Apple’s newest update, iOS 17, is on the horizon, and it’s bringing a bunch of exciting changes to our iPhones. Here’s a straightforward breakdown of what’s coming:
Revitalizing Phone Calls
The Phone app is getting a fresh look. Now, when you call someone, you can choose a picture or Memoji for them to see. Plus, the Live Voicemail feature lets you read a transcript of voicemails as they come in, helping you decide if you need to pick up or call back later.
NameDrop: A New Way to Share
Building on the success of AirDrop, NameDrop is a new feature that makes sharing even easier. By simply bringing two iPhones close, you can quickly exchange contact info or even share a song or movie.
FaceTime’s New Features
FaceTime is more versatile than ever. If someone misses your call, you can leave them a video or audio message. And for a bit of fun, you can add reactions like hearts or balloons to your chats. Plus, if you’ve got an Apple TV 4K, you can now use it for FaceTime calls.
Messages: Cleaner and More Interactive
The Messages app has been streamlined for easier use. Emojis can now be turned into stickers, and an improved search function helps you find old messages faster.
Health App’s New Additions
The Health app now lets you track your mood over time, giving insights into your emotional well-being. And if you’re too close to your screen, it’ll give you a friendly reminder to adjust your distance.
Other Notable Features
- Journal App: A new space to document your daily thoughts and experiences.
- Safari: Enhanced privacy features and the ability to create separate profiles for work and personal browsing.
- Photos App: It can now recognize pets, and a new Visual Look Up feature identifies various objects in photos.
- Apple Music: Share playlists with friends and enjoy music together.
iOS 17 is shaping up to be one of Apple’s most user-friendly updates. With a mix of fun features and practical enhancements, iPhone users have a lot to look forward to. As always, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for the official release to explore all the new offerings.