iOS 17 is the next major update for the iPhone, announced at WWDC 2023 on June 5.
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It brings a number of new features and improvements, such as StandBy mode, NameDrop, Contact Posters, Journal app, and more.
It is expected to be released in September 2023, along with the iPhone 15 lineup.
Compatibility and Availability
- iOS 17 will be compatible with iPhone XS and newer models, dropping support for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
- It is currently available as a developer beta, and a public beta will be released in July 2023.
- The final version of iOS 17 will likely launch in mid-September 2023, a few days before the new iPhones hit the market.
Top Features of iOS 17
This feature turns your iPhone into a smart display, showing information at a glance with interactive widgets and voice controls. You can also use it as a wireless charger for other devices.
This feature lets you share contact information, files, and SharePlay experiences by bumping two iPhones together. It works with AirDrop and third-party apps.
This feature lets you customize the screen that pops up when you call someone or receive a call from them. You can use a photo or a Memoji of yourself, and choose a font and color. It also works with third-party calling apps.
This feature is a new app that lets you record your thoughts and feelings by writing, adding audio notes, images, music, and more. It also suggests noteworthy moments based on your data.
This feature lets you activate Siri without saying “Hey” before the command. You can also use back-to-back commands without repeating the wake word.
FaceTime on Apple TV:
This feature lets you use your iPhone as a Continuity Camera to stream your FaceTime calls to your Apple TV. You can also use Picture-in-Picture mode to watch other content while on a call.
This feature lets you read the messages left by callers in real time, without picking up the phone. It also works with third-party voicemail apps.
This feature lets you create animated stickers from your Live Photos and use them in Messages and other apps.
Apple Maps Offline:
This feature lets you download maps and navigation data for offline use. You can get turn-by-turn directions using various modes of transport even without an internet connection.
Swipe to reply:
This feature lets you quickly reply to a message in a conversation by swiping right on it. You can also jump to the first unread message by tapping on the blue dot.