.
Just Siri instead of Hey Siri
Apple has made it easier to use a voice command to call Siri on iPhone and all other devices. Instead of Hey Siri, users can now simply say Siri to activate the voice assistant, and they can also issue multiple commands in a row without repeating Siri.
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