Apple releases the official version of iOS 17: updates FaceTime calls, introduces “standby display”, enhances AirDrop, etc.

IT House reported on September 19 that Apple pushed the official version of iOS 17 in full early this morning.The build number is the same as last week’s RC version, 21A329.

IT House hereby attaches the brief update log of Apple iOS 17 as follows:

iOS 17 brings major updates to Phone, Messages, and FaceTime, giving you new ways to express yourself during communication.

“Standby display” will be when charging iPhone The horizontal screen placement brings a new full-screen experience, and information can be seen at a glance without getting close.

AirDrop makes it easier to share and connect with people around you, and share contact information with Card Drop.

Keyboard functionality has been enhanced to make text entry faster and easier. iOS 17 also updates widgets, Safari, Music, AirPlay, and more.

New Contact Posters added to Phone App:

After iPhone users upgraded to iOS 17, the Phone App further enriched personalization options and introduced Contact Posters, which became a new way for users to express themselves.

Users can customize how these posters are displayed to give incoming calls a new look and feel, choosing beautiful photos or Memoji treatments, as well as eye-catching typography and font colors. Contact Posters can also support various third-party calling apps.

Live Voicemail:

Live Voicemail allows users to see real-time transcribed text when someone leaves a voicemail, and to answer calls while the other person is leaving a message.

FaceTime calling app adds new audio and video messages

The FaceTime calling app now supports audio and video messages. When the callee cannot be connected, users can share the message for the other party to enjoy later.

Added Reaction to FaceTime call

Users can use emoticons such as hearts, balloons, fireworks, lasers, and rain to express their feelings more vividly. Users can trigger these new effects through simple gestures, and this feature also supports third-party video calling apps.

Information App

Users can use new emoji stickers, extract objects from photos, create live stickers, add special effects to live stickers to make conversations more vivid, and a new “drawer” in the keyboard can hold all of the user’s stickers for easy Used everywhere on iOS.

Introducing NameDrop

Users only need to put two iPhones together, or put an iPhone and an Apple Watch together, and they can easily share contact information through the NameDrop function.

Smarter input

Automatic correction has received a comprehensive upgrade, and a new transformer language model has been added. This is an advanced on-device machine learning language model for text prediction that continuously improves the experience and accuracy every time users type.

StandBy function

StandBy is particularly suitable for use on bedside tables, kitchen counters or desktops, and can be personalized to display a variety of beautiful clocks, user-collected photos or widgets, and supports intelligent stacking to display the right widget at the right time.

Introduce diary application

Journal is a new app that helps iPhone users reflect on life and express gratitude through journaling, which research shows can help improve physical and mental health. The Journal App leverages on-device machine learning to provide personalized recommendations and bring journaling inspiration to users.

IT House hereby attaches other functional improvements of Apple iOS/iPadOS 17:

  • The Safari Browser App adds more protection to private browsing from trackers and others who can gain access to the user’s device. Advanced tracking and fingerprinting protection goes one step further, preventing websites from tracking or identifying user devices. Incognito browsing windows lock when not in use, allowing users to keep tabs open when they step away from their device.

  • Users can share passwords with a group of trusted contacts, making it easier and more secure to share passwords and pass keys. All members of the group can add and edit passwords to keep them updated. Sharing is done through iCloud Keychain, so it’s end-to-end encrypted.

  • Health App brings new mental health features. Users can record their daily mood and transient emotions; see what factors are affecting their mental state; and easily access depression and anxiety assessment tools commonly used in clinics, as well as other locally available resources. Additionally, increasing the distance between the device and the eyes can help reduce the risk of myopia in children and help relieve symptoms of digital eye strain in adult users. Screen Time’s Screen Distance feature uses the TrueDepth camera to encourage users to move their device further away after a period of time when the device is within 12 inches (30.48 cm) of the user’s face.

  • The Map App has added offline maps. Users can download maps of specific areas and use turn-by-turn navigation offline, check estimated arrival times, explore locations in the Map App, etc. The Maps app also helps users more easily explore thousands of hiking trails in parks across the United States and provides electric vehicle drivers with real-time charging information.

  • AirTags can be shared with up to 5 other people to help friends and family find items in the Find My app. All members of the group can view the location of items, play sounds, and use pinpoint search to pinpoint the exact location of nearby shared AirTags. This feature also supports all other “Find” network accessories.

  • The music app launches collaborative playlists to make it easier for users to listen to music with friends; the in-car simulcast sharing experience allows all passengers to easily control the playback content. Users can control music from their own devices, even if they don’t subscribe to the Apple Music service.

  • On-device intelligence can now learn user preferences, making the experience of sharing content using AirPlay even easier. AirPlay also supports compatible TVs in hotels, allowing users to turn on the TV while traveling and easily enjoy their favorite content. The privacy and security-based feature will be rolled out to select hotels by the end of the year, starting with IHG’s branded hotels and resorts.

  • AirPods welcomes powerful new features such as adaptive audio, personalized volume, and conversation awareness to redefine the personal audio experience. In addition, automatic switching and call control functions have also been improved, making AirPods even easier to use.

  • A new feature in the Home App allows users to view activity history on door locks, garage doors, alarm systems and contact sensors for up to 30 days. In addition, two popular HomeKit features – Tap to Unlock and PIN – now support Matter-compatible locks, giving users more ways to control their homes.

  • The Reminder App adds a new shopping list, which can automatically classify the added items to make shopping easier. Users can change how items are categorized, and the list will remember the user’s preferences.

  • Users can now activate Siri simply by saying “Siri”. After waking up Siri, users can speak multiple commands continuously without waking up the voice assistant again.

  • In the Photos App, the People Album uses on-device machine learning to identify more photos of people close to the user, as well as more photos of cats and dogs.

  • Privacy updates include extending communication security beyond the Messages app to help keep children’s information safe when sending and receiving content via AirDrop, contact posters, FaceTime messages, and sending content using the photo picker. The functionality also extends from static images to video content. A new “Sensitive Content Warning” feature helps adult users avoid accidentally seeing nude images and videos. As with communications security, all image and video processing for sensitive content warnings occurs on the device, and Apple cannot access the content.

  • Accessibility updates include Assistive Access, a customizable interface that makes it easier for people with cognitive disabilities to use iPhone independently; and Live Speech, a feature that helps people who can’t speak communicate in person, on the phone, or on a FaceTime call. The entered text is read aloud; personal voice can help users at risk of aphasia create a voice that is similar to their own voice; point-to-read can help blind and low-vision users read text on physical objects pointed by the device.

Compatible models

iOS 17 requires models running A12 Bionic and later chips, which means iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X No chance of getting an upgrade.

The models that can be upgraded to iOS 17 are as follows:

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