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WWDC 2023: Apple unveils iOS 17 with new features coming to iPhones

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Apple kicked off its annual developer conference – WWDC 2023 this year with a slew of major announcements for its major operating systems including iOS. The new iOS 17 was unveiled along with iPadOS 17, watchOS 10 and macOS.

The new operating system brings updates across Phone, FaceTime, and Messages. It makes sharing even easier with AirDrop and provides more intelligent input that improves the speed and accuracy of typing. iOS 17 also introduces new experiences with Journal, an app that makes it easy for people to practice gratitude, and StandBy, a new way to view glanceable information when iPhone is set down and charging.

“With iOS 17, we’ve made iPhone more personal and intuitive by deeply considering the features we all rely on every day,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Phone, FaceTime, and Messages are central to how we communicate, and this release is packed with updates we think our users are going to love. We’ve also reimagined AirDrop with new ways to share, autocorrect gets even better, and we’re introducing all-new experiences with Journal and StandBy, plus so much more. We can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

StandBy Displays

Apple iOS 17 introduces StandBy feature that gives users a full-screen experience with glanceable information on the lock screen. Apple says that StandBy is perfect on a nightstand, kitchen counter, or desk, and can be personalised to display a range of beautiful clock styles, favourite photos, or widgets, including Smart Stacks, which surface the right widgets at the right time. 

The feature has support for Live Activities, Siri, incoming calls, and larger notifications. It is easy to bring up StandBy anytime by tapping the screen, and on iPhone 14 Pro with the Always-On display, it is always available.

Upgrades to the Phone app

With iOS 17, Phone app receives a big update with personalised Contact Posters, providing a new way for users to express themselves. Users can customise how they appear, bringing a completely new look to incoming calls, and choose beautiful treatments for photos or Memoji, as well as eye-catching typography and font colors. Contact Posters will also be available for third-party calling apps.

The OS also brings Live Voicemail to give users the ability to see real-time transcription as someone leaves a voicemail, and the opportunity to pick up while the caller is leaving their message.

Journal app

Journal is a new app that helps iPhone users reflect and practice gratitude through journaling. It comes with scheduled notifications feature that can help build a journaling habit. Users can also lock the app. With end-to-end encryption, Journal is built to protect a user’s privacy and ensure no one — including Apple — can access a user’s entries.

FaceTime Adds Audio and Video Messages, Reactions, and Extends to Apple TV

With Apple iOS 17, FaceTime now supports audio and video messages so when users call someone who is not available, they can share a message that can be enjoyed later. FaceTime also gets more expressive with Reactions such as hearts, balloons, fireworks, laser beams, rain, and more.

Updates to Messages

The iOS 17 brings an all-new stickers experience with new emoji stickers and the ability to create Live Stickers by lifting subjects from photos. Users can also add effects to Live Stickers that bring them to life, and a new drawer in the keyboard puts all of a user’s stickers in one place for easier access across iOS.

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Updated: 06 Jun 2023, 12:48 AM IST

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