Apple’s latest version of its OS ‘iOS 17’ is being launched with new features including messaging updates, Airdrop updates, enhanced autocorrect, a new app ‘Journal,’ and more.
One of the most significant additions to the Messages app is transcriptions of voice messages that let users view transcripts of the messages that callers leave them, in real time. Another feature called Check In automatically sends a message containing a user’s live location, phone’s battery and cell service status to a friend in case of emergency. Additionally, users will be able to add emojis or photo cutouts as Stickers in messages, convert live photos to animated stickers, as well as add effects to stickers. Other messaging updates include improved search filters and the ability to easily catch up with the most recent chat.
Airdrop in iOS 17 will have a new feature called NameDrop via which, it is possible to send selected email addresses, phone numbers, as well as Photos by simply bringing two iPhones or an iPhone and Apple Watch near each other. In addition to that, users will be able to AirDrop big files while being out of range as the files download.
A new language model in iOS 17 contributes to improved accuracy of autocorrects including grammatical errors, with the help of in-line predictive typing and sentence-level autocorrections. Moreover, it will be easier for users to revert to the original word they typed before it was autocorrected.
As for the new app ‘Journal,’ users will have access to a secure digital journal where they can collect their thoughts and activities, and add photos and music, as well as schedule reminders for their journal entries.
iOS 17 is currently rolling out to developers for now, and will be available to all users in a public beta test next month. Complete roll out of iOS 17 is expected in coming fall for the iPhone XS and other new models.