Apple gave us a sneak peek of iOS 17, the next iPhone operating system, at this year’s WWDC event. We’ve been trying it out in beta all summer, and now that Apple’s September event has happened, it’s almost ready for everyone. Most iPhones from 2018 and newer can get this update. You can check if your device is on the list of supported ones here.
While iOS 17 has some small updates, it also has five exciting new features you should check out
1. StandBy Mode
In the upcoming iOS 17, your iPhone is getting a cool new feature called StandBy mode. It’s like turning your iPhone into a smart display when you connect it to a charger and lay it flat. Think of it as having a bedside clock on your iPhone, just like the one on your Apple Watch.
With this mode, you can see the time, set alarms, check your calendar, control your media, and even keep an eye on any ongoing Live Activity. It’s especially handy if you have one of those MagSafe iPhone mounts on your desk or nightstand. But keep in mind, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
2. Contact Posters
In iOS 16, Apple added some colors and ways to make your Lock Screen look more like you. Now, in iOS 17, they’re doing the same thing for your phone calls. They call it “Contact Posters.” It’s like a fancy way to show your name and picture when you call someone, kinda like a souped-up caller ID.
Just remember, this only works if both iPhones have the latest iOS 17. But it’s cool because it lets you pick your picture, name, font, style, and even how you want to be addressed. We’ve put together a helpful guide to making your own “Contact Posters” to make things easy for you.
3. iMessage app drawer
Apple’s changes in the iMessage app will have a big impact on how you use their main messaging service, especially if you use iMessage a lot. In the past, Apple had a slider above the message box in iMessage where all your iMessage apps were kept separate from the Photos app because people used Photos more often. But in iOS 17, all your iMessage apps will now be in one place within iMessage. When you update, one of the first things you’ll want to do is customize this new app area in iMessage to make it work best for you.
We’ve had a chance to explore iOS 17 features for a bit, thanks to public and developer testing. But some features really come alive when iOS 17 rolls out worldwide. One cool thing is NameDrop, a new way to easily share your contact info. It’s built on the foundation of Contact Posters and AirDrop, so you’ll need to create your Contact Poster first.
Once everything’s set up, all you have to do is put your iPhone close to someone else’s to share your Contact Poster and other info. You can also choose which phone numbers or email addresses you want to share, which is a nice feature. If you’re used to carrying business cards or sharing digital links, this could change the way you network.
iOS 17 carries energizing changes to SharePlay, an element that is getting a major redesign in this new update. Before, it was a piece convoluted to begin a SharePlay meeting. You needed to utilize iMessage or FaceTime, which worked fine when you were far away from the individual you needed to impart to, yet it was a problem when they were right close to you.
However, with iOS 17, things are a lot easier. Beginning a SharePlay meeting is pretty much as simple as putting your iPhone near your companion’s iPhone, and you can in a split second partake in media together. This is an extraordinary choice to share and appreciate happy with companions utilizing various sorts of earphones, not simply Apple or Beats.
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What is iOS 17, and when was it released?
iOS 17 is the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, released in [insert release date]. It brings a host of new features and improvements to enhance the user experience on Apple devices.
Which devices are compatible with iOS 17?
iOS 17 is compatible with a wide range of Apple devices, including the latest iPhone models, iPads, and iPod Touch. You can find a list of compatible devices on Apple’s official website.
How do I update my device to iOS 17?
To update to iOS 17, go to “Settings” on your device, tap “General,” and then select “Software Update.” If an update is available, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.