Apple has announced the new iOS 17 at its developer event WWDC 2023. The new version of the smartphone operating system brings a number of improvements and new features that make the iPhone more personal and intuitive.
Improvements to basic apps
One of the most notable new features in iOS 17 is the improvement of many basic foundation apps. For example, users can create their own contact poster that will be shown to others when they call. Choices include photos, the font, and colors. The phone app in iOS 17 also gets a new mailbox function: If a caller speaks a message to the mailbox, it is transcribed live and displayed. Users can take the call after all if the content is important. The transcription is generated on the device itself.
New features for greater security and convenience
With the new Checkin function, iPhone users can give relatives and friends the assurance that they have arrived home safely. Users can start the function; when they reach the specified destination, the desired people will be notified. These people can also view the network coverage and battery status during the process. With Namedrop, iPhone users will be able to exchange phone numbers simply by holding their smartphones close to each other. Photos can also be exchanged by holding them close to each other.
Text input and autocorrect improvements
Autocorrect is to become more accurate than before through machine learning. Among other things, grammatical errors are to be better corrected during input. Predictions can be entered with the space bar, voice input is to become more accurate.
Standby function for a personalized desk clock
The standby function is new: if users turn their iPhone on its side, a kind of table clock can be displayed in the future. This not only shows the time, date and weather, but can also be customized to the user’s needs. Various widgets can be displayed, as well as photos, appointments and home control. At night, the display turns red. Standby is only compatible with iPhones that have an always-on display.
As for the new WatchOS 10, the first beta version is now available for developers. The first public beta is expected to follow next month, with the final version scheduled for release in the fall of 2023.